Shirdi Sai Baba came to Shirdi over 150 years ago by taking a journey with some people who were conducting a marriage procession. Sai baba was first greeted by Mhalsapathi near Khandoba temple who said “Aao Sai” which translates to “Come Sai” Sai Baba took refuge at the old dilapidated mosque about 18 sq. meters including the three steps, which thereafter became renowned as“Dwarkamai” He turned this small structure in ruins to a divine home for all. He stayed in this small holy home till the very end of his life.
It is here in Dwarkamai that Sai Baba solves the problems of all his devotees people, cured them of their diseases and distress.As you enter Dwarkamai, you can see has a portrait of Sai Baba and a big stone on which He used to sit. As soon as you take the steps and look to your left, there is Dhuni (Dhunimai), the sacred fire, which was lit by the very hands of Sai Baba. He initiated the fire to give unlimited Udi (holy ashes) to his devotees that would heal and cure them. This fire also purifies and cures anyone praying to it with full faith. Just opposite to the Dhuni (holy fire) is where Sai Baba used to sit. There is a portrait of him and a special Asana (pedestal) where this is kept. Facing the West is Nimbar, a mystical part of the wall, which contains mystical powers of this Saint. Other items such as cooking articles, spot where Sai used to cook for the localities of Shirdi are all kept intact in Dwarkamai. At a short distance is Chavadi or Chavdi. Sai Baba used to sleep here every alternate day. On every Thursday, there is a chariot procession or Palki Yatra done from Dwarkamai to Chavdi.