Sai Baba’s Timeline: Sai baba’s life span
Sai Baba, a Symbol and Essence of all religions, reached Shirdi as a nameless entity like an anonymous and lived there for over 60 years.  Shirdi is a little village in the state of Maharashtra (India). There has been no authentic record of Baba’s birth and life before arriving at Shirdi. At the age of around sixteen (16), he was first seen in the outer edge of the village Shirdi, sitting under a Neem (Margosa) tree, doing Sadhna (Meditation). He stayed there as a stranger doing sadhna under the Neem tree for some time and then unexpectedly left Shirdi to come back again in a wedding Procession of devotee Chand Patil’s son-in-law as a guest, and then resided there for the rest of his life (till 1918 when Baba attained Samadhi) . At The second advent of Baba at Shirdi, Mahalsapati (One of the Baba’s devotee and a priest at Khandoba Temple) received him and greeted Him as “Ya Sai” which means Welcome Sai.
 
Mahalsapati, Tatya Kote, Laxmi Bai and Bayyaja Bai were amongst the few villagers who regarded Sai Baba. Sai Baba gave all motherly rights to Bayyaja Bai, who would walk miles into the far jungles in search of a child Baba just to feed him.
 
In the early days of his stay at Shirdi, he spent his time either wandering in the far periphery of the village and dilapidated mosque or sitting under the neem tree doing sadhna. Later on, He referred to this mosque as Dwarikamai, where He resided till the end. Lord Shree Krishna stayed in Dwarika to fulfill His divine Advent and thus, ‘Dwarikamai’ is known as the abode of Sai Baba and today it has become Mother of Mercy for all of us.
 
Baba is a common man’s God. He lived with them; ate, slept, sang, danced, played and cooked with them. He did exemplary work to write off the cast superiority and conventional thinking of some people towards some other set of human beings. His external appearance was simple, illiterate and effortless. Long sleeved Kafni with a twisted cloth tied around his head like a smooth ponytail behind his left ear was what Baba received as his attire. Fiery and abusive at times and sometimes full of Love and affection. His anger was always directed to something path breaking. He used a mass of hard consolidated mineral material (Paththar) for his seat and would sleep on a rustic swing with a brick as his pillow.  He always spread a message of Fakiri (Holy Poverty), which he applied in his life and said that Fakiri is far superior to worldly richness. He was an Avtar (incarnation) of high values & order.
 
Baba, up till the day he attained Samadhi, begged for alms and shared what he got with his devotees. Baba always kept up ‘Dhuni’- the uninterrupted holy fire and distributed its ash-‘Udi’ to his devotees and all seeking is help as a token of his heavenly blessings.  Baba would ask for ‘Dakshina’ only from selective people and then distribute all to the destitute, needy and poor people. There has always been a deeper significance when Baba asks for Dakshina, even today. 
 
In early years, Baba raised a flower garden, carrying pots full of water to keep the plants fresh. In the later years Baba spent quality time in this Garden which is being known as ‘Lendi Buag’.  
 
Saibaba’s perfect purity, benevolence, kindness and other qualities evoked deep veneration amongst the people and devotees from all around started pouring in for his worship, hence, Dwarikamai was always kept open for all beyond the comprehension of time and space and irrespective of the caste and religion. Due to Baba’s presence in Shirdi, the place became prominent but what remained same were Baba and his calm, unaltered Fakiri. 
 
Sai Baba attaining Samadhi:
 
On October 15, 2018, Tuesday at about 2:35 PM, Baba breathed last and shed his gross body. His last words were to take him to the Wada as he was not feeling well in the Masjib. As the God of common man left the gross body, people plunged into excruciating pain. Baba is a Master of his words, One God for all. He gave indication of approaching ‘Mahasamadhi’ in 1916 on the same day of Dussehra, which is known as a day of ‘Victory of good over evil’. Even in 1918, he sent out a message to a Muslim Maulavi of Aurangabad that ‘Allah is taking away the lamp he placed here’- An indirect sign of his Samadhi. Astonishingly, 15th October of 1918 was a day of all; Dussehra (A Hindu Festival), Moharram (A Muslim Festival) and Budhdha Jayanti (A budhdhist Festival) appropriate to his core message ‘Sabka Malik Ek’. SaiBaba’s Hindu and Muslim devotees in harmony decided to inter Baba’s mortal remains in ‘Buti Wada’ as desired by Shirdi Sai himself. Baba was laid in the central hall of the wada with all ritual, sanctity and Harmony but his eternal spirit continues to work vigorously as the ‘Sai Spirit’. Baba claimed, Have Shradhdha(Trust) and Saburi (Patience), I will communicate even after leaving my soul body and even after October 15, 2018, Baba speaks through his tomb. Baba’s final rest is today known as Samadhi Temple which is a Gateway to God. 
 
Sai Baba made eleven assurances to his devotees and numerous people experienced these powerful assurances in his blessing of ‘Why fear when I am here?’
 
Whoever puts his feet on Shirdi soil, his sufferings would come to an end
 
The wretched and miserable would rise into plenty of joy and happiness, as soon as they climb the steps of my Mosque
 
I shall be ever active and vigorous even after leaving this earthly body
 
My tomb shall bless and speak the needs of my devotees
 
Know that my spirit is immortal, know this for yourself
 
Show unto me he who has sought refuge and has been turned away
 
I am ever living to help and guide all, who come to me, who surrender to me and who seek refuge in me
 
If you look at me I look at you
 
If you cast your burden on me, I shall surely bear it
 
If you seek my advice and help, it shall be given to you at once
 
There shall be no want in the house of my devotees
 
Shradhdha & Saburi: If patience means anything it should last till the end and Faith will see us through each and every turmoil of life.