The House of Laxmibai Shinde is one of the few most important sites in Shirdi. Any true follower of Sai Baba would know the significant role Laxmibai Shinde played in Baba’s life. Since the time Baba came to Shirdi, he begged for food from his neighbourhood. He always remembered the favours that Laxmibai obliged him with. Hence, when Baba finally took Samadhi i.e. left his body, he gave her a 5 rupee note along with four rupees to summing it up to Rs. 9.
Through this act, Baba wanted to stress upon the nine characteristics of a good disciple. Baba always gave Laxmibai money, but this last gift of Rs. 9 is remembered as the most significant by all.