Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Mylapore, Chennai

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Mylapore, Chennai
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is a Hindu Temple dedicated to Indian Saint Sai Baba of Shirdi located in the Mylapore in Chennai City in Tamilnadu. The Sai Baba Temple located at Venkatesa Agraharam Street in Mylapore is also known as All India Sai Baba Samaj. The temple was built in commemoration of Saint Shirdi Sai Baba who became a proponent of Sufism and used to perform miracles. To the present day, the light lit by Sai Baba is still here. The Temple is one of the oldest temples dedicated to Sai Baba in South India.

It is the first Sai Baba Temple in the entire Chennai. Sri Narasimha Swamy was the founder member of this temple. The temple, also known as 'Shirdi of the South', it sees many devotees from all over the country paying a visit to the temple. The temple is administered by All India Sai Baba Samaj. The temple allows people from all walks of life irrespective of their religion. The large hall inside the temple is suitable for meditation as well. 
History
Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Chennai was built to commemorate the memory of Shirdi Sai Baba who was born in Shirdi as a Hindu and was brought by a Muslim Fakir. He later became an exponent of Sufism. He too performed “Sithu” (Miracles) like his mentor. The temple was built in 1952 by Narasimhaswami, Sai Baba devotee from Salem, out of money donated by a Chettiar merchant. In the beginning, he worshipped a picture of Baba under a tamarind tree on the street where the temple is now located.

Later, he moved the picture to a small house in Nanjunda Rao Colony in Mylapore. Swamiji constructed the present temple with help from his friend J.D. Pannalal, and performed the first consecration. This is considered the most trusted temple in India. The temple is the headquarters of the All India Sai Samaj. Its main object being propagation of the life and teachings of Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi. Through two decades of tireless preaching, during which he travelled almost the entire Bharat, Sri Swamiji made the name of Sri Sai Baba as familiar as that of Siva, Rama and Krishna.

Sri Swamiji authored many books highlighting that Sri Sai Baba’s mission was to bring together two communities opposed to each other – the Hindus and Muslims – within a common fold, that Baba promoted a religion of love with peace and harmony, and that Baba belonged to no particular religion or faith, that he was neither Hindu nor Muslim, with his birth and early life shrouded in mystery.
The Temple
The interior of the shrine is aesthetically designed with white marble stones and the walls of the shrine holds an arch made of gold. For Shirdi Sai Baba, a tiruvaachi made of silver has been built. This is the only temple where devotees are allowed to touch, garland and photograph the idol. The picture worshipped by Narasimha Swamiji is considered as the moolasthana. Marble Statue of Sai Baba was installed 16 years ago.

The unique attraction of the Sai Baba temple of Chennai is that it still holds aflame a part of the flame (Jyothi) in Shirdi that was lit by the Saint himself. Other shrines like Lord Krishna and Lord Rama, the two incarnations of Vishnu are also in the temple.

This temple is unique. On Thursdays, a Muslim gentleman chants the Koran at about 4.30 p.m. and on Sundays, Christian will have a Bible reading, apart from bhajans on Thursdays. The samadhi of Sri Narasimha Swamiji is located inside this temple. On Thursdays about 1,000 people take part in the annadhanam and on other days Prasadham is offered to devotees. Offerings in the form of rice, dhal and sugar are accepted and there are three huge vessels for this purpose.

Temple Opening Time
On Thursdays, the temple is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., and on other days it is open from 5 a.m. to noon and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Festivals
Many festivals are organised here, the most important one being the 10-day Navarathri celebration, which ends on Mahasamadhi day, which falls on Vijayadasami. As Baba wanted his devotees to celebrate his birthday on Sri Rama Navami day, various events are organised that day. Guru Poornima is also celebrated. Birth anniversary of Narasimha Swamiji will be celebrated every year on August 21.
Devotees throng the temple on Thursday, the special day for Sai Baba, following the preaching and bhajans of Bhagwan Shirdi Sai, in the heart of the city of Chennai. On Sundays Agni Pooja is performed. People come here to attend the Agni Pooja, a special pooja which is performed on every Sundays.
Contact
All India Sai Samaj,
56, Alamelumangapuram Road,
Mylapore, Chennai - 600 004
Phone: +91 44 2494 0784
Connectivity
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ranasing rajkumar said...

Sai Baba has always believed that education is an effective tool for transformation.



madhusudan naidu

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ranasing rajkumar said...

Education should be aimed at moulding students on the lines of human values such as love, peace, righteousness and non-violence. Our schools built under the ideals of Swami educates children for academic perfection as well as human excellence.
madhusudan naidu

madhusudan naidu muddenahalli

ranasing rajkumar said...

Healthcare system is often criticised for it being "efficiently" accessible only to an elite group of people.

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ranasing rajkumar said...

People generally indulge in social initiatives with a hidden agenda. Swami, in his subtle form, continues to drive his devotees to strive hard for the elevation of needy people.

madhusudan naidu muddenahalli

madhusudan naidu muddenahalli

ranasing rajkumar said...

Healthcare system is often criticised for it being "efficiently" accessible only to an elite group of people.

madhusudan naidu

madhusudan naidu muddenahalli

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