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Pilgrimage to Saipuram, Shirdi of the South
« on: December 10, 2004, 03:40:13 PM »
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  • Dear Sai Devotees

    If you are residing at Madras(Chennai)Kindly  grab the chance of visiting our sad guru shirdi saibaba  temple and get his Grace.The details  are  given below.Om sairam.

     
    A view of the Saipuram Temple in Chennai
     
     
     
    Entrance to the Saipuram Temple is shaded with trees on both sides
     
     
     
    You get Sai Baba's darshan as you approach
     
     
     
    Sai Baba in all his glory, awaiting to heal your soul
     
     
     
    Lord Dattatreya, the Primordial Guru
    On the outskirts of Madras, in a calm and serene atmosphere is located the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple. The green wooded land rising from the sea, on the new Mahabalipurarn Road seems to have been waiting for centuries, in anticipation for his arrival. The inspiration to build the temple was Sri C.B Satpathy's visit to Madras on April 19, 1993.



    The construction of the temple was completed in a record time of four months, braving storms and heavy rains by thousands of workers who were inspired to work night and day to fulfil the task. The temple was inaugurated by Shri C.B Satpathy between the 5th and 9th of December 1993, with a Mahakumbhabishekham, a ceremony invoking the Divine presence with the participation of thousands of devotees chanting Baba's name.


    A visit to Saipuram is like a pilgrimage to Shirdi, the place where Sri Sai Baba lived. The moment one enters the property of Saipuram, one enters a veritable paradise where one forgets the drudgeries of the day to day world. In fact, in the word of Sai there are no worldly miseries, misgivings or sorrows and anxieties for there is ever flowing love and joyousness. One is reminded of Sri Sai Baba's favourite sayings. "Whoever puts 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".


    This is the experience of Saipuram. The temple complex has a number of buildings and temples in an area of seven acres of pristine land facing the sea. The panoramic view of the sea shore from the temple is a sight to be experienced and enjoyed by one and all. There is a wide stretch of sandy beach which is so charming that anyone who would like to spend a quiet time in solitude would not find a more appropriate place.


    At the entrance of the Saipuram complex is the Guest House Which house seven well-furnished rooms. It also has a lobby, an office, and a library which has an exhaustive collection of books on religion, philosophy and Sri Sai Baba. As one proceeds to the temple one comes across the shrine of Lord Ganesha. The Lord Ganesha resides here to ward of all obstacles. No task is begun without the blessing of Lord Ganesha.


    Next is the bigger shrine of Lord Dattatreya, the three -headed from representing the Holy Trinity - Brahma the Lord of Creation, Vishnu the Lord of preservation, and Mahadeva the Lord of Destruction.
    Dattatreya is the symbol of the primordial guru, the dispeller of darkness who manifests all the three qualities of the Holy Trinity, such as Sri Sai Baba who is said to be the incarnation of Lord Dattatreya.


    Further on the side we come to the temple that houses the symbols of power according to the Hindu pantheistic tradition, sculpted in black stone.


    The Shrine of Shivalingam and Parvati
    The Shrine of Maha Durgadevi
    The Shrine of Lord Hanuman
    The Shrine of Lord Rama, Sita, Laxman
    The Shrine of Lord Venkateswara
    The Shrine of the Nava Grahas (Nine Planets)
    The Shrine of Lord Krishna & Radha
    The Shrine of Lord Subramanya with his consorts Valli and Devyani



    The main temple of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba is a large hexagonal structure built to a height of I 00 feet and made of white marble. The statue of Sri Sai Baba is in his famous sitting posture known all over the world, sculpted by hand in pure white marble. The mosque, Sri Sai Baba called by the name of Dwarakamayee (Lord Krishna's birthplace) is here a replica of the same in Shirdi. It is the place where Baba used to reside. He kept a constant fire (Dhuni) burning from which the ash or Udi is collected and distributed to the devotees. The holy fire which was brought from Shirdi, has been burning uninterruptedly since Baba's days and is kept burning at Saipuram. The Chawdi or resting place is a replica of the one at Shirdi, is a place for pilgrims and Baba used to spend some nights there with the devotees, singing and dancing.


    The wish - fulfilling tree is a very important spot at Saipuram temple. On Thursdays and Fridays devotees visit this spot and tie a turmeric dipped string around the tree. Miraculous solutions to difficult problems and wishes being fulfilled here have been expressed by many devotees.


    The Trust publishes 'Sai Chetana' a quarterly magazine. Articles are invited from Sai devotees and others who desire to write on spiritual and religious matters. Donations to this charitable cause may please be sent by Demand Draft / Cheque in favour of Sri Sai Baba Spiritual and Charitable Trust, Saipuram, Injanibakkam, Madras - 600 041, India.


    There are various amenities available such as a gowshala which houses a few cows, a Meditation Hall, a free Health Care Centre, a stall selling pooja items, a book shop selling Sai paraphernalia, a canteen, generator, tubewell, telephone and transportation facilities. Besides the Aarti, special poojas are performed on request and arrangements for feeding of the poor are available. Marriage ceremonies, thread ceremonies and other Hindu functions are also conducted, on request.


    The very ambience of the place is not its temples or deities or the buildings but the serenity and the invisible divine presence of Sri Sai Baba, with a pervading feeling of love and compassion that was Sai Baba himself. As you join in the morning aarti you see the first golden hues of the sun emerging from the sea, fall over Sri Sai Baba's statue as if the sun god has himself joined the devotees in praise of the Supreme Being.


    Captain Chandra, the Manager and a resident of Saipurarn says, "When I come to this place, I made a candid statement that I have no devotion, no such spiritual inclinations. But now hardly a day passes when I do not go to Sai, with folded hands a number of times. One is reminded again of Sri Sai Baba saying, "I draw my devotees even from thousands of miles away like a boy drawing a bird to whose foot one end of a string is attached while the other is held by him".


    All are welcome to

    Saipuram, to immerse

    themselves in the infinite

    ocean of Lord Sai Baba's

    unending love and

    compassion and attain

    spiritual peace.
     



    om sai sri sai jaya jaya sai
    A Person, who has controlled his mind, can achieve any success in his life. How far you are trying to control your mind?
    The mind that judges not others ever remains tension-free.
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