Mylapore is situated in the central part of Chennai. It serves as a site for different sacred and cultural venues. One such sacred place is the Shirdi Sai Baba temple in Mylapore. It is dedicated to Sai Baba or the Shirdi wale Sai Baba, a great saint of the 18th century.
People recognized Sai Baba for his preaching, which was always about diminishing the difference of religions and considering everyone equally. He used to say "Sabka Malik Ek," which also means "One God to Everyone." In his lifetime, he always practiced bringing people from different religions together. No one is aware of his caste, whether he was a Hindu or Muslim.
To celebrate Sai Baba and seek his sanctification, the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Mylapore was constructed in Chennai. In the temple, the light is still there, which was once lit by Sai Baba. To admire Baba's shrine and witness the miraculous light, people visit this temple weekly and on the days of ceremonies related to Sai.
The temple is also known as "Shirdi of the South," founded by Sri Narasimha Swamy, one of the founder members. The All India Sai Baba Samaj administrators the temple where people of all religions can visit. There is a large hall inside which is suitable for meditation.
History of the Temple
Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Chennai is a memorial to Sai Baba. It is said that Baba was born to a Hindu couple and was later given to a Muslim Fakir. Later he became a Sufi, and people start recognizing him for his miracles. Once Baba kept a mosque from falling and saved hundreds of lives.
To remember all their preaching and the humble acts, the temple was built in 1952 by Narasimha Swamy. According to the beliefs, Sai Baba was first worshipped by a merchant. He used to worship a picture of Sai Baba under a tamarind tree on the street, and later as it was associated with people's faith there, the temple was built in the same place.
Swamiji constructed the temple with his friend J.D. Pannalal who became a great support. The temple is known to spread the preaching of Sai Baba. Its main aim is to let everyone hear what Sai Baba taught in his life. Swamy Ji has been preaching for almost two decades, and he is a significant person who made people realize the importance of Sai Baba's principles. Swamy Ji has also traveled entire India to spread the messages of Sai Baba.People from different parts of South India visit this temple and seek the blessings of Baba.
Swamy Ji has also authored many books in which he always highlights Baba's sayings and mission to bring Hindu and Muslim together. These communities were always against each other, and hence Baba took several initiatives to bring these two religions in one place. This is the fruit of his efforts that todaypeople regardless of their caste visit the Sai Baba's temple in Shirdi and India.
About the Temple
When you enter the place, you find the Shrine of Baba, which glorifies with all white marble. The walls of the shrine form an arch made of gold. The marble statue is said to be more than 16 years old; it is also the first temple of Sai Baba where devotees are allowed to touch the shrine, offer garland, and photograph it.
Other shrines are there, too, such as the shrines of Lord Krishna and Lord Rama. The flame that was lit by the saint himself is the major point of attraction in the temple. Every day in the temple is celebrated, such as on Thursdays, a Muslim chants the Quran around 4.30 pm, on Sundays, a Christian reads the Bible, and Thursdays are known for Hindu Bhajans. That is how Sai Baba uniquely bonds everyone with the devotion.
On Thursdays, one can visit the temple from 5 am to 9 pm. On other days, it is open from 5 am to noon and 5 pm to 9 pm.
Many festivals like 10-day Navaratri, Sri Rama Navami day, and Guru Poornima are celebrated in the temple.
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