suggests that faith can move mountains and devotion can materialise
miracles our humble efforts bear testimony to this universal truth.
Blessed by the omnipresent, omnipotent, the true Embodiment of the
universal spirit, the eternal one, Sri Sai Baba, the modest effort
of Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Rohini, have lit a sympathetic and co-operative
chord among the hearts of the countless devotees of the Baba.
of this temple (also called a Mandir) are laid upon the desires
of the Baba to establish his very own Dwarka Mai (the Masjid or
the mosque) in this corner of Delhi. This wish is our command. The
devout came out with unstinting support to the noble cause and thus
began a holy crusade of sorts.
efforts that went into the launch of the Mandir project bore fruit
on 7th July 1989 when this Grace, Shri Sai Baba, chose
to step onto a small plot of land in Sector 3. Rohini in the form
of a white marble idol. However the limitations of restricted space
soon began to manifest themselves through Baba's diving inspiration,
a bigger plot measuring 360 sq. meters was obtained through Development
Authority. Under Baba's patronage and the single minded devotion
of the people, the temple's construction picked up momentum.
In 1992, on
the pious occasion of RAM NAVMI, the day Lord Rama descended on
Earth in the form of a mortal like us, the idol of this Diving Grace,
Sai Baba was installed inside the portals of the Mandir .
who have been thronging the temple ever since are a homage to the
diversity of India. The barriers of religion dissolve in the presence
of Baba. People pray in side the Mandir and burn incense at the
altar of Dwarka Mai with equal fervor. The temple offers something
for everyone. The serene and soothing environs act as a magnet to
all; to the young and the old, to the man and the woman, to the
troubled and the sick, to the grateful and the meek. The inner sanctum
of the Sai Mandir has been built according the physical specifications
of the original Samadhi Mandir in Shirdi. For those are unable to
visit Shirdi, there is nothing to lose heart about. The daily routine
of the temple corresponds exactly to the Shirdi Samadhi Mandir schedule.
The day begins with the Mangal Snan of the Baba followed by Dhoop
aarti at noon, then the evening arti, which is followed by discourses,
singing of hymns. The day is rounded up with the Shejja Aarti.
a tremendous outpouring of devotees. The flower bedecked 'palki'
or the palanquin of the Baba, accompanied by crowds of this faithfully,
recreates the vision of the Thursday march in Shirdi. Led by a band,
this weekly yatra attracts thousands through the way a sit winds
its way through out the streets of Rohini. The air reverberates
with the clants of Baba's name and permeates the conscious of one
another opportunity to the disciples of the Baba, to thank him for
his unlimited bounty which he showers on anyone who utters, his
name. A wooden chariot called the Ratha, specially prepared for
the occasion, and carrying foot prints of our beloved Baba, reaches
the homes of the faithfully and the ensuing hymn recital spreads
magic all around.
The temple complex
is blessed with the idols of many deities besides that of Baba.
The devotees can renovate and offer prayers and prasada to the idols
of Lord Rama, his brother Lakshmana and his wife Janaki, Lord Hanuman,
Ma Jagdamba, Ma Kali, Ma Sarswati, Lord Shiva and consort Ma Parvati,
Lord Dattatreya, Lord Satyanarayana, the nine planet configuration
called the "Navgraha mandal", to name a few.
Next to the
actual Samadhi temple in the Rohini complex, there exists the '
DwarakaMai', which is Baba's mosque. People offerr 'Lobaan' and
coconut and burn incense sticks in front of Baba's pictures, thereby
symbolically consigning all their misfortunes to the sacred flames.
Baba's life was a mission in continuity a mission to ameliorate
the sufferings of those who seek his indulgence. The offered succour
to all on a physical, mental as well as spiritual plane. The Rohini
Mandir has taken a few enthusiastic steps in the wake of footprints
left by the Baba in the sands of time.
The relics maintained
at Dwarka Mai in Shirdi include the mud stove, the mud pot and the
tongs used by Baba while cooking for community meals. Honoring the
tradition the temple in Rohini organises Bhandaras or community
meals on important occasions like Ram Navmi, Vijaydashmi, Gurupurnima,
Kirlans, Discourses and of course Janamasthmi celebration. The splendour
of lord Krishna's Birthday celebrations (Janamashthmi) attracts
huge crowds which partake of the Bahndara and prasad offering.
Baba's dictum of selfless service to society, the Mandir complex
hosts a philanthropic medical mission which is aptly named Shirdi
Sai Baba Dharmarth Aushdhalya. The medical mission offers treatment
in all the three disciplines of medicine Allopathic, Homeopathy
With the temple
offering nutrition for the soul, and the medical mission doing the
same for the body we have not left the mind idling in isolation.
Our excellent library, located within the temple premises, attracts
knowledge seekers from all walks of like while the students zoom
in on the reference books, the ordinary block have a golden opportunity
to inform and educate themselves about every facet of Baba's life.
of Baba's name is only one way of expressing severance for him.
The Mandir committee made available booklets, "the Sai Naam Jaap
Pustikas", wherein the devotees can write the many names of the
beloved Baba. The Mandir has published many books on this Eminence
Sri Sai Baba and has also brought out an audiocassette containing
songs pertaining to Baba's benevolence.
We invite and
exhort you to spare a moment of your chaotic lives and submit yourselves
to the sublime pleasure of being under the all encompassing wings
of this Holiness Sri Sai Baba. Let us learn from the riveting saga
of this rag clad fakir whose juggernaut toke down all barriers of
caste, creed, age, sex and riches. We hope to enrich our existence
by offering a similar chance to you.
Jai Sai Ram