Mylapore Shirdi Sai Baba TempleMylapore, a popular cultural hub and a notable neighborhood of Chennai is regarded as one of the oldest residential localities in the city.
Some of the most popular 'religious-landmark' of Mylapore include 7th-century Mayilappur Kapalisvarar Kovil, 16th-century Church of Our Lady of Light also known as Luz Church, Sri Audikesava Perumal Peyalvar Temple, Sri Vedantha Desikar Devasthanam also known as Sri Srinivasar Koil, Veera Anjaneyar Temple, Nava Shakti Vinayaka Temple, Veerabadra Swami Temple and several other religious sites.
When talking about the religious landmarks of Mylapore, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Mylapore is an unmissable name that it receives hundreds of thousands of local, national and international devotees throughout the year.
As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to the Sai Baba of Shirdi (lovingly called as Shirdi Sai Baba) who was an illustrious spiritual master and is celebrated as an enlightened Rishi, Satguru and Fakir.
History and Significance of Mylapore Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
Nestled in the ever-busy Venkatesa Agraharam Street (Mylapore), the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is more than seventy years old. Regarded as one of the oldest Shridi Sai Baba Temples in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, the Mylapore Baba Mandir is popularly called as the 'Shirdi of the South'.
During the year 1941, Shri Narasimha Swamiji, an attorney by profession and a pious follower and devotee of Shridi Sai Baba revered a picture of Sai Baba preserved under a tamarind tree at the exact location where the Mylapore Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is now situated.
Subsequently, the ardent devotee shifted the Baba picture of a modest house in the Nanjunda Rao Colony (Mylapore). Later, Shri Narasimha Swamiji established the Sai Samaj and built the present site with assistance from his ally J.D. Pannalal, and observed the sanctification.
The primary objective behind the establishment of the Samaj was to help people, helpless in particular. At the start when Shri Narasimha Swamiji established the temple, he desired only a picture of Sai Baba laid at the sanctum.
Mylapore Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is so special that this is the only Sai Baba mandir where visitors are granted permission to garland and photograph the deity of Sai Baba. Furthermore, the picture that was revered by the Narashima Swamiji is regarded as the moolasthanam.
Numerous festive events are organized here, on a regular basis and the most significant one being the Navarathri celebration (10-day celebration), which concludes with 'Mahasamadhi' day, which comes on Vijayadashami.