SWAMI VISITS COIMBATORE AND INAUGURATES THE NAGA SAI MANDIR - FEBRUARY 1961

Saturday, February 25, 1961 to Tuesday, March 07, 1961

Swami at the Naga Sai Mandir, Coimbatore
On 25th February, 1961, Swami left for Coimbatore along with Sri Kondal Rao and some other devotees. Swami was welcomed at Udumalpet by the representatives of the Naga Sai Mandir of Coimbatore. Swami halted for a short while at Bhavani house, near the Bhavani Sagar Dam. When He subsequently reached Coimbatore, He was taken in procession on a chariot to the Naga Sai Mandir. 

Sathya Sai consecrating the idol of Shirdi Sai at the Naga Sai Temple, Coimbatore
On 26th morning Swami consecrated the marble slab on which the image of Shirdi Sai Baba was to be placed. Swami materialised a gold plate with some mystic symbols and nine gems, and placed them under the slab. He then addressed the devotees for an hour and a half. On the occasion, He said:

"This day deserves to be recorded in letters of gold because of this reason. Moreover, this day is 
unique because it is rare that an Avatar installs the idol of another. I Myself find it rather 
amusing. Of course, Rama installed the Shivalinga at Rameshwaram before He started out for 
Lanka for the extermination of the evil-doers. Now, there is no question of extermination. My 
task is Dharma Samsthaapanam (establishment of righteousness). And now that I am entering on 
that Avatar Kaarya (task of the Incarnation), I too am installing this idol prior to that task.


It is now over 18 years since the Manifestation of Sai as Naga (snake) took place on this spot; but it has 
taken you all these years to complete the erection of the Mandir and the installation of the 
Image. Well, the years accumulated to 18 not without reason. It is all in the Plan. Eighteen is a 
mystic number, having a profound meaning. I find 18 persons in the Mandapa (podium) here; 
they represent the 18 officiators of the Yajna (Vedic ritual of sacrifice): 6 for the Jagat 
(world), 6 for Kaala (time), 3 for Manas, Chitta and Buddhi (mind, thought and intellect), the 
pair that perform the Yajna as the initiated couple, and lastly, Atma, the Witness.

I am installing the Naga Sai in the temple, but that is just a symbolic act. I require that at that 
very moment, chosen because it is very auspicious, you should install Him in your heart; make 
Him your Hrudaya-Sthaayi!

Swami taken in a regal procession on an elephant at Udumalpet
Swami proceeded to Udumalpet on the 27th. There, Swami rode through the streets of Udumalpet on a majestically caparisoned elephant flanked on either side by two elephants, granting Darshan to 50,000 people who awaited Him in the hot sun. He stayed there for 3 days.

He also visited Palani, Keeranoor, Amaravati, Ganapatipalayam, Guruvappanaickanoor and Bodhipatti. Swami returned to Coimbatore on 2nd March. Swami proceeded to Cherangode village on the 3rd. After having blessed the villagers, Swami left for Mysore by car on the same day. He reached the city at around 9.30 pm. He resumed His journey on 4th morning and reached Bangalore at around 10 am. Swami returned to Prashanti Nilayam on 7th March.

Source: Sri Sathya Sai Digvijayam Part 1 (1926-1985)

5 comments:

  1. Sairam Sirs, I am luck and blessed to read this.

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  2. Ohm Sairam. I live in Coimbatore for the past 40 years and now I got the full informations abour Swamy visit to Nagasai Mandhir..
    Thanks Sai Sivakumar for shari g this valuable informations

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  3. OM SAIRAM.

    I AM ONE OF THE HUMBLE SAI DEVOTEE TO WITNESS THE INSTALLATION OF SAI MANDIR AT COIMBATORE. I WAS TEN YEARS OLD AT THAT TIME AND STAYED THERE TILL NOON,IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY. THAT WAS THE ONLY OCCASSION. I COULD SEE AND ENJOY SHRI SAIRAM AND THAT TOO AT A CLOSE RANGE..BEFORE THE INSTLLATION OF BABA'S STATUE A LARGE SIZE OF BABJI'S PHOTOGRAPH WAS USED FOR PERFORMING POOJA. AND STILL THE VERY SAME PHOTO IS KEPT AT THE SAME PLACE BUT JUST BEHIND THE STATUE, AND POOJA IS PERFORMED REGULARLY AND A LARGE NUMBER OF DEVOTEES ARE OFFERING THEIR WORSHIPS AND PRAYERS TO BABAJI,A PHOTO OF SAIRAM INAGURATING THE INSTALLATION OF SAI STATUE IS STILL THERE DECORATING THE TEMPLE OF SAI MANDIR.ONE CAN GET PEACE OF MIND AND SOLACE BY WORSHIPPING AT THE SAIMANDIR. COIMBATORE..K.VENKATESAN,COIMBATORE

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  4. Wow. Amazing. Swami looks so regal on the elephant.

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  5. If any one can tell me by what route swamy traveled to / back from coimbatore. I wish, he traveled via Sathyamangalam, which is my native, in His name, Sathya Mangalam. Sairam.

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