The First Shirdi Sai Baba Idol Installed in the World by Sri Sathya Sai – February 1949

Thursday, February 03, 1949

Sri Sathya Sai at the Guindy temple in the 1980s

During the inauguration of the Guindy temple, Baba materialised a silver idol of Lord Ganesha and nine gems and scattered them in the pit meant for the foundation stone. He materialised golden flowers and asked the Mudaliar’s family to do the Archana (worship). He then created a Sri Chakram, placed the Shirdi Baba idol and did the ‘Ashtabandhanam’ (a ritual for the establishment of the idol) Himself. When Baba thus energised the idol, it levitated in air for a few seconds and then descended back to its original position.

On the day of the installation, the Mudaliars did ‘Pada Puja’ to Baba. They prayed to Baba to give an impression of His feet on a piece of silk cloth. Baba acceded and they applied sandal paste mixed with turmeric powder on the soles and Baba stood on the cloth. When He stepped aside, the impression left was not that of the slender, tender feet of the young Baba; but the long, heavy, ponderous Feet that trod the lanes of Shirdi 32 years ago!

The registration of the Trust Deed of the Sri Sathya Sai Mandali, Guindy, was completed on this day, the 3rd of February 1949, which happened to be a Thursday.

Sri B. V. Raman and Sri B. V. Lakshmanan, the singers from Madras were one of the earliest ‘birds’ drawn towards Baba. They were invited to give a concert for the grand inaugural function of the Shirdi Sai Mandir at Guindy. Swami seemed to enjoy their music thoroughly and began inviting them to Puttaparthi thenceforth.

Thus, the Shirdi Sai Baba idol at Guindy became the very first idol of Shirdi Baba to be installed in a temple anywhere in the world. The idol at the Samadhi Mandir in Shirdi was installed 5 years later on October 7, 1954.



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

14 comments:

  1. Wow, what a precious News! Great great indeed, Swami's leela!glory to Shirdi sai & parthi Sai Bhagavan
    Shekar(mauritius)

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  2. Sairam this temple in chennai is not so popular, it has a wonderful history.its a very calm temple. must visit when you go to chennai. swami has blessed guindy many times by giving his darshan over here.There is a swamis room nearby just a very small room having one asbestos sheet above ie all. what simplicity

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    1. Sairam, Can you please provide the exact address of this particular temple. There seem to be more than one Shirdi Sai temple in the area.

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    2. Sairam, Can you please provide the exact address of this temple. There seem to be more than one Shirdi Sai temple in the Guindy area.

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    3. SHRI SAI BABA TEMPLE
      ADJACENT TO THE GUINDY RAILWAY STATION
      BEHIND THE BUS STOP TOWARDS TAMBARAM
      GUINDY

      Follow this link for details on the timings of the temple and the various activities conduced there:
      http://saitemples.com/temples/shri-sai-baba-temple-guindy

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  3. Sairam. Very important news. Thanks.

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  4. Om sai , baba's blessings will be always with us......

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  5. Wonderful. OM SAIRAM OUR LOVING GOD !

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  6. Om sairam, very interesting, must visit

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