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Sri Sainath Mandir

History of the temple

The temple has good natural surroundings. There are big trees all around. By night there is perfect peace and silence. However, after the temple was built by about midnight the noise of the opening of


the temple door used to be heard and Shri Sai Baba used to be seen going about in the precincts of the temple. Sometimes he used to be seen resting under a tree. At about 3 a.m., in the early morning, the noise of closing of the temple door used to be heard. This was noticed not only by Shri Pradhan and his family members, but even some guests who came to Shri Pradhan, also saw this miracle. The doubts in the mind of Shri Pradhan were completely removed in this incident and he became a confirmed Sai devotee from that time, and cost of thousands of rupees Shri Pradhan built a beautiful Shrine room, a specious hall, a wide verandah and a guest house.Shri Sai Baba went into Maha Samadhi in 1918, but the worship of Saibaba by Shri Pradhan continued with the same devotion. In 1924, Shri Pradhan’s daughter was married to Shri A.V.Gupte of Dadar, Mumbai. As Shri Gupte was himself a very pious man, he started taking keen interest in all the functions that were held at Bhivpuri and also encouraged many of his friends to come to visit the temple there. This resulted in the increase of the number of visitors coming to Bhivpuri.Shri Gupte visited Shirdi in 1936. He was so much impressed by the grandeur of the Samadhi Mandir there that with folded hands he prayed to Sai Baba that such a grand temple should come up at Bhivpuri very soon. As Shri Sai Baba is famous for granting the sincere prayers of his devotees, the above request of Shri Gupte was immediately granted by Shri Baba and from that time the Bhivpuri temple of Shri Sai Baba became more and more famous.Shri Pradhan expired in 1939, leaving the responsibility of the temple to his sons and son-in-law. For perpetuating the functions of the temple, an institution under the name “Shri Sadguru Sainath Seva Sanstha” was formed in the same year and seven trustees wee appointed to manage the temple affairs.Due to influx of more and more pilgrims, the old temple was found to be inadequate to accommodate all of them. The work of renovation and extension of the same was started; but though the brick work was completed, the work of construction of the roof was held up due to shortage of funds and material. In order to find a way out, late Shri Narayan Purohit, a Sai devotee started “Parayan” of Sai Satcharitra. After four days Shri Baba appeared in his dream and said, “Where is my Dhuni? If there is no Dhuni, how can this be Shirdi? How will the temple be complete?” As this dream was repeated, Shri Purohit informed Shri Gupte about it and in consultation with the other trustees, it was decided to start a Dhuni at the temple. A place was therefore fixed for construction of the Dhuni and Shri A.R.Walawalkar, the grandson of Shri Dabholkar, the author of Shri Satcharitra lit the fire and the Dhuni for the first time on 7th April 1949 on the auspicious day of Sriramanavami, at about 10 a.m.Shri Kumarsen Samarth, offered to pay all the expenses of the roof and other structures around the Dhuni. Like the Dhuni in the Dwarakamayee at Shirdi, this Dhuni also burns continuously. Various functions are held at the temple throughout the year and the functions on Ramnavami and the Samadhi day are celebrated with special pomp and show. Late Prof. D.D.Parchure, the former Executive Editor of the magazine, Shri Sai Leela who was a sincere Sai devotee, used to remain present at the time of both these special functions and perform Keertan expounding the life and teachings of Sai Baba.Many great personalities visit the temple and give the financial help. The trustees are grateful to all the visitors for their devotion and financial help. Due to this wonderful story of this temple, it is now a living centre of the spiritual influence of Sai Baba and it is no wonder that persons who visit it once, come to Bhivpuri for the Darshan of Sai Baba with renewed devotion.
Sri Sainath Mandir C/o. Sri Sainath Mandir (Bhivpuri Road) Trust, Regd.No.A-2024 (Mumbai), Bhivpuri Road, Village:Ukrool, Post:Chinchvali-410 201, Taluk:Karjat, District: Raigad, Maharashtra, India.
Aarti Timings :Kakad Aarti--5:30 AM,Afternoon Aarti--12:30 PM,Shej Aarti--7:30 PM.
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