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Shri.Madiye Maharaj Mandir

History of the temple

During His life time, while at Shirdi, Shri Sai Baba favored so many people and cured so many ailing persons that His Leelas were known everywhere as miracles. Though more than fifty years have rolled


on since his Mahasamadhi, still He is showering His favors on his ardent devotees and is helping them in the nick of their time. Because of this favor shown to His devotees by Shri Sai Baba, the devotees have thought of constructing Sai temples at different places for their convenience.In the Tardeo area of Bombay, there is one such temple on the Forjett Street. The temple is located on the ground floor of a building, known as Haji Mohamed Kasam Building on the aforesaid street. On peeping through the door of the temple we see the pleasing statue of Shri Sai Baba placed on a high altar. This statue is of plaster and is about four feet high. The altar, on which the statue is placed, is prepared from strong teak wood. At first sight, we therefore feel as if Shri Sai Baba has mounted an elephant and is sitting in the Ambari. In the space on the right side, there is another small statue of Shri Sai Baba, which has been presented to the authorities of the temple by the devotees, attending the temple. Near this statue, we also find another statue which is of Yogiraj Dattadas Madiye Maharaj, who was instrumental in constructing this temple and who also blessed it.Shri Madiye Maharaj, is the maternal uncle of Shri Gurunath Mayekar, who runs the temple at Forjeet Street. Ramchandra Rawji Madiye is the full name of Madiye Maharaj. He was a contemporary of Shri Sai Baba and Shri Satam Maharaj. He had progressed much in the philosophical field and was respected very much by his devotees. He had met Shri Siddharudh Swami at Hubli, who was mainly instrumental in directing him to go and meet Shri Sai Baba. He accordingly came to Shirdi and spent many years in the company of Shri Sai Baba and performed penance there. Later on he came to Bombay and stayed here permanently upto 1946, in which year he left this world, at a pretty mature age of Seventy-three. His Samadhi is however built at Kailakatta near Kudal in the Ratnagiri District. A number of his devotees, who have had the experience of his strong spiritual power, are still strewn all over the country and they still remember and pray him in their difficulties.Late Mrs. Janabai, the mother of Shri Gurunath Mayekar, and the sister of Shri Madiye Maharaj were sincere Sai devotees and Shri Mayekar has inherited this devotion to Shri Sai Baba from his mother. Shri Mayekar is a dealer in Motor cars and he maintains a garage at Haines Road, Worli, under the name of "General Auto Works". Shri Mayekar is prospering in his business. He has hardly any spare time; but whenever he finds a little free time from his work he utilizes the same for praying to Shri Sai Baba. It may be said with a little exaggeration, that devotion to Shri Sai Baba is His only addiction. He gives the full credit of his ardent devotion to Shri Sai Baba, to his mother and to Shri Madiyemaharaj, his maternal uncle.The beginning of this Sai Mandir was really done in 1919; but at that time it was located in a house, which is in front of the present location of the temple. In 1942 it was brought to the present site. This temple has only a very scanty space of fourteen feet by ten feet; but because it was blessed by Shri Madiye Maharaj it came into importance. Many important personages in other fields and high officials visit this temple for paying their respects to Shri Sai Baba. Shri Muktananda Swami from Ganeshpuri, (near Vajreshwari), Sati Godavarimataji from Sakuri and such other dignitaries have visited this temple for taking the darshan of the idol of Shri Sai Baba. The Court Receiver of Shirdi Sansthan, Shri Pathaksaheb has also regard and love for this temple and whenever he is in the vicinity of this temple, he makes it a point to visit this temple.This temple is located in a very small space. It is more or less owned by a private individual; still it is frequented by a number of Sai devotees regularly. Shri Mayekar has a sincere desire to perform publicly the morning and evening Aarti and Bhajan, Keertan etc. at the temple premises; but due to want of space, it has not been possible to introduce these things at the temple. Still it is a great wonder how Shri Sai Baba is attracting thousands of people to this temple for His Darshan. Forjett Street is a little out of the way for ordinary people. The locality all around is full of aristocratic people, belonging to high strata of the society; still it is the devotion to Shri Sai Baba, which is instrumental in attracting big crowds to this small temple.
shri shirdi sai baba temple (shri madiyemaharaj's temple), forjett street, grant road, taradeo, mumbai-400 034, maharashtra,india
Temple Timings:Morning:--06:00 am to 12:00 noon,Evening:--04:00 pm to 10:00 pm,Thursday:--Morning 05:00 am to 12:00 mid-night.Aarti Timings:--Every Morning:--06:00 am,Every Evening:--07:30 pm.Special Events:On both the Ekadashi’s of every month special Kirtan of Shyam Baba is performed.On the day of Amavasya of every month Mangal Paath of Rani Sati Dadi is performed.On Ashtami Day of every month Mangal Paath of Jin Mata is performed.Every Thursday from 9 PM to 11 PM Sai Bhajans by Sai Devotees.During both the Navaratri Festivals, on the day of Ashtami Special Homas are performed and Kanyakumari Pooja of 108 Girls is held.
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