Sunday, November 4, 2007
Services at Local temples on Surat
Last month was full with problems of computer and internet connections. So Had the splendid time with the favorite Shri Sai SatCharitra.
The energy, the presence, it emits is just amazing. Read it repeatedly, and a Sai Baba devotee and a friend, would take me to different Shirdi Sai Baba temples. He would ask me t wake him up at 3 in the morning. By four O' clock we would be in a temple. There is a temple at Chouta Bazaar, in Surat. Three O' clock the services to Sai Baba starts.
Sai Baba's, limbs are pressed, with the chanting of Sai's name. There is a Dhuni kept alive, which is cleaned and fed with wood. After the massage of the body of Sai Baba, bathing is done all with chanting and songs of Sai Baba. On Thursdays, bathing is done with warm water, followed by Panchamrut, followed by warm water, followed by Saffron mixed water and finally with warm water. Same procedure is followed with the idol of Lord Dattayetra's idol.
There are three floors of the temple, than bathing is followed in the basement, followed by the idol on the first floor. All the time different Chanting and songs are sung. Heart use to get fill with joy seeing and feeling Sai Baba's chanting and services.
I use to get particularly attracted to Shayankhand (sleeping room), of Sai Baba on the first floor. First time i went there, in few seconds with a wave of energy i was filled, sat there and watched the beautiful idol of Sai Baba sleeping. Sai Baba is sleeping in the fashion, Lord Vishnu sleeps ( i miss a digital camera badly, could have got the picture and uploaded with this post) with the ShesNaga. The idol looked almost real, and felt Sai Baba will move any moment.
On the right hand side of Shayankhand is a small statue of Sai Baba, heart got filled with the service rendered to the small idol. Bathing went on with Chantings with no hurry. After the bath, the devotee chanted a Stotra, and while carefully making a tripunda mark on Sai Baba's forhead, all the 108 names of Sai Baba where chanted. One can imagine with how much love and care, the services are performed, not as mere rituals.