Temple: Shirdi Sai Mandir
The Shirdi Sai Mandir in Hoskote is a temple dedicated to Shirdi Sai Baba. It is situated in Hoskote, a town on the outskirts of Bangalore district.
Shirdi Sai Mandir – Overview
Shirdi Sai Baba was a great spiritual leader and saint who lived during the 19th century and early part of the 20th century. He was and still is revered by millions of devotees irrespective of their religion. The Sai temple at Shirdi is one of the most important pilgrimage centers for people in India.
Shirdi Sai Baba has devotees all over the world. Not all of them can come to Shirdi, so various Shirdi Sai Temples have been constructed by devotees everywhere so that all his devotees can reach out to him and seek his blessings. One such temple was recently constructed at Hoskote town, in the out reaches of Bangalore.
Located on NH 4, Hoskote is 36 km away from Bangalore city. Hoskote has many famous temples – Avimukteshwara, Varadaraja and Vithoba temples. The Avimukteshwara Jatre held in April-May attracts thousands of people. Hoskote also attracts a lot of bird-watchers, for the dried lake bed serves as a nesting ground for birds.
Shirdi Sai Mandir – Architecture
The Shirdi Sai Mandir in Hoskote was inaugurated on the 19th of February, 2009. Kumbabishekam and other opening ceremonies were performed. It has marble statues of Shirdi Sai Baba, and two of his South Indian devotees, Sri Narasimha Swamiji and his disciple Sri Radha Krishna Swamiji.
The Sai Dhuni or the sacred fire is present at the back of the temple. There is also a statue of Lord Ganesha here. All the pujas are conducted according to the Sai Sansthan rules. The temple has a kitchen for preparing prasadam. The whole temple has marble flooring. This is the only Shirdi Sai Temple in Hoskote.
How to Get to Shirdi Sai Mandir, Hoskote
Hoskote is located on the outskirts of Bangalore city and the region is well connected through bus routes.
Shirdi Sai Mandir– Facts
- It was inaugurated on the 19th of February, 2009
- It’s the only Sai Temple in Hoskote town
- The temple has lovely marble statues
- The Sai Dhuni (sacred fire) and Ganesha statue are located at the back of temple
- A white metal idol of Sai Baba for Palki Utsav can be seen
- Sankata Hara Chathurthi celebrations are held here
- The crowd is dense during Samuhika Sathya Narayana Vratham on Poornima (full moon) days
- Special bhajans are held on Thursdays and Sundays
- It’s located on Brahmin Street, Hoskote
The Shirdi Sai Mandir is a wonderful temple set in a peaceful spot. As it is in the suburbs, far removed from the bustle of the city, it is very quiet and calm. During temple festivals here, there is comparatively less crowd, and so your trip will be more of a personal experience.