Gowrivakkam is situated on the Velachery – Tambaram Main Road & is in the Sembakkam Panchayat Limit. It is at a Distance of around 8kms from Tambaram & 14kms from Velachery.
Sri Sai Baba’s Temple was Built & Inaugurated on 27th Aug 2000. A 5.5ft Marble Statue of Sri Sai Baba has been installed in the temple premises & has been considered as Sai Ma (Goddess Sai). Sai Baba is Nicely decorated with gold Ornaments & Jewels & we can feel as if we are seeing a statue of goddess rather than Sri Sai Baba.
A Brass Statue of Sri Sai Baba of around 1.5ft has been installed to the right of the Marble Statue & is used as Utsav Murthy. Daily Abhishekam & Puja are performed to the Utsav Murthy & on Thursday’s & Special Day’s abhishek is performed to the Main Marble Statue of Sai Baba.
Ganeshji, Sai Baba’s Dwarakamai along with Shiv Linga, Dhuni, Chavadi, Statues of Radhe Krishna, Statue of Narasimha Swamiji the founder of All India Sai Samaj Mylapore, Gurusthan, & Statue of Goddess Saraswathi has been installed in this temple. Sri Kulashekara Perumal the Founder temple has been the main Inspiration in building the Complete temple here at Gowrivakkam.
Statue of Sai Baba Installed in the Temple Sanctum
Brass Utsav Murthy of Sai Baba
Chavadi of Sai Baba with the Old Statue of Sai Baba
shri shirdi sai baba
Dwarakamai of Sai Baba with Shiva Linga
History of the Temple
Mrs. Kulasekara perumal was a staunch devotee of Shirdi Sai. Mr. Perumal was not a sai devotee then. But in 1960’s he got a chance to travel to Mumbai on an official trip. On his wife’s request he visited shirdi. It was said that during his visit , baba appeared as a small boy and helped him for all arrangements right from train route till darshan (including food and accommodation). Later on enquiry he came to know that there is no such boy in that place and thereby confirmed that it was none other than Sai. Then he became a staunch sai devotee.
After this trip, Mr. Kulasekara Perumal started visiting Mylapore Sai baba temple daily. He got retired in 1986 and started doing service in this temple till 1999. Due to some reasons, he had to leave that temple after 13 years of Service. He was not able to spend even a single day without doing service to his beloved Sai. After few days, baba appeared in his dream and instructed him to construct this temple.
He started appearing in Mr.perumal’s dream daily night and gave instructions and directions in constructing this temple in Gowrivakkam. Mr. Perumal also adds that for the mandir right from the color of paint, the kind of brick and everything is purely the choice of Sai. He also did not see any Vastu for constructing the temple as instructions was given by Sai himself.
The interesting feature of this temple is that baba is being worshipped as Saima (Goddess) here. A devotee brought a padam – namam made out of gold (for goddess Alamelu) and pressurized Mr.perumal to keep with him. He accepted it with half mind. Then Baba appeared in perumal’s dream and asked him to beautify him through that gold ornament and also instructed him to worship him as Goddess.