Sai Baba Mandir in Chennai follows the preaching of Lord Shirdi Sai. This temple is dedicated to Sai Baba who was born in Shirdi and was a Hindu brought up by a Muslim. The region is known as Shirdi of the South. The temple is visited most on Thursdays which is considered to be a special day for Sai Baba.
This is a modern and well maintained temple. One can also see the majestic view of the sea. The temple is a complex of numerous buildings and temples. Shrines for Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha, Lord Rama, Goddess Durga, Lord Hanuman, Goddess Sita, Lord Venkateshwara, Lord Muruga and Lord Krishna are also kept inside the temple.
The 100 feet tall temple was constructed in four months with thousand of workers working day and night. It is an elegant hexagonal structure made from white marble and has a huge marble image of Sai Baba in a sitting position. The ash from the holy fire is collected by devotees and considered sacred. The fire has been burning continuously since Baba’s days.
There is also a wish fulfilling tree here. Devotees believe that if they tie a turmeric dipped thread around the tree on Thursdays or Fridays, their wish would be fulfilled by the deity. A meditation hall, health care centre, stalls selling puja items, a bookshop, a canteen, generator, transportation and telephone facilities are available at the site.