Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Sansthan La Montebello
Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan LA Montebello is an amazing organization that came into existence in less than 4months of conceiving the idea of bringing Sai Baba to LA area. It is believed to be truly miraculous how fast paced the developments took place culminating with first Sai Baba temple in Southern California on January 21st, 2007. Ever since that auspicious day, the number of devotees visiting the temple grew by leaps and bounds.
This miracle is possible only because of the overwhelming devotion displayed by the Sai devotees, volunteers and donors. The temple is in existence because of the devotees who visit regularly in large numbers participating in the religious activities. It is primarily the Sai devotion that translated the idea into a full-fledged temple for Sai Baba. The day-to-day activities in the temple are sustained by community participation of volunteers. They are to support puja, decoration of temple, maintenance of temple surroundings, organizing major events, fund-raising, communication to devotees, financial support, accounting, development and maintenance of web-site and devotee database etc.
One of the primary supports for the temple is obviously financial support. Every single dollar that is donated is extremely important to the temple for its sustenance. There has been overwhelming contribution to the temple fund by numerous donors so far this year. The Sansthan would like to extend heartfelt thanks and blessings from Sai Baba to the donors for being part of the devotional experience of Sai Baba, each individual in their own unique way.
With the blessings of Baba and urging of devotees, a little home of Baba came up seven seas away from Shirdi. Few became the medium, few hoisted His flag, some shed their tears, some toiled and sweated, some offered in money and kind, many prayed with open heart – and stands today in the Montebello area of Los Angeles , our beautiful Baba temple.
Baba sowed the initial seed. Dr. Prabhakar had a dream vision for Sai seva. The seed was small, it was tender – and came forward Sai Smaran and other Shirdi Sai Groups of Los Angeles to protect and grow it further. Hands started coming together – selfless effort from Dr. Prabhakar, his wife Dr. Padmini, tireless hours from several families in other Shirdi Sai Groups joined to lay the initial pillars. The temple was inaugurated on Sunday, Jan 21, 2007 with the sthaphana of life size photo of Baba.
And then came the big moment of getting our Baba ‘s idol from India . A very kind and humble soul, Sri K. V. Ramani ji from Shirdi Sai Trust, was instrumental for the “BEAUTIFUL” Baba idol. The temple which looked somewhat incomplete till now suddenly started looking so full, so complete with Baba ‘s idol taking the centre stage. Baba ‘s Vigraha Pratistha happened in Feb 2008 in the presence of never seen before enthusiasm and exuberance from all devotees.
The temple Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan, LA, is a non-profit organization (All donations made in USA are tax deductible. Tax ID # 20-5624443). Baba ‘s darbar is open for all. Holding our fingers, His loving glance ever teaches us simple, pure living with the virtues of faith and patience. Please join us in our goal to spread Shirdi Sai Baba’s message in every heart, in every home not only in Greater Los Angeles area, but all over the world.