After many months’ hard-work by the members of Shri Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan of New Zealand, the brand new Sai Baba Temple in Auckland was inaugurated on Thursday 6 February 2014.
The four-day long opening celebrations began with a Ganesh puja at 8.30am on 6 February, and continued till the evening of 9 February.
The highlight of the opening ceremony was the Kumbha Abhishekam and Prana Pratishta of Shri Shirdi Saibaba and other deities, performed by Guruji Chandrabanu Satpathji on Sunday 9 February.
The temple consecration rituals began many days earlier, and Yantra Pratishta of all deities including Saibaba was performed on Thursday 6 February. As a part of this ritual Navaratnas offered by devotees were placed beneath the deities along with Yantras which will be there forever.
The brand new temple complex also has a community centre, and is open to visitors every day from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm and 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm.
The dream of building a Sai Baba temple in Auckland was born many years ago – in February 2002 – when a group of Sai Baba devotees came together to form a group to the aim of building a temple.
After many years of tireless efforts, the Sansthan acquired freehold land with a total area of 2975 sq m which contained a 1960 sq m warehouse at 12 – 18, Princes Street in Onehunga in central Auckland – the site where the new temple is built.
While the temple dream was taking shape, Santhan began conducting weekly prayer-meetings (satsangs) that included bhajans, Sai japam, pravachans and meditation every Thursday Mt Roskill War Memorial Hall, 13 May Road in Mt Roskill in Auckland.