Saipuram Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is situated at Injambakkam, in a lavish seven acres of pristine land facing the Bay of Bengal
, on the outskirts of Chennai
. Known as the Shirdi (the place where Sri Sai Baba lived) of the South, the temple complex has a number of buildings and temples. The majestic view of the seashore from the temple is a memorable experience.
Before proceeding to the main temple of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba one comes across the shrine of Lord Ganesh. The main temple of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba is an elegant hexagonal structure of white marble, towering over a height of 100 ft. The image of Shri Sai Baba is handcrafted in pure white marble in his famous sitting posture. The holy fire (Dhuni), from which Baba used to collect the ash (Udi), which is distributed to the devotees, has been burning uninterruptedly since Baba's days and is kept burning at Saipuram.
Other shrines here are dedicated to Lord Shiva and Parvati, Durga Devi, Lord Hanuman, Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshman, Lord Venkateswara, Navagrahas, Lord Krishna and Radha, and Lord Muruga with his consorts Valli and Devyani.
Another important spot here is the wish-fulfilling tree, devotees visit this place and tie a turmeric dipped string around the tree on Thursdays and Fridays. It is believed that ones difficult problems and wishes are being fulfilled by doing this.
Besides the Aarti, special pujas, marriage ceremonies and thread ceremonies are conducted on request. Arrangements for feeding the poor are also provided.
Meditation Hall, a free Health Care Center, a stall selling puja items, a bookshop selling Sai paraphernalia, a canteen, generator and telephone and transportation facilities are provided.