The Shirdi Sai Mandir and Culture Centre
The Shirdi Sai Mandir, the Shirdi of North America, is conveniently located at 2721 Markham Road in Toronto, ON just north of Finch Road and Markham Road.
Baba’s Mandir is spread across 3 units (6,7 and 8) with a total area of approximately 6,000 square feet. The entrance to the Mandir is from Unit 6 which leads into the reception area with facilities to place footwear and jackets. Rest rooms have been provided by the reception area.
After walking across unit 7, further into the reception area, devotees enter unit 8 and reach the resource centre, which is located in the south corner of the reception area wherein various articles such as Satcharita (in various languages), CDs, books can be acquired by devotees for nominal donations. Unit 8 forms the main darshan and meditation hall. Baba’s beautiful marble murthy, facing west, is located in the East end. Baba’s benign look and mystical smile welcomes everybody to His Dwarkamai in Toronto. This is one of the very few Mandir’s wherein devotees can touch Baba’s murthy to seek blessings and energy. Devotees are requested to ensure that ornaments such as rings and bangles do not scratch Baba.
Devotees move up to Baba’s palki on the left after taking Baba’s darshan, . After crossing the palki, devotees can see a beautiful picture of Baba’s murthy in Shirdi mounted on the wall behind Baba’s murthy. This picture was placed on the altar before Baba’s murthy pratistha.
Devotees may offer parikrama to Baba around the altar. We request devotees to refrain from conducting parikrama during Aarti and pujas. Parikrama may not be possible on busy days such as Thursdays and major events.
Unit 7, on Baba’s right, houses a stage for Bhajan singers. A seating area has been set aside for seniors in front of the stage.
The Prasadalay, (food distribution) is located in Unit 6 and can seat upto 150 devotees. A small kitchen is located in the west corner of unit 6.
Devotees using wheelchairs may enter the Mandir using bay doors of unit 7 from behind the Mandir. Please call 647-444-4724 and request a volunteers assistance in opening the bay doors.