LocationDwarkamai is situated in between Samadhi Mandir and Chavadi – the resting place of Lord Sai Baba. One gets on his way to Dwarkamai by existing Gate No. 3 of Samadhi Mandir Premises, near Mukh-darshan. Alternatively one can reach Dwarkamai through Gate No. 4 which passes through a junction of shops in a small lane.Opposite to Dwarkamai, one will notice a long row of shops crowded with wide range of portraits of Lord Sai Baba in all sizes, idols, decorative pieces and much more which a visitor's mind actually think of. Nearing Dwarkamai, the large chimney is visible as its first sight.
History and Importance
One would certainly be surprised to see this rustic structure as seat of Highly Spiritual Saint of this era and would rather be perturbed to guess the fact that this was the very same place where miracles, spiritual discourses and loving sports of dearest Lord Baba flowed in equal number to its visitors cum seekers. One standpoint which supports this action of Lord Baba is that He was dispassion incarnate and loved utter simplicity with modest living and wanted to set an example of non-attachment, so what place other than the old and dilapidated mosque would suit Him? In this mosque His properties were – a Chilam (smoking pipe), a Satka (small stick), begging bowl and a few pieces of cloth on which He used to rest and a Kafni on His body. He used to say, “Fakiri (poverty) is far better than Amiri (Kingship).” Although His followers (devotees) insisted to carry out repairs to this mosque, He tried to avoid them saying that there is no need for it. The mosque in whichever condition it was, was dearer to Him more than a diamond-studded gold palace. For Him, this was real meaning of Kingship and it has been noted that He never allowed His devotees to bring cash money or costly gift articles. This would rage Him to no limits, but when simple devotees brought something to eat for Him and afterwards forgot about the thing, the responsibility of reminding the devotee was on shoulders of dear Lord Baba. Hiss love flowed in abundance on such occasions and in turn Lord Baba Himself got indebted to serve His dear devotee for many births to come alongwith the present one.
The peculiarity of this mosque as stated earlier is that anyone was free to access it. Suffering bodies and its resident souls experienced that merely going inside this palace of Lord Baba confer blessings and one is free from every misery the very same moment. One always has a feeling of security, calmness, acceptance when he is in his mother’s lap. Lord Baba described greatness of this mosque by naming it as “Maai or Ayi (as said in Marathi language). Henceforth I would also refer it as ‘Mother Mosque’.
See what Lord Baba has said about this mother mosque: This is our Dwarkamai, where you are sitting. She wards off all dangers and anxieties of the children, who sit in her lap. This Masjidmai is very merciful; she is the merciful mother of the simple devotees, whom she will save in calamities. Once a person sits in her lap, all his troubles are over. He, who rests in her shade, gets bliss.”One is surely to get enhanced motherly and homely atmosphere in this abode of Lord Baba. But as per His characteristic, He included Himself in His group of devotees and be a One of them! Lord Sai Baba is loving mother to many of His devotees and to many others He is God Supreme. Thus these two are closely synthesized in Lord Baba – a mother who looks after smallest of smallest domestic need of His child and the Supreme One Who is always concerned about spiritual upliftment of His devotees.
Shri Sai Satcharitra and it has been very popular, that today also it is being remembered and has got place in creations of many bhajan lyrics writers, paintings of artists and writings of wide range of writers.
Dwarkamai of Today
The lower level of mother mosque remains open all day and night allowing kids of Lord Baba to sit and rest. During three festivals of Ramnavami, Gurupoornima and Dushera the upper level is also kept open at nights.
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