Lord Hanumanji, a deity praised and worshiped for His devotion and service to Lord Rama was seated in a temple in Shirdi from the times when Sai Baba moved and sported in embodied form. Now in this post i would like to throw some light on few facts of this temple.
History Of Dakshina Mukhi Maruti (Lord Hanumanji) Temple
This temple had two idols of Maruti Idols. A saint named Devi Das and Gangaghir of Punatambe whenever visited Shirdi stayed in this temple. Baba got this temple repaired from the Dakshina He received from devotees.
It is said that during Chavdi Procession, Sai Baba used to halt at Lord Hanumanji temple and waved His hands showing some strange gestures and stood quietly there for few minutes. The Palki Procession today also stops here and Chopdars do Lalkari. It is also used by ardent devotees who wish to do Naam Jap. Hanuman Jayanti is also celebrated on grand scale which falls after Ramnavami every year.
Peepul and Neem tree are in front of the temple and the Nag Pratistha under these trees was done by Shri. B.V.Narsimha Swamy. A Shiv-ling along with Nandi is also installed on this site by Murthikar Bajre Rao Dalve of Bombay on February 11, 1983. Villagers also celebrate Mahashivratri with all pomp and show.
Source: Ambrosia in Shirdi by Vinny Chitluri.
Details of Newly Renovated Dakshina Mukhi Maruti (Lord Hanumanji) Temple
Sai Baba Sansthan of Shirdi decided to replace the present twin idols of Lord Hanumaji as they were damaged with passage of time. On my visit to Shirdi during Diwali last year, the temple was in repairs condition. Now the repair work is completed and Lord Hanumanji’s idol made from black marble has been installed in place of twin idols. The old twin marbles have been decided to be kept in museum by Sansthan. It was inaugurated two days before Ramnavami. Havan in this temple continued till Ramnavami and Agni kund continued till Hanuman Jayanti. I received this first hand information from a devotee residing in Shirdi and one of my Sai brothers. Also i would like to thank another Sai brother from the bottom of my heart who took all pains to bring photographs of this newly renovated temple on his visit to Shirdi.