Monroeville Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Timings:/
Mon-Wed & Fri,Sun: 9:00 AM to 7:30 PM
Thursday & Saturday: 9:00 AM to 8:30 PM
12.30 PM - 5.30 PM Temple is open for DARSHAN
Daily Arathi Timings:
Morning / Kakad Aarati - 9:00 AM
Noon / Madhyan Aarati - 12:00 Noon
Evening / Dhoop Aarati - 5:30 PM
Night / Sej Aarati - 7:00 PM / 8:00 PM
Monroeville Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple History:
Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Pittsburgh, PA, is the first Sai Baba temple in United States. The Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Pittsburgh was founded in 1979 under the divine guidance of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba to Srimati Mahalakshmi and Sri Panduranga Rao Malyala. It was fully operational since July 24, 1985. In 1993, the municipality of Monroeville approved the site located at 1449 and 1451 Abers Creek Road for the use of the temple, where the temple is currently located.
We trust God. There is only one God, who is omniscient and omnipotent omnipresent. The main goal is to reduce pain and sadness and increase joy in all beings by Vedam (prayers), Yagnas, Annadanam. To awaken the faithful to spiritual education and services such as Annadanam (feeding the needy, plants, ants, birds and animals). Ordered by Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi to the founders.
Monroeville Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Philosophy:
People of all religions are welcome to Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, because there is only one religion, the religion of love. Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple offers programs to develop peace, truth, love and joy.
Monroeville Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Annadanam:
Feeding the Poor:
Over the last 30 years, Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Pittsburgh has led the Annadanam in India. The Temple has provided tens of thousands of free meals a year to the needy. This year, the temple hopes to provide 50,000 free meals in rural India. These are delicious and nutritious meals provided to local villagers, many of whom are elderly, young or unable to obtain adequate food at any time. A typical meal consists of a large portion of rice, dahl, a vegetable dish and a candy. Everyone is served until they are satisfied! We kindly ask you to donate to help those in need.
Monroeville Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Daily Schedule:
Daily at 9:00 AM, 12.00 Noon, 6:00 PM, and 7:30 PM/ 8:00 PM.
Available upon request - Chanting of the 108 names of Baba.
Free archana for birthday and wedding anniversary. Contact office
Special Archana on Thursday before SEJ arati at 8pm.
Daily at 10:00 AM
Sri Sai Rudra Abhishekam - Namaka
Pancha Suktas (Sri, Purusha, Durga, Manyu, Narayana).
Daily Kum Kum Puja at 6:30 PM:
Tuesday: Hanuman, Lord Subramanya
Friday: Mahalakshmi, Saraswati
Saturday: Rudra, Saniswara
10:30 AM - Nitya Homam (Lakshmi, Ganapathi, Navagraha, Rudra, Sai)
11:00 AM / 6:30 PM - Sri Sai Satyanarayna Vratam (Only Upon request and Sponsors are present)
5:00 PM - Sai Sahasranama Archana and Lalitha Sahasranama Archana
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM Vishnu Sahasranama parayana
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Bhajans
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Lalita Sahasranama parayana
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Devata Kalyanam
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Hanuman chalisa chanting
11:00 PM - 11:30 PM Aditya Hrudayam Parayana
List of Puja Sponsor Services:
Sri Satyanarayana Vratham
Kalyana Utsavam(Suvarchala Hanuman)
Veda Pathanam & blessing (on sankaramanas)
Palaquin service (guru purnima & dasera)
1116 Oil Lamps
360 sivalinga abhishekam (masa sivaratri)
108 Jyoti aarti (all full moon days)
YAJNAs are conducted to achieve specific benefits - good health, prosperity, pleasant conjugal relationship and so on. When these benefits accrue, the individual realizes their transitory nature and then seeks the true wealth - consummation with the Almighty. Properly performed, yajnas result in satiation of sense pleasures. They also help the beneficiary to realize the transient nature of sense pleasures, thus preparing him to evolve spiritually and seek lasting joy which is his birthright. Then he is ready to elevate himself to a a plane of existence when the only longing that remains is to subsume the jivatma (the divine within) into brahman (the Ultimate Reality) and lose individual identity by conjoining the brahman, never to be born again, never be involved in karma (action) and its consequences but remain in a state of everlasting bliss.
Significance of Yajnas:
The Hindu scriptures say that the physical body is living on borrowed time, borrowed from the five elements of space, air, fire, water, and earth. When this debt is fully settled, air mixes with air, fire with fire an so forth, and the five elements return to their abodes. Being caught up in the cycle of samsara of births and deaths is real sorrow. Breaking the cycle and getting liberated from it is everlasting bliss. The rest is illusion. Knowing of the soul or self-realization is the supreme among all sciences. Every yajnam has a great unseen influence on all living things, for these mantras are potent shabdas (sounds) charged with subtle mysteries. The benefits are manifold: peace, prosperity, happiness, good health and longevity, progeny, courage, enthusiasm, spiritual cultivation and so on. Energy alone is eternal and the Yajnas are an eternal science. The ancient sages of India had precise knowledge of transferability of mass and energy. Sage Agastya composed Sakti Tantra (Treatise on Energy) consisting of eight chapters on the Sun, Moon, Air, Fire, Water, etc. Briefly, the method of energy conversion is: Construct a fire altar cubicle, the details of which are explained in Sata Patha Brahmana. By burning specific organic substances, an atmosphere of peace is created which helps remove stress and tension. When ghee (clarified butter) is offered in the fire with appropriate mantras (ultra sound), energy will be released at lightning speed into the universe. When a farmer sows a bagful of grains, he does not waste it. In fact, he reaps many a bag of grains in return. Likewise, the notion that offering ghee, sandalwood and grains at the fire altar is a waste of materials is incorrect. The output of a Yajnam cannot be measured in conventional terms. Yajnas cleanse the consciousness and turn our attention to spiritual development and self-realization.
All of the yajnas mentioned are performed for the benefit of the sponsors. Through the process of sankalpam, the actual performer of the yajnam effectively steps into the shoes of the sponsor. The sponsorship for any specific yajnam is $126, and if the same yajnam is to be conducted continuously for seven days, the donation is $504. When the sponsor cannot be present , he/she is an active participant of the yajnam,if they can do the foll:
Distribute food to the needy or give to a shelter.
Feed the birds with birdseed.
Distribute candy to children.
Offer clothing to a man, woman or child who needs it; if possible, color of the dress should match that which is appropriate for the yajnam sponsored by you.
(Planet-color of dress: Sun-red; Moon-white; Mars-Red; Mercury-green; Jupiter-gold; Venus-white; Saturn-blue or black; Ketu-multicolor; Rahu-blue.). Or you may also donate the clothing to a shelter.
Naivedyam Offering to Sai and other Deities:
2) Appam or Appam Mala
3) Tamarind Rice
4) Yogurt Rice
6) Chakkara Pongal (Sweet)
7) Vada Mala
Monroeville Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple TAX ID #25-1584149
Monroeville Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple Address:
1449 Abers Creek Road,
PA 15146, USA
Phone: +1 412-374-9244