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Thursday 21 July 2011

Sai Baba Statues

Hinduism is the dominant religion of India. It can be termed as “Sanatana Dharma” meaning “The Eternal Law”. India is home to many Gods and Goddesses who are all depicted in the many religious books on Hinduism. Lord Rama’s statues are found in millions of Indian homes around the globe. Even the statues of many deities like Sai Baba and Jalaram Bapa adorn the houses of many Indians despite the fact that they may not be considered as the quintessential Gods by some.

Sai Baba, who is also known by his devotees as Shirdi Sai Baba, was an Indian spiritual leader, a yogi and a fakir who was followed passionately by both Hindu and Muslim devotees. Many people consider him as the personification of Lord Dattatreya and believe that he was an incarnation of a Sufi Pir. Sai Baba is known the world over and he was christened “Sai” when he arrived at Shirdi, a town in Maharashtra, India. Nobody knows where he was born, or where he grew up as he never spoke about his life or childhood. Sai in Sanskrit means “Sakshat Eshwar” or the Divine God. The term “Baba” literally means father, grandfather or revered old man, therefore Sai Baba means “Holy Father”. Sai Baba is worshiped in a lot of places outside India because he preached love, forgiveness and he had no concern for material possessions. He only wanted people to understand their “Self”.

Jalaram was a Saint also known as Shri Jalaram Bapa. He was born in Virpur, Gujrat, India. He was a devotee of Lord Ram. He refused to live a life bound by household duties and materialism and he wanted to serve pilgrims and saints. He spent his life devoted to God and served God’s people.

Lord Ram is one of the most known and admired Gods in Hinduism. He is described as the “Perfect Man” or “Maryada Purushottama” He is the husband of Sita, who is considered as the reincarnation of Goddess Lakshmi; Sita is considered the perfect woman in Hinduism. Lord Ram’s birthday is celebrated around India and this festive day is known as “Rama Navami”.

Sai Baba Statues, Lord Ram and Jalaram Bapa are common fixtures in Hindu homes the world over. They all have devoted corners or rooms in their homes for their favorite Gods and Goddesses.

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