SAISAMSTHAN of Central Illinois (SSCI) is conducting the SAI BALA
VIKAS program which aims to develop the five aspects of child's
personality i.e. Physical, Intellectual, Emotional, Psychological
and Spiritual aspects, by kindling the intrinsic human qualities,
thereby achieving a complete, well rounded personality aiming at
individual transformation. The program is designed to teach the
children the teachings of Sai Baba (Arthis, Bhajans etc) as well as
general Hindu traditions (Chantings, Prayers, Bhajans, Vedas,
festivals etc), language classes (Hindi, Telugu etc). Looking for
committed volunteers for the following help and activities
Days : Every Sunday
Time : 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Venue: SAI MANDIR, 407 Bronco DR, Bloomington, IL
Age : 4 years or Older.
Punctuality : Children must arrive and occupy their seats 5 minutes before the Class starts.
Discipline : All the kids must wear white tops and name badges.
Sai Samsthan of Central Illinois
Sai Samsthan of Central Illinois is Hindu Religious societies engaged in spreading and promotes the philosophy of Shri Shirdi Sai Baba.
We aim at spreading Saibaba's teachings and messages, at our Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir in the Central Illinois (Bloomington) and to facilitate worship services similar to Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir in Shirdi, India.
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Sai Samsthan YWCA
With the grace of Shiridi Sai Baba, a few of the devotees came together to start Thursday Aarthi’s in late 2009. They took turns in hosting the Thursday Aarthi’s. They longed for a dedicated place for Sai Baba in central Illinois where all the Sai Devotees can come together on a regular basis. A place where all the 4 Aarthi’s can be performed to Sai Baba like Shiridi. Volunteers contacted Chicago Sai Mandir for guidance in starting the Sai Mandir, while looking for a temporary place for Thursday Aarthis. Chicago Sai Mandir agreed to the request to make Central Illinois Sai Samsthan as a chapter of Sai Samsthan USA.
During auspicious Shri Rama Navami event in 2010, the news was announced to the devotees. Being helped the local Sai volunteers focus on raising funds for the Land as well as receive guidance on puja’s and how to organize the mandir activities. In April 2010 devotees have started organizing thursday pujas at YWCA in a small hall. Eventually the devotee count grew big enough that the volunteers had to move the puja to the Gym hall in YWCA.
Sai Samsthan Bhoomi Puja
Volunteers and devotees enthusiastically participated in Thursday arthi’s at the YWCA irrespective of the weather. Festivities were performed similar to the Sai Mandir in Shiridi. Money was raised to purchase Sai Mandir land at 407 Bronco Drive for 148K in 2012. Bhumi Puja for the land was performed on the newly purchased land in August of 2012. Order was placed to sculpt Sai Baba Vigraham in April 2014.
Sai Volunteers actively worked on raising money while applying for a new organization (Sai Samsthan of Central Illinois) as well as registering for the non-profit with the IRS. SSCI received IRS non-profit status in Feb 2015. Volunteers worked with Sai Samsthan USA to transfer the land deed to the SSCI organization and funds were transferred in April 2016. Construction of the Sai Mandir began in Aug 2016 utilizing the amount collected from the devotees as well as an additional loan amount of 325K from Busey Bank.
Sai Samsthan Inauguration
Sai Mandir inauguration took place in June 2017, after 3 days of vedic rituals and pujas - prana prathista and kumbha abhishekam was performed on June 4th 2017. A full time priest joined SSCI in Aug 2017.
Sai Samsthan Joy Of Giving
Sai Volunteers join hands to raise money for the Mandir by organizing Sai Nidhi Upahara. Several devotees and community members participate and help raise money to repay the loan. Please consider donating to Sai Samsthan of Central IL. You can pay online using PayPal or send a check to the Sai Mandir.
Sai Samsthan Future
Sai Mandir has expansion plans to complete a multi purpose hall - dining area as well as a community room adjacent to the Mandir prayer hall. The expansion includes creating additional space for ‘Dwarakamai’ similar to Shiridi. A Priest quarter within the Mandir premises is on the cards as well.