On Friday 23rd December 2005, early morning around 3am to 4am, Guru Rajaramji (the founder and chief priest of this temple), had a divine dream. He envisioned Lord Sathyanarayana came to his house and said: “I am waiting for you to perform pooja for me.”
As the Guruji was an established Hindu priest and performed poojas daily, he replied: “But, I have already performed the prayer for you today my Lord.”
Lord Sathyanarayana then spoke: “As I have come all the way from my temple to your house, you need to do pooja for me. How long are you going to keep me waiting?”
The Guruji asked in dismay: “Why are you not at your temple Swami?”
The Lord replied: “I have come to stay in your temple here.”
Guruji continued: “Lord, I apologise, but this is not my own home. I am only renting this property. How is it possible to have your temple here?”
The Lord answered: “Then, you shall find a place to build a temple for me.”
With much joy Guru Rajaramji said: “I shall do this at once. However Swami, where is Goddess Mahalakshmi? How am I to build a temple without the divine Mother at your side?”
To this, the Guruji said: “Then I shall go and request Mother Goddess to come here. Swami, please sit here for the time being.”
Guruji then saw Goddess Mahalakshmi in his dream and requested her to come upon explaining the situation. The Goddess said: “I am looking after children here, you go and start the temple and I shall be there.”
In his dream, the Guruji started to build a temple using sticks, branches and leaves, however, this was taking some time. Looking at this, the Lord exclaimed: “My goodness! How long are you going to make me wait? If you take so long, then I will have to go back to Vaikundam (heaven)!”
Guruji frantically replied: “I am almost done my Lord, however, Goddess Mahalakshmi said she will come, but she is not here yet. I will invoke her in this turmeric powder idol.”
Whilst he was hurriedly making the turmeric idol, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared. Guru Rajaramji said “Pardon me Goddess, the Lord said he will have to go back to Vaikundam if I am not finished soon. As you were not here, I made this turmeric idol.”
The Goddess replied: “But I have been here all this time! You have studied the Vedas, do you not remember that I forever reside within the Lord himself. You need not wait any longer.”
Over the following couple of months, the Guruji continued to receive similar dreams. As these dreams persisted, he contacted his revered Senior Guru Sri Kalyanasundara Ganapatigal in Tanjoor, India, to gain his advice.
He further advised: “It is most auspicious to perform this pooja every Pournami (full moon) evening – do this without fail. You have the Lord’s full blessings.”
By God’s grace, and your belief, it will happen in the near future.
With the generous donation of the devotees, Sri Sathyanarayana idol and other deities (Ganesha, Shiva, Parvathi, Devi) were obtained from India for continued prayers. As the deities and their blessings grew, so did the number of new devotees attending the prayers – solely by word of mouth within our community.
Wanting to preserve this rare picture, the Guruji tried to get the photo professionally framed. Quotes were well into the hundreds of dollars to frame a picture of that size, however, a family-run business, who were actually devoted Christians, took one look at the picture and the lady exclaimed: “this is none other than our Jesus Christ himself, his eyes are piercing into my soul!....do not worry, just pay for the materials, and we will get this framed for you at no extra cost.”
Not only did they frame the large Baba picture, but the very next day the father and son of the business unexpectedly and free of cost hand delivered it to the Guruji’s home, with much respect.
As a result, on Thursday, September 1st 2011, Ganesh Chaturthi day, the world’s very first Sri Sai Siva Vishnu Temple was opened in a larger rental property to accommodate the increasing group of devotees who attend the poojas with great faith and devotion, as they too have received the gracious blessings of the Lord from participating in the pooja. This is evidenced by the many true comments by several devotees, which can be seen in the temple website’s guestbook section.
With the Lord’s blessings, all Hindu festivals and poojas are religiously performed at Sri Sai Siva Vishnu Temple for the benefit of all devotees. As instructed by Lord Sathyanarayana himself, a permanent temple is determined to be built in the heart of the western Melbourne suburbs.