Ever since religious beliefs have come into existence, ideologies and philosophical perspectives have differed. Sometimes, one has challenged the other. However, there is something inherent in us that pushes us to rise above all differences. It is the desperate need to find answers to our prayers.
Debilitating diseases, crumbling relationships, unsuccessful careers, elusive search for life partners–human life is fragile. We look at the sky for answers, we climb mountains for retribution and we are prepared to walk to the ends of the earth for deliverance. In the event of any deadlock we do what it takes. In this eternal quest of ours, some places of worship have emerged as symbols of religious harmony. These are places where all divide ceases to exist; where a feeling of cultural unity welcomes you as you walk in; where an outsider belongs as much as an adherent does.
Soulveda took a trip to some of these places and came back with a sense of belonging.
Shirdi Sai Baba temple
Ahmednagar in the state of Maharashtra is the abode of Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi. Assumed to be a Muslim fakir, his religion remains unconfirmed till date. However, the fact that a temple houses his tomb is an evidence that everybody is welcome at Shirdi. According to a popular legend, the temple was to be constructed for the Hindu god, Krishna. Towards the end of his life, Sai Baba, requested his devotees to take him to this place, where he breathed his last. Later, a temple was constructed around his tomb.
At the temple, ardent devotees feel that the magnificent idol of Baba is looking at them, understanding their woes and tending to them like a caring parent. People across faiths flock the temple as they believe that Baba is the answer to many of their unanswered prayers.
The four wide entrances of the main hall are symbolic of the all-accepting belief of the Sikhs.