SRI VENKATESHWARA SWAMI DEVASTHANAM, BHIWANDI
“FEEL THE FEEL OF WHAT YOUR HEART FEELS”
‘Spirituality’ in the modern text continued from the ancient & traditional values has its own inner echoes which binds the deepest thread of our lives especially to those who know “how to feel the feel of what the heart feels”.
The existential God of kalyug residing in the hearts of Tirumala Tirupathi- ‘Sri Venkateshwara Swami’ is profound in His grace & blessings by fulfilling the deepest wishes & urges of His devotees. His unified gesture towards His disciples earned Him the sobriquet of ‘Aapad Baandav, Anaath Rakshak’, i.e. “Helpful to the Needy & Savior of the Orphans at the times of crisis”. Thus, since ages it is believed that by visiting the shrine of ‘Sri Venkateshwara Swami’ makes a person’s life prosperous & perky.
‘Wonders’ in the going of life keeps redefining the parameters of incredibility. One such incredibility is this short narration which is no lesser than any ‘super-power miracle’ that keeps occurring from time to time in this universe-
It was the year 1972 when for the very first time a charming personality from the city of Bhiwandi whose native place being in a pocket-size village of Pothgal in Karimnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, named Shri. Dawat Narsaiah along with his beloved wife Smt. Dawat Laxmibai visited the sacred shrine in Tirupathi for expressing their inner-voice in front of Lord. Sri Venkateshwara Swami. Soon later after a year in 1973 their prayer was answered by begetting a jewel-son to whom they named ‘Kailash’. Thereafter, four years passed by & Kailash was still unable to speak, this again bothered his father a lot for which he again visited the holy shrine of Tirupathi & thus his prayer was again answered as now Kailash started to speak.
For many this incident could be just a casual issue, for some it could be a natural happening, but for Shri. Dawat Narsaiah it was a feel which he felt from the depth of his heart- ‘a divine principle of Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swami’. This incident proposed him a sacred thought in his mind, a thought because of which most of the residents today in Bhiwandi find themselves so fortunate about. This thought was about the establishment of Sri Venkateshwara Swami’s sacred idol in Bhiwandi in the form of temple at his residential locality, due to which those devotees who could not afford to visit Tirupathi can seek the blessing of Lord in their own home town of Bhiwandi. He kept this thought in front of his very close pals- Shri. Bhairi Venkatesham, Shri. Myana Parshuram, & Shri. Bethi Rajaiah a priest by his profession. They four formed a quadrant, executed the plan to perfection, then in the year 1984 the dream came true as the sacred idol of Sri Venkateshwara Swami was now brought by them to Bhiwandi from the very pastoral pilgrim place of Tirupathi, & praanpratishtaan of this idol was done by the sacred hands of Vaishnav-Acharya Swami.
Years passed by, slowly and gradually but with a great pace the number of devotees visiting this temple of Sri Venkateshwara Swami in Bhiwandi par-excelled. This led to the thought of renovating the temple magnanimously by Shri. Dawat Kailash in the late nineties. Thus, in the year 2001 by establishing a running committee named ‘Sri Venkateshwara Swami Seva Samiti’, a year later in 2002 temple was renovated as now it brought the glimpse of more divinity of Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swami in Bhiwandi.
Thus, so far until today it is like a melodramatic script of this wonderful monument in the busiest street of Padmanagar in Bhiwandi with its cultural & spiritual impact which appeals a lot during the Brahmotsavs, Kalyanamahotsavs, Voodi-Biyam, Vaikunta-Ekkadashi, etc which occurs every year. In fact, today this temple has earned an accolade of galore for its spiritual paradise in the hearts of many. Thus, it’s a humble a heartiest welcome to all the people across the globe despite from any caste, race or creed to visit this dynamic shrine & make your life blissful by the divine grace of Lord Sri Venkateshwara Swami in the breath of Bhiwandi, a city approximately 40 miles north-east of Mumbai.