About  

Shirdi Sai Baba Temple of Lake Worth has been registered under a non-profit charitable organization status in the state of Florida.

The property for the temple is located in Lake Worth and was bought in 2010 and the Bhoomi puja for the temple was done on Feb 3, 2014.

The temple has a main prayer hall for the deities, a meditation hall on the second floor and a multipurpose building with a kitchen, dining hall and three class rooms next to the temple.

Main deity is Shirdi Sai Baba. His moorthy was carved by one of the grandsons of the one who made the moorthy in Shirdi, India. The other deities are Ganesha, Shiva, Annapoorani, Bala Murugan, Venkateshwara, Veera Hanuman and Nava Grahas. Lord Dattatreya is installed under the big banyan tree at the back of the temple. Dhuni, Dwarakamayi, Chavadi have been arranged inside the Temple. Multipurpose hall in the second floor is available for meditation and reading sat charitra.

Multipurpose dining hall is well equipped with kitchen, dining area and class rooms for cultural activities. Sai Baba is very particular that no one goes hungry after coming to worship him. Temple offers prasad to devotees on Thursdays, special events, festivals and weekends.

Mahakumbhabhishekam and Pranaprathishtapana of our temple was celebrated on April 30, 2017 and is now open to the public.

Shri Saibaba of Shirdi lived between 1838 and 1918, whose real name, birthplace and date of birth are not known. An Indian spiritual guru and a fakir that transcended the barriers of religions, Saibaba of Shirdi was regarded with great reverence by both Hindu and Muslim followers. He lived in a mosque and after death his body was cremated in a temple.

His philosophy ingrained 'Shraddha' meaning faith and 'Saburi' meaning compassion. According to him Shraddha and Saburi were the supreme attributes to reach the state of godliness. It is believed that at a tender age of 16 yrs Shri Saibaba arrived at the village of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and remained their till his death. He found shelter in Khandoba temple, where a villager Mahalsapathi in the temple addressed him as Sai or Saint.

Saibaba of Shirdi lived an extremely simple and austere life, sleeping on the floor of temple and later taking a ruined mosque as his shelter. With his arrival to Shirdi, in no time he began exhibiting a hypnotic attraction among people as they began flocking to him. He is attributed many miracles doing things that were beyond a mortal's power. He never discouraged these attributes and soon his fame spread like wild fire. Many pilgrims came seeking his blessings. Such was his hypnotism that even the mundane of his activities attracted large crowds. Popular among both Hindus and Muslims, Shri Saibaba became a great building force between the two disparate communities.

By Baba's blessing and Dr. Sundaram family tireless efforts, the Bhoomi puja for the temple was done on Feb 3, 2014 to mark the start of the foundation on a 3.3 acre space in Lake Worth, Florida.

The Temple consists of a main prayer hall for the deities with a meditation hall on the second floor. A multipurpose building with a kitchen, dining hall and three class rooms are constructed next to the Temple.

The main prayer hall will have the following deities. The main deity will be Shirdi Sai Baba. The other deities are Lord Dattathreya, Lord Ganesh, Lord Shiva, Annapoorani Amman, Lord Bala Murugan, Lord Venkateshwara, Veera Hanuman and the Nava Grahas. The white marble statue of Baba has already arrived. The statue was carved by one of the grandsons of the person who made the statue in Shirdi, India.

The Sundaram family lovingly calls Shirdi Sai Baba their Appa or Father and has been devoted to Baba their entire lives. They were looking for a suitable home for their beloved Father in the South Florida area. A 3.3 acre space in Lake Worth, FL crossed their path. It was practically a jungle with a house located deep inside the property and was owned by a single person. After receiving the divine signal, the family bought the property in 2010 and started the daunting task of clearing it. Also the house had to be remodeled for occupation. In total, it took more than a year-and-a-half for this process. The property then had to be zoned as a place of worship and a fellowship hall. As soon as the permit to construct a Temple was submitted, the neighbors started objecting to the project. After many public hearings, the objections were handled one-by-one and finally the permit was granted.

The first miracle was the property location being smack at the border between two cities, Greenacres and Lake Worth. When the water/sewer line had to be connected it would have been better to go through Greenacres. But, who would give permission, and how would you connect them? In the nick of time, a house came on sale which was just behind the temple, another miracle. The Sundaram family bought it with the idea of making it the priest quarters. It also solved the water and sewer connection problem. With that connection all the houses in the Lake Worth side of the temple also got city water and a sewer connection. They have been managing with ground water and a septic tank all along.

The Temple property is now annexed to the city of Greenacres. The road leading to the Temple was only a dirt road. The Sundaram family agreed to shoulder a major burden in funding the road project. The city has now agreed to pitch in a share of the cost. Baba works in mysterious ways. Some of the officers working for the city were willing to cooperate with the venture. Assembling the architect, structural engineer and general contractor team was the next task.

Mr. Vilas Parab who was the architect for the Shirdi Sai Temple in New York agreed to do the architectural design and the plan. The Structural engineer is Mr. Raj, who is in West Palm Beach, helped them with the construction of the building. Mr. Venkatesh, the building contractor worked alongside the project manager. As the first step towards construction, a perimeter wall had to be raised along the North and the West side of the property to clearly demark the neighboring houses and the Temple. The property was leveled and prepared for a variety of inspections and tests by the city.

Dr. Mrs. Shanthi Sundaram & Dr. V. S. Sundaram are the founders of the temple, and are leading the construction of this place of worship. The Sundaram family lovingly calls Shirdi Sai Baba their Appa or Father and has been devoted to Baba their entire lives.

The founders feel that the divinity is leading them on a daily basis. They work together to put a team together, financing, working with governmental agencies, and more.

The Divine paves the way for them by removing the obstacles. The path they have travelled so far has been decorated with many miracles, and with the Grace of Baba, many more to come.

Dr. Shanmugha Sundaram

Dr. Shanmugha Sundaram

Dr. Shanthi Sundaram

Dr. Shanthi Sundaram

Dr. Deepak Sundaram

Dr. Deepak Sundaram

Dr. Preethi Sundaram

Dr. Preethi Sundaram

Sakthishwar Krishnamurthy Gurukkal

Sakthishwar Krishnamurthy Gurukkal

Sakthishwar Krishnamurthy Gurukkal is a vedic priest trained in religious rituals and poojas.

He is from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and studied in Kanchipuram Veda Sivagama Patasala. He did masters in Tirupathi Venkateshwara Vedic University.

He served as a priest for years in Shiva Vishnu temple, Fort Lauderdale, USA.

He is multilingual and has proficiency speaking Tamil,Telugu and English.



Sakthishwar Krishnamurthy Gurukkal

Sakthishwar Krishnamurthy Gurukkal

Sakthishwar Krishnamurthy Gurukkal is a vedic priest trained in religious rituals and poojas.

He is from Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India and studied in Kanchipuram Veda Sivagama Patasala. He did masters in Tirupathi Venkateshwara Vedic University.

He served as a priest for years in Shiva Vishnu temple, Fort Lauderdale, USA.

He is multilingual and has proficiency speaking Tamil,Telugu and English.

Weekly events  

  • Hanuman Chalisa Chanting

    Tuesdays

    Time: 7:00 pm

  • Weekly Bhajans

    Thursdays

    Time: 6:30 pm - 8:45 pm

  • VishnuSahasranamam Chanting

    Saturdays

    Time: 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

  • Yoga Class

    Sundays

    Time: 8:00 am - 9:00 am