History & Development

SRI BALAJI MANDIR is a Temple for Sri Venkateswara (alias Balaji). It is located in Gokula Kshetram or Gograswadi in Dombivli (East), a distant suburb of Mumbai, between Thane and Kalyan Stations of Central Railway.

.The Mandir was established in 1983 under the auspices of Srirangam Srimad Andavan Ashramam. Before talking about the Mandir, a few words about the Ashramam. This Ashramam is headquartered at Srirangam in Tamil Nadu, between the rivers of Cauvery and Kolledam, near Tiruchirappally and is presently headed by an eminent scholar-Saint, His Holiness Sri Ranga Ramanuja Mahadesikan (Srimushnam Andavan). The Ashramam has Branches in New Delhi, Rishikesh, Hyderabad, Tirumala-Tirupathi, Bangalore, Mysore (Melkottai), Chennai, Neyveli, Kumbakonam, Dombivli (near Mumbai), etc.

The Ashramam besides being a religious institution of Vaishnavites (following Munithraya parampara), has several social activities to its credit. It is conducting an Arts and Science College at Srirangam which offers courses on latest lines including Micro-Biology, Computer Science etc. It publishes a monthly magazine “Sri Ranganatha Paduka” which carries informative articles on religion and Hindu scriptures. An Ayurvedic Dispensary established since 1975 is doing service to the common man by giving free medical aid to the poor and needy. Led by the kind hearted Guru Srimad Srimushnam Andavan it has many more ambitious plans for the upliftment of humanity.

Sri Venkateswara, from his abode of Sri Vaikuntha, chooses to remain amongst us on earth in Archa form (or idol form) and gives us all pleasure of worshipping Him and be the recipients of His benevolent blessings. In the western region of Bharat, He is present with us at Gokul Kshetra (i.e. Gograswadi, Dombivli-East), and that is Sri Balaji Mandir or Paschim Tirupathi.

When Sri Vedanta Ramanuja Mahadesikan (known as Thirukkudanthai Andavan) an earlier head of the Ashramam, was touring the country on foot and in course thereof was reaching Bombay, several devotees approached him for his Gracious presence in Dombivli. He kindly condescended and while so halting at Dombivli, he received the inspiration that a temple for Sri Venkateshwara be raised there. Thereafter with His blessings and under his guidance, the citizens of Dombivli raised the Mandir.

The Mandir was consecrated in January 1983 and has become increasingly popular in a short time. The presiding deity Sri Balaji virtually is a replica of Sri Venkateswara in Tirumala-Tirupathi – so the devotees visiting the shrine experience with immense satisfaction. Devotees from all walks of life in and around Dombivli and Mumbai participate with great enthusiasm in the activities of the Mandir. Large crowds come to Him to worship, for fulfillment of their cherished desires and redressal of their grievances.