In my childhood I used to make tiny models on Krishna Janmashtami. This year 2019 Feb-March I started getting these thoughts, why haven't I ever made anything such for my dear Baba yet? Then my ideas, thoughts started expanding. How about if I make the whole Shirdi in my house. As it's my deepest desire to reside in Shirdi till my last breath.. Every night my head used to burst with so many creative ideas and excitement and couldn't sleep. But I kept procrastinating, as I didn't want to rush and create anything shoddy but the best. Baba wanted me to make this Shirdi as alive as possible. Then as these thoughts kept growing stronger and stronger everyday and the desire to create, as usual Baba started to manifest. Through messages on my Whatsapp, FB accounts and encouraged me to start soon. For instance, never before I saw anyone putting up small Shirdi models in Whatsapp status. Very clearly Baba showing me rough idea how to make it. Interestingly lot of times, after getting up I check my phone and there is Baba's message or answer to my thoughts/doubts I have a night before, mostly through some good soul's message or post. Every night I kept thinking to start this model but somehow I wasn't able to start. Then one fine morning I got this message, "You have the ability to create,don't doubt yourself.. .." and like "Start now, there will never be the right time to start. As you go, tools will be provided... " It literally gave me goosebumps when I read "tools will be provided..". Then a night before Gurpurnima I saw Baba and Ganesha in my dream. Seeing Ganesha means green light.. OK start the work now😊. So then, Baba made me start the model exactly on Gurpurnima day this year. I bought a hard board 23 inches by 33 inches, Wrote Om Sai Ram with haldi and chandan on it and started with Dwarakamayee first. I usually worked on the model at nights. As it's very quiet and peaceful and the moon at night helps me with my creativity and imagination. I used to light a lamp in my temple, sit in front of Baba put on Sai Bhakti Radio on my phone and work on it till late night. Lot of times I felt Baba was watching me build this model and helping me. During the making, Baba literally did keep providing me tools, ideas etc. HE IS THE ULTIMATE DOER NOT ME😊🙏. THE CREDIT DEFINITELY GOES TO HIM🙇♂️.
For instance to make the water feature, I wanted the smallest water pump and not very expensive one. I struggled a bit for that. Then one fine day after checking with all the shops since a month, I entered one last shop. Before entering I was talking to Baba in my head, "now this is the last option Baba.. help me to get the tiniest pump and in my budget" And just before entering the shop I checked my phone and the time was 1:08 pm. I always feel His very strong presence around me, whenever I come across 1:08, 444, 555,333 anywhere. I smiled after looking at the time 1:08, and yes, finally I got what I was looking for and very cheap too. It took me 4 months to complete this model and total cost came around 120 dollars. Most of the school craft material from my son came in handy☺️. Whenever I used to go to buy some material for the model, Baba manifested everytime. Mostly through car number plates, like Sai 108, O Ma, 333...as if Baba saying you are going good beta but don't go over board with the expenses for the model. And it instantly used to put a smile on my face and goosebumps too. Feeling Baba's presence throughout the making. In the model I've tried to show the old Shirdi when Baba lived there in physical form. There is Dwarakamayee, Shirdi Station, Chavadi, Baba's horse Shyamkarna, Snake and frog story Chapter 47, Khandoba temple (Aao Sai), Lendi baag, Banana tree, Baba's paalki, Dhuni, Water well, Grinding stone mill, Gurusthan, Handi, Baba's brick, Chillum. Mostly I used card boards to make the structures, wood saw painted green for trees, real tree small branches for tree trunks, cement and thermocol to make the water feature, sand from the beach to make the ground, acrylic colors, ice-cream sticks and toothpicks, battery tea light candle to make dhuni, actual fire tealight candle for cooking in earthen stove, used clay to make water well, pots, earthen stove, chillum, Baba's brick, diyas and rosary at Gurusthan, and also for Dwarakamayee roof top, my fish tank stones to make railway track, tiny bulbs from string lights for lamp at the station and in Dwarakamayee.
I also would like to mention that last Thursday Baba made me cook khichadi on my mini Shirdi earthen stove (pic attached) .. How? I lighted 1 tea light candle under the earthen stove, took 1 spoon rice, 1 spoon lentils, added ginger salt pepper ghee together and the khichadi was cooked with heat of a tea light candle in half an hour. And sorry for not being modest here but I have never in my life had tasted such tasty khichdi. All His leela!!!. And guess what? Baba manifested that eve, in the form of a bird chirping loudly,in my backyard to eat that khichdi prasad 🙏🙏🙏
We, as Baba's kids can never get tired of talking about our dearest Baba Sai 😊. Attaching mini Shirdi pic here.
Many many thanks and my bestest wishes and blessings for all Baba's children
Sai Anupama Khanna Arora