Lord Vishnu says to Sage Narada
‘Naham Vasami Vaikunthe,yoginam hrudayenacha, Math-bhakta yatra jeyanti, tatratishthami, Narada’
meaning “I dwell not in Vaikunta, nor in the hearts of yogis, but I dwell where my Devotees sing my name, O Narada.”

To understand the background of the establishment of "Sri Hanuma Sai Kuteeram" Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Mandir, at Chinnaganjam in the year 2007, one should go into the history of the place, where the Mandir was built, and where an ardent devotee of Shirdi Sai Baba, Sri Bapatla Hanumantha Rao Garu lived and experienced Baba’s love, affection and Grace for 40 years.

To establish Dharma on the earth and to save mankind from their daily sufferings, God has taken many forms/births as per the requirement of place and time. This is the historical truth and experience of everyone irrespective of which religion he or she belongs. God has two facets. The first facet is to function as the incharge of Srushti, Sthiti and Laya. Here preservation of Dharma is the sole objective and he does this function without any emotion and as per the rules of nature. The second facet of God is the Sadguru function. Here as “Sadguru”, he saves mankind from the sufferings caused due to their ignorance, daily routine for survival, unfavourable social conditions and inability to come out of the vicious cycle of Life and Death. Here God is an embodiment of Love and Kindness. His duty is to show the mankind, solution for their sufferings and to continuously guide them to live peacefully with harmony and make them follow the path of Nishta and Saboori. Such Sadguru is Shirdi Sai Baba.

An ardent devotee is one, who sees God in everything he does, who always thinks about the greatness of God and teach and spread the importance of God among the fellow human beings. The ardent devotee shall not be after money or fame and beyond any weaknesses and vices. He will always face difficulties for survival, but he is never perturbed and always believes strongly that God definitely takes care of everything. Two such ardent devotees are Late Sri Bapatla Hanumantha Rao Garu, and Late Sri Bapatla Venkata Pardha Saradhy Garu.

Sri Bapatla Hanumantha Rao Garu was born at Bapatla, Guntur (Dt), on 14th Sept, 1902 to Sri Bapatla Verraiah Garu and Smt. Chinna Punnamma Garu. Smt. Chinna Punnamma was proficient in Sanskrit and Telugu and was the first guru to Sri Hanumantha Rao. Under her Guidance, he developed keen interest in ancient scriptures and puranas at very young age. Slowly his knowledge in Sanskrit works grew and he started translating the Scriptures into native Telugu. After he completed his Higher Secondary Education, he completed Specialisation course ‘Ubhaya Bhasha Praveena’ and started his career as Telugu Teacher.

Initially he was a devotee of Lord “Sri Krishna”. At the tender age of 22, he translated the Sanskrit ‘Bhagavadgita’ of Rishi Veda Vyas into easy understandable Telugu poems. He later started translating great works like:

  • Sri Adi Shankaracharya’s – Prabhodha Sudhakaram, Bhaja Govinda Slokas etc;
  • Sri Nigamanti Desikulu’s - Srinivasa Daya Satakam, Paduka Sahasram; etc,
  • Sri Leelasuka’s - Sri Krishna Karnamrutam;
  • Sage Narada’s - “Narada Bhakti Sutramulu” (Premamrutam) etc.

In the year 1933, he had moved to Chinnaganjam, Prakasam (Dt) and started working as Telugu Pandit in Zilla Parishad High School and continued his literary works from there.

During Early hours of Dt 27/12/1944, Sai Baba of Shirdi had appeared in his dream as a ‘Fakir’, who later transformed into different forms of Sri Rama, Sri Krishna, Siva, Maruti, Datta and back to ‘Fakir’ and ordered him to write about Him and spread His teachings in Andhra Pradesh. Sri Sai Baba also came in the dream of Sri. B.V. Narasimha Swamy, who was the founder President of All India Sai Samaj, Mylapore, Chennai and instructed him to involve and request Sri Hanumantha Rao to translate Baba books written in English by Sri Narasimha Swamy into Telugu.

Sri Narashimha Swamy had called upon Sri Hanumantha Rao at Chirala, Prakasam Dt; and gave him the English books written by him and conveyed Baba’s message and gave a photo of Sri Rama, Krishna, Siva, Maruti, Datta roopa Sai Baba. Sri Hanumantha Rao, then recognised that the Fakir, who appeared in his dream the early hours of the day is none other than Sri Shirdi Sai Baba and profoundly prayed Him for giving such a big responsibility. He, since then, decided to follow the path shown by Shirdi Sai Baba for the rest of his life.

Sri Hanumantha Rao Garu started working on the assignment given by Baba and had written more than 30 books on Sai Baba. Originally, he used to stay in a Tiled house, where he kept Sai Baba Idol made of clay, in one corner room of the tiled house. Subsequently as per instruction of Baba in his dream, he moved to the bamboo shed beside the tiled house in the same compound and started living there. Subsequently that bamboo shed was converted into a madras terraced roof building, with a small pooja room, a bed room and verandas where he used to perform Pooja and continue his writings on Sri Sai Baba.

In 1957, Sri Hanumantha Rao Garu retired from the services of teacher and continued Baba’s seva till his death in 1973. In the year 1966 on the auspicious day of “Sri Krishna Janmashtami”, he had installed a small marble Idol of Shirdi Sai Baba bought from Jaipur. Every year, on Sri Krishna Jayanti day, he used to invite Sai Baba devotees to Chinnaganjam. There used to be a conclave of Sai Devotees to share their experiences and to participate in Satsang and to take Sri Hanumantha Rao’s blessings.

In 1964, Bhagavan Sri Sri Satya Sai Baba had written to Sri Hanumantha Rao, praising him for his telugu books. He mentioned that ‘you are not only Shirdi Samsthan Asthana Pandit but also Prashant Nilaya Asthana Pandit’. Sri Hanumantha Rao Garu visited White field and gave speeches in the presence of Sri Satya Sai Baba. ‘Sai Baba of Shirdi and Prashanta Nilaya Satya Sai Baba are one and same’ is the message spread by Sri Hanumantha Rao, by writing a book ‘Naa Sai’. This book was dedicated to Sri Satya Sai Baba. Another book written by Sri Hanumantha Rao “Premamrutam” was inaugurated by Sri Satya Sai Baba at Whitefield.

Famous Sai Devotees Sri. Yekkirala Bharadwaja, Sri. Vemuri Venkateswarlu, Smt. Chunduru Kameswaramma (Poolamma), Sri. Chodavarapu Samba Moorthy, Sri. Syama Charan Baba, Sri. Kopparapu Rama Rao, Sri. Manchiraju Surya Narayan Murthy, Sri. Podila Viswanandha Sarma. Sri Adipudi Mohan Rao are the followers of Sri. Hanumatha Rao garu and visited Chinnaganjam many times and took his blessings. Many students of Sri Hanumantha Rao Garu are spread in various parts of the country and they used to correspond with him to perform pooja to Sai Baba on their name and Gothram and requested him to send them Prasadam and Udhi. He has become ‘Guru’ to many Sai devotees. He translated the Pooja/Aartis of Sai Baba written in Marathi to Telugu and used to sing in his daily Pooja. He had his last breath on 7/11/1973 on the auspicious day of ksheerabdi Dwadasi.

After the death of Sri Hanumantha Rao, his wife Smt. Kameshwaramma Garu continued the Pooja of Sai Baba at that place till 1998. Later the marble idol worshipped by Sri. Hanumantha Rao garu was moved to Cheruvu village, Bapatla Mandal by his eldest son Sri. Bapatla Venkata Pardha Saradhy, who continued the poojas at Cheruvu.

If a pious person lives or touches anything, that place/water/non-living thing becomes powerful. By touching & worshipping them any common man can get the feeling of purity and power of that place. This is true to our various temples across India, which were built by such great saints and devotees of God.

After the death of Sri. Hanumantha Rao garu, his eldest son Sri. Bapatla Venkata Partha Saradhy Garu developed keen interest in the literary works of his father, continued the unfinished task of publishing the books written by Sri. Hanumantha Rao Garu under the name ‘Sri Sai Nilayam Prachuranalu’. He has published more than 60 books on Sai Baba and other Gods written by his father as well as by himself.

The place where the ardent devotee of Sri Sai Baba, Sri Hanumantha Rao Garu lived for 40 years and written many Telugu books on Shirdi Sai Baba and spread Sai Tatvam in Andhra Pradesh, has the cosmic power. This pious place needs to be maintained. Hence a desire had come to Sri Bapatla Venkata Pardhasaradhy Garu, to build a temple of Sai Baba at that place, in memory of his father. This temple was also to be named after his father as 'Sri Hanuma Sai Kuteeram’.

Here, not only the original marble idol of Sai Baba is installed, which Sri HanumanthaRao used to pray, but also bigger marble Idol of Shirdi Sai Baba was also installed. Also, a library is maintained with the books written by Sri Hanumantha Rao Garu and Sri PardhaSaradhy Garu.

To build the temple and to maintain the temple, Sri Pardha Saradhy Garu had established a Trust in the name of “SRI HANUMA SAI KUTEERAM TRUST" with his children as Trustees and registered it on 23/9/2004 at Bapatla. He entrusted the work of building the Temple to the Trustees. The main objective of the trust is to build and run the temple in a clean and holy manner and continue publication of books written by Sri Hanumantha Rao Garu, Sri Pardha Saradhy Garu or any Sai Devotee under the new Trust and continue the work of spreading Sai Tatvam among the masses. At the age of 80, on 18/1/2005 Sri Pardha Saradhy Garu had his last breath. The trustees took the responsibility and constructed the temple as per the wish of Sri Pardha Saradhy Garu.

Temple construction was completed in the year 2007. The temple has the marble idols of Sri Sai Baba, Sri Datta, Sri Dhyananjaneya, Sri Ganapati and Sri Subrahmanya Swamy. The Moorthy were inaugurated by Sri Sri Sajjanagada Ramaswamygaru of Sri Pada Sri Vallabea Samsthana Peetadhipati of Pithapuram on 24/06/2007.

The first phase of construction includes Baba Mandir, Store, Archaka Quarter, Library and Guest House. Also, Dhuni was constructed and started functioning from 28/11/2010. The Mandir was expanded to include Dhyana Mandir, and additional devotee accommodation on the upper floors in 2018. The Literary books written by Sri Bapatla Hanumantha Rao Garu and his son Sri Bapatla Venkata Pardha Saradhy Garu on Sai Baba are available here at the temple in the library room. Annadanam is being offered to devotees during important festivals like Guru Purnima, Baba Mahasamadhi day, Baba Birthday, Vigraha Pratishta Varshikotsavam (3 days), Navaratri festival etc.