ORIGIN OF SAI MANDIR OLST
Shirdi Sai Baba temples have been built all over the world to spread the legacy of this great spiritual Saint from India. The temple in Olst is the first Shirdi Sai Baba temple in the Netherlands. The driving force behind the realization of this is Mr Etienne Bhagwan Premdani. He was in Shirdi with his wife Beena in 1994 and then made a solemn promise to realize a temple for Sai Baba in the Netherlands. After 22 years his dream has come true. He established the Shirdi Sai Baba Foundation and realized the Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Olst. From now on, devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba can worship their spiritual Saint and / or be taught in his teachings every Sunday in Olst.
A former church building – at Hendrik Droststraat 34 – has been completely renovated for this purpose. A beautiful marble statue of Shirdi Sai Baba was specially made in India and now adorns the temple. This statue is a replica of the statue of the Maha Samadhi mandir in Shirdi.
In the temple in Olst every Sunday and on heyday services are held where everyone is welcome. There is singing and music and for the visitors a vegetarian meal is ready afterwards. The temple is also open by appointment. Space can be rented in the temple for poojas. Space is also available for meditation and yoga.
Address: Hendrik Droststraat 34, 8121 BJ in Olst (Overijssel). (N.B. If you use navigation, the address is: H.Droststraat 34) For more information, please call: +31 (0) 570-564636 / +31 (0) 6-43069269
In addition to performing services, other activities will also take place in the temple. The activities will focus on:
– the promotion of mental and physical public health, social development and welfare, all in the broadest sense;
– making cultural / literary works and performing arts of Eastern and Western performing arts reciprocally accessible to Western audiences and to Dutch audiences that were originally non-Western. The emphasis is on singing, dance, music, literature (including storytelling and poetry), film and theater.
The Shirdi Sai Baba Foundation was established by notarial deed of 17 February 2015 in Olst. Chamber of Commerce number 62727281. The founder of the foundation is Mr. Etienne Bhagwan Premdani. During a trip to Shirdi in India in 1994, Mr Premdani made a solemn promise to establish a temple in the Netherlands in honor of Shirdi Sai Baba.
The foundation was established to pursue, preserve and disseminate the universal teachings of Shirdi Sai Baba from India. The foundation focuses on all residents in Europe – regardless of religion, culture and background – who are attracted to this.
The board consists of:
Chairman : Etienne Bhagwan Premdani
Secretary : Pawan Andre Premdani
Treasurer : Romeo Durgaram
The Foundation has obtained ANBI status. This means that the foundation is seen as a Public Benefit Institution. This implies that donations from donors can generate tax benefits. The Foundation is obliged to publish the annual accounts. Via this link you can see the annual figures 2016: annual figures-mandir-2016. And via this link you can see the annual figures 2017: annual accounts 2017-sai-mandir-olst