Dharmakshetra as a manifestation of Divine Love, was established by Bhagwan Sri Sathya Sai Baba at Mumbai on May 12, 1968, on the eve of the First World Conference of Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation.
Thousands from all parts of India and even overseas witnessed the Inauguration. From far-flung lands they came, wafted by winds of grace. More than fifty thousand eager souls gathered that evening at the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan Campus at Versova, Bombay, to express their joy at the momentous occasion. The magnificent structure was completed in 108 days after the first trowel of concrete was laid! The number 9 being the theme of the holy structure, of the 18 petals of the lotus which encloses the apartments where Bhagawan would stay, of the pillars, steps and trellis squares, all in multiples of 9, the Brahma Number.
Sri P.K. Sawant reminded the audience that Baba blessed Maharasthra while in His previous body at Shirdi, and it is Maharashtra's good fortune again that His Dharmakshetra has been established here itself. Baba said that every one is living, moving, acting and accumulating merit or demerit as a consequence, in kuru-kshetra, for, 'Kuru" means 'to do'. In this process, if the current of Dharma illumines every moment of life, then the Kurukshetra becomes Dharmakshetra. This, he said, will be the lesson that Dharmakshetra will radiate round the world.Baba took up residence at Sathya Deep, the rotunda with the lotus above and a moat filled with water all around; the place immediately became a hive of spiritual activity, a prolific purveyor of sweetness and light. There, children brought together in Sathya Sai Baba Vihars, boys and girls of the Seva Dal, adult workers in the Bhajan Mandalis and Seva Samithis, all receive Love and learn reverence. Baba speaks to them in groups, seekers and social workers who gather in the Prayer Hall; and they return with a deeper understanding and wider outlook.
Dharmakshetra has a Divine Destiny to fulfill in the Divine Mission. It stands tall over a hillock as a beacon for mankind to embark upon the path of Dharma or Righteous Conduct.
MURAL OF THE SUN GOD
The moment we enter Dharmakshetra we are awed by the imposing mural of the “Sun God” “Aditya” riding on his 7 horses drawn chariot, on the upper front wall of the stage and over-looking the Jalan Mandap (congregation area). Sun is the Lord of Time. He is the Symbol of the Life-Principle. He is the giver of light and nourishes our intellect (Buddhi) and is the endower of enlightenment. He is the embodiment of all the Divine forces. He is Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, the TRINITY, all in one.
SRI SATHYA SAI MEDICAL CENTRE
“Human body is Temple of Living God”. It should be kept clean spiritually and fit physically. Therefore, the Sai Message of “Manav Seva is Madhav Seva” is translated in Sri Sathya Sai Medical Centre. This Centre every year, caters to Thousands of patients free of any charges. This Centre houses pathology Laboratory, Eye Clinic, Dental Clinic and screening facilities offering Allopathy as well as Homeopathy treatments.
SRI SATHYA SAI EYE CARE UNIT
Set up in October 1995, the Eye Hospital has a fully equipped operation theatre and the O. P. D functions six days in a week. Free cataract operations are performed thrice a week. The “Giving sight programme” concentrates on intraoccular Lens Implant Surgery and Eye Donation clinics.
As one comes down from the Satya Deep amidst the lush greenery and a picturesque waterfall stands the beautiful idol of Gayatri, under a golden canopy. The pedestal stands over more than 7 crore Nama Likhita Japa Written by Devotees from all over Mumbai during the auspicious occasion of BHAGAWAN’S 70th Birthday.
To enable the Devotees to assemble in the Divine precincts there is a huge hall called the “Shanti Deep” which is utilized for congregational prayer and group singing and for other service activities. There in the hall, we see the exhibition on Divine Teachings, a library and provision for video shows.
SRI SATHYA SAI BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
A book-stall for sale of Sai Literature, Photographs, Audio & Video cassettes of Bhagwan is located near the main gate.
SRI SATHYA SAI COMPUTER CENTRE
This Centre caters to the need of computer literacy amongst the youth of the under privileged and poor class of people. The Youth Wing of the Organisation with great love imparts this training.
SRI SATHYA SAI AUDIO – VIDEO STUDIO
This is an in house Audio – Video Studio which caters to the Educational and Spiritual needs of the organisation, as a part of the overall objectives of propagating Bhagwan’s Message. It also produces and reproduces good quality audio and video CDs & DVDs on Bhagwan’s Discourses, Bhajans and his activities throughout the World.
SRI SATHYA SAI VIDYA MANDIR
True to the emphasis on Education placed by Baba the campus also has a primary and secondary school called the Sri Sathya Sai Vidya Mandir that caters to the children of the lower income group around Dharmakshetra.
MANAV ABHYUDAYA KSHETRA
The building is the seat of the Educational activities of the Sri Sathya Seva Organisation at Mumbai. On the ground floor of the building is located a very active Vocational training Technical Institute that helps many young men to take up Vocational Training, which helps them to stand on their own feet.
Tailoring classes for women of weaker section are also being conducted as a part of the Diploma courses