Dwarkamai or the mosque where Baba spent a part of his life is such an ordinary structure that an onlooker unaware of Baba's life would simply pass by, without even giving it a second look. But, it's the simplicity of this mosque that seemed to have appealed Baba so much that he decided to move from sleeping under a neem tree to here. For the devotees of Sai Baba, this mosque is a must visit place in their agenda whenever traveling to this part of Maharashtra.
The Story Behind Its NameTo his devotees Sai Baba would often be heard saying that merely going inside the mosque would wash away all the sins and sufferings of a person and he would be blessed with all the joys in his life. The mosque is just like a mother who tries her best to protect her children from any danger and puts him to a blissful sleep. And this is why he would refer to the mosque as "Masjid Ayi", ayi, which is a Mahrashtrian word for Mother.
Once when a devotee wanted to go to Dwarka, a holy town in Gujarat, Baba told him that there was no need to go there as the mosque is also Dwarka. One of the meanings of "Dwarka" is many-gated and ayi means mother so it becomes many-gated mother. And after Baba passed away the mosque came to be popularly known as Dwarkamai, a place synonymous to the love of a mother for his child.
Dhuni: Sacred Fire Lit by BabaFire in various faiths, be it the Hinduism, Christianity, Sufism or Zoroastrianism is held on a high regard. And as such to Sai Baba, who welcomed all the faiths with love and warmth, the fire was of equal importance. He would always have a fire lit by him wherever he went and called it a dhuni. But unlike others he neither worshiped fire nor stopped people from other castes to touch it. In fact, some of the villagers used to take the ashes from the fire he burnt to use in their own homes.
Sai Baba himself lighted the dhuni found here in this mosque some hundred years ago and it still continues to do so. However, the caretakers of Dwarkamai have designed a special structure to hold the fire in place with firebricks and enclosed it behind a wire mesh.