Mai Temple Mai Niwas Mumbai 400054 India


MAI NIWAS is The Cosmic Center of Mai-ism. Built in 1949 it remains the Sanctum Sanctorum for Mai-ism. It is situated at the western most end of Saraswati Road, Santacruz West, Mumbai- 400054, INDIA. It was here that the Great Saint and the Founder of the Universal Religion of Mai-ism Mai Swarup Mai Markandji endearingly called Maiji the only one and the great Motherly Saint spent about 17 years of His blessed life alone in deep meditation of Mother Mai. It is here that the Most Merciful Mother Mai, the Universal Divine Mother Mai, the Universal Divine Mother resides eternally with Her abiding smile ever ready to run to the succour of Her Devotees. It is here that the countless number of people were relieved of their miseries.

A word about Mai Niwas. At first it consisted of a prayer hall admeasuring 28 feet X 16 Feet and two rooms besides a kitchen. Later on one more room was added. At the instance of Maiji-IV a self-contained two room flat was constructed on the terrace. Later on marble flooring was laid instead of the original floor tiles on the entire ground floor. This work has been completed under the supervision of Maiji-V.

Impelled by the sympathy for the suffering fellow- beings Maiji-IV opened a free dispensary at Mai Niwas. It has been functioning smoothly by the grace of Mai-Maiji under the able guidance of an eminent physician.

Most Merciful Mother is installed at the western most extremity of the prayer hall, facing the East.

Both Mai and Maiji are worshiped everyday and on a large scale on Fridays and Saturdays in Mai Niwas when congregational prayers are invariably held at 7 pm onwards. A bronze statue of Maiji is installed at the Eastern end of the veranda at Mai Niwas under the supervision of the Maiji II with the donations raised by a few closed devotees. Maiji is worshiped here also. The veranda is sacred because it is here that the Great Saint used to relax in the night repeating ” Mai Markand Ardha Sahasranam ”

Maiji was an incarnation of love and mercy. He worked very hard till 21-12-1966 when he returned to the Lotus Feet of Mother Mai. He wrote his Magnum Opus ” Mai-ism ” in Mai Niwas. Several other books were also produced by him. If the walls of Mai Niwas could articulate they will tell that He had wiped the tears of thousands of misery stricken people  and restored their happiness. Never He erred in misery relief. There has been no case of misery stricken person who contacted Maiji returning without relief or disappointed. Mother was at his back and call. He held regular communion with Her. He worked ceaselessly for outspread of the Universal Religion of Mai-ism. He established at the insistent and repeated behest of Mai for the happiness of the people at large. In Mai Niwas he taught his chosen disciples how to propitiate Most Merciful Mother Mai. He loved His disciples with all His heart. ~ U.R.M.   U.G. MENON


NOTE: – Mai-ism was represented at All Faiths’ Conference at Nasik ( India ) in 1933 and the Indian Philosophical Congress at Poona ( India ) in 1934. Maiji was invited to Japan for the World Religious Congress in 1955. Maiji was the Sub-Councillor-in-Chief of the International Religious Federation which was started in Japan in 1955.

Maiji had been elected as VICE PRESIDENT and spiritual MINISTER for PEACEFUL HUMAN RELATIONSHIP & Universal Religious Alliance (U.R.A.) in Havana, Cuba for SIX YEARS FROM 1959 TO 1965.

The most appreciated representation of Mai-ism was at the Universal Religious Alliance World Congress held at Havana in Cuba from 23 October 1959 to 22 January 1960. Mai-ism was explained, discussed and commented upon in the World Congress by Revered Sister Duchesse Blanche Ledran, the Grand Chancellor of the Universal Religious Alliance. Mai-ism received the greatest approbation in this World Congress of the Universal Religious Alliance, which has a standing of over five decades. In fact it is one of the most important universal religious institutes. As stated in the Preliminary Report pertaining to the Congress held on 23 October 1959, the complete attendance at the Congress was around 3800 persons 2184 of which integrated about 318 different official delegations, which came from 96 different countries. The representation was of 449 different sections and sub-sections of religious and various organisations. Furthermore, 43 countries had sent their official observers. Appreciation and truest understanding about Mai-ism by the said World Congress would be evident from these words; ” We have received valuable literature from all quarters of the world, which amply reveals that the regeneration of man is at hand, as well as that a new age (Aquarian)is being ushered in taking the shape of  a brand new Spiritual Civilization. We recommend such sources of research. We recommend Mai-ism and the Mai Institute of Santa Cruz West, Bombay – 54, India”. ~ Extract from MOTHER’S MESSAGE.



(By Shalini Menon)

‘MAI NIWAS’ Mother Mai’s Mansion

Let this be always your journey’s destination

A humble structure to unknowing passers by

But they are sure to feel an aura alive

Evil thoughts and base desires to which humans are prone

Will find it difficult to enter this enchanted zone

Even the most wicked man with animal instincts

Will at the least become human within these precincts

Discard notions of color, sex and religion

For in here you have no other identity, but as MAI MAIJI’S children

Fortunate are they who live in the vicinity

As they get to inhale air of such sanctity

This is an oasis where you can refresh yourself

When you are down and out in a world of power and pelf

Many are estranged couple on praying here

Have been recompensed with connubial bliss dear

Dire sinners have returned home with their hearts lightened

Tears of remorse shed and vows of abstinence strengthened

Youngsters have offered a heartfelt prayer

And have found their examination results more than fair

Devotees struggling to earn their daily bread

Slowly the path to riches have tread

Barren women have of MAI MAIJI begged

And with a bonny baby been duly blessed

People in financial ruin and going bankrupt

Have been saved from the brink to their joy un-corrupt

Those who crave the spiritual nectar

Have found it to be more than abundant here

But remember that your desire’s fructification

Depends on the intensity of prayer and your heart’s liquefaction

Your Prarabdha may sometimes not allow your desire’s actualization

But rest assured you will soon experience MAI MAIJI’S benign consolation

MAI NIWAS, Mother Mai’s Mansion

Let this always be your journey’s destination

Jai Mai Jai Markand Mai

Please read the Chapter No. 5 Notes 246 to 301  “Mai Niwas” of MAI-ISM book for its historical background.   


Mai Temple, Mai Niwas, Saraswati Road End, Santa Cruz West , Mumbai 400054 India