On Sunday, a bandh was observed in Shirdi against Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray's announcement to grant Rs 100 crore for development of facilities at "Sai janmasthan" (birthplace) at Pathri. Shirdi MP Sadashiv Lokhande of the Shiv Sena said on Monday that the controversy over the birthplace of Sai Baba has been resolved in the meeting with the CM in Mumbai. Meanwhile, villagers in Dhoopkheda, around 31 kms from Aurangabad, on Monday passed a resolution demanding funds for infrastructure development, said village sarpanch Kailas Wagchoure. "There is no dispute over Dhoopkheda being the 'prakatbhoomi' of Sai Baba, as his biography mentions so. Chand Patel who took Sai Baba from here to Shirdi belonged to Dhoopkheda. Patel took Sai Baba to Shirdi for his sister's marriage. After that Sai Baba never returned here," he said. Waghchoure demanded fund to the tune of Rs 50 crore to construct good roads and develop premises of the Sai Baba temple. Untitled Carousel Shirdi shutdown … [Read more...] about Claiming Sai Baba was first spotted in Aurangabad’s Dhoopkheda, villagers seek funds
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B Wakchaure of Saibaba Sansthan Trust said a meeting of villagers was held on Saturday evening where it was decided that market places and surrounding villages will be shut as part of the Bandh from Sunday onwards, however, the Sai Baba temple which is visited by lakhs of devotees and all its units comprising Sai Prasadalaya, Sai Hospital, Sai Bhaktaniwas and medical shops have been kept outside the purview of the shutdown. … [Read more...] about Shirdi locals call for shutdown over Sai baba birthplace row, temple remains open
The temple town has opposed CM Uddhav Thackeray’s Rs 100 crore grant to Pathri as the saint’s birthplace. A day-long bandh was observed in Shirdi on Sunday over declaring Pathri, a village in Parbhani district of Marathwada region, as the birthplace of Sai Baba. The controversy over the birthplace of the saint erupted after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced a grant of Rs 100 crore for Pathri’s development. The people of Shirdi took exception to the government’s announcement, claiming that the saint in his lifetime never divulged his identity or the name of his birthplace. They said that any government grant for Pathri will end up hurting the sentiments of Sai devotees. Marathwada tour. According to sources in the CM’s office, he has called a meeting on Monday to find a solution to the controversy. Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan Trust’s former trustee Sachin Tambe said, “If the chief minister wants to give Rs 100 crore for the development … [Read more...] about Shirdi observes day-long bandh over Sai Baba controversy
Historians say there is no credible record about Sai Baba’s birthplace. “All that we know based on books written on Sai Baba is that the saint appeared in Shirdi and decided to make this town his karma bhoomi (the centre of his humanitarian work),” said Shirdi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA and former minister Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil. … [Read more...] about Opinion | Is economics at the heart of the Sai Baba birthplace controversy?
“A large number of Sai devouts visit Pathri and the decision to provide funds for the development of Pathri temple is aimed at the development of the area and a welcome step. Sai Bhakts cannot be kept away from development over the issue of the place of birth of Sai Baba,” Chavan, a former chief minister, tweeted in Marathi. … [Read more...] about Shirdi to shutdown over CM Uddhav Thackeray’s remark on Sai Baba’s birthplace