Shirdi in Maharastra, the home to 19th-century Saint Sai Baba, will remain shut for an indefinite period starting from Sunday i.e. January 19.
This comes after the Chief Minister of Maharastra, Uddhav Thackeray made an announcement to set aside a sum of Rs. 100 crore for development of Pathri in Parbhani, which, as per Uddhav Thackeray, is the birthplace of Sai Baba.
We have announced to close Shirdi against rumours from January 19. A meeting of villagers will be convened Saturday evening to discuss the issue. Devotees will not face any difficulty if they come to Shirdi,” B Wakchaure of Saibaba Sansthan Trust was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The administrative body of Sai Baba’s Samadhi has staged a protest against the CM’s comment claiming that there is no proof to declare Pathri as Sai Baba’s birthplace. The committee added that Sai Baba has never disclosed his birthplace or religion in his life.
The committee has said that the peaceful protest and shrine shut will continue until CM clears his stand on the issue.
The Shirdi temple and all its units like the Sai Prasadalaya, Sai Hospital, etc. will remain open during bandh.