Maharashtra/ Shirdi closed indefinitely from Sunday; locals angry after Uddhav Thackeray calls Pathri birthplace of Sai Baba

Shirdi: The temple town of Shirdi, where the 19th-century saint Sai Baba remained till his death, will be shut for an indefinite period from Sunday. The decision was taken by the administrative body of Sai Baba’s Samadhi to protest against chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s announcement to allot Rs 100 crore for development of Pathri in Parbhani, which is believed to be Sai Baba’s birthplace.

Urgent meeting on Saturday evening: Angry devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba have called for the closure of Shirdi from Sunday. The villagers had called an urgent Gram Sabha on Saturday evening to outline the movement. The city of Shirdi is now closed indefinitely. There is anger among the people of Shirdi after a statement by Uddhav Thackeray.

“We have announced to close Shirdi against rumours from January 19,” said B Wakchaure of Saibaba Sansthan Trust.

Devotees will not face any problem: According to the trust, the shutdown will not affect the darshan in the temple. The devotees will not have to face any trouble. The work of Prasadalaya and Dharamshala will continue as usual.

Strategy will be decided in the Gram Sabha meeting in Shirdi: A meeting of the gram sabha has been called in Shirdi on Saturday. The strategy will be decided in this meeting. On the other hand, people in Pathri are also talking about developing the birthplace temple of Saibaba.

Shirdi’s gazetteer writer Pramod Aher said claims have come from 8 to 10 places, including Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Jerusalem (Israel), Pathri, regarding the birthplace of Saibaba’s parents. Not only this, many claims were made about Saibaba, but none were proved to be true on the basis of facts.