Shirdi: A grand Sai Durbar will be held here from October 17 to 19 to celebrate 100 years of the ‘samadhi’ of Sai Baba. More than 10 lakh devotees of the saint from all over India and from around 20 countries are expected to join the celebrations at Shirdi Sai Baba Temple here. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be coming on October 19.
10 lakh devotees may turn up
All the 1,500 rooms in the Shirdi Sansthan have been booked by the devotees and more than 750 hotels in the town hardly have a room to spare. Tight security is in place, with CCTV cameras and police dogs maintaining a round-the-clock vigil. During the three-day celebration, around ten lakh persons are expected to have meals at Sai Rasoi.
One thousand volunteers will offer their services in three shifts for serving food. The temple premises will be decorated with fruits and flowers. The cost of decoration alone is expected to be upwards of Rs 35 lakh. Around 8 lakh tons of flowers have been ordered.
Rubal Agarwal, CEO of the Shirdi Sansthan Trust said that Sai Baba’s Temple was registered as a trust in 1922. At that time, the annual income of the trust was Rs 3,200. It has now grown to Rs 371 crore i.e. around 11 lakh times.
(Story: Navnath Dighe)