Maha govt decision to develop Patri as pilgrim center leads to closure of Sai baba temple at Shirdi
A controversy drcision taken by the Maharashtra government has led to closure of Shirdi Saibaba temple from 19 Jsnuary. As per sources, the Saibaba Sansthan Trust has slammed Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray for confusing the devotees. Recently, Thackeray had taken a review meeting of the development works in Parbhani district and at that time, he announced that Pathri, considered as the birthplace of Saibaba would be developed as a site for religious tourism with Rs.100 crores and the funds would be released soon..
The Saibaba temple at Shirdi is one of the most popular pilgrim centers in the country, with lakhs of devotees thronging it every year. There has been a longstanding dispute over his birthplace and now the government has stated that Patri would be confirmed as the birth place of Saibaba and it would be developed as pilgrim center.
Reportedly, the residents of Shirdi have the apprehension that the temple will lose its importance if Pathri is proven as the birthplace of Saibaba.
Meanwhile, the Maharashtra CM's move received the backing of his Cabinet colleague Ashok Chavan. He mentioned that devotees visited Pathri on a huge scale and it was important to ensure requisite facilities for them. Contending that it was not fair to use the dispute over Saibaba's birthplace as an excuse, Chavan asserted that the welfare of the pilgrims was of utmost importance.