Shirdi temple remains open
The controversy floated after the tourism minister Aditya Thackeray that the. Maharashtra government would develop Patri town on par with Shirdi as the locals believe that Patri is birth place of Saibaba. It leads to call for bandh in Shirdi town as they are opposing the proposal to develop Patri with the finds of Rs .100 crores .
They believe that if the Patri is developed , the popularity and importance of Shirdi would be diluted .BmThough the town Shirdi and surroundings are participating in Bandh, there is no obstruction for the devotees who wish to take Darsanam at Shirdi. Chief Executive Officer of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Muglikar Trust, has said that Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi will remain open today and will not be impacted by the closure of the city.
"There are some reports in media that Sai Temple in Shirdi will remain closed on January 19. I want to clarify that it is just a rumor. Temple will remain open on January 19," Mr Muglikar said. Devotees will not face any difficulty if they come to Shirdi," said B Wakchaure, member of Saibaba Sansthan Trust.