The administrative body of Sai Baba’s Samadhi declared the indefinite closure of the Shirdi temple after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray reportedly said Pathri in Parbhani is Sai Baba’s birthplace.
As per information, 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.
B Wakchaure of Saibaba Sansthan Trust was remarked that they have announced to shut Shirdi 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.As per information, the buses of Maharashtra State Regional Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and the hotel will also function as usual. However, public transport vehicles are likely to remain off road and could pose hurdles to tourists visiting the temple town by air or by train.