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What Is The Controversy About Shirdi and Pathri Sai Baba Temples ?

The Saibaba Sansthan Trust has announced that the Sai Baba temple in Shirdi will remain opened and the devotees can visit the temple without any difficulty. The controversy around Shirdi one of the popular temples in India started after Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced Rs 100 crore for the development of Pathri town in Parbhani district which is considered lord Sai Baba’s birthplace. The distance between Shirdi and Pathri is 272 km by road.

This decision did not go well with the people of Shirdi town in which the famous Sai Baba temple is located. Sai Baba lived in Shirdi and spread his teachings to the devotees and he died on 15 October 1918. A temple is built at that place and it became popular among the devotees from around the world.

The Shirdi town is visited by huge number of people every year and donations are made to the temple. The town has become very rich with these developments. Now the local people of Shirdi feel that the importance and significance of the town and temple will be diminished if Pathri town is developed to attract the people.

However some Shirdi people say that these protests are not about the funds and they strongly object to the reference of Pathri as Sai Baba’s birth place because there is no document evidence for this and lord Sai Baba never shared details about his birthplace and religion.

While this is the case of Shirdi residents on the other side Pathri town people and politicians say that they have evidence which infact proves Pathri is Sai Baba’s place of birth. So as for now we see this as the reason for Shirdi and Pathri controversy and we have to wait and watch about the further developments on this story.