Posted by shirdisainath on July 17, 2009
Rs 100-crore gift to Shirdi Sai Baba
January 01, 2008.
- A Chennai-based information technology industrialist has promised to donate Rs 100 crore to the Sai Baba temple trust in Shirdi.Sources in the cash-rich temple trust said it was the biggest ever donation in its history.
- KV Ramani, the CMD of Future Software, will be donating the money to the Shri Saibaba Sansthan for the construction of a Bhakta Niwas,a residential complex for devotees on January 10.
- Ramani was not available for comment but the chairperson of the trust, Jayant Sasane, confirmed the donation.
- Sasane said negotiations between trustees and Ramani had been on for almost a year. The residential complex will come up on 14 acres of land owned by the trust.
- Ramani, a great devotee of the Sai Baba, has asked the trust to reserve 10 per cent of the total number of rooms in the complex for poor devotees and give out 30 per cent at concession rates.
- Sasane said 15,000 devotees could be accommodated in the facility. The foundation stone will be laid on January 10. Construction is expected to be complete within a year and a half.
- Ramani set up the Shirdi Sai Trust with Rs 250 crore that he had in his kitty. His trust has been spending Rs 20 crore every year for social causes and for construction of Sai Baba temples at various places.
- Sources in Shri Saibaba Sansthan said Ramani believes he owes his wealth to Sai Baba and he has to donate it to him.The sansthan, controlled by the Maharashtra government, has an annual turnover of around Rs 200 crore.
Shirdi to get airport for devotees
- Wednesday, June 25, 2008. MUMBAI: Devotees of Saibaba can now reach shirdi by flight too, as the Maharashtra Government today approved construction of an airport at the holy place.
- The estimated cost of constructing the airport, at Kakadi village, 15 kms away from Shirdi in Ahmednagar district, is Rs 264 crore, an official said.The project to be executed by the Maharashta Airport Development Company will be completed with public-private partnership, he added.
- The Ahmednagar Collector will soon start the land acquisition of about 400 hectares of land required for the airport.
- Another news is The blood bank run by the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi, has been honoured by the Maharashtra State Government by awarding certificate and memento for its continuous efforts to collect and give the blood to the needy patients at the reasonable prices.
- This award was accepted by Sunil Karjule from Maharashtra Health Minister Dr. Vimaltai Mundada.
- This blood bank is motivating the blood doors in the rural area. The devotees also donate the blood on every Thursday and Sunday.
- In all 7300 persons donated blood in 2007. This blood is supplied to Ahmadnagar, Nasik and Aurangabd Districts.
Shirdi Sai Baba temple, Second Richest in Country
- Kopargaon, Jan 09: The famous Shirdi Sai Baba shrine in Maharashtra has become the second richest in the country in terms of income after the Balaji temple in Tirupati, trustees said on Friday.
- The temple has collected Rs 81 crore in cash, 920 kgs of gold and 440 kgs of silver in the form of donations during 2008, creating a record, Ashok Khambekar, a trustee of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, said.
- The temple also collected a record amount of close to Rs 4 crore and 15 lakh in its cash donation box between December 29, 2008 and January six, 2009, Khambekar said. During 2007, about 104 kgs of gold, 235 kgs of silver and Rs 60 crore in cash was received by the temple through donations, he said.
- The trust, which was formed in 1992, has an annual budget of Rs 200 crore which is used for development works such as construction of hospitals, new buildings and roads in and around Shirdi, Khambekar said adding a super speciality hospital and a ‘prasadalaya’ (dining hall) had already been constructed.
- The Sai Sansthan had a record collection of Rs81 crore in cash, 920 kg of gold and 440 kg of silver in its ‘hundi’ at the Saibaba temple in 2008, informed Ashok Khambekar, trustee, SSST.
- Apart from this collection, donations worth Rs42 crore were also made through different sources in 2008. The trust was formed in 1922.The collection from December 29, 2008, to January 6, 2009, reached a record high of Rs4,13,60,250.
- The collections in the past year has created a record. In 2007, Rs60 crore, 104 kg of gold and 235 kg of silver had been collected. Also, a golden throne had also been donated for Saibaba. Last year, a devotee donated for the covering of the sanctum sanctorum to be covered by gold sheet.
- The yearly budget of the temple trust is Rs200 crore which caters to the daily maintenance and management of the temple and its various religious and social activities, including donations for medical relief.
- In 2008, the trust started a super-specialty hospital at an outlay of Rs23 crore where patients are treated in bare minimum cost. The hospital has gained name for its success in heart surgeries. The trust is also building a ‘prasadalaya’ worth Rs35 crore, the work of which began in June 2008.
Record donation at Shirdi Sai Baba temple in 2007
30 Jan, 2008.
- MUMBAI: The Sai Baba shrine at Shirdi has received cash donations to the tune of Rs 60 crore, besides 14 kg gold and 235 kg of silver in 2007, making it the highest collection in a year.
- “In 2006, devotees had donated Rs 35.25 crore in cash, 9 kg gold and 136 kg silver,” the Shirdi Sai Baba Sansthan Trust said in a statement here on Wednesday.
- On the occasion of Dattatrey Jayanti, which fell on December 23 last year, a Hyderabad-based devotee donated a 90-kg gold throne estimated to be worth Rs 10 crore to the temple, it said.
- The highest donations received in 2007 during December month, with devotees donating Rs seven crore in cash, 1.25 kg gold and 20 kg silver.This year, the devotees have donated Rs 6.24 crore cash, 1 kg gold and 30 kg silver to the shrine so far.
- The trust had earmarked Rs 300 crore for a development plan which would include construction of roads, creation of a drinking water scheme and providing facilities at a local hospital and school, the statement added.
Shirdi Sai Temple will be open through the night
- 31.Dec.07. Devotees of Sai Baba will begin the new year with the customary trip to Shirdi. Anticipating the influx of devotees, the Sai temple trust has made special arrangements to accommodate around five lakh devotees expected to visit the temple tonight.
- “The temple will be open through the night so that all the devotees can take darshan. There will be a bhajan night to welcome the new year. Judges from the Supreme Court and the High Court and politicians, including Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and chemical and fertilisers and steel minister Ram Vilas Paswan are also expected,” said Jayant Sasane, secretary of the temple trust.
- The number of people travelling to Shirdi from Mumbai has increased since last week. Rambabu Chouhan, a travel agent from Parel, said, “Out of the 30 cars in my travel fleet, 21 have been booked for Shirdi on December 31 and January 1, 2008.”
- One of the attractions is the golden throne donated recently by a Hyderabad-based businessman. Sasane said, “People are curious, but I can’t claim they are there only to see the throne.
94-kg gold throne for Sai Baba
- Shirdi (Maharashtra) : Sri Sai Baba Sansthan at Shirdi – the town famous for Sai Baba’s temple – received an early morning bounty Thursday from two devotees.
- Two brothers, Mahesh and Girish Reddy of Hyderabad, gifted the Sansthan a 94-kg gold throne costing a whopping Rs. 100 million.It has been made by artisans in Bangalore for a five-and-half feet idol of Sai Baba, installed at the Sai Temple in Shirdi.
- It was a challenge for the Reddys and the transporters to ferry the throne safely to Shirdi, located nearly 200 km from Pune. The Reddys packed it in a bus, which was escorted by a fleet of 15 cars carrying gun-toting security personnel.
- Jayant Sasane, director of Sri Sai Baba Sansthan, said the siblings, builders by profession, are Sai Baba devotees and have been visiting the temple town for the past 20 years.
- During one such trip, they had sought Sai Baba’s blessings for a big contract which could bring them prosperity. They promised to install a special gold throne for the Sai Baba if they bagged the contract.
- Apparently, Sai Baba fulfilled their wish and the Reddys called the Sansthan to tell them that they would keep their promise made to the Baba, Sasane told IANS.
- “Incidentally, one-and-a-half years ago we had announced our plan for a gold throne for Sai Baba. Devotees had been donating for the cause and so far we have collected around Rs. 10 million,” Sasane said.
- Some political parties suggested that the money meant for the throne should be used for victims of natural calamities.”Last September, the Reddys called with their private offer to install the gold throne,” he said.
- It will be installed Sunday (December 23), the day of Dutta Jayanti. The date is significant for millions of Sai Baba devotees around the world as he is considered an incarnation of Dutta Guru.
- The throne is the second most generous donation that the Sansthan received in 2007. In June, one V.K. Ramani of Chennai donated Rs. 750 million, Sasane said.
- Ramani, an IT professional, donated it for the construction of the sprawling Dutta Niwas. “It will cost almost Rs 10 billion.
- The money donated by Ramani will be used and the Sansthan will spend the rest,” Sasane added.
- When completed, the Dutta Niwas will accommodate 15,000 devotees at a time, making it one of the largest congregation halls in the country.
100,000 devotees can dine daily at Shirdi prasadalaya
November 29, 2007
- The Sai Baba temple trust here has built what is billed to be Asia’s biggest prasadalaya, a dining hall with a seating capacity of 5,500, making it possible to feed more than 100,000 devotees daily.
- The Sri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, on an average, spends Rs 190 million annually on feeding pilgrims visiting Shirdi.
- The prasadalaya, constructed at a cost of Rs 240 million, was inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil on Tuesday. The complex is built on 7.5 acres of land and has a built-up area of 183,000 sq feet. It is 700 metres from the main Sai Baba temple.
- A gigantic hall has been constructed on the ground floor, which can seat 3,500 devotees. Two separate halls have been constructed on the first floor with a seating capacity of 1,000 each.
- Fourteen domes made of polycarbonate and Manglorian tiles have been constructed to give ample natural light to the hall, so that power cuts do not disturb the activities in the prasadalaya during daytime.
- Raghunath Aher, chief engineer, Shri Sai Baba Sansthan, told IANS: “The work of the prasadalaya has been going on for 15 months and it will be fully functional in two months.”
- The meals served at the Sansthan are at highly subsidised rates of Rs 5. Huge refrigerating rooms have been built for keeping vegetables fresh. Most of the cooking will be done with solar energy.
- VR Wakchure, executive officer of the Sansthan, said: “All the cooking will be done with modern machines, giving top priority to hygiene.”
- According to the trust, Shirdi has become one of India’s most visited pilgrim places after Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh. On a normal day, around 20,000 devotees visit Shirdi whereas the number increases to about 60,000 during a festival.The previous dinning hall had a capacity of 1,000 people together.
- The prasadalaya serves simple Maharashtrian food comprising dal, rice, chapatti, two vegetables and a sweet. For pilgrims who cannot afford to pay, there is another hall, which has a capacity of 150 people and the trust serves food for free.
- Ganpath Tatya, prasadalaya supervisor, said: “Every day more than 100 people come here to make just chapattis. The prasadalaya is always full. We like serving food to everyone who comes here, we do not want anyone visiting Shirdi to leave hungry, and they should be happy and satisfied.”
- The prasadalaya is open from 10 am to 10 pm.The food is first offered to Sai Baba and then served to the devotees.
Shirdi Temple faces terror threat – Nashik police received threatening letter.
- Nashik, Oct 8. 2007.: Nashik police has received a unknown letter threatening to blow up famous Sai Baba temple at Shirdi.
- Meanwhile, the security at Shirdi and Trimbakeshwar temples has been beefed up after police and intelligence agencies rated the threat perception from terrorist as alarmingly high for the two temples.
- The investigation is on to establish the authenticity of the letter and no arrest has been made so far in this connection.
- As per intelligence agencies’ assessment, terrorist groups could target religious places like Shirdi and Trimbakeshwar during the festive season of Navratri and Diwali.
- The Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil also cautioned that militant outfits might target religious places and top political leaders.