New Delhi: After protests erupted over replacing signboards mentioning ‘Dwarkamai Masjid’ with ‘Dwarkamai Mandir’, the Saibaba Sansthan Trust removed the billboards in Maharashtra’s Shirdi on Tuesday. The two signboards directing towards Dwarkamai were removed after angry reactions from the locals and members of the Muslim community. Also Read - Shirdi Observes Indefinite Bandh Against CM's Remark, Sai Baba Temple Opens as Usual
Following the protests, the locals have demanded that newly installed ‘saffron’ boards and flags be removed within a period of eight days. According to the protestors, the Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan Trust is being saffronised. The saffronisation idea fuelled further after inscription of Om word was seen on the Sai flag pillar. Also Read - Shirdi Bandh on Jan 19: Sai Temple to Remain Open Tomorrow
The protestors further alleged that ever since the new committee and its members took charge of the shrine’s administration, colours of almost all the signboards have been changed. A letter has also been submitted before Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan Trust’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Also Read - Shirdi to be Closed Indefinitely From January 19 Against Maharashtra CM's 'Birthplace' Remark
The complainant in the letter alleged that the shrine’s functioning was being altered to represent a particular religion. For the unversed, rituals in the Sai Mandir have always been performed as per Hindu tradition and customs.
This development came a month after the centenary festival of the Shirdi Saibaba Samadhi. During the three-day long centenary festival, the trust had received donations worth Rs. 5.97 crore. More than three lakh devotees visited the shrine during the festival.