New Delhi: The Saibaba Temple in Maharashtra’s Shirdi has received donations worth Rs 14.54 crore in 10 days. Devotees gathered to seek blessing during the Christmas and New Year vacation.Also Read - Pics of 2 'Kissing' Owlets Delight The Internet, IFS Officer Calls it 'Pre-Wedding Photoshoot'
The authorities have said that over 9 lakh devotees have visited the temple. In the donation, 507 grams of gold and 16 5 kg silver have been received. Also Read - Maharashtra, Karnataka, 4 Others Among 'States of Concern', Centre Rushes Teams To Review Situation
Last year in October, the Saibaba Temple had received donations worth Rs 5.97 crore in three days during the centenary edition of the Saibaba Samadhi festival. Also Read - Is BMC Planning To Impose More Curbs in Mumbai? Here's What Civic Body Told Bombay HC
Saibaba is believed to have taken samadhi in Shirdi in the year 1918. Every year, a festival is observed for three days on the auspicious occasion of Vijaya Dashmi, with lakhs of pilgrims from India and abroad gathering in the city for the festival.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also arrived for the last day of the festival. The Prime Minister had paid his respects at the Samadhi Temple before taking part in the rituals at the sanctum sanctorum of the Saibaba Samadhi Temple Complex.
Shirdi is one of Maharashtra’s most important pilgrimage towns. Sai Baba, a 19th-century saint who brought together people from all faiths, is the presiding deity of the shrine around which the town’s economy runs.
The stunning temple that stands at the center of Shirdi’s economy was constructed in 1922, four years after Sai Baba’s death, the shrine was commissioned and privately owned by one Shrimant Gopalrao, a millionaire from Nagpur, who was a devotee of Sai Baba. Today it is owned and run by the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust
The town’s railway station, Sainagar Shirdi is well connected by over a dozen trains to several major cities and towns around the country. Sainagar Shirdi that became operational in March 2009 is a major terminus on the Central Railway line with trains connecting it to places as far-flung as Kolkata and Puri. The Sainagar Shirdi – Puri Express leaves every Sunday from Sainagar Shirdi and takes about 29 hours to complete the journey of 1,619 km to Puri. Sainagar Shirdi – Kolkata Howrah Junction Superfast Express takes about 26 hours to complete the journey from Sainagar Shirdi to Kolkata’s Howrah Junction, a distance of 1,790 km.