Days after he assumed office as the Chief Minister of Maharastra, Uddhav Thackeray triggered unnecessary criticism with his comments over the birthplace of saint Shirdi Sai Baba. On the account of his recent visit, the Thackeray scion declared that a grant of Rs 100 crore would be given for the development of Pathri. Supporting his decision, Uddhav claimed that Pathri in Parbhani district, is Saibaba’s birthplace as per the scriptures and that they have enough evidence to prove his point. Followed by which the administrative body of Sai Baba’s Samadhi said that the temple will be shut indefinitely from Sunday.
However, a day after calling the indefinite strike, the administrative body of Sai Baba’s Samadhi issued a new statement on Saturday which stated that the Aartis and other religious ceremonies will continue on Sunday and thereafter as usual. Supporting the statement, one of the top officials at the administration stated that the temple will open as usual and devotees will be free to take darshan. ‘On behalf of Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi, darshan at Shri Saibaba Samadhi Temple, all the Aartis and the religious traditions will continue on Sunday 19th January 2020 and thereafter and l the facilities from Sansthan such as Shri Sai Prasadalaya, all Bhakt Niwas locations and hospitals etc would be functioning regularly as always,” read the statement. However, according to reports, all services like restaurants, hotels, dharamshalas will remain closed in Shirdi tomorrow. Public transport is also likely to be affected.