Multi-storey ashram in Shirdi for Sai devotees
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Last Updated: Thursday, March 01, 2012, 14:34
  
New Delhi: Devotees travelling to the famous Sai Baba Temple in Shirdi can now hope to have a comfortable stay with the trust that runs the temple planning to throw open next month a multi-storey ashram that could accommodate over 15,000 people at a time.

Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust in association with the Shirdi Sai Trust, Chennai has constructed the 'Sai Ashram' at a cost of Rs 125 crore that would have over 1,500 rooms and nearly 200 halls.

"The Ashram built in an area of 25 acres will be thrown open to the public by next month. Over 30,000 pilgrims come to Shirdi everyday and most of them prefer to stay there. This centre would be great help to them," Ashok Khambekar, Senior Trustee, said.

The Ashram will have 1,536 rooms and 192 big halls that would accommodate over 15,000 people at a time, he said. Khambekar also said the Sansthan Trust has earmarked Rs 88 crore for laying "excellent" roads in and around Shirdi village and other areas.

During his meeting with Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay, he demanded that religious-based tourism be established in Shirdi so that the pilgrim centres in and around Ahmednagar district receives more devotees.

The trust also wanted the Central government to announce a special fund to commemorate the centenary year of establishment of Sai Baba's samadhi in Shirdi.

"We are also demanding that Shirdi Development Authority be established so that 40 to 50 villages near the temple can be developed," he said.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, March 01, 2012, 14:34


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