Shirdi (Maharashtra): The Shri Saibaba Sansthan
here, which attracts lakh of devotees from around the world,
plans to initiate legal action against Sai temples who fail to
remove the `samadhi` of Saibaba from their premises.
"There is only one samadhi of Saibaba and that is at
Shirdi. Temples who have built samadhis should remove them or
face legal action," Sansthan trustee Ashok Khambekar said
Some people are misleading devotees by displaying
duplicate items like `paduka` (footwear) used by Saibaba, he
"Saibaba did not appoint any one as his inheritor. But
some sadhus are misleading devotees by wearing clothes like
Saibaba and people blindly trust them," Khambekar said.
Saibaba came to Shirdi in 1858 and was here till 1918.
Two pairs of his `paduka` are at the Sansthan and are on
display for devotees every Thursday, he said.
The Sansthan organised `paduka darshan` in various
parts of the country last year, including Lucknow, Raipur,
Panaji, Kolkata, Guwahati and Kalimpong.
"Shirdi has become a symbol of secularism and people
from all religions throng here," Khambekar said. The Sansthan
has no branch, he added. "There are around 4,000 Sai temples
in India and abroad," he added.