Puttaparthi (AP): With devotees
continuing to surge into the town to offer their homage to the
late Sathya Sai Baba, authorities on Tuesday extended the final
darshan timing till midnight.
Three special trains from Secunderabad, Visakhapatnam
and Vijayawada brought in a large number of devotees to the
town on the final day of darshan.
Inspector General (Rayalaseema Region) Santosh Mehra
said the darshan timing, which was to end at 6.00 pm today, has
been extended till about midnight.
"Devotees are standing in queue of about 1.5 km and
their arrival is on the rise. We are trying to ensure that all
devotees have an opportunity to have final glimpse of Sai
Baba," who passed away on Sunday after battling multi-organ
failure, he said.
"We have spoken to Sai Trust authorities with regards
to the extension of darshan timings from 6.00 pm till midnight
and they have agreed for the same," he said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson
Sonia Gandhi and External Affairs Minister SM Krishna are
among the VVIPs who are expected to visit the town this
evening to offer their tributes to Sai Baba.
Sai Baba would be buried in the Sai Kulwanth Hall here
with full state honours between 9.00 and 9.30 am tomorrow.