Public Relation Dept.,
Shree Sai Baba
Sansthan Trust (Shirdi)
Shirdi Sai Baba’s time, a number of selfless devotees came forward
and provided shelter and other services to the pilgrims visiting
Ashwatha and the Audumbar trees are important, so was the Neem
tree important for Sai Baba. He loved it very much and held it in
and others, who were the old residents of Shirdi, used to bow down
at that place, believing it to be the Samadhi-sthan of
Baba’s Guru. Near the Samadhi, by observing twelve
years of silence, Baba had done penance. This became well-known.
Saheb, one of Baba’s devotees, acquired the surrounding land
near the Samadhi and the Neem tree, and constructed a
building with verandahs on all the four sides.
This is the
same building and the same Wada, which was the original
central meeting place of the pilgrims, which was always crowded
and there was a lot of hustle and bustle.
Dixit’s Wada was built, which housed larger families. In a
short time thereafter, a stone Wada was built there.
rich Butti’s imposing building was also built, on which a lot of
money was spent. But, this money was proved to have been well
utilised for Baba was laid to rest there.
- Shri Sai
present times, an ardent Sai devotee Shri K. V. Ramani of
Chennai has made a magnanimous offer of spending Rs. 30 crores for
Shree Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) to build accommodation
facility, meditation hall and an old age home on a non-profit
basis. An agreement regarding this has also been recently signed
between Shri Bhausaheb Wakchaure, Executive Officer of
Shree Sai Baba Sansthan Trust (Shirdi) and Shri K. V.
This is the biggest donation
received in the history of the Sansthan. Shri Ramani is a
renowned software engineer. His philanthropic work and selfless
surrender at the Holy Feet of Baba has inspired him to work for
spreading the teachings and philosophy of Sai Baba and hence, he
founded Shirdi Sai Trust in Chennai, and has also started an
independent website www.shirdisaitrust.org.
The Trust committedly is
spearheading the spread of Sai message and teachings in India and
abroad. What can be empty Sai message, until the preacher also
follows them ? The Trust is providing food, clothes, medical
facilities and moral support to the poor and underprivileged. The
needy students are getting free education. The Trust was
established in 1996 and has made an investment of Rs. 250 crores
by the Ramani Brothers.
According to the agreement Shri
Ramani will be given six acres of land, in which the
accommodation facility will admeasure five lakh sq. feet with an
expense of Rs. 25 crores, a meditation hall will be 3000 sq. feet
costing Rs. 3 crores and the old age home will cost Rs. 2 crores.
On such a magnanimous offer by
Shri Ramani, the Sansthan decided to acknowledge it by
felicitating him. Chairman, Shri Jayant Sasane and Vice
Chairman Shri Shankararao Kolhe felicitated Shri
Ramani on behalf of the Sansthan with a shawl, coconut and garland
of flowers along with Baba’s Idol. Those present on the occasion
were Member of Parliament Shri Balasaheb Vikhe Patil,
Trustees Shri Shailesh Kute, Shri Pandurang Abhang,
Shri Ashok Khambekar, Shri Suresh Wabale, Dr. Eknath
Gondkar, Shri Kailas Kote, Smt. Urmila Jadhav and
the Sansthan’s Executive Officer Shri Bhausaheb Wakchaure.
Shri Ramani is the well-known software engineer, who
himself established reputed software company in Chennai. He is
also founder member of NASSCOM. He has now totally dedicated
himself to Sai’s divine work.
In response to the
felicitation received by him for the agreement, Shri Ramani
said, “I am only giving back what Sai Baba has given me. Thus, all
the credit goes to Sai Baba. I do not need much money, and so, I
have decided to put the surplus money to good cause, hence I have
established the Trust.’’
- Penned by
Ms. Shamshad Ali Baig
someone loves Me more than life, I need such a person. If such a
person gives Me something, I give to him a hundred fold.’’
that Sai Baba collected from people as ‘Dakshina’ was spent
in charity partly, and some was simply given away.
To some He
would daily give rupees thirty; to some rupees ten, fifteen or
fifty. Likewise, He would happily distribute according to His
belonged to people of all religions; and those who accepted it
were aware of this. Baba had the wish that it should be spent in a
Following devotees are honoured with
Krishnaji S. Lotankar
Ashok K. Khatu
Gangadhar A. Narkar
Abasaheb A. Patil
Mahankal, Sangli, Maharashtra
Pratapgarh, U. P.
Minakshi D. Bhosale
Dr. Balkrishna T. Bokand
Satish A. Rege
P. K. Dhar
Vilas B. Chaudhary
Arjun B. Chaudhary
Nilesh A. Bagul
Chandrakant S. Dhokate
Kavathe Mahankal, Sangli, Maharashtra
Vinod B. Baramkar
Madhuri S. Srivastav
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