Puttaparthi Sai Baba Misses Date With Miracle

DNA Correspondent
Saturday, October 06, 2007 08:32 IST

HYDERABAD: Hundreds were injured in a minor stampede when thousands of Saibaba devotees gathered at the Sathya Sai aerodrome at Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh on Thursday evening to witness yet another “divine feat” that turned out to be a non-event.

Perhaps for the first time in decades, the 80-year-old godman of Puttaparthi could not even get out of his Mercedes due to the crush of devotees at the aerodrome 435 km south-east of Hyderabad.

Known for his magical abilities to produce ash, gold chains and wrist-watches from thin air, Saibaba has attained the status of a social worker in Andhra Pradesh after he funded a Rs250 crore drinking water programme, complete with mini-reservoirs, a 75-km pipeline, several hundred borewells and heavy duty diesel and electric motors.

After the evening bhajan at the Saibaba’s ashram — Prashanti Nilayam — at Puttaparthi, Baba’s assistant and translator Anil Kumar announced that the godman would give his “vishwaroopa darshan” between 6.30 and 8pm.

The news spread like wildfire among devotees all over the country and those in Puttaparthi town made a beeline for the airport to witness another “magical feat” from the godman.

The rush of people was so much that the godman himself was not able to reach the spot at the aerodrome from where he was supposed to perform the feat. Devotees stormed his vehicle to be closest to him while he performed the miracle.

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