Shirdi Sai Baba

by Phil

This is an iconic statue, outside a home in our neighborhood, of Shirdi Sai Baba. He is a beloved swami/guru/holy figure who died in 1918 but who is well remembered and revered to this day by people all over India. He is not to be confused with the Sathya Sai Baba, who is still among the living, and who has been discussed in these pages before.

For the benefit of our Western readers, it is worth noting that as we move through India, we see Shirdi Sai Baba’s images everywhere: bumper stickers, car windows, commercial enterprises, houses, ashrams, anywhere. He is woven through the fabric of this society, even through the various religions (he was famous for working to bring the Muslims and the Hindus closer together), and is a far more tangible presence than is, say, Jesus Christ.

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3 Responses to “Shirdi Sai Baba”

  1. He’s indeed highly revered – especially so in South India (esp. in Hyderabad – where entire neighborhoods have “Sai” in their business & residential names). Many folks even claim to have seen Shirdi Sai Baba as visions in their dreams..

  2. Phil says:


    We went to his ashram in Shirdi, it was a really lovely experience… hopefully we will get some time to write about that too, it was quite moving…

  3. Parvathi says:

    Shirdi Saibaba was a great saint who left his mortal body in 1918, but for his devotees he is alive even to day. Most importantly he responds to a request , prayer however silly it is. It is not just a belief, it is my personal experience. Initially I wanted to test, later after receiving amazing response I came to know that I was too small to test him. He fulfills your desire to give you confidence that he exists. But his motive is to drive you ultimately to the salvation. One can examine my statement