Devotees protest remarks against Shirdi Saibaba
Hyderabad: A large number of Shirdi Saibaba devotees staged protests on Monday at the Dilsukhnagar Saibaba Temple condemning the remarks made by Dwaraka Peetadhipati Swami Swaroopananda Saraswati.
“In almost every household in Andhra and Telangana, people are worshipping a devil called Saibaba,” Swaroopananda is reported to have said while addressing devotees at an event at Lalita Kala Thoranam in Hyderabad on Sunday. A handful of devotees at the venue immediately protested against the derogatory remarks, but they were taken into custody by the police.
On Monday, Sai devotees gathered at Dilsukh Nagar Saibaba Temple and vehemently protested the comments of Swaroopananda. They said it was not Saibaba, but “Swaroopananda is a devil and he should undergo treatment for mental illness at Erragadda hospital.” They warned that they will go to any extent to teach a lesson to Swaroopananda who is not aware of Saibaba’s divine qualities.
‘An embodiment of Nature’
Meanwhile, Anantabhotla Sudhakara Rao of Sadguru Nilayam of Nellore said Sai devotees all over the world were not able to digest the vilification campaign against Shirdi Saibaba by some Hindu swamijis.
Speaking to media persons in Hyderabad on Sunday, Sudhakara Rao said several researches revealed that Saibaba was not a Hindu god, but an embodiment of Nature and was adored by people of all religions and communities.
He asserted that Shirdi Saibaba was a Hindu and belonged to Shukla Yajurveda Madhyandina Brahmin family of Kaushika Gotram. “He was an ardent devotee of Lord Hanuman. Saibaba’s real name was Haribavu Bhoosari and born to Parashuram Bhoosari couple in Patri village of Aurangabad district. Haribavu Bhoosari deserted his home when he was eight years old and claimed his parents were the Nature. Saibaba used to advise his devotees to chant Eknath Bhagavatham, Ramaraksha Strotram and Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram”, Sudhakara Rao said and questioned the Muslim tag given to the Baba. He also pointed out that pujas at Mahasamadhi of Saibaba were being performed as per Hindu traditions as suggested by then Ahmednagar District Collector.