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Sai Baba in a DDA flat?

By Rekha Bakshi

The third floor flat of S K Pawar and his Muslim wife, Lubna, in C Block, Vasant Kunj, in South Delhi, has become a place of pilgrimage for the devotees of Sai Baba of Puttaparthi.

Holy ash (vibhuti) is reportedly falling from the Baba's several photographs, Shivlingas, small and large, have miraculously appeared on Shivaratri day, and so have images of the Vaishno Mata, Krishna and Hanuman.

Even skeptics have not been able to question how inside the photo frames of the Baba, images (moorthy) of Vaishno Devi Maa have appeared without the glass being broken. A golden image of Lord Krishna and of Hanumana have also appeared inside the frame. On a particular day, the lion, astride which the "Mata" was sitting, disappeared, to reappear subsequently.

Thousands of devotees are visiting the flat and seeing the miracle in batches of a dozen, with their own eyes.

Lubna has been a Sai devotee since she was a child, and so are her son and daughter who are studying in school. Naturally, in their master bedroom, the couple has a raised platform on which a shrine has been arranged. Next to the shrine, a chair is permanently placed for the Baba to come and sit.

On waking up one morning, the couple saw footprints of the Baba leading up to the chair and clear signs that someone sat on the chair.

Also appearing was an image (moorthy) of the Shirdi Sai Baba, the predecessor of the Satya Sai Baba.

Not only does vibhuti fall from half a dozen photos of the Baba in the flat, even the characteristic message from the Baba is imprinted on the walls reading "With love, Baba". This is the autograph that the Baba generally gives to the devotees who visit "Puttaparthi" near Bangalore.

The falling of the vibhuti from the photos of the Baba happens in the houses of many devotees and is quite routine. But the miraculous appearance of the shivlingas, the image of Vaishno Devi Mata, and the offerings, and the fact that the miracle has continued for more than a month, makes this occurrence unique.

The Shivalingas that appeared first, in the cold month of February, were made of ghee. On a subsequent day, several small shivlingas coalesced to become one big one. In March, they turned to clay.

The saying goes that if you believe in something strongly enough, even a piece of stone is God Almighty himself, and if you don't, is a mere stone. It certainly is a question of faith. No wonder, thousands are thronging to the DDA flat residence of the Pawars as if it were a shrine next only to Puttaparthi.

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