Shirdi, Maharashtra, Dec 22 (UNI) Coinciding with the 'Datta Jayanti' (the birth anniversary of Lord Datta), a Hyderabad-based devotee of Sai Baba who has donated a golden throne, weighing 95 kg, to the Temple Trust, will perform a pooja before its consecration here tomorrow.
Mr Anandinarayan Reddy, his wife Sulochna and their sons Mahesh and Girish donated the throne yesterday. They will perform 'Paadhya' pooja tomorrow before placing the statue on the throne, Shirdi Sansthan's senior trustee Ashok Khambekar told UNI today. The golden throne, bearing sculptures of lion on the both sides, was made by 50 artisans of famous goldsmith A Algar Raja and was completed in over two months. Its special feature is two sculptures of women offering flowers.
On the occasion of Gurupurnima which was on July 28 this year, another devotee from Hyderabad, Vijay Kumar, donated a golden sheet as cover for the temple 'kalash'. At present, the temple has total 122 kg of gold and 2,167 kg silver.
Earlier, the temple had received the donation of a golden crown, footwear, plate and bowl (for food offerings) for Sai Baba, Mr Khambekar said.
Mr Reddy has said that by next year, he wants to adorn the temple walls with golden sheet as it is at Amritsar's Golden Temple and Tirupati Balaji's temple.
The present silver throne that weighs 151 kg was consecrated on March 28, 2002. Prior to that, on November 28, 1986, the temple Sansthan had placed a silver throne weighing 64 kg. From August 15, 1918, when Sai Baba's temple was erected, his photo was placed on the silver throne. Later in 1954, it was replaced with a marble statue of Baba, he added.