Get ready for a cool darshan of Saibaba in Shirdi temple

The Shree Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi plans to install ACs inside the temple to beat summer heat; also plans to construct convention centre, amphitheatre and amusement park in the temple town. In a bid to make the pilgrimage at Shirdi’s Saibaba temple a memorable and comfortable experience, the Shree Saibaba Sansthan Trust will be airconditioning the entire temple in the next three months.

The trust is also planning to develop a convention centre, Sentosa Island-like laser shows, amphitheatres and amusement park in Shirdi, this despite the fact that the largely popular Saibaba was an epitome of simplicity.

On an average, 50,000 people visit the temple every day. On weekends, the figure touches 70,000. Keeping in mind the relentless summers in Shirdi, the trust wants to install airconditioners inside the temple.

During summer, the temperatures often exceed 45 degree Celsius. Jayant Sasane, president of the trust said, “We have completed the survey and the cost of airconditioning the interiors will be around Rs 3.5 crore.” The trust wants to complete this project soon to provide relief to devotees in summer and ventilate the shrine in a better manner.

Centre of attraction

When asked about the need of having such commercial facilities in and around the temple town, Kishor More, chief officer of the trust said, “There are no facilities for entertainment in Shirdi. The amphitheatre, IMAX theatre will be a centre of attraction for visitors.” He added that the amphitheatre would have a seating capacity for 5,000 people. There will be three water screens for the laser shows.

“The project is being executed by Laser Vision which displays shows on Sentosa Island. We plan to have a laser show on Saibaba’s life here,” More said, adding, “The convention centre will accommodate 2,000 people.” Tenders for this project will be awarded in the next meeting of the trust. “The cost of this project will be Rs 24.75 crore and it will require 25 acre of land,” he said.

Another project worth Rs 50 crore Sai Shrushti, depicting Saibaba’s life is coming up on a 30-acre plot. It has been designed by Bollywood director Nitin Desai. The Shrusthi village will have scenes depicting Saibaba’s life in Shirdi.

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