SHIRDI SAI BABA
SaiBaba, also known as “Sai Baba of Shirdi”, was an Indian guru, yogi and fakir who is regarded by his Hindu and Muslim followers as a saint.
Popular among both Hindus and Muslims,
Shri SaiBaba became a great building force between the two disparate communities. He regularly recited Hindu and Muslim prayers. His Hindu followers considered him to be an avatar or reincarnation of Shiva and Dattatreya and he was regarded as a sadguru and an incarnation of Kabir.
The name ‘Sai Baba’ is a combination of Persian and Indian origin; Sāī (Sa’ih) is the Persian term for “holy one” or “saint”, usually attributed to Islamic ascetics, whereas Bābā is a word, meaning “father” used in Indian languages.
The appellative thus refers to SaiBaba as being a “holy father” or “saintly father”. His parentage, birth details, and life before the age of sixteen are obscure, which has led to a variety of speculations and theories attempting to explain the SaiBaba’s origins.