CCTV footage says Shiridi Sai Baba came to Sai Baba Temple in Zaheerabad, in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh.
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4. (Hindi) Yeh satya ghatna hai 10 jan 2014 zaheerabad sai temple andhra pradesh (99 km from hydrabad on mumbai highway ) ki @ jo 5 min tak cctv me capture hui @ baba aakar pujari se aarti ke liye kaha aur prasad liya aur gate tak pahuchte hi gayab ho gaye @ its real @
This is a story that went viral on social networking sites in India and elsewhere. It claims to show CCTV footage of real Sai Baba visiting one of his temples in Zaheerabad, in Medak district of Andhra Pradesh, India. It is said that the CCTV cameras of the temple captured the ‘Sai Baba’ coming inside the temple, but did not capture his exit – suggesting he has vanished. The story circulating on social media was also reported by few local & regional news channels. But the claim is not a fact!
About Shiridi Sai Baba
Shirdi Sai Baba (picture below) was a spiritual master who is regarded as a saint, fakir and an incarnation of God. He used to live in a mosque named Dwarakamayi in Shirdi of Indian Maharashtra, and taught a moral code of love, forgiveness, helping others, charity, contentment, inner peace, and devotion to God and guru. One of his well known saying is “Sabka Malik Ek,” which means “One God governs all,” and he was revered by both Muslims and Hindus alike. After his death on 15 October 1918, Sai Baba remains a very popular saint in India, and is also worshiped by many people around the world.
About the CCTV Footage
The CCTV recording of the Zahirabad Sai Baba temple on Jan 10th 2014 at 9:05 AM shows an old person appearing like the Shiridi Sai Baba entering the temple through the gate, visiting the idol inside and taking aarti. It is said that he was not seen later and is perhaps the human form of the real Shiridi Sai Baba himself. Snapshots of the ‘Sai Baba’ from the footage also spread online, asking people to forward them to others, or else they would face bad luck.
Various local news channels took into the story and analyzed the CCTV footage. As explained in this Telugu news video, if the person who came inside the temple was any ‘unusual’ visitor, it would have grabbed the attention of the temple priest, the devotees, and the temple workers. But none of them were surprised at his visit and the environment was pretty normal. Also, note that a person who appears like the temple’s security official follows the old man looking like Sai Baba.
The Missing Facts
What the videos spreading online did not show is, the CCTV footage of the temple did capture the person exiting through temple. As shown in another Telugu news channel video, the old man also spent some time in and around the temple after visiting the idol. From the CCTV time recording, the old person came in at 9:05 am and left at 9:15 am – accompanied by the same person who is perhaps the temple’s security official.
The video footage spread widely online and many believed Sai Baba himself came to visit the temple in a human form. But after investigations, as reported in yet another Telugu news channel video, the old man believed to be Lord Sai Baba is a Guru from an Ashram in Zahirabad town, who is often seen dressed like the holy Sai Baba. It is because of his dressing and appearance that he is mistaken (or propagated) as real Sai Baba.
To conclude, the (incomplete) CCTV footages from Zahirabad temple claiming to show real Sai Baba is in actuality a local Ashram Guru dressed like him.
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