Shirdi

  • Shankaracharya Swaroopanand takes on Sai Baba: Is it a battle for religious supremacy? July 4, 2014

    Questioning Shirdi Sai baba for being worshiped as a Hindu god, Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati has said that Sai baba was someone "who used to eat meat and worship Allah, a man like that can never be a Hindu god." ...
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  • Sai baba used to eat meat, how can he be called a Hindu god: Shankaracharya July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Questioning Shirdi Sai Baba's status as a Hindu god, Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati said that Sai Baba was someone "who used to eat meat and worshipped Allah, (and) a man like that can never be a Hindu god." He also claimed that the devotees of Sai Baba use pictures of...
  • Spat between Shankaracharya, Sai devotees gets ugly, reaches court July 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The spat between Shirdi Sai devotees and Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati has turned uglier and reached the court. The Naga seers have now sided with Shankaracharya. The Nagas have said that if Shankaracharya is insulted, they will take to the streets in protest. The Naga sadhus have called this...
  • Shankaracharya's comment on Sai Baba is his personal view: BJP June 30, 2014

    BJP on Sunday refused to be dragged into the reported exchange of words between Dwarkapeeth Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati and Union Minister Uma Bharti over the alleged comments made by the seer on the Sai Baba of Shirdi. "This is the matter among the seers, and BJP is a political party. Whatever...
  • Sai Baba was a Muslim, should not be worshipped like a Hindu deity: Shankaracharya June 30, 2014

    Refusing to budge from his stand on Shirdi Sai Baba, Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand on Sunday described him as a Muslim ascetic who could not be worshipped like a Hindu deity and said his campaign to protect the Hindu religion will continue even if he is sent to jail. "They may burn...
  • Candidates in Shirdi invoke Saibaba's name to woo voters April 16, 2014

    The candidates in this constituency, known as home of Shirdi Sai Baba, are wooing the voters in the name of the popular guru, assuring better infrastructure and top class facilities for devotees ahead of his death centenary in 2018. Saibaba, who lived and preached in Shirdi and surrounding areas during the...
  • Not just Varanasi, India has over two dozen holy cities as LS seats March 28, 2014

    New Delhi: All eyes are on Varanasi, the holiest place for the Hindus. BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's candidature from Varanasi has made it a politically very important city in this election season. But, it is not the only holy city or religious place, which is also a Lok...
  • Shiv Sena Shirdi candidate Baban Gholap convicted in corruption case March 21, 2014

    Mumbai: Shiv Sena candidate from Shirdi Baban Gholap, who is presently an MLA from a constituency in Nashik, has been convicted by the Bombay High Court in a corruption case. Gholap was the social welfare minister in the BJP-Shiv Sena government in 1995. He was charged with corruption and accused of being...
  • Shirdi temple, Thackeray memorial, Sena Bhawan receive bomb threat October 16, 2013

    Mumbai: Authorities at the iconic Shirdi temple in Maharashtra have informed the police of a threat letter they received. That letter, a copy of which the police have shared with CNN-IBN speicifically states that the Shirdi Sai Temple will be blown up on the November 9. It also stated that three...
  • Rajasthan rape case: Babu Lal Nagar gives CID team the slip September 23, 2013

    Jaipur: Rape accused former Rajasthan minister Babu Lal Nagar on Monday gave the slip to a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team waiting at his residence to collect blood sample for medical examination, as they were told by the family that he has gone to Shirdi in Maharashtra. The team of CID,...
  • Four unidentified men gangrape mentally challenged woman September 6, 2013

    A 32-year-old mentally challenged woman was allegedly gangraped by four unidentified men at a village in Shirdi police said. The victim, a resident of Jevur Patoda village in Kopargaon taluka of Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district, used to live with her sister. On Thursday morning, when she went out of her house, the accused forcibly took her a little away...
  • Self-styled godman booked for illegally fitting blue beacons on car August 22, 2013

    A Kerala-based self-styled godman has been booked for allegedly using blue beacons on his car, which are usually fitted on vehicles used by VIPs. An offence was registered against Baba Swami Subramaniyam (55) under various sections of IPC including 420, 171, and MVA 190 (2), at Shirdi police station after his...
  • Shirdi: Saibaba temple trust received donations worth Rs 305 cr April 27, 2013

    Shirdi: The Saibaba temple trust in Shirdi received Rs 305.39 crore in donations last fiscal, an increase of about Rs 30 crore over the previous year, a trust official said. The cash collection in the donation boxes in the temple was Rs 176 crore in 2012-13. Of the Rs 305.39 crore...
  • Awards are like vitamin shots: Nagarjuna April 20, 2013

    Chennai: Southern actor Akkineni Nagarjuna said on Saturday that awards are like vitamin shots and when an actor receives them, it boosts his or her morale. "The success of a film at the box-office will ensure happiness to the entire unit, but individual awards are like vitamin shots that will...
  • My husband should be hanged, demands rapist's wife January 14, 2013

    Shirdi: The wife of a serial offender, who allegedly raped and murdered a minor girl following release from jail after serving sentence in similar offences, says her husband should be "hanged for the heinous crime." "My husband has committed a heinous crime and he should be punished as soon as possible....
  • Released from jail, man rapes, kills minor girl January 13, 2013

    Shirdi: A 32-year-old man, who was released from jail for his good behaviour after serving sentence in a rape and murder case of a minor girl, was again arrested for allegedly raping and killing a girl in Shirdi, police said on Sunday. Sunil Suresh alias Pappu Salve was arrested on...
  • Shirdi temple has ornaments worth over Rs 50 cr January 8, 2013

    Nagpur: The famous Sai Baba temple at Shirdi in Maharashtra, one of the richest shrines in the country, has ornaments and jewellery worth Rs 50,53,17 473 and a total fixed deposits to the tune of Rs 6,27,56,97488 as on March 31, 2012 including investments in Kisan Vikas Patra. The ornaments...
  • AP: 2-day-old baby girl found abandoned in drain October 26, 2012

    Guntur: A two-day old baby girl was found abandoned in an open drain on Thursday in Guntur district in Andhra Pradesh. She was found by passers-by and was immediately taken to a government hospital, where she is currently undergoing treatment. Doctors said that she is stable but there have been...
  • I want to make more spiritual films: Mahesh Reddy September 27, 2012

    Overwhelmed by the success and worldwide response to his Telugu film 'Shirdi Sai', producer Mahesh Reddy says he made the film with a no-profit motive and would like to do more films with spiritual content. "The success of my film has now opened the market for good devotional films. I want...
  • I got my investment back from 'Shirdi Sai': Producer September 26, 2012

    Producer Maheshwara Reddy did not have any profit motive when he decided to produce 'Shirdi Sai'. "Even if just 1000 people pay a pilgrimage to Shirdi after watching the movie, my life will have been blessed. So far, 40-50 lakh people have watched our movie. It will not be surprising...
  • Bala's fans clash with Nagarjuna's over 'Shirdi Sai' September 7, 2012

    The clash at the box-office of two big stars is usually limited to counting the coffers but on August 6, it turned physical at a theatre in Kukatpally. Ramesh Puppala, producer of the Balakrishna-starrer 'Srimannarayana', accompanied by the actor's fans, descended on the Arjun Cinema in the morning after he learnt...
  • Number 9 is auspicious for 'Shirdi Sai' September 7, 2012

    Do you know that there is a reason why 'Shirdi Sai' is being released in 801 theatres. It is because the numbers 8,0 and 1 add up to '9'. The number 9 is considered auspicious for Sai Baba. The Paruchuri Brothers are happy for the reason that it is their 333rd...
  • 'Shirdi Sai' and 'Srimannarayana' fights for slot September 7, 2012

    Balakrishna's omnipotence enriched the farmers with Rs 5000 crores in 'Srimannarayana'. Sadly enough, it is now 'Srimannarayana' who needs the support of ordinary folks to sustain himself at Arjun theatre in Hyderabad. The problem began when the theatre management controversially took out 'Srimannarayana' to accommodate 'Shirdi Sai'. This justifiably ruffled the...
  • Telugu Review: 'Shirdi Sai' is well executed September 6, 2012

    The incarnation of Nagarjuna into Shirdi Sai Baba comes as a breath of fresh air for his fans and Sai devotees alike. Far different from regular cinema with cliched performance, run-of-the-mill storyline, director K Raghavendra Rao's 'Shirdi Sai' takes you on a spiritual journey of self-actualization, purity and sanctity. Unlike 'Annamayya'...
  • 'SS' is the easiest film I have ever done: Nagarjuna September 6, 2012

    Akkineni Nagarjuna is Incarnating Shirdi Sai Baba on silver screen and is quite enthusiastic about his big release. Far from doing any kind of homework to metamorphose effectively into the effervescent Baba, he never even tried hard for anything. "It is the easiest film I have ever done in my...
  • Nagarjuna's Telugu film 'Shirdi Sai' sets a trend September 6, 2012

    Southern superstar Nagarjuna says his 'Shirdi Sai' will be the first Telugu film to release in Africa and that the story will be uplifting and touching. Directed by K Raghavendra Rao, the film is releasing in around 800 screens globally on September 6. "Telugu film 'Shirdi Sai' is a first film to...
  • Nagarjuna's 'Shirdi Sai' to hit TN screens July 21, 2012

    Nagarjuna often takes a break from mass masala entertainers to do movies with a difference, to satisfy the actor in him and his fans. Following 'Annamayya', 'Sri Ramadasu' and 'Rajanna', the top Tollywood star is now busy with 'Shirdi Sai'. The film on Sri Sai Baba of Shirdi has Nagarjuna playing...
  • Nagarjuna to play Sai Baba in his next July 18, 2012

    After giving successful films like Annamaya and Sriramadasu, Telugu superstar Nagarjuna is back with yet another spiritual film - 'Shirdi Sai’ which stars him in the lead role. The movie is set to hit the theatres on Septemeber 6. ...
  • Shooting of 'Shirdi Sai' from July 26 July 17, 2012

    With the shooting of some scenes in Shirdi, on July 26, Shirdi Sai will have been wrapped up. For this schedule, Nag and the film's unit members are starting from Hyderabad on the 25th. Nag, Amala, Chaitanya, Akhil, besides the film's cast and crew members, will travel by...