Tuesday, May 12, 2009


The discussion as to whether Sai Baba is a Hindu or a Muslim continues even today. In recent times, efforts have been made to declare Sai Baba and His temples legally and officially as Hindu. In 1995, a legal question was posed as to whether a Sai Baba temple could be declared exclusively Hindu, and the issue ended up going all the way to the Supreme Court of India. The Andhra Pradesh Government sought the Shri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple at Chaderghat, Hyderabad, India, to be declared a Hindu religious place. The Supreme Court dismissed the appeal however, and the ruling came down that it could not be held to be exclusively a Hindu Temple.

The Court held that:

  • “If a temple dedicated to Shirdi Sai Baba was to be treated as an exclusively Hindu Temple, it would be a grave contradiction and negation of the composite religion of universal character which the saint had preached all his life”. The Court further noted that “Baba’s philosophy was neither exclusively Hindu or Muslim or Christian. He believed that God was not bound by the fetters of caste, creed or religion. The Baba used to preach that God did not live in either a temple or a mosque”.

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