Sai Baba festival begins amid rows
Friday, November 25, 2005 22:18 IST
The foundation day celebrations of Sai Baba Temple at Vartak Nagar began on Friday amid allegations and counter-allegations.
But the controversies over the alleged misappropriation of funds have not deterred devotees from turning in large numbers at the three-day festival from Thursday to Saturday.
The charity commissioner has sealed the donation box and appointed an administrator following a complaint by Vikrant Chavhan about the misappropriation of donations to the temple. He had also alleged the temple itself was constructed illegally. It has also been ordered to verify the receipt books of the temple.
President of Sainath Seva Samiti and NCP corporator Balibhai Naibagkar said the annual programme would be held as per schedule.
When asked about the allegations of the temple being illegal, Naibagkar said the temple was constructed on MHADA land in 1985. He said MHADA and Konkan Board had allotted the land to the managing committee a year ago. Naibagkar said a proposal had been passed and the land would be transferred to the committee after completing the formalities with the Thane Municipal Corporation.
He said that special arrangements had been made to avoid inconvenience to devotees. Various programmes such as bhajan, abhishek, kirtan and pravachan will be organised.
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