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Dwarka Shankaracharya attributes severe drought to Shirdi Saibaba worship

Mon, Apr 11, 2016, 04:12 PM
Shankaracharya Swaroopananda Saraswati of Dwarkapeeth, one of the main centres of Hinduism, on Monday attributed the worst drought in a century in Maharashtra to the worship of Sufi Saint Saibaba of Shirdi in Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra.

All the devotees of Shirdi Saibaba are Hindus hailing from all over India. Their faith in the Shirdi Saibaba is unshakeable.

The Sahnkaracharya said it was on account of the widespread faith in Saibaba that there was drought and water scarcity. He said the responsibility for the unprecedented drought rested on the Saibaba devotees. You can pray to God, but how can you pray to a fakir? he wondered.

He pointed out that if the people prayed to someone other than God, they would have to face God's wrath in the form of drought, floods and being haunted by the fear of death.

He was also unhappy over the entry of women in Shani Singhnapur temple, hardly 10 km from Shirdi. Women's entry into the sanctum sanctorum of Shani temple is not correct. That might bring the women bad luck. He feared the women's entry into the Shani temple might lead to more crimes on women.

The 94-year-old Shankaracharya was speaking to the media while on a pilgrimage to Hardwar.
Agency: Ap7am Desk

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