New Delhi: The venerated saint of Shirdi in Maharashtra, Sai Baba, is considered as an incarnation of God by his devotees. Sai Baba's words 'Sabka Malik Ek' spells out his philosophy succinctly.
Sai Baba was known as a Muslim pir and fakir. There is no information about Sai Baba's real name, date of birth or place. In fact when asked about his past, Sai Baba often gave elusive responses.
It is believed that the name "Sai" was given to him upon his arrival at Shirdi, a town near Nashik in Maharashtra.
He was welcomed by a local temple priest, Mahalsapati who greeted him with words like 'Ya Sai!', meaning 'Welcome Sai. He even recognized him as a Muslim saint.