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Walls surrounding Shirdi Sai Baba Idol at Shirdi Temple Adorned with Gold

The four walls surrounding the idol of Shirdi Sai Baba at the world famous Shirdi Sai Baba Temple in Maharashtra have been adorned with gold sheets weighing 50 kg and embossed with pictures of Shirdi Sai Baba. Today, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is the second richest temple in the country after Tirumala Tirupati Venkateswara Temple.

The sheets mounted over the walls, prepared using about 50 kg gold, 50 kg bronze and about 250 kg copper, have been donated to the temple's trust by a Hyderabad-based businessman Adinarayana Reddy. (reports PTI). In 2008, Reddy had donated the golden throne (using 100kg gol) on which the Sai Baba now sits, after his wife Sulochana had a dream in which the saint asked her to get it made.

Bangalore-based artist Raja Algar who has embossed the sheets with pictures depicting the saint has been working on it since the past four months. Algar has worked on the designs of many temples including the Tirupati Balaji Temple in Andhra Pradesh.