Baba's Statue in Shirdi is a miraculous one but many of us do not know about the full story behind this Statue of Baba.We all go to Shirdi to get the blessings of Baba,now as Baba is not present in Human form we look up to Baba's Statue for blessings and without fail Baba's Idol do shower His love on all those who go to Shirdi.Today I am publishing the whole story behind Baba's Statue in Shirdi ,I feel that this information is very important for all Sai devotees.
In year 1952 one very beautiful ,clean,shiny,expensive and big piece of white Marble was received at the Bombay port from Italy .No one knew how this marble piece came and for what purpose it came all the way from Italy,lots of inquiries were made by the port authorities but their was just no information about this Marble stone (called sangmarmar in Hindi ).For many days the port authorities waited for its claimant but no one came to take the stone so the port authorities did the auction.
The person who bought that Marble stone from the auction,donated it to Shirdi Sansthan with some inspiration.Impressed by the high quality of the Italian Marble, Sansthan authorities decided to use this Marble stone for the preparation of Baba's Statue.The work of carving the piece of Marble into Baba's idol was entrusted to Shri Balaji Vasant Talim of Bombay.
Balaji Vasanth Talim
During those days very few photos of Sai was available ,Mr.Talim looked at different photographs of Sai but he was not able to get the actual idea of the physical features of Baba After many tiresome trials also Mr. Talim was not able to get the right picture of Baba which he could use for the making the right model of Sai .As a last resort Mr.Talim prayed to Baba to show him some way out of this problem.
On that particular night only Baba gave him darshan in his dream and said "Son it is not possible to see me again and again so today you watch me carefully" and then Baba showed His face from different angles.Mr.Talim started observing Baba from all angles very carefully ,his main attention was on Baba's face as he was not getting the exact features of Baba's face in any of the photos which he had ,so he looked at Baba's face and physical characteristics from all angles,this impression of Baba's dream was very prominent in Mr.Talim's mind and very next day he made a model of Baba's murty with Plaster of Paris and this time Shirdi Sansthan approved it immediately without any amendments than on the same basis Mr.Talim craved the Marble Statue of Baba.
On Vijayadasami 7th October 1954 this miraculous Idol of Baba was installed in Samadhi Mandir,Shirdi .