We are waiting for one of India’s most famous gurus: Sri Sathya Sai Baba. Our seating order has been decided in an early morning raffle, and queue-jumping is not taken lightly.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba is best known for his eccentric looks — wild afro hair and trademark orange robe — and for controversy: claims of sexual abuse and attempted lawsuits. Scandals have not stopped millions of Indian and Western devotees from flocking to his residence in Puttaparthi in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. There are those who believe he is God in a human form, while Sai Baba himself claims to be the second incarnation of the revered Indian saint Sai Baba of Shirdi.