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Sathya Sai Baba legacy | An heir of doubt

A former student takes over Sathya Sai Baba's preachings and practice, upsetting the old guard

Madhusudan Sai gives a religious discourse every Thursday and Sunday at Sathya Sai Grama, Muddenahalli

His acolytes call him the 21st century avatar of Sri Sathya Sai Baba. His detractors beg to differ. He has transformed Sathya Sai Grama, nothing more than a collection of buildings a decade ago, into a thriving spiritual sanctuary that brings alive the preachings and practices of the Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The spiritual guru’s original home, Prasanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi, Andhra Pradesh, managed by the Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust (SSSCT), is losing both flock and popularity to the upstart, as it were.