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Thousands brave biting cold for Baba's darshan

KODAIKANAL: Braving biting cold, thousands of devotees have gathered at the place of Sathya Sai Baba here for darshan.

It was the practice for Sai Baba to visit Kodaikanal every year. But for various reasons, he did not come to Kodaikanal in the past three years.

However, he arrived here on Sunday and is staying at the Sai Sruthi Mandir along Lake Road.

On hearing of his arrival, thousands of persons, including foreign tourists, are gathering at his residence for darshan.

Meanwhile, those who come to his residence are thoroughly frisked and checked before being admitted. Cameras, cell phones, pens and other items are not permitted inside.

Special poojas are conducted from 8 a.m. to 8.30 pm. and from 3 pm. to 4.45 pm.

Sai Baba blessed the devotees for three minutes during these poojas on Tuesday.

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