Shirdi (Mah): President Pranab Mukherjee will be inaugurating the Rs 200 crore state-of-the-art Sai Ashram in the temple town next month.

According to Maharashtra Agriculture Minister Radha Krishna Vikhe Patil, the President is scheduled to throw open the two-winged project for the devotees on November 16.

The Ashram, located in the vicinity of three kms from the temple, comprises 1536 rooms including more than 350 air-conditioned rooms and is housed in 12 buildings for accommodating around 10,000 devotees, said Kishor More, Executive officer of Saibaba Sansthan said.

The second wing of the project consisting of halls, will accommodate nearly 5,000 devotees, he said.

Those who want rooms or halls can make advance online booking, the officer added.

In 2007, former President Pratibha Patil had inaugurated the huge Sai Prasadalaya in furtherance with the expansion works of the temple here, Patil said.

(Agencies)

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