Odishatv Bureau

Shirdi/Bhubaneswar: An Odisha-based engineer, Suresh Sahoo and his team have been appointed for the renovation work of the Sai Baba temple in Shirdi of Maharashtra, one of the popular religious shrines in the country.

The holy shrine which is open to all irrespective of religion, caste and creed is deeply connected with the sentiments of thousands of devotees worldwide. However, concerns were expressed after cracks were detected in the hundred-year-old shrine.

A resident of Berhampur, Suresh has been staying in Mumbai for the last 12 years and he himself an ardent Sai devotee.

"It was proud moment for me when I came to know that my team was selected for carrying out the repair work of the temple," said Suresh said while expressing his happiness over his appointment which he considers as a seva (service).

Ruling out any threat, Suresh informed that as the cracks are minor, those can be repaired without difficulties.

"My team inspected the Shirdi temple and no major cracks in the structure were detected. At present, there some superficial cracks have started to develop which needs to be repaired," informed Suresh.

Filling needs to be done for the cracks in the dome of the sanctum sanctorum to avoid further damage to the temple. The terrace of the Sai Temple has been continuously leaking during the monsoons for which we have suggested the temple management administration to apply chemical coating, Suresh added.