Hari Sitaram Dixit was one of the most prominent devotees of Sai Baba of Shirdi. Dixit’s first encounter with Sai Baba happened when he visited Shirdi for the first time in 1894. Dixit was a government officer at the time and was traveling to Shirdi to attend a court proceeding.
Upon reaching Shirdi, Dixit heard about Sai Baba and decided to pay a visit to the saint. Sai Baba welcomed him warmly and asked him to stay in the mosque. Dixit was initially hesitant to stay in the mosque as it was against his Brahmin traditions, but Sai Baba convinced him to stay there.
During his stay in the mosque, Dixit observed Sai Baba’s interactions with other devotees and was amazed by his knowledge, wisdom, and compassion. He soon became a regular visitor to Shirdi and developed a deep devotion to Sai Baba.
Dixit’s devotion to Sai Baba was so strong that he considered him to be his Guru. Sai Baba also had a special place in his heart for Dixit and affectionately called him “Kaka,” which means uncle in Marathi.
Over the years, Dixit became a trusted devotee and friend of Sai Baba. He played an important role in spreading Sai Baba’s teachings and philosophy among the people. Dixit also helped Sai Baba in managing the affairs of the mosque and in distributing food to the poor and needy.
After Sai Baba’s Mahasamadhi in 1918, Dixit continued to spread his teachings and worked towards fulfilling his mission of serving humanity. He played an important role in establishing the Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, which is responsible for managing the affairs of the Sai Baba temple in Shirdi.
Dixit’s devotion to Sai Baba and his tireless efforts in spreading his teachings have earned him a special place in the hearts of Sai Baba devotees. Even today, Dixit is remembered as one of the greatest devotees of Sai Baba and his contributions to the Sai Baba movement are highly regarded.