A virtual treasure trove running into tens of crores of rupees was unearthed at the Poornachandra Auditorium, erstwhile residence of the Sathya Sai Baba, besides in the Yajur Mandir complex at Puttaparthi, as an inventory concluded for the day on Tuesday.
The inventory in the buildings at Prasanthi Nilayam in Puttaparthi on the second day yielded two gold crowns studded with precious stones, besides a few other valuable items, 740 kg of silver and Rs. 32 lakh in cash.
On Monday, Rs. 1.9 crore in cash, 34.5 kg of gold, and 340 of kg silver were found in Yajur Mandir-2 and part of the auditorium. A total of around 134 kg of gold, 1,387 kg of silver and Rs. 13.8 crore in cash have been inventoried in three separate exercises on the Prasanthi Nilayam premises.
The value of gold and silver, at current market prices, was estimated at around Rs. 37 crore, but the authorities did not give any figure for their own estimates.
Meanwhile, the Sathya Sai Central Trust passed a resolution asking the Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka governments to send representatives to conduct an inventory of valuables, if any, that could be found at places which served as the Sai Baba’s residence, and some private venues, highly placed sources in the Trust revealed. These are temples used by the Sai Baba at the Brindavan at White Field in Bangalore and his residence — Sai Shruti in Kodaikanal — in addition to some places at Puttaparthi itself.
It is learnt that the trustees have lined up the prayer hall used by the Sai Baba in the Sai Kulwant hall and the temple behind, for inventory. The temple is known to have idols made of gold and other precious metals.
Similarly, an inventory at the prayer hall and the temple at Brindavan, as part of the Ashram complex in Bangalore, is expected to be taken in the next few days. Hindu