The Shirdi Sai Baba Society in Ipoh held a “paalki” procession along Ipoh’s iconic, India Street recently. This year’s ceremony was attended by Dato’ S.Veerasingam, Special Adviser to the Chief Minister of Perak. More than 5000 devotees followed the procession singing the bhajans as they walked. The procession was preceded by bhangra and lion dances in true 1Malaysia spirit. Devotees held lotus candles to symbolise peace and solidarity.
Shirdi Sai Baba has a huge following around the world. It gained a cult following in India beginning in Shirdi. In Malaysia, there are about 28,000 Shirdi Sai devotees who are spread among 14 centres around the country. Every year, the followers will organise a “Paalki” (chariot) procession to commemorate the birth of Shirdi Sai Baba. According to Kannan Baba, Chairman of Shirdi Sai Baba Society Malaysia, Ipoh was the fifth centre in the country to conduct the ceremony.