When Sai Baba entered Shirdi village Mhalasapati welcomed him as "Ya Sai" or “Aao Sai” (meaning "Welcome Sai") and with that name he became known as Sai Baba. Mhalasapati introduced to Baba his friends, Kashiram Shimpi and Appa Jagle who were both very generous and devout people and all the three were interested in welcoming to Shirdi village any holy and pious person.
His full name was Mhalsapati Chimnaji Nagare. Though particulars about his birth are not known, it is estimated that at the time of his death he was about 85 years old. He was a goldsmith by caste and right from his forefathers, all his families had resided at Shirdi.
His family Deity was Khanderai. Because of this, he was a dedicated follower of Khanderai of village Jejuri in Pune district. At least once every year, he went on a pilgrimage to visit Jejuri temple. By nature, he was disinterested in worldly things. He managed his household expenses by carrying on the business of a goldsmith. However, later on when his business was not doing well, he started supporting his family by collecting alms as advised in a dream vision by the God. After he placed his entire faith in Sai Baba, he totally gave up all the worldly pleasures.
MAY BABA BLESS US ALL
Bondada Janardhana Rao