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Artist inscribes Saibaba book on rice grains

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Shirdi (Mah): A 40-year-old artist, who has inscribed a book on Saibaba’s life on rice grains, presented his work to the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust here.

It has taken three years for Gajendra Vadhonkar, an Aurangabad-based artist, to copy the text of ‘Sai Lilamrut Granth’ (a 21-chapter book on the life of Saibaba written by Das Ganu Maharaj) with a micropen on 5,04,544 grains of rice.

“I was doing this work for past three years by working 12-13 hours daily. But, in the past seven months, I worked for 20-22 hours daily to complete the project,” said Vadhonkar who had earlier written the entire text of religious book ‘Sukhmani Sahib’ on rice, mustard and sesame seeds.

Vadhonkar presented his work, compiled in the form of an album, to the Trust yesterday.

The artist, alongwith several followers of Saibaba, reached Shirdi yesterday carrying the album on his head, after a foot march from Aurangabad.

Vadhonkar, who worked as an event manager in the hotel industry in Malaysia and Australia, said that he gave up his job seven months back to devote himself completely towards his passion of writing on the rice grains.

Vadhonkar claimed to have spent Rs 1.97 lakh for writing the story of Saibaba’s life on rice grains and getting it compiled into an album.

He also claimed that the then President Pratibha Patil had gifted some of his art works on rice grains to US President Barack Obama during his visit to the country.

Meanwhile, Saibaba Sansthan trust’s executive officer Rajendra Jadhav praised Vadhonkar’s work and said they would keep it for public display.

“This is an amazing work. We would make special arrangements to display it for the devotees of Saibaba here,” he added.

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