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Shirdi Sai Baba Trust to auction Rs 5 crore precious articles from 18th oct 2012
Shirdi : Articles made of gold, silver and diamonds worth Rs five crore, offered by devotees at the Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi, would be auctioned in three phases starting October 18, a shrine official said on Tuesday.The auction -- the third in the last 10 years -- will include 32-kg silver offerings, 18-kg gold offerings, 52 precious stones and articles studded with them.The auction's first phase will start Oct 18 (Thursday).The auction will continue for two more Thursdays next month.This is the first auction of the temple riches after a committee appointed by the Bombay High Court took over the SSST management in March. "Instead of melting the gold and silver, we have found that devotees prefer to buy these items and own them," an SSST official, who did not want to be named, said. Keeping in mind devotees' sentiments, the auction is being held before Dussehra and Diwali to enable them buy and take home the offering made to Saibaba, the official said.The first auction will be for silver items, the second for gold (Nov 1) and third for precious stones (Nov 8). To keep out frivolous bidders, the SSST will ask bidders to deposit a refundable amount of Rs.10,000. Successful bidders will be been given multiple payment options.The official said all the items have been tested and certified and the quality of the goods was as per lab standards.
Revered by millions worldwide, Saibaba lived in and around Shirdi in Ahmednagar district. He died Oct 15 in 1918.The SSST, counted among the richest temple trusts in the country, has assets worth above Rs.20 billion, besides daily donations and offerings running up to Rs.12.50 million
Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi
PUBLIC AUCTION OF CERTIFIED GOLD-SILVER ITEMS & NATURAL PRECIOUS GEMS Donated to Shri Saibaba, Shirdi
Auction of Gold-Silver articles & natural precious Gems. i.e. Natural Diamonds, Yellow and Blue Sapphires, Rubies, Emeralds, Corals, Pearls etc. tested and certified by Govt. Approved Valuer as per Laboratory Standards is fixed as detailed below at Shirdi, near Samadhi Mandir, North Side Stage. All Sai Devotees are requested to participate in the Auction. Terms, conditions and other details are available on Sansthan website
Click here for Terms & conditions
Time - 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
12.45 p.m. to onwards
Venue - Near Samadhi Mandir, North Side StageThe first auction, to be held on October 18, would put up silver articles for bidding such as crowns, coins, glasses and garlands collectively weighing 32 kgs, Executive Officer of the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust, Kishore More, told reporters.
The second auction of gold articles would be conducted on November 1. The articles, totalling 32, would include crowns, garlands, rudraksha garlands, necklaces and bangles.
The third auction would be of diamonds and precious metals valued at Rs two crore.It would include 52 articles such as yellow sapphire, blue sapphire and diamond stones. The main attraction would be that of a locket studded with two big diamonds valued at Rs 1.17 crore, More said
All the details about the auction, which is being held after three years, would be posted on the website of the Sansthan -- http://www.shrisaibabasansthan.org/ ---
12.45 p.m. to onwards
Venue - Near Samadhi Mandir, North Side Stage
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