Baba was buried inside the Sai Kulwant Hall in a private ceremony, open to key members of his family and trust, while thousands of fans watched it live on screens posted outside the ashram, waiting with bated breath for the gates to be thrown open again.
For the past two days, the spiritual guru's body was displayed in a glass coffin in the hall of 10,000 opportunities in the world's largest ashram, as he was visited by many people, including Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
The hall was where Baba sat, gave discourses and blessed people. Many years ago, had reportedly expressed his desire to be buried in the hall itself. On Wednesday, as the stroke of 9 am - nine is his favorite number - The funeral began.
As I watched the fans, baby body was lowered in seven wells in the hall, which was then subsequently filled with "matti Kuruskshetra" (earth), salt, silver, gold and navaratnas (nine jewels) feet deep.
Baba, who died on Sunday morning due to cardio-respiratory failure after spending almost four weeks in a hospital run by his confidence, drew hundreds of thousands of students in the tiny village in Andhra Pradesh.
"Darshan" time on Tuesday, previously set for 6 pm, has been extended to 12 to move to the north, as serpentine queues in front of the world's largest ashram refused to show any signs of decline, Baba wanted to see the body before it was buried on Wednesday.
Media reports estimated at around 3.5 lakh devotees already in Puttaparthi, and another 5 lakh is expected to appear at the funeral ceremony, according to the custom of Hindu holy men, instead of cremation is.
Millions of people in India and abroad to shock woke up on Sunday morning, as news of the collapse of the spiritual guru Sathya Sai Baba, a man known as the reincarnation of the living God himself, seeped into his prediction before his death in 2022.
He was born Nov. 23, 1926, in Puttaparti, followed by about 20 to 50 million people around the world after claiming to be the incarnation of spiritual guru Sai Baba of Shirdi at the age of 14 years, Sai Baba, to turn 85 this year.