Mhalsapati, who had the benefit of forty to fifty unbroken years with Sai Baba, may be considered among the foremost of his devotees. He was the first to worship Baba, the first to greet him on his arrival in Shirdi and to address him as "Sai" (Saint). Only Mhalsapati and one other (Tatya Kote Patil) were allowed to stay with Baba in the mosque at night.much beyond the one-piece robe wearing fakir that he was mistaken for, Sai Baba has become a religious figure of international repute and popularity. Thousands of foreigners frequent the hallowed precints of the place where his mortal remains are interred.
Sai Baba’s devotees and disciples credit him with miracles and wonders, but the truly wondrous event surrounding him is his lifestyle and the knowledge he has bequeathed is rich and lively.