Nobody knows for certain when Sai Baba was born or who his parents were, or what his real name was. He arrived one day in 1872 at Shirdi in Maharashtra. He was dressed like a fakir (Muslim ascetic) and live in a dilapidated mosque but spoke of a Hindu Guru, whom he called Venkusa. He seemed to be well acquainted with the Hindu scriptures, but at the same time was heard to quote from the Quran. The word Sai is a Persian word meaning saint, and Baba is a Hindi word meaning father. As his name would indicate, Sai Baba had both Muslim and Hindu disciples. He did not approve of conversions and believed that everyone had a right to follow his own path to God. Everything that is known about his beliefs, however, is deduced from his actions. He was not given to theorising. Sai Baba died in 1918. Even during his lifetime he had become famous, and now, after his death, Shirdi (where he had lived for almost half a century) has become a place of pilgrimage where hundreds of devotees congregate every year. The tales in this Amar Chitra Katha are based on reports from Sai Baba's devotees.