Sai Mahabhakta Late Shri. Balaji Patil Newasakar's name is mentioned in Chapter 35 of Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra.
Balaji Patil Newasakar was a great devotee of Baba. He rendered most excellent and disinterested service. Every day he swept and kept clean all the passages and streets in Shirdi through which Baba passed in His daily routine. This work was, after him, equally well-done by another female devotee named Rahda Krishna Mayi, and after her by Abdul. When Balaji reaped his corn every year, he brought the whole quantity and presented it to Baba. He returned with what Baba gave him and maintained himself and his family with it. This course was followed by him for many years and after him by his son.
Balaji Patil Newasakar
Once it happened that on Balaji's death anniversary day, a certain number of guests were invited and the dinner was prepared for them. But at the dinner time it was found that thrice the number of people invited had turned up. Mrs. Newasakar was in a fix. She thought that the food would not suffice for the people assembled and that if it fell short, the honour of the family would be at stake. Her mother-in-law comforted her by saying, "Don't be afraid, it is not ours, but Sai's food; cover every vessel with cloth, putting some Udi in it, and serve from the same without opening it : Sai will save us from ignominy." She did as she was advised and it was found to their surprise and joy that not only did the food suffice for all, but plenty of it remained after serving. "As one feels intently, so he realizes accordingly" was proved in this case.
Ancestral Home of Balaji Patil Newasakar
Once Raghu Patil of Shirdi went to Balaji Patil at Newasa. That evening he found that a serpent entered the cowshed hissing. All the cattle were afraid and began to move. The inmates of the house were frightened, but Balaji thought that it was Sai Who appreared in his house as a serpent. Without being afraid in the least he brought a cup of milk and placing it before the serpent said, "Baba, why do you miss and make noise? Do you want to frighten us? Take this cup of milk and drink it with a calm mind". Saying this, he sat close by unperturbed. The other members were frightened and did not know what to do. In a short time the serpent disappeared. Nobody knew where it went. It was not found though a search was made in the cowshed.
Cow Shed where Sai Baba came in the form of Serpent
Balaji had two wives and some children. They sometimes went to Shirdi from Newasa for taking Baba's darshan. Then Baba bought saris and other clothes which were given to them with His blessings.
Shri.Dattareya Jaigude Nevaskar claims that Sai Baba had given a Handi to Balaji Patil Newasakar. Whenever Balaji Patil went to Shirdi from his village Newasa, he used to carry this Handi along with him. It is believed that Sai Baba cooked food in this Handi as well and served food to His Devotees and gave it back to Balaji Patil Newasakar when he was returning from Shirdi to Newasa.
Handi given to Balaj Patil by Sai Baba
Even to this day, his Great Grand Son Shri.Dattatreya Jaigude Newasakar is carrying on the legacy left by Late Shri.Balaji Patil Nevaskar and living in their ancestral home in Nevasa.
We are giving below the contact details of Shri.Dattatreya Jaigude Newasakar for the benefit of Sai Devotees:
Shri.Dattatreya Jaigude Newasakar
(Source: Chapter 35 of Holy Shri Sai Satcharitra. Photo Courtesy: Shri.Dattatreya Jaigude Newasakar & Shri.Jignesh Rajput, Surat)