Balasaheb Mirikar, son of Sardar Kakasaheb Mirikar was Mamlatdar of Kopergaon. He was going on tour to Chitali. On the way he came to Shirdi to see Sai Baba. When he went to the Masjid and prostrated himself before Baba, usual conversation regarding health and other matters commenced, when Baba sounded a note of warning as follows:-"Do you know our Dwarakamayi?" As Balasaheb did not understand he kept quiet, Baba continued - "This is our Dwarakamayi, where you are sitting. She wards off all dangers and anxieties of the children, who sit on her lap. This Masjidmayi (its presiding Deity) is very merciful; she is the mother of the simple devotees, whom she will save in calamities. Once a person sits on her lap, all his troubles are over. He, who rests in her shade, gets Bliss". Then Baba gave him Udi, and placed His protecting hand on his head. When Balasaheb was about to depart, He again said- "Do you know the "Lamba Baba" (long gentleman), Viz. serpent?" And then closing the left arm like fist he brought it near the right elbow, and moving his left arm like the hood of a serpent, He said- "He is so terrible, but what can he do to the children of Dwarakamayi: When the Dwarakamayi (its presiding deity) protects, what can the serpent do?"

Sardar Kakasaheb Mirikar

All who were present there, were curious to know the meaning of all this and its reference to Mirikar, but none had the courage to ask Baba about this. Then Balasaheb saluted Baba and left the Masjid with Shama. Baba called Shama back and asked him to accompany Balasaheb, and enjoy the Chitali trip. Shama came to Balasaheb, and told him that he would go with him according to Baba's wish. Balasaheb replied that he need not come as it would be inconvenient. Sharma returned to Baba and told Him what Balasaheb said to him. Baba said, "Alright, do not go. We should mean well and do well. Whatever is destined to happen, will happen".

In the meanwhile Balasaheb thought over again, and calling Shama asked him to accompany him. Then Shama going again to Baba and taking his leave started with Balasaheb in the tanga.They reached Chitali at 9 P.M. and encamped in the Maruti temple. The office-people had not come; so they sat quiet in the temple, talking and chitchatting. Balasaheb was sitting on a mat reading a newspaper. His Uparani (upper dhotar) was spread across his waist and on a part of it a snake was sitting unobserved. It began to move with a rustling sound which was heard by the peon. He brought a lantern, saw the snake and raised an alarm - 'serpent, serpent'. Balasaheb was frightened and began to quiver. Shama was also amazed. Then he and others moved noiselessly and took sticks and clubs in their hands. The snake got down slowly from the waist and it moved away from Balasaheb; it was immediately done to death. Thus this calamity, which was prophesied by Baba, was averted and Balasaheb's love for Baba was deeply confirmed.

The descendants of Sardar Kakasaheb Mirikar Shri.Govind Raosaheb Mirikar who is an advocate by profession is still residing in their ancestral house at Court Galli, Ahmednagar. This Mirikar Wada is present since the time of Late Balasaheb Mirikar.

Shri.Govind Mirikar says that Sai Mahabhaktas Shyama, Upasani Maharaj used to frequently visit Mirikar Wada and discuss matters pertaining to Spirituality. He also says that contemporary Saint Shankar Maharaj had visited their Wada and stayed in their Wada for 8 years. The descendants also have articles given by Shankar Maharaj. The Mirikar's have also built a temple dedicated to Shankar Maharaj along with Datta Padukas at Miri village which is about 40 Kilometers from Ahmednagar.

Mirikar Wada Outerview

Mirikar Wada Inner View

We have given below the Contact Details of Shri.Govind Raosaheb Mirikar for the benefit of Sai Devotees:

Shri.Govind Raosaheb Mirikar
No.131, Court Galli,
Contact Numbers: 0241 - 2347567

(Source: Shri Sai Satcharitra Chapter 22 , Personal Interview Smt.Shreya Nagaraj had with Shri.Govind Raosaheb Mirikar Photo Courtesy: Smt.Shreya Nagaraj, Pune)