Bayyaji Appa Kote Patil was a land owner, revenue and police patel of Birgoan. He was very affluent and owned 84 acres of land. He states that Baba took Bhiksha from his house many times up to His Mahasamadhi.

His house is named “Sai Kutir” and is at the end of Kote Gully. He was born in Shirdi and was close to Baba since infancy as his father was a staunch devotee. He started serving Baba at the age of eleven.

Bayyaji noted that Baba was very fair and just and would enjoin silence on the Hindus when Namaz was being performed and vice versa. Sweets and Pedas were distributed to all alike.

Baba forewarned him of his father's death, which later happened as Baba had predicted. Baba used to give him Rs.4/- daily and said "Do not eat and excrete". So he invested it in land and had 84 acres. Baba also advised him what to cultivate on it, and He was always right. Once he did not heed to Baba’s advice, and there was no yield and he incurred a loss of 300 rupees.

He was with Baba when his Mahasamadhi occurred. Baba distinctly told him "I am leaving, carry me to the Wada. All Brahmins will be living near me." With these words He took Mahasamadhi. Baba was sitting when he breathed his last. Nana Saheb Nimonkar poured some water by placing his cupped palm below Baba’s chin. Baba leaned on him and took Samadhi.

His descendant Gopinath Kote still lives in that very house. The Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan has given that family the honor of carrying Baba’s Padukas (holy footwear) and Satka (Baton) for the Chavadi procession.

(Source: Ambrosia in Shirdi & Baba’s Gurukul by Sai Bhakta Vinny Chitluri)