The Dwarakpeeth Shankaracharya Swamy Swaroopanand Saraswati has said that the Shirdi Sai Baba is only human and worshiping him was actually a conspiracy to divide the Hindus. “Sai Baba is shown as a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity. But the Muslims do not accept him at all, then why should we worship him?” questioned Swaroopanand.
In the Hindu philosophy, 24 avataars are mentioned, of which, only two – Buddha and Kalki occur in Kaliyug. There are no other avataars mentioned. So giving Sai such a place is against our sacred texts, said the seer. He should not be seen as a “Guru” even as he was a non-vegartarian and advocated circumcision. Setting up his temples across the breadth of the country is actually a conspiracy to diver attention from the Ram Mandir issue, said the Dwarakapeeth pontif. He has also advised that the proliferation of these temples be stopped hence forth.