With loss of spiritual charm and economic focus after Sathya Sai Baba's demise, Puttaparthi awaits a miracle
Even six years since the death of Sathya Sai Baba, hailed by his devotees as a living god or bhagwan, the once small arid hamlet of Puttaparthi in Anantapur district is still mourning.
Godmen in India exist at the intersection of religious fervour, political power, public support and often, massive wealth.
India's self-styled "godmen" have legions of devoted followers, but several have been embroiled in scandals in recent years
The Sathya Sai Trust may be found wanting in terms of governance, but is no excuse for government takeover. Governments have to stay out of trusts related to the majority just as they stay away from minority institutions.
The competition to control the assets of the Sai Baba Trust, which controls assets across countries, is set to gather steam after the final rites of Sathya Sai Baba.
The last rites of Sai Baba move millions to tears at Puttaparthi; online, devotees join in to express grief on Facebook and Twitter.
India pays last respects to Sathya Sai Baba in Puttaparthi.