Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Born in a small South Indian village in 1926 as Sathyanarayana Raju, Sai Baba announced himself to be a reincarnation of a local saint, Sai Baba of Shirdi, when he was fourteen years old. To distinguish him from his older namesake, the followers of the reincarnated Sai Baba refer to him as Sathya Sai Baba; Believed by followers to be a divine incarnation, he was based in India (having left the country only once to visit followers in Uganda) and visitors flock to see him and be in his presence. He is famous for 'materialising' a variety of objects, including vibhuti (sacred ash), saris and anything from sweets to gold watches. Other reported miracles include teleportation, healing the sick, and resurrecting the dead. Sai Baba left his mortal coil on the 24 April 2011.