Mistry Visits Saibaba, Shani Shingnapur Temples


Ahmednagar: Amid his boardroom battle with Tata Sons, industrialist Cyrus Mistry on Saturday said “everything will be fine” as he visited the famous Saibaba and Shani Shingnapur temples to offer prayers.

Accompanied by his wife, Mistry, who was on Friday ousted as Chairman of Tata Steel, arrived in Shirdi by a helicopter this morning and had ‘darshan’ of Shri Saibaba at the temple, where tight security arrangements were made in view of his visit.

Mediapersons, including photographers, were not allowed near the shrine during the short visit of Mistry, who was last month ousted at the chairman of Tata Sons – the holding company of Tata Group firms.

Temple spokesperson Mohan Yadav confirmed Mistry’s visit to the popular shrine dedicated to Saibaba, a 19th century saint revered by people across communities.

From there, Mistry and his wife went to the renowned Shani Shingnapur Temple. The shrine, dedicated to Lord Shani, who personifies the planet Saturn in Hindu belief, is located at a short distance from Shirdi in this Western Maharashtra district.

Keeping with the tradition followed by devotees, Mistry and his wife poured oil on an idol of Lord Shani. They, however, did not go up to the ‘chabutra’, or the sanctum sanctorum, as it was closed on Saturday.

When reporters asked him about the ongoing boardroom brawl over control of the Tata Group, Mistry said: “Everything thing will be fine (sab theek ho jaega).”

The 50-year-old businessman was abruptly ousted on October 24 as Chairman of Tata Sons, the holding company of the diversified Group. He was later removed as Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).