Wait and see
None of the charitable activities, he adds, has been scaled back and they were now planning to constitute a fund to rehabilitate those who suffered in the Uttarakhand floods.
It's also business as usual at the sprawling pink and white edifice in Puttaparthi that is one of the two superspecialty charitable hospitals commissioned by Sai Baba, according to its director, Choudary Voleti.
The 300-bed hospital, like its 333-bed counterpart in Whitefield in Bangalore, provides free treatment to all patients.
According to the trust's annual report, the hospitals performed 23221 surgeries in 2011-12 and treated 640000 patients.
Dr Voleti, who took charge as director last September, says there have been no cutbacks of any kind.
"The trust has been very understanding. Once, they released Rs 17 crore in a single day for the hospital," he says.
The hospital is now laying the groundwork to seek accreditation from NABH (National Accreditation Board for Hospitals & Healthcare Providers, an arm of the Quality Council of India).
"People should not think the facilities are substandard just because treatment is free," he says.
For now, devotees are holding on to the belief that Puttaparthi will become like Tirupati or Shirdi (except better, apparently, because neither has charitable hospitals or schools).
The town has indeed managed to survive the immediate fallout of Sai Baba's death, though not unscathed.
But whether the boom time of yore will return looks doubtful.
As Anantharaman says "We have to wait and see, how things evolve."
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