Sri Sathya Sai Baba was born on Novermber 23, 1926.
The 84-year-old spiritual leader has millions of devotees around the world.
His devotees describe him as an Avatar, godman, spiritual teacher and miracle worker.
Sathya Sai Baba's organizations have supported a variety of free educational institutions, hospitals, and other charitable works in India and abroad.
The rich, famous and powerful from the world of politics, business, films and sport have all flocked to the doorstep of the internationally famous address in Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh.
Some treat him as a philanthropist; others as a godman.
In this photo: Former Union Home Minister, Shivraj Patil, left, Spiritual leader Sathya Sai baba, centre and Chief Minister of the state of Tamil Nadu, M. Karunanidhi, right look on during a function in Chennai, India, Sunday, Jan.21, 2007.
At the Prashanti Nilayam ashram, people like former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and President Abdul Kalam visited him.
In this photo: Indian spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba, right, with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, left, in Bangalore, India, Wednesday April 14, 2004.
In this photo: Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, right, greets spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba on his 81st birthday in Puttaparthi in the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, India, Thursday, Nov.23, 2006.
In this photo: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, centre, stands near Indian Spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba, sitting, during the convocation ceremony of Sri Sathya Sai Institute of Higher Learning at Puttaparthi University in Andhra Pradesh state, India, Monday, Nov. 22, 2010.
In this photo: Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, left, greets Indian godman Sai Baba during his 80th birthday celebrations, at Puttaparthy, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005.
In this photo: Sri Sathya Sai Baba with industrialist Ratan Tata.
In this photo: Sri Sathya Sai Baba with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
In this photo: Sri Sathya Sai Baba with President Pratibha Patil.
In this photo: Sri Sathya Sai Baba with cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.
In this photo: Sri Sathya Sai Baba with former Indian cricket captain Sunil Gavaskar.
In this photo: Sachin Tendulkar greets Sri Sathya Sai Baba.
In this photo: Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam with Sri Sathya Sai Baba.