After the news of his death came in, the devotees started chanting Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra (invocation to conquer death) at the Sathya Sai temple in Kharavelanagar. The mantra will be chanted for 72 hours and after that Baba will come alive, the devotees said.

“Sai Baba will talk to us again. He can’t die,” said Paresh Mishra, a devotee from Dhenkanal, who had come to the city temple after hearing the news of his death. “Doctors are nobody to pronounce the death of God. We are nobody to comment on death of God. It is his wish. He knows the best and does the best,” he added.

Even an average devotee will say this is silly.

(Or perhaps that’s just what I want to believe.)