This statue in front of Shri Sai Prasadalaya depicts Saibaba, the spiritual master, fakir and saint of India, cooking food for the needy in Shirdi village. It is said that Baba used to go to the market personally to purchase all the materials required for cooking the food. He used to cook himself and even put his hand in the vessel to stir the boiling food. The boiling pot did not harm his fingers or hand.
Honoring Baba’s tradition of feeding the needy, the Shri Sai Prasadalaya, serves food to around 30000 to 80000 dovtees in a day depending on the rush on the day. The meal comprises of dal, rice, chappati, two vegitables and a sweet dish. The food is provided free for the needy and at a nominal rate for others. The food served is cooked in hygenic conditions using modern machines which is considered to be the world’s largest solar heating cooking system. Approximately 10 million devotees take food at Shri Sai Prasadalaya every year and the Shri Sai Baba Sansthan Trust spent nearly Rs. 190 million annually for this purpose.