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SriLankan Airlines flies dozens of mourners for Sai Baba’s funeral

SriLankan Airlines added extra capacity to its flights to fly Sri Lankan devotees who paid their respects to Indian ‘holyman’ Sri Sathya Sai Baba, who died last Sunday. The funeral of the 84 year-old saintly spiritual leader who counts former Indian Prime Minister A.B.Vajpayee, Indian cricket star Sachin Tendulkar and Hollywood actress Goldie Hawn and thousands of others as devotees across the world, was held on Wednesday, an event that draw more than 500,000 mourners.

He died at an Andhra Pradesh hospital on Sunday after being admitted on March 29 suffering from pneumonia and water that had entered the lungs.

Sai Baba has hundreds of followers in Sri Lanka many of who had been praying at special shrines here for his recovery over the past week. SriLankan Airlines said in a statement on Monday that it was adding additional capacity on its daily flights to Banglore from Tuesday April 26 onwards “ in order to accommodate all devotees who wish to fly to India to pay final homage to their spiritual leader”.

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