From BBC News
“Long live Baba!” The chant echoed down the street outside Prashanti Nilayam (Abode of Peace), the ashram that Sathya Sai Baba set up in Puttaparthi.
Thousands of people were packed tightly in the narrow lane, many of them seated on the ground, their hands joined in prayer as they murmured his name.
These were ordinary Indians, people who believed Sai Baba to be a living God, someone who could perform miracles. Many of them had travelled vast distances just to be here.
The overwhelming emotion was one of grief and intense devotion.
“I cannot believe he’s left us,” sobbed one man.
“When I heard the news I jumped into my car and drove all the way here. What will we do now? Who will we turn to?”