Sathya Sai Baba was born in Puttaparthi, originally a tiny, remote village in rural Andhra Pradesh, South India. His original name was Sathyanarayana Raju. At the age of 14, he declared himself as the reincarnated Sai Baba, a Hindu-Muslim saint from Shirdi, Maharashtra who was virtually unknown in that region. Sathya Sai Baba, as he was soon called, has come to be known as a miracle worker, famous for his materializations of holy ash (vibhuti) and talismans, but also for miraculous healings, bi-locations and other supernatural feats. While the number of his ardent devotees probably reaches into the millions, Sathya Sai Baba is also the object for much controversy.