PAPARAZZI IN BABA'S SAMADHI SHRINE MIFFS CELEBS @ SHIRDI
03rd March 2011 Bollywood Actress Preity Zinta, a Sai Devotee made a pilgrimage to Shirdi on 02nd March`2011 but instead of spiritual rejuvenation, all she found was the chaos created by the Media. With the paparazzi breathing down her neck all the time, Preity couldn’t pray properly, much to her irritation. But not the one to mince words, she’s now blaming the media for her spoiled trip. She wanted her privacy with the Almighty. She organized a VIP darshan to be blessed by Sai Baba. But she was soon surrounded by the blinding lights of the paparazzi which really upset her very very much. She put up her right hand very close to the cameras so that she could block the view. The cameramen were shocked. But then even the actress was allegedly pushed around by the media, so much so that she folded her hands and begged them to leave her alone, following which she covered her face fully with a dupatta (scarf) and began praying, ignoring the paparazzi. But yet the flashbulbs did not stop. Preity, however, refused to oblige the reporters and continued her darshan with her dupatta firmly over her head. On her return from Shirdi, Preity Tweeted: “Good morning! Went to Shirdi yesterday and came back with memories of media pushing me instead of the serene face & energy of Sai Baba. “In the rut to make anything news, have we forgotten to respect god and someone's genuine devotion? I fold my hands to the media & request dem 2 Respect us & respect GOD! Not every celebrity goes 2 a temple 4 Tamasha! Some genuinely go 2 pray & 2 disturb them then is BAD KARMA,” she vented out her displeasure. The actress also rued the commercialization of the places of worship. “I wonder why temples have become so commercial? Why a Temple Trustee's urge to be photographed with a celebrity is entertained by media? In front of god, we bare ourselves and look to purify our soul. Instead of feeling uplifted I came back feeling sad & deprived from Shirdi,” Preity wrote. However, Preity does see a silver lining in her failed pilgrimage. “Maybe this experience was his (Sai Baba’s) way of taking away all the negativity; & 4 the future I have brought his statue home from Shirdi ! :-)” she posted. Preity Zinta has returned with unpleasant memories of being pushed by the media in the pilgrim town. ---------------------------------------- Also to be noted that in May`2010 another Celebrity Hrithik Roshan who is known in the industry for his cool temper found it hard to control his anger at media’s intrusion at the Sai Baba's Samadhi Shrine in Shirdi. He said that it took effort to Pray with 30 media cameras feeding off every private moment. He tried to feel peace but couldn't.