Thousands of mourners descended on southeastern India Wednesday for the funeral of spiritual leader Sathya Sai Baba.
The Hindu guru known for his bushy hair and saffron robes was buried inside the spiritual center, or ashram, where he gave his sermons in the town of Puttaparthi.
Hindus usually cremate their dead, but burials are often performed for holy men.
Television screens showed the funeral ceremony to crowds outside the center.
His body had been on display inside a glass coffin surrounded by flower garlands, as mourners including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi paid visits.
Sai Baba died of multiple organ failure Sunday at the age of 84. He was worshipped as a god by followers worldwide.
His death has brought an outpouring of grief and tributes from Indian politicians, movie stars and sports figures.
At the age of 14, Sai Baba declared himself to be the reincarnation of another holy man, Sai Baba of Shirdi, who died in 1918.
He built a network of schools, universities and health centers that spread his influence around India and the world, and won him public praise for his charitable work and teachings.
But critics of the guru called him a fraud for claiming to perform miracles by conjuring gold coins, watches and other objects at public events. Several male followers also had accused him of sexual abuse