Abdul Baba came to Shirdi in around 1890. He came here after a fakir who was inspired in his dream by Sai baba to bring Abdul Baba to Shirdi. On his coming to Shirdi, Sai baba greeted him by saying "My crow has come". A dedicated worker Abdul Baba took care of Baba's mosque and lit the lamps in Lendi. Baba took care of his welfare, and often had him reading aloud passages from the Koran.
Bayajabai Kote Patil
Bayajabai was Tatya's mother and the family had a close association with Baba, who he took as his sister. She had taken a vow that until Sai baba had her food she won't take food. Such was her devotion to Sai baba that she would carry food in a basket and went looking for him to feed him.
Bhagoji Shinde suffered from leprosy and yet he was among the closest to Sai baba. He accompanied Sai baba to Lendi garden carrying a parasol to give him shade. Once Sai baba got hurt while thrusting his hands into dhuni, Bhagoji was the one who bandaged the wound and dressed him long after it had healed.
Das Ganu Maharaj
Dasganu was originally in police service and it was during this time that Nana Chandorkar took him to see Sai Baba. Das Ganu wrote about the lives of saints and composed kirtans (devotional songs) which he sang with great fervor.
Most popularly known for being the author of the work The Sri Sai Satcharitra, Annasaheb Dabholkar was called Hemadpant by Sai baba after a well known poet of 13th Century. His work is a great insight into the life and philosophy of Sai baba.
Hari Sitaram Dixit
Hari Sitaram alias Kakasaheb Dixit was a prominent solicitor another of Sai baba's ardent devotees. Sai baba used to call him affectionately Langda Kaka and removed fear complex from his mind. Kaka Dixit was known for his obedience to Baba's orders.
Hon'ble Mr. Ganesh Shrikrishna alias Dadasaheb Khaparde of Amraoti, an ardent devotee of Sai baba and was instrumental in bringing Loka Manya Tilak, the great freedom stalwart to Shirdi for Baba's darshan.
Laxmibai Shinde was well-to-do woman, who worked in the masjid day and night. Except Bhagat Mhalasapati, Tatya and Laxmibai, none was allowed to step in the Masjid at night.
Mahalsapati was the one who owes the name of Sai baba as we know it today. He uttered 'Ya Sai,' when Baba made His first appearance at the Khandoba temple along with the marriage party of Chandbhai. Saibaba used to call Mahalsapati 'Sonarda,' and later on 'Bhagat' i.e. close disciple.
Tatya Kote Patil
Tatya Kote Patil's family was one who loved Sai baba for Himself and not for what they got from His divinity. Tatya was the first amongst the devotees who had all the love of Sai baba.
Nana Chandorkar was among the most prominent devotees. A Deput Collector by profession, he had the distinction of being one of the very few disciples that Baba directly called to his side.
MadhavRao Deshpande was another of Sai baba's ardent disciples who was quite close of Sai baba.