Speaking after laying the foundation stone for the project at Thonnakkal near here, Gavaskar said he and his family had been devotees of Satya Saibaba for over 30 years and "that has brought light and bright to my family."
Lighting a traditional brass lamp -- nilavilakku - to mark the occasion, Gavaskar requested the BCCI to conduct an entertainment cricket event with top stars like Virender Sehwag, Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumbale and V V S Laxman for raising funds for the "Sai Gramam," a major charity institution coming up in the State.
"I am sure BCCI Secretary S K Nair, closely associated with the project, would do a good job for the completion of the project," Gavaskar said after laying the stone brought from Prasanthi Nilayam in Andhra Pradesh after blessed by Sri Satya Sai Baba.
The Rs. 240-crore Sai Gram project include, orphanages, Bala Bhavan, hospitals, old age homes, industrial and agriculture project telemedicine, a study centre of Sanskrit and Vedas.