He is also regarded as an incarnation of Dattatreya by the people of Datta Sampraday. Manik Nagar is the place where he took Sanjeevani Samadhi. The Sai Baba of Shirdi is said to have met Manik Prabhu at Humanabad.
The legend about Sai and Prabhu's meet narrates how Sai in his fakir's attire visited Prabhu and asked to fill his cup (lota) with money. As Prabhu's brother Tatya Saheb tried to fill it, it never could be filled. Realizing Sai's spiritual nature, Prabhu put two dried dates and flowers in it and the cup immediately filled up.
Sai accepted the dates and flower and poured back more money than that could be occupied in the cup. DattatreyaThe meaning of Sakalmat is that all faiths are accepted (Sakala means All and mata means opinion, but here we have to take the meaning as faith). This is a form of Datta-sampradaya which is called Rajyogi or Royal type.
Shri Chaitanya Dev (Bramhan) is the main worshipped god here and this sampradaya views gold, pearls, diamonds, expensive clothes and music, art, etc. as part of tradition. Here poor and rich are considered as the same. Thus all the materialistic items are viewed at par with nothing.
The philosophy of this tradition is that there is no resistance to any kind of religious faiths in the world. All faiths are believed to give the ultimate godliness to its followers. This tradition was started by Shri Manik Prabhu of Maniknagar.
Some disciples of this tradition are Bapacharya, Narayan Dikshit, Chimnya Bramhachari and Gopalbua.