DIVINITY OF SAMADHI OF GAJANAN MAHARAJ
AT SHEGAON IS WELL KNOWN.
HE WAS AN AVADUTHA & DID MANY MIRACLES
DURING HIS LIFE TIME !
ALL HIS SUPER NATURAL POWERS HAVE BEEN
LISTED BELOW !
DETAILS OF HIS PARENTAGE/CHILDHOOD IS NOT
KNOWN JUST LIKE THAT OF SHIRDI SAI BABA,
AKKALKOT MAHARAJ, SWAMI NITHYANANDA ETC.
HE USED TO SING OFTEN AS FOLLOWS --
'GAN GAN GANATH BOTHE'
MEANING OF WHICH IS VARIOUSLY EXPLAINED AS --
-- You are the part and parcel of eternal entity ie vishwa .
So whatever exists in vishwatmah is within you.
-- GOD IS EVERYWHERE, HE IS IN EACH ATOM.
Hence treat everyone as God, u will see God in every
-- Tell 'JAI' to Lord Ganesha (jai ganeshji ko kaho)
Hence the name GAJANAN MAHARAJ !
-- The meaning of this mantra being - God is omnipresent.
He is present in each and every thing around us. He
dwells in each one of us. Hence treat every individual
equally. God helps everyone without discriminating
between castes, creeds and religions, and also teaches
us to behave in the same manner.
-- Gani means count, Individual soul, (Gana) means
devotee, who is not different from Brahma and to suggest
it the word "Ganat" is used. Bote appears to be the
corrupt form of Bate meaning individual soul in Brahma
Himself and not anything different from it.
-- No being is separated from God; God exists in all and
all exist in God.
THIS POSTING IS BASED ON --
LIFE STORY --
-- Rush of devotees for darshana.
-- Maharaj burnt the Chilim without fire. And at the
-- Janakiram apologized and requested Maharaj to
-- Maharaj was wandering in the viseinity of Akoli
-- Seeing that Bankatlala who also had run away dared to
-- Maharaj blessed Braj Bhushan of Shivar (Tah - Daryapur )
-- Gajanan Maharaj decided to stay at Hanuman Mandir
-- Khandu Patil and his brothers were wrestlers They used
-- One day when coaxed Maharaj agreed and fixed his foot
-- But Hari's brothers were not convinced. They decided to
-- Hari Bhakta Parayan Govindbuwa Takalikar had a very
-- One day Govindbuwa came for Kirtana at Mote's Shiva
-- In the morning, Govindbuwa came to see his notorious
-- When Gajanan Maharaj was in Amravati, he on his own,
went to the house of a poor devotee Ganesh Appa,
knowing his devotion and urge by the inner sight.
-- A special Math was constructed in the land given by
Sukhram Asolkar Bhaskar, Balabhau, Pitamber,
Ganesh Appa and Ramchandra Gurao decided to
stay permanently with Maharaj.
-- Maharaj had to beat Balabhau severely due to
Bhaskar's taunting and rebuking. But to the
surprise of all nothing happened to Balabhau.
-- A cow of Sukhlal of Balapur was very dangerous and
could not be tied down at one place. So he brought the
cow to Shegaon, tied down on a bullock-cart. But only by
looking and touching the cow Maharaj tamed her.
-- Laxman Ghude of Karanja was seriously ill. He was
brought to Maharaj on 'doli' after all efforts went in vain.
Maharaj gave a mango to his wife and asked her to feed
him. Her physician told otherwise. But she did as Maharaj
told, and to the surprise of all Laxman became alright
and, even, went to Shegaon to have the darshana of
-- Laxman after becoming hale and hearty requested Maharaj
to visit his house in Karanja. But Maharaj came to know
his hipocracy and returned to Shegaon. Laxman had to
pay the penalty for his hippocratic behavior within six
. Maharaj advised him telling the futility** of this world and
the knowledge about Karma, Sanchita and Prarabdha.
-- All the Bhaktas agreed to have a monument erected in
the name of Maharaj as per the wish of Bhaskar.
-- Maharaj took Bhaskar and others to Trimbakeshwar
and Nasik on the occasion of Maha-shiv Ratri.
Returning to Shegaon Maharaj took Bhaskar and other
Bhaktas to Adgaon for the celebration of Ram Navami.
At Adgaon Maharaj gave samadhi to Bahskar on Chaitra
Vaidya Panchami. People of Adgaon did the Annadana
for full Ten days.
-- But the crow, innumerable in number, were nuisance there.
Maharaj ordered them to behave properly and not to
disturb such programmes hence forth. And the crows
behaved and are behaving likewise till now.
-- Maharaj saved the life of Ganu Jaware, a worker, from
dangerous blasts in a well.
He gave Maharaj Valuables and gold coins worth nearly
Ten thousand rupees. Maharaj threw away all the things
saying he did not need such worldly things. Instead
Maharaj gave Aashirwada to Bachchulal that his wish to
construct a Ram Mandir would be fulfilled.
- Maharaj ordered Pitambar, the nearest devotee to
abandon the Math. Pitambar went to kondoli; sat on one
of the trees in a Aamrai (trees of mangoes ). When
aske he said that he was the disciple of Gajanan Maharaj.
Nobody believed. Instead people asked to make a dry
mango tree green, otherwise they would beat him.
Pitambar had no other way, so he cried, wept and prayed
Gajanan Maharaj and to the astonishment of all the
villagers the dry tree became green. All of them hugged
Pitambar and shouted 'Gajanan Maharaj ki jai'.
-- Due to the feuds in the town Gajanan Maharaj decided
to have a place that belonged to none. Hari Patil and
others, on the advice of Maharaj, put an application to
the then collector of the District Buldhana, Mr. Curry.
The Collector granted an acre of land. The work for the
new Math began.
complaint while constructing the new Math by the grace
-- Ganga Bharati, a leper, came to Maharaj. By undisputed
Shraddha on Maharaj he was cured.
-- Zamsing, a disciple of Maharaj took Maharaj to Mundgaon,
his village; and arranged a Bhandara against the wishes
of Maharaj. When all people sat for Bhojana, all of a
sudden clouds gathered and it began to rain cats and
dogs, spoiling the cooked food.
-- Bhandara was again arranged next day as per the advice of
Maharaj and all went smoothly.
-- Mundgaon was attacked by plague. Pundlik Bhokre, a
devotee of Maharaj was attacked by the epidemic.
Though a swelling in the armpit and fever on body, he
started for Shegaon as usual on 'wari' (regular visit) on
foot. He reached Shegaon with high temperature and
sever pain and fell on the feet of Maharaj.
-- Maharaj lifted him, pressed his thumb on the swelling….
And the swelling subsided, the temperature dropped. In
two days Pundlik was alright.
to his extravagant expenditure. All including his wife
and children began to hate him. So he decided to go
to Himalayas. But by the advice of an unknown Brahmin
came to Shegaon. Maharaj advised him to go home
and dig at a particular place in the farm. Accordingly he
went home, dug and found a pot of coins of Gold.
-- On one Somavati Amavasya some devotees decided
to have Narmada Snana and Omakarwshwar Darshana.
They took Maharaj against his wish, with them. There
they hired a boat and proceeded to go to other side of
the River. But in the middle, water gushed into the boat,
all trembled, began to cry, fell on the feet of Maharaj
requesting him to excuse and save the lives. Suddenly
a young lady in fisher woman's disguise appeared and
helped the boat to the bank and disappeared.
-- One Sadashiv Wanwale from Malwa came to the
Darshana of Maharaj. On seeing him Maharaj at once
embraced him, gave him two betel leaves and asked
him to give the leaves to his Guru Madhaonath Maharaj
who forgot to eat the leaves after taking lunch there.
Astonished Sadashiv went to Madhaonath Maharaj
and asked about all that happened, which Gajanan
Maharaj explained & found to be true.
Maharaj along with many dignitaries. Meeting was
addressed by Lokmanya Tilak. Lokmanya Tilak was
arrested by the British Govt.
-- Maharaj, after 3 days of Samadhi hinted that
Lokamanya would be imprisoned. Maharaj, sent his
prasada of Bhakari to Lokmanya. Yet Lokmanya was
sentenced and sent to Mandale. There Lokmanya wrote
the world famous "Geeta Rahasya"
-- Shridhar Govind Kale of Kolhapur decided to go to
England for further education and then serve the
motherland. While traveling from Bhandara to Kolhapur
along with a friend, he got down at Shegaon to see
-- Maharaj read their faces and criticized their going to
England and advised not to leave India. Shridhar
obeyed, stayed studied and later became the principal
in Gwalier State.
But one Shrimati Bhagabai tried to divert him. And
when he became restless Gajanan Maharaj gave him
'dristant' in the night that he was being sent the Padukas
next day. Accordingly the Pandukas of Maharaj reached
Pundlik at Mundgaon by the hands of Zamsing, another
disciple of Maharaj.
-- Triambak Kawar of Akola was doing his Medical
Degree in Hyderabad. One day he decided to serve
Maharaj with Besan - Bhakari. His Vahini, who was
otherwise arrogant, gladly prepared Besan Bhakari
and haded over to him But in between the train to
Shegaon left. He reached Shegaon by second train
in the afternoon at about 4 pm. And to his great surprise
Maharaj was waiting for him and his Besan - Bhakari
setting aside all the rich food brought by other Bhaktas.
-- Tukaram Shegokar was unknowingly hit by a lead ball
fired from a rifle by a Shikari. All efforts to take it out
(from his head) went in vain. The pain was sever. On the
advice of a devotee he started to clean (sweep) the Math
and its premises regularly. And after 14 years the lead
ball fell from his ear and the pain stopped. Up to his last
he cleaned the Math.
-- Bhaskar had given word to Vishnusa that he would bring
Maharaj to Malkapur. Maharaj was against ; but Bhaskar
forced. Maharaj sat in the women's bogie. And a case
was registered against Maharaj. But the Magistrate held
Bhaskar responsible instead of Maharaj and fined him.
-- Maharaj was once in Akola. A Muslim SadhuMahatab
Shah came to see him. Maharaj thrashed him. But next
day Maharaj had not taken his food without Mahatab
Shah.Mahatab Shah left his work and went to his native
place as per the wish of Maharaj.
-- Only Presence of Gajanan Maharaj in the house of Bapurao
at Akola made the so called Bhanamati run - away.
-- Once Maharaj went Akot to see Narsingji Maharaj, sat on
the wall of well in the Math; and said to Narsingji Maharaj
that he wished to bathe in the waters of Godawari,
Yamuna and Bhagirathi those were in the well. Hearing
the words water from inside the well gushed like fountain
and showered on Mahraj.
|-- Bayaja of Mundgaon was a devotee. Her husband was|
-- She (Bayaja) used to come to Shegaon with Pundlik.
People doubted their relationship. Maharaj answered
her parents about the purity and chastity of Bayaja.
-- Triambak Kawar, a doctor then, suffered from a boil
(a tumor on skin). Being a doctor himself, consulted
the specialists, got the operation done, but all in vain.
Being a devotee, he surrendered completely to
Maharaj Maharaj gave him ' Angara and Tirtha' in
the disguise of Brahmin. And in hours the doctor
-- In Pandharpur at the time of Ashadhi Ekadashi
Maharaj gave Bapuna the ardent disciple, the
darshana in the guise of Vitthala, as he could not go
to Vitthal Mandir.
-- Maharaj cured a patient suffering from the epidemic
-- A Karmath Brahmin on seeing a dead dog on the
door the steps of the Math, became annoyed, Maharaj
sprinkled some drops of water on the dog and the dog,
to the surprise of Brahmin, sat-up and wagged his tail .
-- Maharaj told kashinath Garde, a devotee, when he came
to darshana that a telegram for him was waiting at his
home and to his surprise it was true and that was his
-- Once Maharaj had been to Nagpur as the guest of
Shrimant Gopal Buti. Buti left no stone to be unturned in
reception of Maharaj and kept Maharaj for so many
days and wished that Maharaj should not go to Shegaon
But Hari Patil brought Maharaj to Shegaon.
-- A Sadhu from Dhar Kalyan, Raghunath visited Shegaon
and met Gajanan Maharaj. Swami Vasudevanand
Sarswati came to Shegaon to see Maharaj, Maharaj
had given pre information of his arrival one day before.
-- Maharaj explained Balabhau about the three ways to
reach God i.e. Karma Marg, Bhakti Marg and Yoga Marg.
-- Maharaj asked Shrimati Salubai, a devotee to cook
food in the Math for the devotees. She did likewise
-- To the great surprise of Atmaram of Jalamb, Maharaj
corrected his recitation of Vedas, by himself reciting
Vedas. Atmaram stayed with Maharaj afterwards and
donated all his property to the Math.
-- Maharaj awoke, Timaji, a servant of Marutipant of
Morgaon Bhakre and told him to guard the grain
threshing ground properly as some donkeys entered
-- A Police Inspector insulted Maharaj at Balapur. In
spite of the advice of the people he abused and
thrashed Maharaj. After some days the news came
that the Inspector and his family perished.
-- Maharaj fulfilled the desire of Hari Jakhade of
Sangamner who came to darshana of Maharaj.
-- Gajanan Maharaj in the guise of Yogi gave
Ramachandra Nimonkar hints about Yoga at
Kapildhara a holy place in Nasik District.
-- Tukaram Kokate decided to offer one of his
sons, if they survived, to Gajanan Maharaj as his
issues - earlier issues died one after another.
Afterwards three sons were born and they survived
and even attained adulthood. But when Tukaram
forgot the words, a calamity happened, his eldest
son stuck with illness and could not recover though
he tried his utmost. Then he came to Maharaj
apologized and prayed for the son's life. The boy
recovered and became alright and served Maharaj
upto his last.
-- At last Maharaj decided to say goodbye to this world.
He went to Pandharpur and with tears asked the
permission to Shri Vitthala. Hari Patil was with him.
The tears in the eyes of GAJANAN MAHARAJ made
him serious. Maharaj told him his decision. Returning
to Shegaon with shocked state he told all the Bhakatas
-- The state of the Bhaktas could not be described; they
wept - cried - tried their most to pursue. But Maharaj
was as calm as Himalayas.
-- Maharaj explained them his thought, showed the place
for Samadhi and asked all the devotee to come to the
Math on Ganesh Chaturthi Day.
-- Throughout the day Maharaj was in happy mood,
chatted with Bhaktas, argued them, consoled them
and assured them that he was and he would be with
them forever. And in the last asked Balabhau to sit
near him bade all who were there and - and said
'Jai Gajanan' and took his last breath.
-- It was morning of Bhadrapada Shuddha Panchami,
aptly called 'Rishi Panchami', Shake 1832
Can anyone could describe the state of minds of the
Bhaktas ? - and that of the people of Shegaon ?
Thousands of Bhaktas from all parts gathered. A sea
of men - women young old gathered, No words to
describe their grief.
-- They took the body of Maharaj in procession, the
longest and the biggest in the history of Shegaon.
All were weeping, crying and hugging each other in
grief. Because the unthinkable had happened their
mother; their adviser, their God, their Lord had left
Divine flame continued to glow and the devotees found
that the same calmness was still there.
-- Maharaj advised the wife of Ganpat Kokate in her
dream not to object to the donation Ganpat was giving to
the Math to feed the Brahmins.
-- A tall Sadhu consoled Laxman Hari Janjal at Bori Bundar
Platform, Mumbai. He was in a desperate mood. Sadhu
said as he was the disciple of Gajanan Maharaj he need
not worry. And - Laxman's worries left him. Who was that
-- Madhao Joshi, a revenue officer had a strong desire to
go to Shegaon for dershana. So after day's work he along
with his peon started for Shegaon on a hired bullock-cart ;
put the cart through waters of Man River. Those were the
raining days, water of the River was on rise. When the cart
came in the middle, water level rose, touched the part of
the cart. Madhao prayed with eyes closed. And when he
opened the eyes the cart was on the other bank. Who
came to their help?
-- Dr. Kawar had to stay at Shegaon against his wishes. Why?
Because that day was not suitable for travel during night.
-- The son of Ratansa was cured from rickets, His sincere
devotion and faith paid;
-- After the unsuccessful efforts of all the expert doctors,
Chandrabhaga, daughter of Ramchandra Patil, was
cured from Naujwara by the 'Vibhuti' and faith on Maharaj
-- Rheumatism of Janakibai Patil, wife of Ramchandra Patil,
was also cured by every day darshana of Samadhi.
-- After the death of Balabhau, Narayan of Nandura was
advised in his dream to come and serve the Math.
Narayan served all his life.
a labourer fell from the hight of 30 ft. Nothing happened.
When asked, he said that some body caught and put
him safely on ground.
-- A stone pillar fell down on a woman who came from
Rajasthan to darshana. People took her to a Lady
Doctor, but found that nothing had happened. Instead
the people knowing her said that some evil-spirit that
had possessed her body, disappeared then.
-- A Gosavi came to Ramchandra Patil and asked him to
serve the Math as a Manager even advised about the
duties to be done. Who was that Gosavi? The doubt
was cleared that night in his dream.
-- The Samadhi Mandir was constructed by the devotees
of Maharaj. All Other Construction was also done
through the donation collected.
-- It is the experience of Bhaktas that the faith in Maharaj
saves them from all the difficulties.
So keep faith in Bhagwan Gajanan in his Samadhi
in this Gajanan Vijay Granth
So said Das Ganu Maharaj.