Gajanan - The Phenomenon! (23rd Feb. 1878. )

When man is engulfed about worries, problems and vices, a saintly figure is required to show him the path of Trust to lead him to light.

A saint usally guide such a man to become a devotee of God and to lead a life righteousness. One such saint made his first apprence in Shegaon in Maharashtra on 23rd February 1878. He was called Shri Gajanan Maharaj.

One day as Namkatlal and Damodar, two gentlemen from Shegaon, were taking a stroll they noticed a young boy outside the monastery of a holy figure called Devidas paturkar. The young boy was eating leftover grains of rice from a plate of leaves that was thrown out as waste food. Then he drank unclean water that was meant for the cattle and he left the place fully satisfied. Observing these events, Bankatlal had a realization that this was not an ordinary boy and that there was something special about him.

As time passed by, several people noticed the boy's miracles. Shri Govind Maharaj Takalikar was one amongest them. He conducted religious discourses known as "Keertan". During one of his discourse at Shegaon in Shri Moyey's temple dedicated to lord Shiva, he realised the the young boy was a divine incarnation. He got proof soon after. Shri Gajanan Maharaj could effortlessly tame his wild and unrestrained hourse.

Beside these events, Shri Gajanan Maharaj exhibited his divine sprit by curing a leprosy patient, by making a dead dog come alive, by decreasing the duration of punishment given to his devotee, by asking him to eat 'Zunkha Bhakar" etc. It is belived that Shri Gajanan Mahraj who had conquered all his senses travelled in ladies compartment in a train at his will. Several such events are mentioned in the holy books "Shri Gajanan Vijay" " Shree's Gajanan Vijay Adhayay "

Later Shri Gajanan Maharaj told his discilple, "I shall remain here". it was thus decided that the temple will be constucted at the place indicated by Maharaj. At the place indicated by Shri Gajanan Maharaj, construction began around that spot.

As Shri Gajanan Maharaj realised that his work on earth was coming to an end, he informed his disciples about it. On 8th September 1910, he breathed his last at Shegaon.


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