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Swami Samarth Story

 

Swami Samarth, Shri Swami Samarth, Samarth Swami

 

Period: Left his body, 1878

 

Lord Dattatreya Canvas Painting

Lord Dattatreya Canvas Painting

Of all the incarnations, Lord Dattatreya is considered to be the most superior because he is the combined form of all the three deities Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Akkalkotniwasi Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj is believed to have been the incarnation of Lord Dattatrey.

 

In the historic times, Shripaad Shrivallabh is believed to be the first incarnation of Shri Dattatreya. Shripaad Shrivallabh incarnated as Shri Nrisingh Saraswati, this way Shri Nrisingh Saraswati was the second incarnation of Shri Dattatreya. Shri Nrisingh Saraswati reincarnated as Shri Swami Samarth.

 

 

Lord Dattatreya is considered to be the most superior because he is the combined form of all the three deities Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Akkalkotniwasi Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj is believed to have been the incarnation of Lord Dattatreya.

Shri Nrisingh Saraswati

Shri Nrisingh Saraswati

In 14th – 15th century, Shri Nrisingh Saraswati with his conduct had diverted the Brahmins on to the path of truth. He uplifted the downtrodden lower castes in rigid society and diverted them onto the path of devotion to the extent that he had also influenced Muslims rulers of those times. After completing his work in this form on earth, in the year 1459, Shri Nrisingh Saraswatiji went underground at Isavi into Patalganga then emerged from there into the jungles of Kardali. From Kardali-van, he went to a lonely jungle north to Bhagirathi and sat in contemplation. He sat in Samadhi state for a long time and hence an anthill came up on his body. After 300 years of deep meditation, one day, a woodcutter came there to cut wood. Just as he stroked the trunk with his hatchet it struck the Guru’s thighs, which started bleeding. The gurus Samadhi broke and he got up. The woodcutter got frightened but Shri Guru forgave him and he manifested in the form of Swami Samarth. The mark of this hatchet was there on the thigh of Swami Samarth.

 

After that Shri Guru went to Gangotri from there. From there, he reached Devalgram. He departed after installing his footmarks there. Then he reached Rajur village in Marathawada. Here, he built a monastery. Later he left the “math” and went away. From there to Udipi and via Pandharpur, in the year 1838, he appeared in Mangalvedha. During this tour, he became famous in the name of Chanchalbharti. People in Mangalvedha used to call him in the name of Digambar Swami.

In the year 1838, he appeared in Mangalvedha. During this tour, he became famous in the name of Chanchalbharti. People in Mangalvedha used to call him in the name of Digambar Swami.

 

Swami Samarth Math. Akkalkot

Swami Samarth Math. Akkalkot

Shri Swamiji lived in Mangalvedha for around twelve years but here he lived in solitude, away from people. There is a pasture of Patvardhan in this town where he lived many a times. By chance if he came to the village, he would sit in a dirty place. Some called him Pagal Bua (mad person) and some Digambar Bua (naked person).  But slowly and gradually people got impressed with his powers and started looking at him with devotion.

 

Once, he reached walking from Mangalvedha to a nearby village Mohol. After spending some time here, in 1854-55 he came to Solapur. Here, Chintopant Appa Tol became his devotee. At Tol’s invitation, in 1856, Shri Swamiji came to Akkalkot and stayed there till the end. As he lived in Akkalkot till the end of his life, he became famous in the name of Akkalkot Swami or Akkalkotniwasi Shriswami Samarth Maharaj.

Shri Swamiji came to Akkalkot and stayed there till the end. As he lived in Akkalkot till the end of his life, he became famous in the name of Akkalkot Swami or Akkalkotniwasi Shriswami Samarth Maharaj.

Shree Swami Samarth Posters

Shree Swami Samarth Posters

Shri Swami was a great ascetic with a divine splendour. Such a divine light used to flow out of his body that people were not able to look at him. He was fair with a long nose, huge body, broad chest and lotus like feet. He always made a mark of sandalwood paste on his forehead and arms. Shri Swamiji wore Kaupin (a small piece of cloth to cover private parts). Sometimes, he used to take off this cloth and moved around naked. Sometimes, he used to wear an ear cap. Sometimes, a robe used to be worn. Shri Swamiji was very straightforward by nature. He used to grace everyone without differentiating caste, religion or gender.

 

For Swamiji, there was no difference between earth and gold. Sometimes he would sleep on mattress and pillows or sometime on stone. He would ride on a horse or elephant with a parasol or sometimes sit on a heap of rubbish. Sometimes he would take bath many a times in a day or sometimes would not take bath for many days. Sometimes he would live at Brahmin’s house or go to a house belonging to a lower caste person. Sometimes he would live in a palace and sometimes go to a temple and live there. He always remained engrossed in his own world in each and every situation.

Shri Swamiji was very straightforward by nature. He used to grace everyone without differentiating caste, religion or gender.

Shri Swamiji

Shri Swamiji

Shri Swamiji was an ocean of knowledge. The ego of many a great scholar was shattered to pieces in front of him. Just by keeping his hand over a mad child, he would make him speak Vedas, Upanishads and Gita. He strongly opposed casteism.

 

Normally, Swamiji talked very less. Many a times he liked to keep mum. He spoke Marathi and also Sanskrit. He was very blunt in talking and showered bad words at times. Whether it was a rich man or a woman, he would bluntly speak in front of everyone. There were a lot of metaphors and hidden meaning in his words and speech.

Shri Swamiji was an ocean of knowledge. The ego of many a great scholar was shattered to pieces in front of him. Just by keeping his hand over a mad child, he would make him speak Vedas, Upanishads and Gita.

King of Akkalkot Maloji Raje Photo

King of Akkalkot Maloji Raje Photo

As he was the incarnation of Lord Dattatreya, Swamiji had all the powers. He used to fill up a dried well with water, cure incurable disease within seconds, make a poor man rich immediately, stop death and bring life to a dead person. Shri Swamiji performed infinite miracles during his life. Sometimes just for the sake of it or sometimes to favour his devotees. There is infinite number of people living their life with his grace. Shri Swamiji is the father of orphans, protector of the unprotected and strength of the weak. Whoever had gone in refuge of Swamiji, even goes to him today, knows that he would take away his burden. Right from an ordinary man to a rich man, Swamiji had infinite number of followers. Of the Kings who were his followers were- King of Akkalkot Maloji Raje, Gwalior King Jayajirao Sindhiya, King of Indore Tukojirao Holkar and King of Baroda Malharrao Gayakwad etc.

Shri Swamiji is the father of orphans, protector of the unprotected and strength of the weak. Whoever had gone in refuge of Swamiji, even goes to him today, knows that he would take away his burden.

Sai Baba Canvas Painting

Sai Baba Canvas Painting

Shri Swamiji had many great people as his disciple, to name the few- Shri Krishna Saraswati (Kumbhar Swami), Swami Nrisingh Saraswati of Alandi, Vamanbua Vamorikar or Badodekar, Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon and Saibaba of Shirdi.

 

It is difficult to describe the lustre and mystery behind this great soul in words. One can only feel these with pure devotion and surrender.

Shri Swamiji had many great people as his disciple to name the few- Gajanan Maharaj of Shegaon and Saibaba of Shirdi.

Shri Swami Samarth Painting

Shri Swami Samarth Painting

On the thirteenth day of the dark fortnight of Chaitra month and on 30th April 1878, Shri Swami Samarth left for heavenly abode. He kept on reciting Lord Shiva’s name eight days before his death. His innumerable followers, people whose lifes he had so deeply touched showered flowers on him. Everything that was used in royal procession was present in his funeral –elephant, horses and umbrella. Every devotee who heard about his death ran to pay him last homage. Swamiji’s tomb was established at Chollapa’s house where Swamiji had first stayed.

 

Even after leaving his body, Shri Swamiji has given his darshan to many of his devotees and continues to do so even today. Apart from Akkalkot, Swamiji’s temples are there at many other places. Swamiji is present at every place. It is only a matter of a devotee to call him- Swamiji and he graces him anywhere and anytime. We can simply live our lives without fear as Swamiji’s most famous saying goes, “Bheeu Nako Mi Tujya Pathishi Aahe”, “Don’t be afraid, I am right behind you”. The most unusual thing about Swami Samarth was his height of more than 6 feet and 5 inches and while standing his hands would go further than his knees.

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