Saturday, March 10, 2007

Sant Gadge Maharaj

Shri Sant Gadge Baba Maharaj

Sant Gadge Baba Maharaj was a great human being of the 19th century and known for his social services. A holy saint who worked for helpless and poor.

On 23rd of February 1876, Debuji Zhingraji Janorkar (initial name of Gadge Baba) was born in a washerman's family of small village Shengaon of district Amravati, Maharashtra, India. Debuji was the only child of Zingraji and Sakhubai. After the death of Zingraji he and his mother went to live with his maternal uncle. Within a few years he became an excellent farmer, herdsman, singer and swimmer.

He was married to Kuntabai and had four children. A lover of animals, he opposed animal sacrifice since childhood. Even when his friends, relatives and the people of his caste forced him to sacrifice animals, he preferred to face their anger rather than killing the animals.

He did not have any property of his own and worked as a wage labor at a farm in his village. One day he was at a field and was trying to keep the birds away from grains. A sadhu who was passing by, asked if Gadge baba is the owner of the grains? This question turned Baba for realization.

After this comment of the sadhu, Gadge Baba realized the value of community-sharing and practiced it for the rest of his life. Community-service became the base of his teachings of Baba.

His practiced and preached the following:
Give food to the hungry
Give shelter to the needy
Protect the environment
As a social worker, Gadge Baba traveled constantly from one place to another. His trademark broom was always in his hand. Whenever Gadge Baba saw any garbage or unclean areas, he would voluntarily start cleaning. Sometimes people joined him in cleaning and sometimes they paid him for his service. He never used the money for himself but collected it and after few years constructed educational institutes, dharmasalas, hospitals and animal shelters.

He conducted his discourses in the form of "Kirtans" (a form of discourse which includes devotional songs by Saints). In his teachings, He would emphasis on topics like service to humanity, hygiene, compassion. During his kirtans, he would educate people against blind faiths and rituals. Many times he used Dohas (couplets of a song) by Saint Kabir in his discourses.

On 20th December 1956, this karma yogi left his mortal body. But even today his followers abide by his teachings, all his institutions are functioning well.

Following are some ways in which people and governments have tried to honour and recognize his contributions.

  • The Government of Maharashtra has started Sant Gadgebaba Gram Swachata Abhiyan a movement to encourage and promote the cleanliness in the rural parts of Maharashtra.
  • Amaravati University in Maharashtra was named after his as Sant Gadge Baba University.
  • The Government of India issued a Stamp in memory of Sant Gadge Baba on 20th Dec 1998 to mark 42nd Death Anniversary.

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4 comments:

jayant hudar said...

Standing Committee Chairman Sandeep Naik Sant Gadge Babaa Urabn Cleanleness Drive Campaign
Sandeep Naik lamented that Navi Mumbai Municpal Corporation that has been winning Sant GAdge Baba Urban Cleanliness Drive awards will continue the tradition this year as well as the drive mves from ward to ward and node to node. …

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Anonymous said...

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sunil said...

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ankita bais said...

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