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Sant Chokhamela Samadhi, Pandharpur, Maharashtra.
|Date of Birth:||14th Century|
|Date of Death:||14th Century|
|Place:||Mangelvedha, Maharashtra State, India|
 Story About Birth
Chokhoba was born in a mahar (lower cast) family. He lived in a place called Mangelvedha near Pandharpur, Maharashtra. There is no documented information available about the birth of Chokhoba but there are many popular stories about ChokhamelaтАЩs birth, here is one of them.
Patil from Koregaon got very good crop of mango one year, so he wanted to send a basketful of mangoes to Lord VithobaтАЩs temple in Pandharpur as a gesture of gratitude. He called a mahar (low cast) couple named Sudam and Savitri, asked them to deliver the mangos and his letter to the templeтАЩs Priest in Pandharpur. On their way to Pandharpur, the couple saw a hungry old man, as they didnтАЩt have anything other than the mangos, they offered a mango to him. The old man tasted it and returned it to the couple saying that it is sour. Since this mango was tasted they kept in a separate basket.
After reaching Pandharpur, the couple gave the basket with mangos and the letter to the templeтАЩs priest. On counting the mangos the priest found that one mango is less. Suddenly the couple remembered the mango which was tasted by the old man on their way to Pandharpur. So they checked the basket, but they found a baby boy in it instead of the mango. They thought that this is a blessing of Lord Vithoba and named the baby as тАШChokhamelaтАЩ. In Marathi тАШchokhaтАЩ means тАШtastedтАЩ.
 Meeting With The Guru
Chokhamela was a devotee of Lord Panduranga. Once in a while Chokha with his wife Soyarabai used to go to Pandharpur on the day of 'Ekadashi' to attend the Puja and celebrations. But because of his birth in the lower cast he was not allowed to enter the temples or attend any celebrations, so he used to stand at a distance and watch.
On one such occasion at Pandharpur, Chokhoba and Soyarabai saw a person in white cloths with a Vina in his hand and doing kirtan (singing the songs about Lord) and lot of people were standing around him. He was none other than the great Sant Namdev. After the kirtan got over, all the people started touching the feet of Sant Namdev to show gratitude. But Chokha and Soyarabai stayed at a distance as they were aware that, due to their low cast people will not allow them to touch the feet of Sant Namdev.
Sant Namdev observed this and asked them to come closer. He told Chokha that God never distinguishes his children due to high caste or low caste, rich or poor, educated or uneducated. It is pure love and devotion that distinguishes a 'Bhakt' (devotee) from an ordinary man. The couple was very happy on hearing this, they bowed before Sant Namdev.
Namdev kept his hand on the Choka's head and chanted the name of Lord Pandurang for 3 times. He told Chokha to continuously chant the name of Lord Panduranga. By doing so he would be able to meet the Lord and bare all sorrows and happiness in the Samsara (worldly life).
After this incident ChokhobaтАЩs life completely changed. Pandurang Bhakti became the goal of his life. Even though he was uneducated, he started to doing Abhanga (hymn) on Lord Panduranga and the experiences in his own life. Chokha and Sayarabai then moved to Pandharpur so that they can stay near the abode of Lord Panduranga.
Chokhamela created numerous abhangs (verses), here are few of them.
рдЬреЛрд╣рд╛рд░ рдорд╛рдпрдмрд╛рдк рдЬреЛрд╣рд╛рд░ ред рддреБрдордЪреНрдпрд╛ рдорд╣рд╛рд░рд╛рдЪрд╛ рдореА рдорд╣рд╛рд░ реерезрее
рдмрд╣реБ рднреБрдХреЗрд▓рд╛ рдЭрд╛рд▓реЛ ред рддреБрдордЪреНрдпрд╛ рдЙрд╖реНрдЯреНрдпрд╛рд╕рд╛рдареА рдЖрд▓реЛ реереирее
рдмрд╣реБ рдХреЗрд▓реА рдЖрд╕ ред рддреБрдордЪреНрдпрд╛ рджрд╛рд╕рд╛рдЪрд╛ рдореА рджрд╛рд╕ реерейрее
рдЪреЛрдЦрд╛ рдореНрд╣рдгреЗ рдкрд╛рдЯреА ред рдЖрдгрд┐рд▓реА рддреБрдордЪреНрдпрд╛ рдЙрд╖реНрдЯреНрдпрд╛рд╕рд╛рдареА реерекрее
рдЕрдмреАрд░ рдЧреБрд▓рд╛рд▓ рдЙрдзрд│реАрдд рд░рдВрдЧ ред рдирд╛рдерд╛ рдШрд░реА рдирд╛рдЪреЗ рдорд╛рдЭрд╛ рд╕рдЦрд╛ рдкрд╛рдВрдбреБрд░рдВрдЧ реерезрее
рдЙрдВрдмрд░рдареНрдпрд╛рд╕реА рдХреИрд╕реЗ рд╢рд┐рд╡реВ рдЖрдореНрд╣реА рдЬрд╛рддреА рд╣реАрди ред рд░реВрдк рддреБрдЭреЗ рдХреИрд╕реЗ рдкрд╛рд╣реВ рддреНрдпрд╛рдд рдЖрдореНрд╣реА рд▓реАрди ред рдкрд╛рдпрд░реАрд╢реА рд╣реЛрдК рджрдВрдЧ рдЧрд╛рд╡реВрдиреА рдЕрднрдВрдЧ реереирее
рд╡рд╛рд│рд╡рдВрдЯреА рдЧрд╛рд╡реВ рдЖрдореНрд╣реА рд╡рд╛рд│рд╡рдВрдЯреА рдирд╛рдЪреВ ред рдЪрдВрджреНрд░рднрд╛рдЧреЗрдЪреНрдпрд╛ рдкрд╛рдгреНрдпрд╛рдиреЗ рдЕрдВрдЧ рдЕрдВрдЧ рдиреНрд╣рд╛рдК ред рд╡рд┐рдареНрдард▓рд╛рдЪреЗ рдирд╛рдо рдШреЗрдК рд╣реЛтАМрдЙрдиреА рдирд┐рдГрд╕рдВрдЧ реерейрее
рдЖрд╖рд╛рдвреА рдХрд╛рд░реНрддрд┐рдХреА рднрдХреНрддрдЬрди рдпреЗрддреА ред рдкрдВрдврд░реАрдЪреНрдпрд╛ рд╡рд╛рд│рд╡рдВрдЯреА рд╕рдВрдд рдЧреЛрд│рд╛ рд╣реЛрддреА ред рдЪреЛрдЦрд╛ рдореНрд╣рдгреЗ рдирд╛рдо рдШреЗрддрд╛ рднрдХреНрдд рд╣реЛрддреА рджрдВрдЧ реерекрее
рд╕реБрдЦрд╛рдЪреЗрдВ рд╣реЗрдВ рдирд╛рдо
рд╕реБрдЦрд╛рдЪреЗрдВ рд╣реЗрдВ рдирд╛рдо рдЖрд╡рдбреАрдиреЗрдВ рдЧрд╛рд╡реЗрдВ ред рд╡рд╛рдЪреЗ рдЖрд│рд╡рд╛рд╡реЗрдВ рд╡рд┐рдареЛрдмрд╛рд╕реА реерезрее
рд╕рдВрд╕рд╛рд░ рд╕реБрдЦрд╛рдЪрд╛ рд╣реЛрдИрд▓ рдирд┐рд░реНрдзрд╛рд░ ред рдирд╛рдорд╛рдЪрд╛ рдЧрдЬрд░ рд╕рд░реНрд╡рдХрд╛рд│ реереирее
рдХрд╛рдордХреНрд░реЛрдзрд╛рдВрдЪреЗрдВ рди рдЪрд▓реЗрдЪрд┐ рдХрд╛рдВрд╣реА ред рдЖрд╢рд╛ рдордирд╢рд╛ рдкрд╛рд╣реАрдВ рджреВрд░ рд╣реЛрддреА реерейрее
рдЖрд╡рдбреА рдзрд░реЛрдиреА рд╡рд╛рдЪреЗрдВ рдореНрд╣рдгреЗ рд╣рд░рд┐рд╣рд░рд┐ ред рдореНрд╣рдгрддрд╕реЗ рдорд╣рд╛рд░реА рдЪреЛрдЦрд┐рдпрд╛рдЪреА реерекрее
 Death And Samadhi Construction
Chokhoba was forced to return to Mangalavedha for the construction of a big wall in the city. While the construction work was going on, the wall collapsed and fell on all the workers. Many people were killed and Sant Chokhamela was one of them. Sant Namdev deeply grieved the death of a great Vaishnava devotee, went to Mangalavedha and brought the mortal remains of Chokhoba and constructed Samadhi in Pandharpur in front of the Lord Panduranga temple.
It is said that, when the accident happened, Lord Pandurang appeared in front of Sant Namdev and asked him to bring the bones of Chokhoba and construct a Samadhi in front of his temple as Chokhoba had a strong desire that his body should be buried in front of the Panduranga temple.
- A book 'Sant Chokhamela' in Marathi language by Shri R R Gosavi
 Compilations of Chokhamela's Work
- Cokhameс╕╖a, Rohini Mokashi-Punekar (2005). On the threshold: songs of Chokhamela. Rowman Altamira. ISBN: 0759108218, 9780759108219
 Other Information
- A movie 'Hi Wat Pandharichi' (1950) was made on the life of Sant Chokhamela in Marathi language with P L Deshpande in lead role
 External Links
- Sant chokhamela Abhang collection on www.khapre.in
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