Gajanan Maharaj History

According to a myth, on February 23, 1878, on a street, a money lender named Bankat Lal Agarwal first saw Gajanan Maharaj in a “superconscious state”. Sensing him to be a saint, Bankat took him home and asked him to stay with him. Ancient people say that in his lifetime, he performed many astonishing miracles such as filling a dry well with water, lighting the clay-pipe without fire, drawing sugar cane juice by twisting canes with his hands and curing leprosy of a woman. He died on 8 September 1910. 

Maharaj was a Yogi. He behaved like a person insane at times. The science of yoga mentions three attitudes of a Yogi. Theses are unmatta, pisacha and bala i.e. attitude of a maniac, attitude of a devil, and the attitude of a child. Some believe that Shri Gajanan Maharaj was an erudite scholar and he knew the Vedas by heart. They feel that He was a brahmin and hailed from Telangana.(i.e. the modern Andhra Pradesh). Some people have heard Maharaj reciting Vedic hymns. Some people have recorded incidents that Maharaj’sj had his initial training in Akkalkot, Nasik, Lad-Karanjya, and Akot.  There is not a lot of difference between Shree Swami Samarth and Shree Gajanan Maharaj. They both were similar in many ways and most of their principles and qualities were the same. Thus many people believe that Shree Gajanan was none other but Shree Swami Samarth’s second birth.

The main festival of Shegaon, Ram Navami is celebrated with great festivity in the Bhadrapada month of Hindu calendar and a number of fairs are organized during the festival and the city receives a substantial tourist flow during the festive season. There are a number of ways of how to reach Shegaon. Although there is no airport in Shegaon as such, however, Nagpur airport which is situated at a distance of about 316 km is closest to Shegaon. But the city has got a railway station that connects it to various cities in the state. Places like Nagpur, Akola, Chandrapur, Wardha, Yeotmal, Nashik, Shivaji Nagar are directly connected with the state as well as private-owned buses.

Shree’s Samadhi Temple, a temple built over Gajanan Maharaj’s samadhi is made of attractive marble stones. There the devotees can see his face that is the idol’s face from afar they can also have a close look at the idol by going through the tunnel there.  Near the idol, there is a lot of space available for devotees to pray and praise Lord Gajanan. Sculptures are also carved in the walls of this temple and because of these sculptures, the temple looks even more beautiful. Shegaon is known for the grand  Samadhi Temple of Shri Gajanan Maharaj and certainly, this temple had become a  unique guiding light of this holy town. People who visit Shegaon get a “darshan” and literally feel the presence of Maharaj even today.

 Anand Sagar in Shegaon

 Shegaon and the area surrounding it don’t have enough water to use therefore Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan in Shegaon decided to create an artificial lake with enough water for everyone living in that area. But the monthly expenditure Rs. 50 Lakh for this purpose caused a financial burden on Sansthan. Even then, the Sansthan carried out the project of Anand Sagar Lake, in order to increase the water table in surrounding areas of Shegaon. In addition, Shree Sansthan also built a spiritual surrounding in Shegaon for the devotees and this was done with a nominal donation. And the revenue from it would help to deal with the water problems. With this noble vision and objective, Shree Sansthan’s most innovative project- Anand Sagar came into existence with Shree’s blessings.