Jamkhandi Photos


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RAMTIRTH MANDIR


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Famous Lord Shankar Mandir which is located on the hillock in Jamkhandi. Near to this temple is the palace of the rulers of the erstwhile Jamkhandi state. During the birth of Rev. Gurudeo, his mother could not bear the pangs of labour. All the family members were worried. They were thinking of taking the mother to hospital for surgical aid. Just then the following remedy was used by Krishnappa an old servant in the house.
Srimant Ramchandrarao Appasaheb Patwardhan, the then ruling chief of Jamkhandi was a pious devotee of a spotless character. Many a mother had been relieved from the pangs of labour by drinking the Tirth (sacred water) offered by him. Krishnappa went to the palace at Ramtirth that very night and intimated to the chief through the servants the plight of Rev. Gurudeo's mother. The pious chief got up from the bed, took bath, worshipped Shri Rameshwar and sent sacred water through Krishnappa. Matoshri Parvati drank the holy water and her delivery was smooth and safe. In this way with the grace of Rameshwar Rev. Gurudeo was born at 10 am on 3rd July 1886. He was named Ramachandra at the suggestion of the chief.

Another important incident connected with this Temple is as follows. In 1956, during the Amrut Mahotsava celebrations, Rev. Gurudeo lit camphor in front of deity. He had a magnificent spiritual experience in which he saw his child form (Baal Roopa) playing on the lap of Rev. Bhausaheb Maharaj. He had tears in his eyes after this wonderful experience. It is said that saint visualises this type of experience at the time when he prepares to leave his soul from the material world.




REV. GURUDEO WAS INITIATED IN LATE BASAPPA KATGI's HOUSE, JAMKHANDI


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The photograph shows the place of worship in the house where Rev. Bhausaheb Maharaj used to give spiritual discourses during his visit to Jamkhandi. In this very house Rev. Gurudeo was initiated in 1901 on Vaikuntha Chaturdashi day by Rev. Bhausaheb Maharaj Umadikar.




PINNACLE OF KADSIDDHESHWAR TEMPLE


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On this pinnacle Rev. Gurudeo experienced his first spiritual vision in the form of pearl garlands and stars during daytime.




MARUTI MANDIR


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Young Gurudeo had sharp intellect, but he could not stand first in his class for some time. He discovered the reason by minutely observing the daily routine of the boy who secured first place. He found that the boy daily visited Maruti temple and bowed down to the deity. There after young Gurudeo started the same practice. Before going to school, he would begin mental recitation of the 'Hymn to Hanuman' by saint Ramdas, finish it till he reached Maruti's temple on the way, lay prostrate before the deity and then proceed to the school. Within a few months, young Gurudeo stood first in the class. This increased his devotion to the deity.




SAMADHI OF MAHALINGAYYA SWAMI (ALSO KNOWN AS SHAMBHULING SWAMI)


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Young Gurudeo's mother Parvatibai had taken her child to her spiritual master, Swami Mahalingayya for his blessings. Swamiji used to sit in the verandah of Nandikeshwar temple in Jamkhandi. The Swamiji was looking at the boy lying prostrate at his feet. He raised his eyes from the boy and began to look at the sky with fixed and steady gaze. It seems he had a vision of the future greatness of the boy. Swamiji remarked ......
'Your son is a great saint of the future; so I must bow myself before him' and saying thus Swamiji greeted at the feet of infant Gurudeo. The mother Parvatibai was simply amazed with a sense of gratification and devotion. Immediately after her arrival at home, she gave the child good bath, applied kumkum to his forehead, placed a garland of flowers round his neck and washed his pretty feet. Young Gurudeo was astonished at this strange behavior of mother and asked her 'What is this mother'? "You are a saint my darling" replied the mother.




UMA RAMESHWAR TEMPLE


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A function - Amrut Mahotsava was organised in Jamkhandi by the devotees/committee of prominent citizens of Jamkhandi headed by Smt Leelavatidevi Patwardhan, Ranisaheb of Jamkhandi State on 3rd July 1956 to celebrate 70th birthday of Rev. Gurudeo. When Rev. Gurudeo arrived in Jamkhandi on 2nd July 1956 to attend the function, the reception committee organised a Welcome function at this Temple. At that time, Rev. Gurudeo had a splendid spiritual experience when camphor was lit in front of Rameshwar deity.




NANDIKESHWAR MANDIR JAMKHANDI


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This is a temple of Lord Shiva and holy bullock (Nandi) and has two pinnacles. Each pinnacle has a small room inside it. Rev. Bhausaheb Maharaj - Gurudeo's spiritual master during his visit to the temple often used to meditate in one of the small rooms in the pinnacle of this temple. All the devotees used to meditate outside the pinnacle.




STATUE OF GURUDEO RANADE IN JAMKHANDI


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This picture shows the statue of Rev. Gurudeo in the campus of Parshurambhau High School, where he studied up to Matriculation. This statue was installed on 80th birth anniversary on 3rd July 1966. In 1997 this statue was covered with a decorative colourfully painted wrought iron grill.