As this Perfect Master chose to reside at a place called Akkalkot for 22 years where he took Mahasamadhi left his mortal body in , he is also known as the Maharaj of Akkalkot, Akkalkot is situated in district Solapur of Maharashtra state of India. A comparative picturisation of the lives of these two great Saints, i. Swami Samarth and Shri Sai Baba of Shirdi would establish a surprising amount of commonness in their lives and deeds which includes their methods of teaching, the universality of their approach and the miracles they performed. Even a critical approach by a non-conformist would ultimately lead to the assertion that the over-all role of these two spiritual masters during the second half of the nineteenth century was similar, if not same. One, who is capable of making finer spiritual analysis, would be faced with a bewildering reality. Many published writings on both these Saints by different writers authenticate about the interaction between these two Sadgurus both in the gross, and the subtle planes.
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It is mentioned in the holy book of Shri Gurucharitra that Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati entered into mahasamadhi in Kardalivana in He stayed in Samadhi for over years and emerged from samadhi because a woodcutter accidentally cut through a tree and hit Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati or Sri Swami Samarth.
This awakened Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati from the prolonged samadhi. That divine personality is now known as Shri Swami Samarth. In a place called Karanja Nagar which is modern Lad-Karanja or karanja Maharashtra Vidbaraba region, there lived a pious Brahmin couple, Madhava and Ambabhavani, in the 13th century. However, until he was 7 he did not utter any other word other than OM, so his parents were worried about his speech ability.
However, he showed by hand gestures that after his Upanayana Munja - Bratabandha or the sacred thread bearing ceremony he will be able to speak. In fact after his munja was performed he was able to speak all the holy Vedas the Holiest Hindu scriptures and even started delivering lectures on it. This was remarkable for a 7 year old child and many senior learned Brahmins in the village started coming to him for learning the Vedas to the great astonishment of all the learned people.
He performed many miracles during his stay to help his devotees. Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati gave his "Nirgun Padukas" to his disciples and devotees, before leaving for the Kardali forests for his tapasys. A learned ascetic named Shree Krishna Saraswati Swami, initiated Narasimha Saraswati into Sanyasashram Asceticism — described as a lifestyle characterized by abstinence from various sorts of worldly pleasures often with the aim of pursuing religious and spiritual goals and gave him the name, Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati.
After this he took an extensive pilgrimage, covering many places, now known as Jawa, Sumatra, Indonesia, China etc. Finally, he came to the ranges of Himalayas where he enlightened many devotees. Later he sat under a Deodar tree for another tapasya penance. This Tapasya penance in the Himalayas lasted for nearly years, but a woodcutter unknowingly axed the anthill enveloping the body of Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati.
This resulted in the break in Tapasya and Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati then left for an extensive travel throughout the Indian sub-continent guiding his devotees. This is the biography of Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati, that gives us the details of his work in guiding the devotees and the various miracles that he performed to help the devotees.
It was originally written in Marathi by one Saraswati Gangadhar, whose ancestor Sayamdeo had personally lived and served with devotion, Shri Guru Narasinha Saraswati, about years ago. It is much respected and is very popular like Vedas, Ramayan, Mahabharat, Bhagwat and other puranas in sanskrit and Dnyaneshwari, Dasbodh, Eknathi Bhagwat etc.
Shree Gurucharitra Biography of Narasimha Saraswati The main teaching of Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati has been that the life of Brahmins is fully covered by the rules given in the old scriptures and they are to be strictly followed by them in their daily lives to achieve happiness and ultimately moksha the final attainment of soul where the soul is liberated from the cycle of rebirths.
He insisted on his disciples to follow these routines. This improved their confidence and self esteem which was very essential at the time the attack of a foreign culture was going on.
This feeling penetrating through the generations, gave a special sense of self esteem and pride which eventually resulted in the coming up of the fighters like King Shivaji and Peshwas in later years in Maharashtra.
Narasimha Saraswati helped all the people from all the communities and can be seen in his life stories. The king visited Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati because he was suffering from a blister which was not curing. No one was able to cure, so he was advised to visit Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati, and after visiting him he was cured.
This king was moderate and did not destroy temples or old monuments. He also was supposed to be quite friendly towards the Hindu communities. After the meeting with the Muslim king, Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati thought that his fame has gone to such an extent that now all types of people will start coming in, and will start troubling him and his disciples.
Thus he decided to take samadhi. He left for the jungle of Kardali a type of tree. After emerging from samadhi Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati traveled all over the country. Thus at one place he was known as Chanchal Bharati and at another place he would be called Digambar Swami. Finally he settled down at Akkalkot Maharashtra State and stayed there for 22 years from A.
Shri Swami Samarth: Stay at Akkalkot Shri Swami Samarth lived for over two decades 22 years at Akkalkot, mainly at the residence of his disciple Cholappa, where his Samadhi and shrine are now located. The shrine complex, The Vatavruksha Mandir, which also encloses the banyan tree beneath which the Swami would preach his message, is the hub of devotions for his followers; free accommodation and meals are provided to pilgrims by Shri Swami Samarth Annachhatra Mandal also.
Life and teachings of Shri Swami Samarth Sri Swami Samarth was an epitome of wisdom and knowledge and is considered an Avadhoot: Maha-Yogi possessing great spiritual powers.
He expressed oneness with all creations. The splendor of Shri Swami Samarth and his glorious mission became more fully manifest, after his arrival in town of Akkalkot in Maharashtra. Sri Swami stayed in Akkalkot, for 22 years till his Mahasamadhi, showing the common man the path to the God.
Swami Samarth is known to have performed several miracles for his devotees. Mahasamadhi On April 30, Chaitra Vadya Trayodashi of Hindu year after nearly years of the incarnation, the great sage adopted Mahasamadhi the last conscious communion with God under his favorite Banyan tree. His spiritual powers are experienced by devotees even now. Flow of pilgrims continues to Akkalkot every year.
Those who go there for darshan of the samadhi, still feel the subtle powers of akkalkot swami samarth. They feel a definite response to their prayers. Some are healed of their sufferings and others find their desire fulfilled. Even though Shri Swami Samarth is no longer in his bodily manifestation, He continues to guide his devotees. Sagun Mantras form visual patterns upon repeated chanting until this chanting gives rise to the real form of deity or saint or call it a visualization Shri Akkalkot Swami Samarth devotees sing many mantras of Swami Samarth.
Shree Swami Samarth
Legend[ edit ] Swami Samarth is widely considered to be the fourth third in physical form incarnation of Dattatreya , an Indian monk, mystic and Hindu deity. He is also believed to be a reincarnation of Narasimha Saraswati   , another earlier spiritual master of the Dattatreya sect. He might have moved through China, Tibet and Nepal during his travels across the Himalayas and its adjacent regions. He might have also briefly lived at Mangalvedha , a town near Pandharpur in present-day Solapur district, Maharashtra. He finally settled at Akkalkot. During this period, Manik Prabhu and Swami Samarth often sat under a cluster fig tree Audumbar in Marathi and had conversations on profound spirituality.