About Dadaji Dhuniwale Maharaj :

Shri Dadaji Maharaj was the actual incarnation of Lord Shiva. Around 1850 AD, he was spotted on the bank of river Narmada as a radiant boy of 8 years by Brahmarshi Gourishankar Maharaj. He was taken into the Guru’s fold, and was given basic lessons in youga, meditation and spirituality. For higher leaving, he was sent to Kashi. Thanks to his sharp intellect, he was able to master ancient scriptures like the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Puranas etc. before the stipulated time. A pleased Gourishankar Maharaj handed over the reins of his Ashram to his wonder protege whom be renamed as Swami Krishnanand.

However, young Krishnanand was interested in higher pursuits. The mundane day-to-day chores of the ashram did not interest him. He would often enter deep woods, and engage himself in fierce meditation. Very soon he achieved all 8 siddhies. He willingly handed over the reins of ashram to the next in command; and embarked on a pious journey of dhyan, tapa, pilgrimage and social uplift.

Saikheda Connection

One day, the Zamindar of village Saikheda in district Narsingpur (M.P.), found him performing deep penance in a dense forest. He persuaded Dadajji to visit his village and save it from the epidemic of small-pox. Dadaji obliged him, cured the villagers and cleansed the entire pox-infested area of pollution with his spiritual powers. He made Saikheda his seat where he stayed for next 27 years.

he used to visit other villages on the bank of river Narmada and set up his dhuni. Grateful people began to call him ‘ Dadaji Dhuniwale’ maharaj. In different places he came to be known by different names, like Swami Ram-phal Avadhoot Maharaj, Pehalwan Baba, langotiya Baba etc. But essentially he was Swami Keshvanand Sukirti Maharaj alias Dadajee Dhuniwale Maharaj.

Often he used to be seen at two or more distant places, all at the same time. Soon he attained the ‘Paramhansa’ status of the yogi wherein one ceases to live for himself, and his existence is for the benefit of others only. He abandoned all worldly possessions and assumed the diagambar State.

Panacea Personified

He attained enormous spiritual energy and superhuman prowess which he generously sprinkled on the needy to rid them of worldly pains like diseases, poverty, barrenness etc. There are also instances where he restored life in the dead, and gifted sight to the blind. True devotees are experiencing his benevolence even today.

He left his mortal body several times, and assumed a new form elsewhere under a different name. Finally he bestowed his mortal throne on his dear disciple Swami Harihar Bhole Bhagwan, and entered sanjeevan Samadhi at Khandwa (MP), in 1930 AD.

He vehemently supported India’s freedom struggle against British rule. Eminent leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Pt. Motilal Nehru, Pt. Madan Mohan Malaviya etc. had personally obtained his blessings.