Savli Na Swamiji

Savli - a famous Holy Land of saints, sants and mahants from ancient times- is just thirty-two kilometers in the North from Vadodara. Just close to Savli, flows the Mahi River. The ancient Shiva Temples on its banks witness the fact that several sadhus- saints of Nath creed were nourishing themselves spiritually centuries ago. The Holy Land of Bhimnath Mahadev in Savli, where swamiji came and lived, is a hub of that spiritual tradition. Even today exists the samadhi of His Holiness Shri Gebinath Gehminathdada of Nath sect who lived here some 300 years ago.

From Vaishnav Pusti Sampraday point of view also Savli is known as an important pilgrim place in India. One of the seven seats of Shri Hariray +Vfahaprabhuji is in Savli.

A Well-known medieval Gujarati poet Dhira Bhagat- who floated his self-written bhajans (stuffed inside bamboo roll) in the Mahi River- lived in nearby Gothda village. Our own contemporary saints Shri Mota was born in Savli. One of the eminent Gujarati poets- Shri Ushanash is also a Savlian_ His holiness Swamiji came to this holy land at the juncture when it was losing the radiance of its glory and worked relentlessly for thirty two years on religious, social and cultural front. That way, Savli was put back on the pilgrim's map. Today Swamiji's followers are spread across the globe- from Americas to South Africa.

Swamiji (commonly known as Savli na Swamiji) set his foot on this holy land on the auspicious evening of Bhadarava Sud Pancham, 2015, Hrishipanchami. A human shape wrapped in bhagva vastra, kamandala in the hand and zoli (cloth bag) dangling on the shoulder; but his face and his gait radiated the aura of the swami of the whole world. After arriving in Savli, straight away Swamiji went in front of the Samadhi of reverend Shri Gebinathdada in the porch of Bhimnath Mahadev. Eventually he got the dirt and dung heaps removed and made the whole ambience appropriate to that of the temple. Slowly people were attracted towards Swamiji and his activities. Then Swamiji took the task of renovating the dilapidated Bhimnath Mahadev Temple and rebuilt a conch-shaped new temple. Swamiji never expected anything from anybody nor did he ask for. He had faith in a Sutra (slogan) given to him by his mother. He used to say Satya sankulpa no data bhagvaan (God is the giver of truthful resolution)

When all of Swamiji's initiated works neared completion, people started believing that the Sutra was turning into reality. For the general good, Swamiji built school, college,
Hospital, sanskar Kendra, mobile hospital, artesian wells and temples in the states of
Orissa, Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, before finally settling in Gujarat.

Swamiji did realize the importance of religion as well as education and sanskar in the overall upliftment of the people. Therefore Swamiji made the Savlians and the taluka people more education oriented by erecting educational institutions: from Adarsh Shishuvihar (kindergarten) to Arts and Commerce College. During his stay in Savli, he always thought in terms of progress, employment and education, which is the base of any healthy society. He created employment opportunities by starting educational institutions and a hospital. He did the charity towards the needy. He saw to it that no student should quit the study for the want of money. The idea of starting the educational institutions was to make such students of the interior places very self-reliant and educated.

His life-long service to the society spread in many directions. He was interested in the overall upliftment of the people. Therefore he always kept himself active on the social front and made the Savlians aware of their duty towards society. He treated the girls like his own beti at their marriage and unfailingly helped them in the form of some gift articles, clothes or even cash. Even in huge expenses, his financial help always was a boon to others.

Swamiji had a great knack of recognizing persons and treat them accordingly. He always kept the welfare of the people at his he. His word was of great value to all business class persons, professionals and other traders as well. He did not merely give guidance to them verbally but funded them also whenever the occasion demanded or he felt like helping them. One comes across a small hillock called Dhaba Dungari, on the way to Pavagadh from Halol. A prima facie desolate and abandoned looking place was once a Tapobhumi of Vishwamitri Hrishi. Swamiji decided to reinstate this sthala (place) and erected a unique Kedareshwar Mahadev Temple there. Today Dhabi Dungaree is a famous, eye pleasing pilgrim place because of Kedareshwar Mahadev Temple and the Temple of Durga. In addition, Swamiji renovated the temple of Shri Nilkantheswar Mahadev- on the banks of the holy Narmada River, near Bharuch - Zadeshwar Bridge. He also renovated the old dilapidated temple at Ranoli and rebuilt the temple of Jugalkishore and the Temple of Durga successfully.

Foreseeing the need for the health facilities in Savli, Swamiji built the state of the art "Janmotri" Hospital without any government aide. He dedicated the hospital to the people of this land. He very appropriately did eye camps for the needy ones. Swamiji did a great deal of work in the field of agriculture. He contributed in the overall development and economic growth of the farmers of this area. He always helped the poor and needy furriers financially. His advice and guidance proved priceless to them. He loved animals. Esp. cows and organized the Pashupatinath cattle camps. His famous and well-organized activities like Kumbhamela and Ganga Pujan are still remembered with great fondness and love towards Swamiji.

Swamiji worked tirelessly for thirty-two years, without fuss, social discrimination and caste barrier. He did everything out of sheer love for human beings. In Hinduism there is a common belief that a true sadhu or saint lives for thirty-two years in one place. Only genuine sadhus seem to have proven this belief so far and our Swamiji was one of those ones. He arrived in Savli on 9‘h September 1959 and on 7th Sept. 1991 (shravni amavasya) Saturday, Swamiji left for the divine abode. He met with an accident on his way to Nasik - Trambak Kumbhamela. Its thirty-two years exactly, not a day more or less, which is seen as a miracle by many and the spiritual power of Swamiji by all the people. All Savlians, irrespective of their castes creed and religion, paid their obituary with tears in their eyes. On 9th Sept. 1991 Monday, right beside Gebinathdada’s Samadhi, Swamiji's Samadhi was installed with great ceremony. After some five years, with the help of all his followers and Swamiji Janseva Trust, Swamiji's Samadhi and His Holiness Gebinathdada's old Samadhi- Mandir were reconstructed. There are many myths surrounding him about his ability to perform miracles or show his spiritual power. He was humble enough not to confess them in public. A detailed account of Swamiji’s way of living can be found in a book called Jignasuni Diary by Professor Pururaj Joshi. He is one of the close associates of Swamiji for many years.

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