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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Dear Sesha Bhaktha Samaajam,


It gives us immense pleasure to see the manifestation of Akkalkot Swami Samarth as the Saint And Master with Goddes Bhavani. At about 8:30 am., on the morning of 10th. July, 2012, while doing pooja, we came across the manifestation of Akkalkot Maharaj as the Goddess. Mahan Sesha, Shirdi Sai Baba and Akkalkot Swami Samarth have been known to be incarnations and manifestations of Parasakthi and Dattatreya.

Warm Regards,

M. Rajagopal,


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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


Basappa’s was a poor family and no wonder that his wife lost her temper when she found that her husband was running after a madman, neglecting her and his children.

One day the Swami suddenly got up and started walking briskly. People wondered why, and some of them tried to follow Him but none could keep pace with Him. Leaving all the others behind He entered the neighbouring forest. However, Basappa ran after Him. Though the dense forest frightened him, Basappa derived courage from the Swami’s company.

At one place he found innumerable snakes of different sizes, shapes and colours. In utter fright Basappa fell at the Swami’s feet in supplication. The Swami smiled assuringly and pointed at the snakes and said, “Pick up as many as you want; you won’t get the chance again. Quick, do not fear!” Basappa picked up courage and caught one snake, and tied it up in his upper garment. As soon as they emerged from the forest the Swami told Basappa, “Go home and see.”

When Basappa went home and opened the pack he was stunned to see that there was a big lump of gold in it. This miracle had convinced Basappa’s wife of the power of Sri Swami Samarth. Thereafter she never found fault with her husband for spending all his time in the service of the Swami.

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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


When the Swami first arrived at Akkalkot, the good fortune of offering him food fell to Cholappa and, as though this was a sign of God’s grace, the Swami happened to stay at his house for a long time.

Cholappa’s faith in the Swami’s greatness had to contend with the attitude of his wife and his two sons who considered him a mere lunatic. Cholappa’s wife was, as it were, a touchstone in the hands of the Swami to test Cholappa’s faith.

One day the Swami suddenly set out walking towards a place called Hosapur. When Cholappa followed Him He turned around and said, “I am a Sannyasi. You are a householder. You should not follow us. You must stay there and attend to your worldly affairs.” Cholappa stood there silently but did not turn back. The Swami burst out in a rage and hurled foul abuse at him. At last, with tears in his eyes, Cholappa pleaded, “I would rather leave my home; I cannot leave your holy feet.” Though the Swami was inwardly pleased with his devotion, He put on a stern expression on His face and threw His wooden sandals at Cholappa and commanded him to worship them in His shrine.

Cholappa did accordingly. In the course of years many devotees from far and near were mysteriously directed to worship them in order to overcome their hardships, and then Cholappa realised that what the Swami had given him were not “mere wood”. Even today these holy sandals can be seen in the shrine at Cholappa’s Mutt.

Viewed from one angle Cholappa is more fortunate than most other devotees of the Swami. The Master stayed in his house longer than he did anywhere else. Yet, from another point of view he was the least fortunate of them. Though his regard for the Swami was high, it never ripened into rapturous devotion.

In his very presence, many devotees derived crowning spiritual experiences by the mere touch or the word of the Swami. But Cholappa was not to be one among them. Everything in creation must either wane or wax. So it started waning. Even while the Master in his house was granting darshan of various deities in Him to countless visitors. Cholappa was visiting several holy places in search of solace and light!

In course of time love of money stole into his heart. The Swami was not unaware of it! He even hinted at it one day when He said, “The very thing, which is mine, is now turning against me!”

The Godman sees God in everything and in every one. He loves all equally but the devotees reap as they sow the seed of faith. Accordingly, the devotees either come closer or go farther from the Holy One!

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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


In the forest near Mangal Veda there lived a Muslim. He lived on alms and wandered about like a mad man. But he showed the utmost respect for the Swami. Besides serving Him he used to offer ‘chilim’ or the pipe. One day, pleased with his loving service the Swami kept his boon-bestowing hand on the head of the Muslim. Immediately the Muslim attained Self-illumination (Self-realization) and was in a state of ‘Samadhi’.

Subsequently he became a famous saint whom thousands of people visited. He continued to behave like a mad man and used to throw stones at the people who tried to approach him. The stones usually missed their targets. But they hit was sure of having his wishes fulfilled.

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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae


Once in the sweltering heat of a summer noon Shri Swami Samarth walked into the house of one Bhabaji Bhat and asked for cool drinking water. The lady of the house was very happy to see the Swami. But unfortunately the well in her backyard was completely dry. The water in the house was not so cool. And she did not want to say, ‘no’ to the great saint.

So she immediately set out for the neighbouring house to fetch water for Swami. The Swami laughed loudly and said, “There is plenty of water in your well. Come with me and I shall show you!”

He then led her to the well and like an innocent child urinated near the well in her very presence. At once water swelled in the well almost to the full. Even today many of his devotees take a look of the celebrated well.

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Om SathGuru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Sri Swami Samarth of Akkalkot


An employee in the royal court of Baroda, one Yashvanta Rao offered to fulfill his wishes, i.e. inviting Swami to Baroda. He approached Swami. The Swami frowned and said, “What is the matter?” Yashvanta Rao did not have the courage to speak out his intent. After a little while the Swami again said cryptically, “Hand-cuffs and lock!” He repeated the words thrice but none understood their significance. After two or three days Yashvanta Rao received urgent summons from the Rajah of Baroda and was put in prison immediately on his return on charges of complicity in a conspiracy against the throne. The cryptic prophecy of the Master was fulfilled to the letter.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Sri Swami Samarth (Akkalkot Maharaj)

Reading the mind. “Now your elders…to scold you.”

There was one incident connected with the Swami’s departure from Mangal Veda in, 1850. The sun was very hot and the Swami was wandering in the outskirts of the town bare-footed. At that moment there were two farmers named Pandarinath and Eknath working in a nearby field. The Swami approached them and asked Pandarinath to give him the shoes he was putting on. Pandarinath gave them away immediately and the Swami quickly walked away with them.

When He was out of sight Eknath said to the other, “You have lent your shoes to that mad man. Now he has gone away. Your elders are sure to take you to task for that!” On hearing that Pandarinath was greatly agitated in his mind. Strangely enough the Swami came there in a moment and, giving back his shoes, said to Pamdarinath, “Now your elders do not have to scold you!” And the Swami left the place immediately. At first the farmers thought that the Swami might have overheard their conversation hiding him nearby. But after a few minutes some travelers coming from Sholapur along the road told them, incidentally, that they met the Swami just two miles outside the city of Sholapur! The Swami never returned to Mangal Vedha ever after.

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Om Sathguru Sri Seshadri Swamigal Thiruvadikkae

Sri Swami Samarth (Akkalkot Maharaj)1

“One should not violate the vows to God and Saints.”

Once a brahmana vowed to offer milk-sweets to the Swami if he was blessed with children. But with the passage of time he forgot all about the vow, although his wish was fulfilled. By the time he again remembered it the Swami already left his earthly abode. The brahmana was very sore and his one strong desire had been, to feed milk sweets to the Swami with his own hands!

But how could he fulfil it now? One night, Swami appeared in his dream and told him that he was living in Kolhapur in the Kumbhar galli (street) in the form of Sri Krishna Saraswathi and that he could fulfil his vow there.

The brahmana visited Sri Krishna Saraswathi and after the proper worship, he was able to feed the sweets to the saint with his own hands!

1(Appeared at Akkalkot on a Wednesday in the month of Aswini (September-October) in the year 1856. Samadhi Mandir & Yoga Peetam – Holy Banyan tree. Akkalkot- a small town-by road from Solapur (Maharashtra) 39 kms. Akkalkot is 10 kms from Akkalkot Road Railway Station, which is on the Mumbai-Chennai Railway line. Few express trains stops there)

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