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RadhaKrishna Maai's Advent In Shirdi

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We got introduced to the early life of Radha-Krishna Maai and saw the harsh life she led. In today's post, we shall now see her advent in Shirdi.
It was an evening of the year 1907 when Sai Baba had returned after meditation from Lendibaug. He was sitting with His hand resting on the railing of Dwarkamai. The sun was about to set, and the villagers of Shirdi were retiring from their works and heading to their homes. Baba noticed someone clad in white clothes nearing Dwarkamai. He could not take His eyes off from the person. As the person was approaching near, He figured out that it was a woman. Is she a homemaker, or is she a saint, she was still a mystery. She adorned white saree and had a Jholi on her shoulder. With Ektara in one hand and a pair of Kartaal in the other, she had applied a tilak of abil (white powder) as per Madhav Sampradaay. While bracelets made of Tulsi adorned both her wrists, a neckpiece made of small Tulsi beads ornamented her neck. Her hairs reached her knees. Though her outward condition was not up to the mark, her appearance was awe-inspiring.

As she reached Dwarkamai, the lady put down her belongings, and without climbing the steps of the Masjid, she bowed down her head to the earth and folded her hands in reverence to Sai Baba. She took out the idol of Radha-Krishna from her bag, gathered two bricks, placed a clean cloth above it and installed the idol on it. Stationing herself there, she took her musical instruments and started singing bhajan's composed by Meera.
Raam Naam Mere Man Basiyo, Rasiyo Raam Rijhaau O Sai
Main Mand Abhaagan, Param Abhaagan, Kirat Kaise Gaau O Sai
Birah Pinger Ki Baad Sakhi Ri, Uthkar Ji Huslaau O Sai
Man Ku Maaru Saaju Satguru Su, Doormat Door Gamaau O Sai
Ramakadu Naan Surat Ki Dori, Kadiya Prem Chadhaau O Sai
Prem Ko Dhol Banyo Ati Bhaari, Magan Hoy Gun Gaau O Sai
Tan Karu Taal, Man Karu Dhapali, Soti Surati Jagaau O Sai
Mo Abla Par Kripa Kijiye, Gun Govind Kaa Gaau O Sai
Meera Ke Prabhu Girdhar Naagar, Raj Charanan Ki Paau O Sai


राम नाम मेरे मन बसियो, रसियो राम रिझाऊं ए माय।
मैं मंदभागण परम अभागण, कीरत कैसे गाऊं ए माय॥
बिरह पिंजरकी बाड़ सखी री, उठकर जी हुलसाऊं ए माय।
मनकूं मार सजूं सतगुरसूं, दुरमत दूर गमाऊं ए माय॥
डंको नाम सुरतकी डोरी, कड़ियां प्रेम चढ़ाऊं ए माय।
प्रेम को ढोल बन्यो अति भारी, मगन होय गुण गाऊं ए माय॥
तन करूं ताल मन करूं ढफली, सोती सुरति जगाऊं ए माय।
निरत करूं मैं प्रीतम आगे, तो प्रीतम पद पाऊं ए माय॥
मो अबलापर किरपा कीज्यौ, गुण गोविन्दका गाऊं ए माय।
मीराके प्रभु गिरधर नागर, रज चरणनकी पाऊं ए माय॥


Pain laced her soothing voice, and a wide range of emotions poured into her songs. Her songs enchanted the villagers returning homes as they sat listening to her losing track of time. They gathered in and around Dwarkamai listening to the bhajan's until it was pitch dark. The mesmerizing words and music flowing from the lady engrossed them. Sai Baba also sat listening to her songs leaning on His bolster, while Mahlasapati and Tatya Kote Patil listened with rapt attention. Finally, the sweet mesmerizing voice and the fingers playing Ektara stopped as the lady went into an emotional trance, but her voice echoed in listeners' for long. The lady then came out of the trance at late night, Baba blessed her and said, "See, that school is vacant, go there and live".

Some years after Sai Baba came to Shirdi, educating kids of the village was done in a vacant cottage opposite Dwarkamai. Madhav Rao Deshpande, alias Shama, who was attracted to Baba and became his disciple, used to teach in the school. He often visited Dwarkamai to share puffs of smoke with Baba, which allowed him to build a relationship with Baba. Later on, the school moved to another location; however, girls' school was still conducted in the same school as Dwarkamai, which was closed later on. The lady then occupied that cottage, and it got transformed into "Meera's holy place".

Sundarabai's love and devotion towards Radha Krishna were unfathomable, and for the same reason villagers of Shirdi started calling her "RadhaKrishna Maai". Baba used to call her "RadhaKrishni". On the very first day of her arrival in Shirdi, she had called herself as "Mand Abhaagan, Param Abhaagan", so Baba at times used to call her "Avdasha" (meaning - a female whose condition is not good). Eventually, everyone forgot her original name, and she became famous as "RadhaKrishna Maai."
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RadhaKrishna Maai stayed in Shirdi for a decade*. From cleaning the path to active participation in Ramanavami celebrations, she was instrumental in many reforms in Shirdi.

RadhaKrishna Maai's Appearance and Cottage

RadhaKrishna Maai would wear clothes made of thick fabric and always kept them clean. Most of the times she left her hair loose without combing them, and rarely would tie them. She had a bright and white mosquito net hanging above the bed in her cottage and covered her bedding with a clean sheet. The idol of RadhaKrishna adorned the wooden shrine. Two pictures of Baba were placed on either side of the idol, and she always decorated them with flower garlands weaved by her. She kept embroidered pillows at both the ends. Among the two pictures of Baba, He was sitting on a stone in one, and the other one was Him in sitting posture. She had one more picture of Baba, wherein He was leaning on the wall holding His Kafni. So in all, there were three pictures of Baba in RadhaKrishna Maai's cottage. The image of Baba in a sitting posture was a rare one. So, the devotees visiting Shirdi made it a point to visit her cottage and take darshan of it. Baba also used to test His devotees by asking if they had gone to the school or not? By school, He meant RadhaKrishna Maai's cottage! Two books were always present in the cottage. One had Abhangs of Saint Tukaram published by Nirnay Sagar Press of Mumbai. The other one was a Marathi book of poems and songs composed by one of the premier poet Jaydev.

RadhaKrishna Maai cooked only once in the morning while preparing breakfast for Baba. She did not have hassles of cooking in the later part of the day as Baba would send a portion from His lunch as Prasad for her afternoon meals. At night Kakasaheb Dixit, Bapusaheb Buti, or other devotees would bring their food and share it with RadhaKrishna Maai. Thus she had the proximity of singing bhajans and playing Ektara the whole day.

People of Shirdi would hear her melodious voice throughout the day. She continued to play Ektara till midnight. After this, she would go to the well behind Dixit Wada and draw water to fill two pots of Dwarkamai. She used it to clean Dwarkamai, Chavadi, and the path towards Lendibaug and sprinkled water on it. Thus, she worked the entire night and did not rest even for a while. Though she had no money, the credit of beautifully maintaining and decorating Dwarkamai and Chavadi goes to her. Baba never cared for the dilapidated condition of the Masjid. When devotees came to Him and expressed their wish to perform repairs to the Masjid, He would point them to ShaniDev and Hanumanji's temples and get them repaired but considered no request to restore the Masjid. However, RadhaKrishna Maai did the laborious task of embedding stones in the Masjid on her own labour with other devotees' help in 1911. For this, she joined hands with other devotees arranged for raw material - sand, whitewash, etc., brought them on their heads and completed the work when Baba used to sleep in Chavadi.
Shej (Night) aarti was started by RadhaKrishna Maai from Thursday, December 9, 1909, when Baba used to go to Chavadi to sleep every alternate day. Similarly, she started the Kakad (Morning) Arti at 5 a.m. as well. Before she came to Shirdi, Madhyayan (noon) Arti was already being done to Baba and Tatyasaheb Noolkar would wave aarti to Baba till 1910. After him, Megha started doing the same until his demise in the year 1912. This responsibility was then dedicatedly carried on by Bapusaheb Jog till Baba's Samadhi.
Let us now see how RadhaKrishna Maai served Baba in her unique ways in detail.

Before RadhaKrishna Maai came to Shirdi, a devotee named Balajirao Nevasikar had totally surrendered himself to Baba, and he took care of cleaning Masjid, Chavadi, and the path leading to Lendibaug. Later on, RadhaKrishna Maai took over the responsibility. Not only this, she started many rituals for celebrating various festivals, and her contribution to decorating Shirdi was commendable. She erected a Bamboo fence on either side of the path leading to Lendibaug, planted creepers on it, watered them, and regularly took care of their growth. Thus, she engaged herself in various tasks in Shirdi and forgot her pain.

RadhaKrishna Maai was revered by devotees who came to Shirdi and localities as well. Everyone was eager to follow her instructions as orders. Cleaning the paths, removing dirt, pebbles and dropping of animals and children from the course, digging pits, planting saplings, layering the floor with cow dung, soaking mud, cutting wood, cleaning chandeliers, mopping in the Masjid, making flowers from colourful papers and making buntings of them, cleaning signs of processions coming to Shirdi, arranging and decorating cradle of Shri Ram for nine days during Ramnavami festival, celebrating the birth of Lord Krishna during Gokul Ashtami, etc. were the responsibilities that were led by her with the help of other devotees. On Ramnavami day, Baba used to distribute a handful of prasad of Panjari to devotees. Panjari made with dried ginger powder, dill seeds, poppy seeds, coconut, and ajwain (carom seeds) prepared by her for which she would start dry roasting all the ingredients many days before the festival.

In those times, there was no concrete courtyard of Dwarkmai. She made a partition of Bamboo sticks. She would layer it with cow dung every day and kept it clean. Vamanrao Patel, a solicitor, stayed in Shirdi in the year 1916 for six months. He used to share the responsibilities of RadhaKrishna Maai. Though he was a successful solicitor, he would help RadhaKrishna Maai and did not hesitate in taking up any petty tasks on his shoulders. He did everything, taking it as a kind of service to Baba.

In next post, we shall see the powers RadhaKrishna Maai possessed to prove that she was a true Yogini and prominent devotee of Sai Baba.

*As per Maa Vinny Chituluri's research, RadhaKrishna Maai lived in Shirdi for eight years and she did not cook for Baba, instead Baba would send a share of His food as Prasad. The above story has been translated from Sai Sarovar book and the information contained herein is deviating from facts on the internet and cannot be confirmed.

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