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Sundari Bai Kshirsagar, one of the early and prominent devotees of Sai Baba was born in the year 1882 and got married at the age of 17 in the year 1899. Fate turned and her husband died on the eighth day of their wedding. The emotional turmoil due to the death of her husband turned Sundari Bai towards spirituality. She reached the land of Shirdi and got the name “RadhaKrishna Maai” from Sai Baba as she had a nine-inch tall brass idol of Radha Krishna and used to sing Bhajans.

The following has been quoted in Shri Sai Satcharitra:

Woman and wealth are the two main obstacles in the way of our Paramartha (spiritual life) and Baba had provided in Shirdi two institutions, viz. Dakshina and Radhakrishnamai for, whenever they came to Him, He demanded Dakshina from them and asked them to go to the ‘SCHOOL’ (Radhakrishnamai’s house). If they stood these two tests well, i.e. if they showed that, they were free from attachment for woman and wealth, their progress in spirituality was rapid and assured by Baba’s grace and blessings.

Sundari Bai was the daughter of Shakuntala Bai Kshirsagar, unfortunately, no reference about her father is available. When she attained the age of 17, she was married to the son of Dahithankar family who hailed in Thane district. As per the tradition, she was brought back to her parents’ place the next day of the marriage. Before she left for her in-laws home, her husband died. Thus before she starts her life, it was ruined and she was left all alone. She was emotionally broken and her world had shattered to the core.

She was educated in Ahmednagar. She was well versed in Sanskrit and music giving her a tint of knowledge and celibacy. She was much interested in Jnaneshwari Geeta and Abhangs by Tukaram. However, all this was not helpful to her to come out of the grief of her husband’s death. She lost her balance and control. Instead of healing, her wounds took to worse turn. Her relatives decided to send her to her maternal uncle Vishwanath Deshpande’s house for a change in the environment. She used to read Jnaneshwari Geeta and other religious scriptures the whole day isolating herself in a room. She had memorized Abhangs of Saint Tukaram in such a way that she could interlink any situation and start singing bhajan after composing it on the spot. Many times she got engrossed in singing and playing Ektara. It resulted in losing her balance and she will start shouting, “If you had to leave alone so soon, then why did you marry me at all. I wont marry anyone else now.” In this way, she will keep calling her husband back losing all senses. In this way, she spent about three years wailing about her husband’s death.

The Incredible Moment

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when his/her life takes a complete turn and adds meaning to life. That moment leads to a divine path and the same happened with Sundari Bai one night in the year 1902 when she started from her maternal uncle’s house never to return. She was devoted by heart and a strong desire to attain mortification arouse in her. She proceeded towards the Himalayas and took “Ayaachak” vrat which meant not to ask anything from anyone, not to touch currencies, not to possess or store anything, etc. She didn’t bother about food, if she got anything she would eat, if not then also she did not care. She ate mud, leaves, and droppings of animals. If someone buys a ticket, she traveled on the train, otherwise, she will walk distances. She did not care about the villages, open fields, forests, hills, valleys, rivers, etc. She only knew to move forward. She roamed like this for the next five years and visited Chaar Dhaams, inclusive of many other pilgrimages. This travel allowed her to meet hundreds of saints and Mahatmas. She also acquired many Siddhis and finally at the age of 25, in the year 1907, she came to the refuge of Sai Baba in Shirdi.

Vinny Maa has shared a very interesting video about RadhaKrishna Maai’s life, which is shared below. Please feel free to share this post with your friends and family and also subcribe to the youtube channels (links provided at the end of the post)

Sai Baba’s Devotee Speaks Sai Yug Network

Source: Translated from Sai Sarovar

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  1. Thanks for the research done and the wonderful writeup. Blessed are we the readers because of your efforts 🙏

  2. Sai Ram,give me peace, mind and energies to help needy and let me be Dhanyajeevi, Loka samasta sukhinobhavantu

  3. Om Sai Ram 🙏🏻 Baba please save my husband, you know everything about him please make him happy and what he expects please give your blessings, please we want peaceful life Baba please save our family

  4. I dont have life without Sai. Really you did a great research on Sai devotees and enlighten our hearts with their devotion and dedication.

  5. Bless us Baba…let my husband's troubled mind calm down and be at peace…please Baba help him realise your divinity so that his agitated mind calms down…help me Baba…

  6. 🙏🌺🙏 Om Sairam 🙏🌺🙏
    Baba please take care of every devotee. Keep us all healthy and safe.

  7. Baba bless my daughter and cure her OCD and her BPD. Make her mind calm of anxiety and remove her panic attacks and her ticks
    Make her happy

  8. Om Sai Sai!
    Baba please bless everyone and give everyone good health. We love you so much 💓 Thank you for everything ❤

  9. Om Sai Sai!
    Baba please bless everyone and give everyone good health. We love you so much 💓 Thank you for everything ❤

  10. Sri Sai, Jai Sai, Jai Jai Sai..! Sai Bless all the loved souls and fulfill all their wishes and desires. You're a kind mother and protector. Our koti koti pranams at your lotus feet.

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