Shree Sant Seetarambua Walawalkar
Shree Sant Seetarambua
was born in 1899, in a poor family in Village
Terase Bambarde, Taluka Kudal, District Sindhudurg, the then Sawantwadi State but now
Maharashtra State. He did some elementary schooling upto eleventh standard.
Thereafter for about 8 to 9
years he took small jobs in Textile mills, cloth shops and in Police Department in Mumbai.
but he was not destined for this commoners life. From his childhood, he had
attraction for spiritual life, devotion, Pooja, etc. He would gather colleagues and would
perform Namgajar ( Reciting Gods name loudly and continuously). While working in
Textile mill, he was getting a salary of One Hundred Rupees per month. Since he was not
interested in his own pleasures, he used to distribute all his salary to the poor and
strong urge for God-Realization would arise in him. One such day, he wore a
langoti (a small stripe of cloth to cover private parts) and a
Kafani (a long shirt) and came to Dabhol in Ratnagiri District with his beard
grown and his body smeared with Vibhooti (holy ash) he looked very different.
There he met an old colleague from Police Department. With his help he came to Kondmala, a
village near Chiplun and stayed in the Hanuman Temple.
Seeing this man young in
age and looking extraordinary in that attire and continuously repeating
"Shivam", the villagers were pleasantly surprised and took him to the
great Saint Shree Sant Digambarbaba Wahalkar staying in Datta Mandir in nearby Savarde
Village. Shree Sant Shembekarbua was also present there. Shree Seetarambua started serving
both the Saints and also started serving in the Datta Temple, doing jobs such as cleaning,
washing etc. He lived on alms collected in madhukarni (bhiksha) and stayed in
the Datta Temple. Shree Sant Digambarbaba Wahalkar Maharaj gave him Diksha
Then as per his
preceptors (Shree Digamabarbaba Wahalakr Maharaj) directives he undertook pilgrimage
(visiting sacred places). He visited the holy places like Pandharpur, Akkalkot, Ganagapur
and came to Saikheda on the banks of river Narmada. From there he visited Chitrakoot and
then came to Prayaga. Then he went to Banaras, Gaya and Vaijnath Jyotirling. He
came back to Akkalkot where he was blessed with Divine Darshan of Shree Swami Samarth
Maharaj. Later he returned to Savarde via Kedgaon, Patan and Helwak.
After coming to
Dervan-Savarde he commenced service to Sadguru Shree Digambarbaba Wahalkar Maharaj in
Datta Temple. In 1951, Shree Sant Digambarbaba Wahalkar Maharaj attained
Mahasamadhi (last conscious communion with God). Shree Seetarambua constructed
Samadhi-Mandir (Temple-shrine) of his Sadguru and a small Muth to
Shree Sant Seetarambua was
well built and six feet high. He was well accustomed to hard work. His service to Sadguru
included hard physical labour such as farming, breaking stones for construction work etc.
He was a calibate (Brahmachari) and looked radiant.
He was very kind hearted.
Nobody had ever seen him loosing temper. After getting initiated from his Sadguru he spent
every moment of his life and used every bit of his well built physique in serving his
Sadgurus cause, in meditaion, in devotion and spiritual pursuit. It was totally a
dedicated life. He knew some rare herbal medicines and was well versed in Mantra-Sadhana
also. He utilised these skills selflessly in ameliorating the woes of the poor. His
life was a beacon of dedicated spiritual life.
More than 40 years passed
like this. In order that Shree Sant Seetarambua should not suffer hardship in his old age
in pursuing his spiritual path and also enable young devotees to learn lessons from his
totally dedicated life, Shree Vitthalrao Ganesh Joshi alias Shree Digambardas Maharaj
established a Seva Mandal in Mumbai in 1958 which later served as stepping stone for the
formation of Shree Sant Seetarambua Charitable Trust
after the Mahasamadhi (last conscious communion with God) of Shree Sant Seetarambua
Maharaj on January 18, 1969.
Revered Shree Sant
Seetarambua was a great Saint in the Parampara (tradition) of Shree Akkalkot Swami Samarth
Maharaj. The Muth (temple-shrine) of Dervan is named
after him and the Trust also started in his name work for the cause cherished by him
namely his selfless service for the down trodden.
In Shree Sant
Seetarambuas case the saying "One lamp lights the others"
The dictum of Shree Samarth
Maraave Pari Kirti Roope Ooraave
(One is remembered
after ones death by the good deeds done by him) holds good in respect of
Shree Sant Seetarambua Maharaj.
salutations to this great Saint!