About Shri Akkalkot Swami Samarath Maharaj
Shree Akkalkot Swami Samarth Maharaj is known as an incarnation of the divine personality Shrimad Narasimha Saraswati Maharaj. It is believed that a woodcutter accidently stroke his axe on an anthill where Shree Narshimha Saraswati Maharaj who was performing his penance for last 300 years. Suddenly he noticed blood stains on his axe. He started clearing that anthill and saw that a yogi was performing his penance. He started shivering out of fear. The Yogi came out from Samadhi calmly and told the woodcutter that – “The time of resuming my spiritual mission has come – it is the wish of the god.” That Yogi was none other than Almighty Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj! The wound left scars on his thigh which was noticed as permanent mark by many of his close attendants.
About Shree Vamanbua Ravaji Vamorikar
Shree Vamanbua Vamorikar was one of the passionate disciples of Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj. An incident took place in Vadodara proving this fact. Vamanbua’s health started deteriorating when he was in Vadodara. He was suffering from many diseases. During this period he also tried to contact Swamiji by sending letters to convey his condition, but Vamanbua did not receive any reply from him. Extremely exhausted by the pain, he decided to take Jala samadhi in a lake called Sursagar at Mid-night. When he was about to take plunge in Sursagar, at the very same instance Almighty Shree Swami Samarth Maharaj appeared in front of him!He slapped him and said, “You Fool! One has to undergo all the sufferings predetermined by his fate. Instead of going in Sahaj samadhi ,why would you prefer Jala samadhi ?
Shree Vasudev Raoji (alias Bhau) Kaduskar was the founder of Shree Swami Samarth Math. There is a great secret associated with the establishment of this Math. Shree Bhau wanted to have an eviction of Shree Swami’s presence at Sursagar. On a divine indication, that there are two idols above the temple of Tarkeshwar Mahadev, he went there and brought both the idols down. But as a part of celestial miracle one of the idols was cracked!! The holy sound came from un-cracked idol that “I do present in this idol.” Hence, it was decided to establish the other idol at the same place where Swami Samarth Maharaj appeared. The same thing was elaborated by Shree Vasudev Raoji Kaduskar to Shrimant Maharaja Gaekwad (Baroda) who kindly agreed to donate the idol of Swami Samarth Maharaj for this Shree Akkalkot Swami Samarth Maharaj Math, Vadodara.