Shri Brahmachaitanya Gondavalekar Maharaj was born in the village of Gondavale budruk, Taluka Maan, District Satara, Maharasthtra.
Maharaj was born at 9.30 am, on Wednesday, 19th February 1845 (Magh Shudh Dwadashi i.e. 12th day of the lunar month of Magh, according to the Hindu lunar almanac). He was named 'Ganpati' as he was born. He was a devotee of Shriram.
At a young age he went away from house in search of a Guru. He was fortunate to meet several Saints and learned persons. Finally, he came in contact with Shri Tukamai, from a village Yehel, in Marathwada, who accepted him as his disciple.
After a good spiritual practise Tukamai named him as 'Brahmachaitanya'. Shri Brahmachaitanya later on came back to his village and spent his rest life in spreading the name of Shriram and building his temples.
As per the advise of his Guru, he lived a simple life and taught the people in a simple language the attaining of the Supreme God by living the routine life.
He had several good qualities and he with the learned people he used to discuss the significance of chanting God's Name while performing of Vedic rituals.
Maharaj Temple at Gondavale
In the 19th and early 20th century India was undergoing an enormous change in its educational system and its political and religious beliefs. The entire social structure was shaken and the age-old values were getting lost in Modern Times.
This state of affairs of instability in every walk of life brought about renaissance in political thinking, education, abolition of Caste System and more importantly in spiritual thinking.
In India, this period of approximately hundred and fifty years saw luminous Spiritual Masters. The Gurus and Saints of different religions worked silently in and through the masses for spiritual uplifting and realization of the 'Ultimate Truth'.
The sanctum of the Temple
Shri Gondavalekar Maharaj was one of such galaxy of saints. He did specific work for spiritual uplifting through an ancient but re-defined Sadhana (spiritual practice) of 'Namasmaran' (Chanting of Holy Name).
His family members were devotees of Shri Vitthal and used to regularly undertake the 'Wari' of Pandharpur. Wari means the yearly pilgrimage from Alandi to Pandharpur, attended by thousands of devotees.
Protection and donation of cows, donation of food to the needy and the various pilgrimages undertaken by him are the highlighting features of Gondavalekar Maharaj's life.
Satguru Godavlekar Maharaj Upasana
1- Satguru Godavlekar Maharaj Shri. Ram Mantra
SHRI RAM JAY RAM JAI JAI RAM
2- Satguru Godavlekar Maharaj Shloka
JAYACHA JANI JANMA NAMARTHA ZALA
JAYANE SADA VAASA NAMATA KELA
JAYACHE MUKHI SARVADA NAMAKIRTI
NAMASKAR TYA BRAHMACHAITANYAMOORTY ❘ ❘
❘ ❘JAY JAY RAGHUVEER SAMARTHA ❘ ❘