Shri. Gadge Baba
Saint Shri.Gadge Baba was born,on 23rd February 1876, in a washerman’s family in small village, Shengaon, Maharashtra, India.Saint Shri Gadge Baba,who worked for helpless and needy people.was a great personality of 19th century.
He would were clothes, made of pieces of colorful clothes and tie
his head with a piece of cloth,hence he was also known as Godhadi
Baba.He used to wear leather footwear and always had a bamboo stick in
Once,a sadhu who passing by his farm,who asked Gadge baba if he was the owner of the grains.After listening to that question,Baba realised the true meaning of life.
He was a very ardent devotee of Lord Vitthal (Form of Lord Vishnu) and consistantly chanted his name- Panduranga ! Panduranga !!
Later on,Baba had the base in his teachings as follows-"Cleanliness is Godliness,Give food to the hungry, Give shelter to the needy and Protect the environment".
Gadge Baba,a public teacher,travelled from one place to another
place,with the food pan upturned on his head and carrying his
trademark broom.As soon as he entered a village,he used to clean the
The village people used to pay him for this work and from this collected money,Baba built educational institutions, dharmasalas, hospitals and animal shelters.
He performed “Kirtans”(a form of discourse which includes devotional songs by Saints),in which he advised humanity, compassion etc. In his discourses.he also used Dohas (couplets of a song) by Saint Kabir.Baba also educated people against the blind faiths
As on today the institutions built by him are functioning well.Sadguru Gadage Maharaj College, Karad, Runs Arts & Science Division.affiliated to Shivaji University, and run by "Rayat Shikshan Sanstha", Satara.
This is Best college in Karad Taluka for Graduation and Post graduation in Arts,Commerce, Science. The College offers some other vocational courses and self Finance courses.The University of Amravati was renamed as Sant Gadge Baba university.Government of Maharashtra state runs a village cleaning programme,named after him.
On December 20th,
1956 Gadge Baba,the Great Saint left for his heavenly abode.As on
today there are followers and worshipper of Baba,all over the country
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