Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati visit Baba

Reproduced from The Harmonist, 2001 and 2003 Dol Purnima issues

Om Vishnupad 108 Tridandi Swami Sri Srimat Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Goswami Maharaj ki Jai!


One Sunday evening in 1998 or 1999, when the Delhi ashram was located in Chittaranjan Park, Baba instructed the ashram sevaks to prepare a grand feast on the following day, a Monday, as he was expecting some very special guests for prasad.  He himself set the menu for the prasad. Everyone wondered who those special guests might be for whom Baba appeared so concerned.

The next morning all preparations were ready by 11 o’clock in the morning. The air was thick with anticipation. Baba seemed restless as he waited for the mysterious guests.

Just then the arrival of a couple was announced and Baba welcomed them at the door. They were ushered into Baba’s room and offered chairs to sit (normally everyone sat on the carpet on the floor). The man, who was tall and well built, as Baba himself described, declined the chair and sat himself without hesitation, beside Baba on the bed. The lady sat on one of the chairs.

Soon the man, who called himself Mahesh, took out a pouch and produced some rare and exquisite shaligrams and offered them to Baba.  Coincidentally, Baba had been expressing a desire to acquire some shaligrams just a few days before. One by one, He handed over 167 shaligram shilas to Baba, describing each one and explaining their individual names.

After that, Baba requested the visitors to have some prasad before leaving. The lady begged to be excused saying it being a Monday, she was fasting on that day. Baba said that having come to his ashram they could not leave without having some prasad, upon which her husband also persuaded her to agree.

Relenting, the lady expressed the wish to first take a bath. She was taken into the adjoining bathroom and came out in a short while, dressed in a different saree! Everyone was surprised as no one had seen her carry a change of clothes.

Then the "man" also washed his hands and they both had a little prasad. After that they stepped into the balcony adjoining the main darshan room and disappeared !!

When the attendants ran to Baba and reported that the guests could not be found, He laughed heartily and revealed their true identifies.

They were none other than Lord Shiva and Devi Parvati !!



Jai Guru !!