Birth of lord Baba Ramdevji
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Baba Ramdevji is a folk deity and a Tanwar-Rajput of Rajasthan in India, who is considered an incarnation of lord Krishna. He is worshipped by each community especially in Rajasthan. Muslims worship him as Ramshah Pir. He is said to have had miraculous powers, and his fame reached far and wide and was confirmed by Peers of Mecca. Baba Ramdevji is a saint of the fourteenth century who devoted his life for the upliftment of the downtrodden. He is often depicted on a horseback. His is worshipped by the Hindus and Muslims. The five Peers from Mecca came to test Baba Ramdev’s powers and after being convinced, paid their homage to him. Since then Muslims venerate him as Ram Shah Peer or Ramapeer. Several Rajasthani fairs and festivals are held to commemorate him.
In Rajasthan Meghwal's chief deity is Baba Ramdevji. Baba Ramdevji believed in the equality of all human beings, be they high or low, rich or poor. He helped the down-trodden by granting them their wishes.
Birth of lord Baba Ramdevji
The king of Pokran or Pokhran, a city and a municipality located in Jaisalmer district in the Indian state of Rajasthan, had no sons. His name was Ajmal and his wife, Rani Mainade, was the daughter of the king of Jaisalmer. The king Ajmal was the devotee of lord Krishna. Once day the king was on a tour of his kingdom. On his tour, he met a few farmers who were going to sow seeds. On seeing the king, they began to return back to their homes. The king surprised and asked farmers the reason for their behavior. The farmers told the king that they believed that seeing a barren king's face while on their way to their fields may cause their crops to fail, and therefore they wanted to return to their homes. King Ajmal became very sad on hearing this. Being a devotee of lord Krishna, the king decided to go to the Lord's palace in Dwarika.
When he reached Dwarka he started to pray Lord Krishna in front of Krishna’s idol. The idol in the temple, which obviously would not reply as it was made of a stone. He got angry and he threw a dried laddu at the head of the idol. The priest of the temple, considering the king to be mad advised him that if he really wanted to meet lord Krishna he would have to jump into the sea to meet the lord. The king dived into the sea to meet the Lord, not caring for his life that he will be drowned or even die. He saw the Golden Dwarka in the sea and also saw Lord Shree Krishna. Pleased at the king's dedication and faith, the Lord granted him a boon. He granted him his wish for a son and gave him a flower, but the king wanted a son like none other then the Lord himself in which case Krishna had no alternative but to take birth himself. Lord Krishna gave him another flower and promised that he will take birth at the appropriate time as his younger son. Lord Krishna also told him the names of his sons, older one as Viramdev and younger son as Ramdev. After ten months the queen gave birth to a son. He was named ‘Viramdev’. Then on Thursday in the year 1405A.D, Lord Krishna arrived in the form of an infant. This infant was named Ramdev.
A large fair is held in Ramdevra attended by thousands of devotees from far and wide. It is held from Bhadon Sudi 2 (Beej) to 11 (Ekadashi) (in the months August to September). They pay their homage by singing psalms and devotional songs in praise of Baba Ramdev. Baba Ramdevji took samadhi on Bhadrapada Shukla Ekadashi at the age of 33 years. Dalibai, his dedicated follower is also buried near his grave.All paintings are courtesy of Art of Legend India.