To the north of Pune there is a village by the name of Dehu where Tukaram Maharaj’s ancestors lived. They belonged to the More dynasty whose family deity was Vithoba. Maharaj’s father’s name was Bolhoba. He carried on his domestic life with absolute faith on Vithala. He had three sons, Savji, Tukaram and Kanhoba. After attaining youth, Maharaj followed the family business as a trader very efficiently. Maharaj’s parents passed away when he was seventeen years old. His kin Savji’s wife’s passing away made him disinterested in worldly things. Therefore the entire burden of running the family fell on Maharaj. During the same period, there was a great famine and his first wife succumbed to death. The second wife of Maharaj was Karkasha. As a result of all this Maharaj became very disinterested in everything. He began liking solitude. He started going to a mountain top Bambanath (Bhandara) near Dehu for meditation and contemplation. He divided the business and gave one half to his younger brother and relinquished the remaining half. All his time was devoted in the contemplation of knowledge of Self. Now all his time was turned towards Bhajans of the Lord. Once when he was in such a state, Namdev Maharaj appeared in his dream and instructed him to compose Abhangs.
Maharaj also started doing Kirtans. Listening to his Kirtans, the devotees became very dispassionate in their minds and even the evil minded people’s hearts started melting and leaving aside their evil paths, they took to noble deeds. Soon, Maharaj’s fame started spreading far and wide and devotees started coming from distant lands for his darshan.
Maharaj’s selflessness, unselfishness, saintliness spread all over. This reached the ears of Shivaji Maharaj. In order to have his darshan, Shivaji Maharaj sent a grand invitation to Tukaram Maharaj. But Tukaram Maharaj sent a reply refusing the invitation sent by Shivaraya. Reading his reply Shivaraya became anxious to meet Tukaram Maharaj. Shivaraya used to frequently go to listen to Tukaram Maharaj’s Kirtans. As a result dispassion arose in the mind of Shivarya but later in one Kirtan Tukaram Maharaj narrated about Karmakaand and explained the importance of performing one’s ordained duties. Taking the Prasad and blessings of Tukaram Maharaj Shivaraya returned to his capital.
A memorial has been built in Dehu to commemorate the spiritual journey of Sant Tukaram Maharaj . The temple has two life size elephants at the entrance. A flight of stairs leads to the ground floor, a huge polygonal hall with all of its walls containing the Tukaram Gatha inscripted on its walls. The higher part of the walls have paintings from the Dashavatara of Lord Vishnu on which are based many of the Abhangs of Tukaram.
Saraswati Raman, a Sahaja yogi, lives in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Gifted with a spiritual bent mind, an uncanny intuition, and an extreme sensitivity, Saraswati is able to bring her abilities to pen down a few remarkable books on the evolution of the human being through energizing of the subtle energy centers in the human being. Saraswati Raman took up Sahaja yoga ﬁfteen years ago, and her life changed dramatically. She was cured of schizophrenia, her career got uplifted, and she completed her MBA in ﬁnance and an MD in alternative medicine.
Other books written by her are the following:  The Mystery of Sound  Incarnations: Steps to Momentum in Human Evolution  Sahaja Yoga: An Experiential Treatise  Sahaja Yoga: The Secret to Self-unfoldment and Transformation – Contact author through [email protected]