First Akshar-Purushottam Temple in Bochasan:
the continuous harassment of the opponents the foundation stone
laying ceremony of the Bochasan temple was performed without any
difficulty. Then began the digging of the foundations. Swamishri
himself and all the saints and devotees joined in this service
enthusiasm. The disciples delayed
their farming operations
for over six months and offered the service of their oxen, carts,
etc., for the work of the temple.
One day while digging the foundation, they came across a treasure
consisting of pots of golden coins. The devotees took the pots
to Swamishri. Being utterly free from any lure for wealth, Swamishri
at once replied: " We shall install an idol of Lakshmi (Goddess
of wealth) here. She will bring here the wealth of the entire
universe. So let this wealth remain buried." With these remarks
he had the pots buried again. The siddhis (wealth) were refused.
Swamishri was carrying on the construction work of the Bochasan
temple depending on the services of the devotees and the grace
of Shriji Maharaj.
The opponents now tried to win over Heerabhai by offering him
a bribe of five thousand rupees. But Heerabhai was already won
over. He bluntly retorted: "It is a matter of pride that
a temple is being built in my village. Since Swamishri has given
me a new life and made a true man out of me, I consider him to
be my guru. I shall spend this money you are offering me in such
work as Swamishri directs. Give it to me if you are agreeable.
I am not a cheat who would turn against his guru by accepting
They were all stupefied to hear this. Besides, Heerabhai lashed
out a threat at them, "Whosoever obstructs the construction
of this temple, I shall teach him a lesson. Let the valiant come
forward." Hearing this challenge, the opponents lost whatever
lingering courage they had.
The day for installing the idols, the tenth day of the bright
half of Vaishakh of samvat year 1963, was drawing near. All were
extremely jubilant. The idols of Akshar and Purushottam were to
be installed in this universe at the hands of such a param-ekantik
(God- intoxicated) saint as Swamishri. Preparations for the festival
were going ahead on a large scale. As a precautionary measure
Heerabhai had posted all around the place about two thousand Dharala
(low-caste) volunteers so that no one would venture to create
After the sacrificial rites were over, the idol of Shriji Maharaj
was lifted and installed in the central shrine of the temple.
The people then began to lift the idol of Gunatitanand Svvami.
But the idol of Swami would not budge at all. This idol was relatively
lighter in weight than that of Shriji Maharaj. How was it then
that it could not be moved? Was Swami testing them? All were exhausted.
They went to Swamishri and informed him about it. He immediately
went to the sacrificial ground and standing before the idol of
Gunatitanand Swami, prayed : ''Oh Swami! For your sake we have
left Vadtal and suffered insults and scorn. Please therefore have
mercy on us and take your rightful seat in the temple."
Having said this, he pushed a chisel under the idol, and the idol
at once moved and could soon be lifted. It was then installed
in the main wing of the temple beside that of Shriji Maharaj.
Consecration of the idols was performed by the auspicious hands
of Swamishri amidst resounding slogans of victory of Akshar-Purushottam.
Thus the promise given by Shriji Maharaj to Kashidas to build
a temple in Bochasan was fulfilled through Swamishri. The true
upasana (worship) of Akshar and Purushottam was idolised!