of the Ganges and the Ocean:
went to Rajkot from Sarangpur at the invitation of Krishnaji Ada.
Ada had invited him to Rajkot to fulfil the wish of Jheena Bhakta,
a saint, from the group of Krishnacharandas Swami. Krishnacharandas
Swami was a favourite disciple of Gunatitanand Swami. The sadhus
of his group had all the attributes of saintliness, but Jheena
Bhakta stood distinct amongst them. He had heard a lot from Krishnaji
Ada and others about the eminence of Swamishri and about his work.
He was naturally anxious to have the darshan of such a supreme
His yearning to have Swamishri's darshan was fulfilled when the
latter arrived in Rajkot. At the very first sight he was drawn
to Swamishri. He was instinctly attached to him. His darshan gave
him immense satisfaction. From Rajkot Swamishri returned to Sarangpur.
The local devotees requested him to build a temple there. In response
to their request, kind-hearted Swamishri purchased the houses
belonging to Peetha Khachar. This news shocked Bheemjibhai Kothari.
But he consoled himself with the thought that, "No temple
can be built by mere purchase of the houses." Now Swamishri
began touring the villages around Sarangpur and in Jhalawad to
spread the gospel of Akshar-Purushottam.
When Shri Jhaverbhai, the Diwan of Limbdi, came to know about
the purchase of the houses by Swamishri, he said to him: "Swamiji!
If you want to build a temple in Sarangpur, I shall request the
Thakor (ruler) and get you the land." Swamishri humbly replied:
"We don't have money. The work at Bochasan, too, is incomplete.
However, if you get us some land, we shall be glad to construct
a small temple thereon."
The Diwan was convinced that Swamishri's purpose could not be
served by a grant of a small piece of land. So he said: "Swamiji,
please ask for more land, and I shall get it for you." Swamiji
then asked for twenty-four acres of land which the Diwan procured
from the ruler of Limbdi and the rest was purchased from Shermiya
The land was thus secured, but to construct a temple on it was
not easy. There was no money, nor did they have enough men, and
there was staunch opposition all around. "These are rebels.
Do not give them food to eat. No support should be given to them,
as these sadhus have revolted against the Acharya and the temple."
Such was the vehement propaganda which the opponents were making
from village to village. They beguiled the ignorant and credulous
people. Some of them did not approach Swamishri out of fear. Even
so, there were some brave devotees who stood by Swamishri's side
against all odds, even at the cost of their lives.
Swamishri's saints were equally tough. They would not be dismayed,
whatever the hardships they might be confronted with. They had
smiles on their faces all the time and lived cheerfully. In the
absence of utensils they cooked khichdi (hotchpotch) in kerosene
tins. At times they could not even get sour butter-milk. They
had to walk a distance of five to six miles to get something in
alms. There was no money in the Kothar. On top of all this, the
opponents uttered discouraging words. Yet they never flinched
from their determination. The opponents would decry, "How
can these fellows build a temple? At best they will only put up
a Thakordwar (small shrine) here." Despite such derisive
utterances these sadhus kept courage. They laboured hard, day
and night, constructing the temple and at times, without enough
food to eat. Still these sadhus were always contented because
of their staunch faith in the Akshar-Purushottam doctrine and
unbounded love for Swamishri.
After sometime Swami Jnanjivandas, the austere and detached saint
of the mandal (group) of Swami Krishnacharandasji of Junagadh,
and other sadhus of that group proceeded from Junagadh to Bochasan
at the inspiration of Shri Krishnaji Ada. While leaving Junagadh
Swami Jnanjivandasji brought from the bhandar (store) his very
dear idol of Harikrishna Maharaj, which was worshipped by Gunatitanand
Swami, the incarnation of eternal Akshar. From Junagadh they first
went to Rajkot and stayed at the house of Ada. Ada called Shastriji
Maharaj to Rajkot. Therefore, Swamishri also arrived in Rajkot.
The sadhus became immensely happy to have Swamishri's darshan.
Then all the saints left for Sarangpur with him.