Shri Madhavnath Maharaj (1857–1936) was a Hindu saint, of Karvi, Chitrakoot, Madhya Pradesh, who continued the Nath Sampradaya of the famous Navnaths in India.
Birth And Early Life
Yogabhyanand Shri Madhavnath Maharaj was born on Shak 1779 Chaitra Shukla Pratipada, i.e. Thursday 26 March 1857 in the family of Shrimati Mathurabai and Shri Malhardada Ratnaparkhi (Kulkarni) in Paangari, a village in Sinnar Taluka, District Nashik.
Shri Madhavnath Maharaj attained spiritual enlightenment in the Balaji temple which contains the samadhi of Shri. Guptanath. After that, Shri Madhavnath Maharaj when thirteen years old went on a journey which would take him to Badri-Kedar, Rameshwaram, the twelve jyotirlingas and thesamadhi sthaan of the Nava Natha's (nine masters). He followed a solitary strict penance for another six years in the Himalayas and attained yogasiddhi. Shri Madhavnath Maharaj then went to Kashi, Amarkantak, Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Khaandwa, Chaalisgaon, Saptashrungi, and many other places where he blessed people and helped them lead a spiritual life. As a result, a vast shishya parampara was established which continues to grow to this day.
Work And Social Influence
Shri Madhavnath Maharaj spread the importance of Yoga and Naamasmaran throughout India.He blessed his followers to build the lakshmi-venkatesh temple at Rangaari, Devgaon in Aurangabad district. Shreenath temple was then built at Thorgavhaan in Jalgaon. With the help of Lakhsmibai halwai Shri Madhavnath Maharaj built the famous Dgadusheth Halwai Datta Mandir in Budhwaar Peth, Pune. Several temples were built in Indore, Trimbakeshwar in Nashik, Akola, Nagpur, Wardha, Hinganghat, Dhaar, Shiraale, Naandgaon, Kashi and other places which helped people attain the spiritual path.
Shri Madhavnath Sanjeevani a spiritual grantha contains the life and times of Shri Madhavnath Maharaj.
Shri Madhavnath Mandir in Indore (M.P.), Nath Mandir at Khatiwada in Nagpur are some of the most important source of spiritual awakening for the Nath Bhaktas. It is also an important source of Nath Sampraday Activities. Shrinath Dutta Mandir at Akola in Maharashtra, is also some of the active centers of Nath Karya.
The Thinking Process of Shri Madhavnath Maharaj
This has happened with almost saints in India that their extra ordinary thoughts were pushed backward in the backdrop of the miracles performed by them. People love to read only about miracles and not about the thoughts. In fact Madhavnath Maharaj always advocated that one should maintain purity in thinking first. Thereafter we should concentrate on out acts. We should see that our acts do not harm anyone nor do our thoughts. Sadguru Shri Madhavnath Maharaj has went on saying that only selfless prayers and services rendered by any man will be answered by the Almighty. People are interested in KRUPA of maharaj. Nobody is interested in Maharaj himself. Let us hope that people do learn something from His thoughts and not from his miracles only.