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Bhumanand Swami was a sincere and devoted person. He was also a great poet and composed many kirtans about Bhakti. He was persuaded by a friend to go to Gadhada to find the Lord.

Before Bhumanand Swami became a saint, he was known as Rupjibhai. He lived in Vadhvan. For many years Rupjibhai had secretly wished to meet God, but that wish had not yet been fulfilled. Once one of his friends, Dhanbhai, said “Rupji, everyone knows of your devotion and your kirtans, but you know it is all worthless until you find God.” Dhanbhai knew of Rupji’s secret desire and he wanted to tease Rupji a little. “Do not misunderstand me Rupji but you are wasting your time singing infront of that picture! Why don’t you go see God Himself?” “Have you gone mad? Why do you say such things?” replied Rupjibhai. “Well it is true, if you want to see God then you have to go and meet Him yourself”. Rupjibhai hesitated, “Oh you make it sound so simple, as if God is in the next village!” Dhanbhai encouraged him further, “Very well, don’t listen to me. But I just thought that you may be interested in going to Gadhada, you might find Him there.”

Rupjibhai liked the idea and came to Gadhada. Making his way through the crowd, Rupjibhai tried to find his way to Dada Khachar’s Darbar. Alone and tired, he wondered if the Lord was really going to be present. Just then he saw the figure of Shreeji Maharaj on a horse. Rupjibhai followed the procession to Laxmi Vadi, where Maharaj called him and said, “Rupjibhai, how much longer will you hide in your small corner? Come out and let people know your greatness.” There on, Rupjibhai went on to become a saint and was ordained to be named Bhumanand Swami.

The mere sight of the Lord in Gadhada inspired Bhumanand Swami to write great kirtans, however, his verses always carried a tinge of loneliness. From this incident we can only imagine how great the beautiful Darshan of Shreeji Maharaj was, indeed it must have been a true divine sight! Swami wrote the well known thaal that is sung everyday, “Jamo thaal jivan jau vaari.”


Devanand Swami was named Devidan at birth. His father was Jijibhai and his mother’s name was Bahenjiba of Barol. He was born on Kartik Sud Purnima Vikram Samvat 1859 (1803 AD). Right from an early age, Jijibhai taught good sanskars to his son. Devidan watched and accompanied his father perform his morning worship to Lord Shiva. Once, on instruction from his father, who had gone out of town, he performed worship and pleased Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva hinted to Devidan that Lord Purshottam Narayan will come to his village. Devidan was only five years old at the time. As Lord Shiva said, Maharaj was on His way back from Jetalpur while passing through the village of Barol. He was offered Thuli (wheat flake) and milk. Maharaj rolled up His sleeves and started eating as the villagers watched. Devidan stared at Maharaj, suddenly Maharaj started to lick the milk off His elbow with His tongue. The villagers were stunned to see this miracle. Suddenly Maharaj’s eye made contact with Devidan’s eyes and shock-waves ran through Devidan’ body. Devidan fell at Maharaj’s feet and asked if he could accompany Maharaj. With the consent of his parents, Maharaj took Devidan along with Him, and entrusted him to the care of Brahmanand Swami. Later on Maharaj initiated him and named Abheydanand Swami, though he became known as Devanand Swami.

Under Brahmanand Swami’s care he learnt Pingal Shastra and music. He attained the highest level within a short period of time. Soon he started playing and composing his own kirtans and singing them. His singing was very attractive; he had the ability to sing at different tunes and had a sweet voice. His kirtans concentrated on renunciation, reflection of the world in the correct perspective and inspiration for people to follow the path of righteousness. He took over the Mahant hood of Muli temple from Brahmanand Swami and ensured that the activities of the temple flourished. He left this world for Akshardham in Vikram Samvat 1910.