Parsi Miracle in the Court of Akbar (Post No.10,597)


Post No. 10,597

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Parsi Miracle in the Court of Akbar

Parsis are proud of Dastur Meherji Rana (1536-1591) who expounded the Zoroastrian religion at the court of Akbar, and invested the emperor with the two great symbols of the faith, the Sudra and the Kushti. Dastur Meherji Rana participated in the religious debates held at Fatehpur Sikri. He also installed the sacred fire with due Zoroastrian rites. The fire was placed in charge of Shaikh Abul Fazal, the court historian, who was commanded never to let it go out.

Akbar held Dastur Meherji Rana in great respect and awarded him 200 bighas of land as a subsistence allowance, which, after his death, increased by one half in favour of his son Kaikobad.

According to Parsi tradition  Dastur Meherji Rana  performed a miracle at Akbar’s court which impressed all present. The story goes that a Hindu priest who claimed magical powers and who called himself Jagatguru, spiritual instructor of people, sent up into the sky a large metal disc which shone like a second sun. He challenged those present at the court to bring the platter down. The Maulvis and Ulemas were not successful, but they heard that a Zoroastrian priest at Navsari in Gujarat, who was ready to take up the challenge. He was sent for. On arrival, Dastur Meherji Rana lit the sacred fire in the midst of the assembly , and started to recite certain prayer from the Avesta. The platter fell clattering to the ground.

Tansen, the famous singer who came to the Mughal court around 1562, commemorated the event by composing a beautiful Khyal, Hindustani ballad. In it the Dastur is described as the long bearded Parsi, Mehriar, whose prayers were recited in front of the sacred fire fed with sandal wood and incense, and were found acceptable to god . Tansen concludes his Khyal by telling Akbar that Dastur Meherji Rana is ‘Flower of Paradise’ . The poem is still extant.

There is also a beautiful Mogul miniature depicting Dastur Meherji Rana , seated wearing the flowing white robes of a Parsi priest and with a red Fenton (round hat) on his head.

Source book -THE PARSIS , Piloo Nanavutty, 1977


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Miracle Story: The Great Transformation (Post No: 2364)

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Compiled  by London swaminathan

Date: 26 November 2015

Post No: 2364


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Purandharadas was a rich jeweller, but very miserly. God in the form of Haridas came to him daily for six months begging for some help for the Upanayanam (sacred thread ceremony) of his son. The rich man refused to give him any help. He abused him and sent him away every day. This continued for six months.


At last, he threw a bad coin to him. Haridas then went to merchant’s wife and narrated that he had been going to merchant daily for six months and finally got a bad coin from him – a bad man. The wife knew whom he was referring to and did not like her to be called a bad man. She tried to send Haridas away by saying, “What do you want? I can give you some grain only.”


Haridas: No I want money

Woman: I have not got any money.

Hari: If you have a mind to give, you have enough to give. You have your diamond nose ring. That will quite serve my purpose. (She hesitated).If you do not like to give, I shall go somewhere else.

Wom: No, No. you are God himself. How can I allow you to go away without giving you what you want?

She then removed the nose ring and was about to give it to him.

Hari: What will your husband do when you hears about it?

Wom: what does it matter? I am prepared even to give my life for you.

Har: Then say and “Krishnarpanam” (dedicate it to Lord Krishna) and give.


FDC pf Purandhar

The woman said ‘Krishnarpanam’ and gave the nose ring to Haridas. He then straight went to the merchant (her husband) under the pretext of selling it. Seeing Haridas coming, the merchant in a contemptuous tone, asked, “Shameless fellow, have you come again?”


Hari: I have come here to do business, not to beg. Take this give me its price.

The merchant took the ornament from Haridas. He could recognise that it was his wife’s nose ring. He asked Haridas from where he got the jewel to which he replied a generous woman gave it to him as a present.

Merchant: You thief, is it true that you got it as a present?

Hari: Thief! Krishna also was a thief.

Mer: If Krishna was a thief, must you also be one? Come here tomorrow. I shall deal with you then.


Haridas left, and the merchant, in a fit of rage, came straight to his house and knocked at the door. Hearing the knocks, the wife thought that it was another devotee who had come for alms and asked, “Is it Gopaladasayya?”

Mer:Ha, Gopaladasayya, I shall show you Gopaladasayya by a slap on your cheek. Open the door.

The door was opened. The merchant asked his wife, “What did you give to that beggar?

Wife: I gave him alms.

Merc: What alms?

Wife: I gave him some maize.

Mer: You gave him your nose ornament with as big a diamond as maize. Where is your nose ornament, tell me?




Wife: I have kept it in the Puja room.

Mer: Bring it here immediately.

Wife: I shall do Tulsipuja and then go to the Puja room to get it.

Mer: Now you have no other go but to take refuge in Tulsi (Holy Basil plant).

She was greatly agitated. She performed her usual puja to Tulsi, with folded hands, and prayed: “O, Mother, save me from this situation. If you are not going to help me now, I must commit suicide.”

With her eyes closed, she was standing still. There was a sudden ‘tuk’ noise. She opened her eyes. Lo! Her nose ornament had dropped down from somewhere near the Tulsi! She took it to her husband.

Mer: Ha, how could this come here? I had locked it in my box in the shop. He ran up to his shop and found it was not found in the box where he had kept it.


Now came the great transformation. Haridas whom he hated and despised for six months daily, had gone away. The merchant was thirsting for a look at him. He started wailing, “Oh, Haridas, I must see you again. Without having a look at you, I cannot live for another minute. Come to me.”


Then came a voice from the Heaven: “Why do you want to see Haridas form. I shall come in my own form.” Suddenly there was a flash of light and there stood Lord Krishna, giving darshan (appearance) to the miserly merchant. He distributed all his wealth to the poor and with his wife left for Vijayanagar to serve in the temple of Vijaya Vithoba. There he came to be known as Purandhardas.

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Purandharadasa is considered the Father of Carnatic Music. He composed lot of songs on Krishna (Vitobha).


Story narrated by Swami Ramdas of Anandashram in North Kerala.


Do Saints’ Samadhis have Divine Power? Can They do Miracles?

Shirdi Baba Shrine with Samdhi

Written by London Swaminathan
Post No.1099; Dated 11th June 2014.

Hindus believe that by visiting the Samadhis of saints they can be cured of diseases or their problems can be solved in a trice.

Is it true? Yes, “It is true”, say great saints.

Thousands of devotees visit Manthralaya, where Sri Ragavendra Swami’s Samadhi is located, Shirdi where Sri Baba’s Samadhi is located, Govindapuram Adhistanam where Sri Bodendra Saraswati’s Samadhi is located and several Samadhi’s of Muslim saints in North India.

A Samadhi is a place where an enlightened soul is laid to rest after his or her death. Such holy places are called Brundavanam or Adhishtanam. Usually a Tulsi (holy basil) plant or a Shivalainga is installed on the Samadhi.

Bodendra was the 58th pontiff of Kanchi Kamakoti Peedam. In the calm silence of the night, a melodious voice, uttering Rama Nama (name of Lord Rama) is heard, rising from subdued tones to a crescendo, and then fading into silence again. Sri Bodendra recited Rama Nama throughout his life.
Kanchi Paramacharya (1894-1994) liked to meditate in the serene atmosphere of the Bodendra Adhistana. When he was staying at Tiruvidaimarudur, Paramacharya used to go to Govindapuram and do meditation in the stillness of the night unattended and unseen. That is, nobody would have noticed his departure and suddenly he would be seen sitting there in meditation. Kanchi Paramacharya said that one can hear chanting of Rama nama in the Govindapuram Adhistanam of Sri Bodendra Saraswati.

Mantralaya: Sri Ragavendra’s Samadhi

Miracle by Sri Ragavendra
Devotees of Sri Ragavendra believe that his power will remain in the samadhi for 600 years. Sir Thomas Munro, Bellary District collector (later he became Governor of Madras), went to Sri Ragavendra’s Samadhi on the banks of river Tungabadra to discuss a dispute between the Mutt and the Government in the 1800s. When other officials told him that they couldn’t solve it, he himself went there, removed his shoes and hat and went in to discuss the issue. Instead of meeting the Mutt officials, he saw Sri Ragavendra himself emerging from his Samadhi. No one else could see Swamiji. The invisible discussion went in for some time and he went back and quashed the government order. It was duly gazetted.

Famous South Indian temples attract millions of people because the Siddhar (enlightened souls) Samadhis are located in their vicinity. Eighteen famous Siddhars attained Mukti in 18 famous shrines of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh.

Following is the list of 18 Siidhars and the places where their Samadis are located:
1.Agasthiyar – Thiruvanathapuram
2.Idaikkadar- Tiruvannamalai
3.Kamalamuni- Tiruvarur
4.Karuvurar- Karur
5.Kuthampai- Mayavaram
6.Konkanar- Tirupati
7. Gorakkar- Perur
8.Sattaimuni – Thiruvarangam
9.Sundaranandar – Madurai
10.Thanvanthiri _ Vaitheeswarankoil
11.Thirumular _ Chidambaram
12.Nandeeswarar – Kasi
13.Pathanjali – Rameswaram
14.Pambatti – Sankarankoil
15.Bogar – Pazani
16.Machamuni- Tirupparankundram
17.Ramathevar – Azakarmalai
18.Vanmikanathar – Ettukudi

(There are alternate lists with slight variations)

Sri Bodendra Adhistanam, Govindapuram

Bones say God’s Name!!

Following anecdote told by Swami Ramdas also prove this point:
A famous saint of Maharashtra once paid a visit to a place called Mangalwedha, about eight miles from Pandharpur. At that time a huge fort was under construction at Mangalwedha. While the saint was passing by the high wall of the fort, where hundreds of labourers were working, the wall collapsed and many including the saint were killed, smashed down by the fall of the wall. The devotees of the saint missed him and started a search. After a long and arduous search, they could not find him. Some people of Mangalwedha reported that in all probability the saint must have been crushed to death beneath the fallen wall of the fort.

Accordingly, a large number of devotees joined in together in the work of removing the fallen wall. When they did so, they found a number of skeletons of people who had died in the accident. The devotees of the saint wished to single out his bones so that they could raise a tomb over them. The difficulty, however, was that the bones of the people killed were mixed up and they did not know which were the bones of the saint.

Sri Bodendra Adhishtanam

Now a great devotee of Pandharpur Vithoba — the Deity of the great temple there – happened to pass that way. He understood the perplexity of the devotees and said,“ I shall be able to pick out the bones of the saint”. So saying he took out the bones that were lying helter-skelter and holding them one by one to his ear, he was able to separate saint’s bones from those of others. Such of the bones as were singing the name of the Pandharpur deity – Vithal – he separated from others. The sound of name of God had entered into the very marrow of the saint’s bones by his unceasing practice of chanting the Name. Such is the power of the Name.