Shirdi Diary By GS Kharpade: Second & Long Stay At Shirdi

Shirdi Diary By GS Kharpade: Second & Long Stay At Shirdi

December 6, 1911

As my tonga came near the house newly built by Mr. Dixit the first person I met was Mr. Madhao Rao Deshpande. Before I got out of the tonga Mr. Dixit asked me to dine with him today. Then I went with Madhao Rao to pay respects to Sai Maharaj and saluted him from a distance. He was washing hands and feet at the time.

As I got busy washing and praying I could not salute him when he went out. Later on we went to him in company and sat near him in the Musjid he told a story about having been with a Fakir who was fond of good food. This Fakir was invited to dinner party and went with Sai Maharaj. At the time of starting, the Fakir's wife asked Sai Maharaj to bring some food from the feast and gave a pot for the purpose.

By that time the Fakir also returned and they had a very good feed together. He added, it is very difficult to find a good fakir.

The Fakir fed so well that he decided to sleep at the place. Sai Maharaj returned with the food tying the cakes to his back and carrying the liquid in the pot placed on his head. He found the way very long, lost his way, sat near a mangwada to rest a while.

The dogs began to bark and he got up and returned to his village and made over the cakes and liquid to the Fakir's wife. By that time the Fakir also returned and they had a very good feed together. He added, it is very difficult to find a good fakir.

Mr. Sathe, who built the Wada in which I lived last year, is here, and I saw him first in the Musjid and then at dinner, Mr. Dixit fed a large number. Among them is Mr Thosar who is the sister's son of the late Madhaorao Govind Ranade, Thosar is employed in the customs office, Bombay. He is a very nice man and we sat talking. There is a gentleman from Nasik and there are many others.

Among them one Tipnis who came with his wife and the latter was brought to bed of a son. Bapusaheb Jog is here, and his wife is doing well. Mr. Nulkar is dead and I miss him very much. None of his family are here. Balasaheb Bhate is here, and his wife gave birth to a son on Datta-Jayanti-day. We are staying in Dixit's Wada which is very convenient.

To be continued...

(Text Submitted By Sudiksha Dubey)

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