Radhe Maa History
She was born to Sikh parents in Punjab, Hoshiyarpur District, Shri Radhe maa from the very beginning of her life was inclined towards devotion and lord Shiva. Shri Radhe maa was a very popular child in her school and she also was regarded as magestarial abilities. It became obvious to her family on the day she was born that she was not an ordinary child. “She is divine. It feels as if Mother Annapurna herself has incarnated in our house,” Shri Radhe Maa’s mother said.
When she came of age, Shri Radhe Maa’s parents married her to Sardar Mohan Singh, a prosperous farmer and businessman from Mukerian in Punjab. Her marriage proved to be a turning point of sorts in Shri Radhe Maa’s spiritual journey. During a visit to an ancient Shiva temple near her home in Mukerian she met the venerated saint Shri Shri 1008 Mahant Ramdeen Das (139-years-old at the time of his death in 2009 according to government records). That the two shared a divine connection was immediately apparent. “Chandi (a fierce form of the Devi) has graced this temple today,” said the Mahant.
While attending to household chores that were part of her wifely duties, Shri Radhe Maa intensified her spiritual practices. Devotees who had begun to notice her requested her to hold satsangs, jagrans, pujas and other religious ceremonies. She responded by graciously throwing the doors of her house open to all who wished to attend. Several families credited the jagrans held mainly on Tuesdays and Saturdays with solving their personal, financial, familial and professional problems. As Shri Radhe Maa’s reputation spread, individuals as well as families invited her to their homes in the hope that her presence would transform their lives for the better. Her subsequent travels took her not only to cities in India but also to far-flung locations across the globe, including the UK, Switzerland, Middle East and Canada.
Shri Radhe Maa is addressed as Devi Ma by all her devotees including members of her family.
Darshan is the witnessing of grace flowing from a deity or guru. It refers more commonly to the ‘sighting’ of a deity or guru. Devotees of Shri Radhe Maa have been attending her darshans in increasing numbers over the years. During the darshans, Shri Radhe Maa is dressed, ornamented and adorned as one would a bride. The act, seen in ritualistic terms as offering ‘shringar’ or adornment to the deity or guru, is undertaken by female members of the Gupta family. Most of Shri Radhe Maa’s darshans are held at the ‘Shri Radhe Maa Bhavan’, a multi-storey building at Borivali in Mumbai.
Devotees who lines up for darshan are offered tokens by volunteers called sevadars. The devotees await their turn on the ground floor of the Bhavan which also doubles as an auditorium where live musical tributes to Goddess Durga are paid in the form of bhajans.
Leading singers, including Anup Jalota, Vinod Agarwal, Arvinder Singh, Sardool Sikander, Master Salim, Panna Gill, Lakhbir Singh Lakha, Anuradha Paudwal, Roopkumar Rathod, Narendra Chanchal Bhojpuri superstar Manoj Tiwari have sung bhajans or bhets for Shri Radhe Maa.
Bhajans or bhets are musical offerings made to a deity or guru. The songs are mainly in Punjabi and Hindi.
Teachings Of Radhe Maa
As mentioned earlier, Mamtamai Shri Radhe Maa does not give spiritual discourses. She speaks but sparingly. Her words are therefore highly valued by her followers. Shri Radhe Maa emphasises on the need for surrender to God, humility, truthfulness, self-discipline and self-restrain. While she holds that all traditions, teachers, deities and scriptures should be respected, she says it helps if one surrenders to a particular manifestation of divinity/guru/deity of one’s choosing and directs all of one’s devotional energies in that direction.
Vachans are words uttered by a guru, avatar or deity for the illumination of devotees/ bhaktas.
• Seek what you wish from the Great Giver – Lord Bholenath.
• It is not really necessary to keep visiting me for darshan. Pray from where you are.
• Address your prayers to the power that governs the universe and all your wishes will be granted
• Don’t chase money for money’s sake.
• Do not bank on mere mortals. Place your faith in the Almighty.
• Trust the One who will never fail you.
• Refrain from criticizing those who have renounced the world for God.
• My Lord, grant me two wishes: the gift of living gracefully and art of dying with grace.
• He who bears hardships with a smile acquires the respect of others.
• The guru’s grace is the supreme antidote.
• The art of prayer is the art of living.
• Be truthful. Forgive those who wrong you
• Why be lowly when you can be great?
• Offering sincere service is the secret of acquiring all riches.
• One falls in the very ditch one digs for others.
• The true value of a gift is the thought behind the gifting.
• Cut the cords of attachment and expand the circle of love.
• To live without aim is to wander in a wilderness.
• Laughter and anger are enemies of each other.
• The brightest stars emerge out of the blackest darkness.
‘Shri Radhe Maa’
De do vachan Radhe Maa
Tere jaisa dar nahin dekha
Radhe Maa Bhajan Alka Goyal
Main Sach sach bolun Radhe maa
Radhe Shakti Maa’ – Sardool Sikander
‘Shri Radhe Maa’ Master Salim
Dhang Hona Chahi Bhentein