-------Yogiraj Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj took Samadhi in the year 1947. But as per His Guru Shree Sadguru Swami Samarth’s assurance ‘I have not gone I am alive’, Maharaj gives proof of His existence to His devotees. He met His devotee even after His Samadhi. He guided His devotees in their dreams. Even today many devotees see Maharaj near the fencing of the Samadhi temple. He gave the divine vision of His huge form to one of the devotee in the Samadhi temple.
-------In the year 1945, Shree Digambar Saraswati Rajyogi Anna Maharaj met Shree Shankar Maharaj. Maharaj promised him, "I will come to bless you after 21 years". And after that Maharaj took His Samadhi in the year 1947. But in the year 1966, Shree Rajyogi Anna Maharaj met Shree Shankar Maharaj in a festival organized at Waghod. He took Maharaj to Raver. Everyone bowed at Maharaj's feet with love and affection. They offered Maharaj food. Shree Rajyogi Anna Maharaj brought Maharaj to his house in Mumbai. They attended the engagement ceremony of Mr.Anant Kalkar and Miss Jayshri Ikkhe. Maharaj gave His cap and handkerchief to father-in-law of Mr.Anant Kalkar. After that Maharaj disappeared from there. And from that day the Ikkhe family flourished. Today the cap and handkerchief used by Shree Shankar Maharaj is with Mr. Ramesh Ikkhe at Mulund (Mumbai).
-------In the year 1989, Mrs.Uma Nerurkar and Mr. Shankar Nerurkar (proprietor of Ideal Book Depot, Dadar, Mumbai) were returning back at night from the Incarnation day ceremony of Shree Swami Samarth at Borivli. In the darkness of the night Shree Shankar Maharaj came forward from the bushes and asked for a cigarette and matchbox. The couple gave cigarette and matchbox to Maharaj. At once Maharaj took it and disappeared in the bushes in the darkness. Both of them were speechless and stunned at this unexpected experience of the divine vision of Shree Shankar Maharaj.
-------Long time ago, the area around Samadhi temple of Shree Shankar Maharaj was surrounded by dense forest. Tigers existed in that area and were almost the daily unexpected visitors. It was only because of the prowess of Shree Shankar Maharaj, they did not ever dare to harm any of the devotees.
-------Shree Shankar Maharaj gave His divine vision to one of the devotee by arising from His Samadhi. After three years from Samadhi, on the fortnight of the eighth day from the new moon day Mr.Abhyankar saw Maharaj getting up from the Samadhi and playing with the hanging candle lamp with His leg. Mr.Abhyankar's daughter was once sick. Maharaj visited his house after Samadhi and met Mr.Abhyankar. Maharaj removed his cap and slippers and went inside the toilet. Mr. Abhyankar secretly hid Maharaj's cap and slippers in the trunk, so that Maharaj could not go back again and would stay with him. Maharaj took a long time in the toilet, so he entered the toilet and discovered that Maharaj had disappeared. So he rushed to the trunk to see if the cap and the slippers were there, but both the things were missing.
-------On the Lakdi Pool in Pune, a man by the name Shree Shankar Maharaj met a person everyday. Both of them used to have a hearty conversation. The man always said that He stayed in Dhankavdi. But after few days there was no sign of the man, so the person started hunting for the man in Dhankavdi. He inquired everyone about Shree Shankar Maharaj. Mr.Baburao Rudra showed him the Samadhi temple of Shree Shankar Maharaj. He was astonished, for the man whom he met daily on the Lakdi Pool was none other than Yogiraj Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj. He bowed his head on the Samadhi and went away full of joy.
-------After the Samadhi, Shree Shankar Maharaj visited Mr.Dada Phulari Saurgaonkar's house in Dakshin Kasba Peth in Solapur and asked for tea and cigarette. Maharaj also asked for the pant and shirt which he was wearing. After taking all the things, Maharaj requested Mr.Saurgaonkar to accompany Him. But Mr.Saurgaonkar refused the proposal. Surprisingly after eight days from this incident, Mr. Saurgaonkar left this mortal world.
-------In the city of Makarana in Rajasthan, a statue of Shree Shankar Maharaj was been made to be placed on the Samadhi. While the carving of the statue was in progress, an unknown man daily visited the sculptor and guided him in making the statue. He also ordered the sculptor to make the face of the statues similar to His face. But after the statue was ready, the man never turned back again. The man was none other than Yogiraj Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj Himself. In this way, Maharaj personally paid attention for the making of His statue.
-------In the year 1993, the ex-minister of Maharashtra Hon. Mr.Diwakar Rawate was a mayor of Mumbai. He decided to name a stanza of four roads by the name of his Guru Shree Shankar Maharaj. He hunted for an empty stanza and found one near Prabhadevi (Mumbai). He named it as ‘Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj Chowk’. Mr.Rawate was aware that there was no connection between Maharaj and the empty stanza. In the year 2001, Mr.Rawate read the biography of Shree Shankar Maharaj, ‘Dhankavdicha Yogi’. He was amazed to read that Maharaj had stayed seven times with Sahastrabuddhe family in Mithwala Chawl which is situated besides the stanza. Maharaj had organized various religious celebrations in that area. Mr.Rawate was overwhelmed with joy with the thought that the he named the same stanza which had become holy by the divine touch of Maharaj. In this way Shree Shankar Maharaj showed His existence after Samadhi to Mr.Diwakar Rawate.
-------A great devotee of Shree Samarth Sadguru Satam Maharaj of Danavali, Late Mr.Raghunath Gajanan Vaingankar had worked on many important posts in government offices. Once while he had visited Pune for some work, his friend Mr.Mohanrao Patil (ex district officer of Solapur) came to meet him. He took Mr. Vaingankar to the Samadhi temple of Shree Shankar Maharaj at Dhankavdi. Mr.Vaingankar bowed on Maharaj’s Samadhi with great affection. When he stood up his ‘Parker’ pen attached in his pocket fell on Maharaj’s Samadhi. On this incident Mr. Patil said, “Maharaj has blessed your writing”. Mr.Vaingankar was a learned and a religious person. By the grace of Maharaj, Mr.Vaingankar became a great writer. He wrote literature of many great saints like Shree Sadanand Saraswati, Shree Raool Maharaj, Shree Satam Maharaj, Shree Sancharmurti Dada Maharaj, etc. Shree Shankar Maharaj blessed him in his later life by honoring him by ‘Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj Prathishthan’ without any expectation.
-------A resident of Mulund (Mumbai), Mr.Sanjog Kadam worked as a computer engineer in an American company in Pune. After completing his work he visited daily to Samadhi temple of Shree Shankar Maharaj at Dhankavdi and get engrossed in meditation. And from there he moved to his aunt’s house for stay. He was happy with his daily routine. Once he got late in office and missed the bus. He started walking towards the direction of aunt’s house. At that time a man wearing white shirt and white pant, having a beard gave Mr.Kadam lift in his car. He dropped Mr.Kadam near Katraj and said, “I have taken all your worries”. He also guided him to the last bus and moved from there. He took no time to understand that the man was none other than Yogiraj Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj. After few days on June 2001, his company decided to send all the computer engineers to America for training. On the day of departure Mr.Kadam’s name was excluded from the list. He was very sad and so he stopped going to Dhankavdi and cursed Maharaj. But on 11 th September 2001, the company received a fax saying that all the engineers who had gone for training in America were dead due to the air attack on World Trade Centre. On hearing the news Mr.Kadam ran on the Samadhi and begged for apology in prostration. He said, “Maharaj, if I were in America I would have been dead by now. By your grace today I am alive. You saved my life”. With this incident, Mr. Sanjog Kadam came to know how a real ascetic saves his devotee from the clutches of death.
-------A devotee of Shree Sadguru Swami Samarth, Mr.Vijay Joshi is a resident of Dadar (Mumbai). All of a sudden both his kidneys stopped working. He was immediately admitted to a hospital. He was going on dialysis the next day. At that time a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj requested him to read the book, ‘Dhankavdicha Yogi’. He read the whole biography of Maharaj till late night and went to sleep by keeping the book under his pillow. The next morning the book was missing under the pillow. He started meditating Maharaj’s name before going on dialysis. At that time he went to the bathroom for toilet and naturally passed his urine. The doctor was surprised, so he examined Mr.Joshi and was amazed to see both his kidneys working properly. In this way Mr.Vijay Joshi experienced the existence of Shree Shankar Maharaj after Samadhi.
-------The trustee of Akkalkot’s Rajerai Math, Mr.Vikas Dodake experienced the existence of Shree Shankar Maharaj in his life. After the death of both the parents, his uncle brought him to Akkalkot. He accepted the job as a clerk for night shift at ‘Shree Vatavruksha Swami Maharaj Devasthan’ temple. At day time he continued his studies and at night worked in the temple. One evening an old man aged around 100 years came to the temple in the evening. He stayed in the temple in room number ‘12’. He was all alone and no one came to meet him. At night shift after the temple doors were closed, Mr.Dodake heard voices of two people talking to each other from room number ‘12’. The two people were deeply engrossed in their talking, so he decided not to disturb them and went to sleep. The next day he got up early morning and went in the room to check the person with the old man. But there was no one except the old man in the room. He asked the old man, “You are staying alone in the room. So who was the person with whom you were chatting?” On that the old man replied, “I have came here alone and the person who was talking with me was my Guru Shree Shankar Maharaj. After chatting the whole night He disappeared early in the morning”. Mr. Dodake wondered how Shree Shankar Maharaj was in the room with the old man the whole night though he knew that Maharaj had taken Samadhi long back. He was surprised, so he inquired was amazed to know that the old man was none other than Mr. Anna Pansare, a great devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj. He is one of the few people who had experienced divine company with Shree Shankar Maharaj.
-------Mr.Anna Pansare had great experiences of Shree Shankar Maharaj’s existence after Samadhi. He strongly believes that Maharaj is always with him even after Samadhi. Once in an accident Mr.Pansare’s bone of the thigh broke. He was admitted in the hospital. After taking the X-ray operation was decided for his broken bone. Due to the broken bone he was experiencing unbearable pain. He was not able to move on the bed, so he meditated Maharaj’s name. On the early hours, a doctor with a beard came to his bed with a bag. Mr.Pansare was awake at that time. The doctor asked him to sleep upside down and removed a wood cutting blade and a bone from the bag. The doctor cut the broken bone with the wood cutting blade and placed the bone which He had got with Him. After that the doctor was busy doing something for a long time. After sometime, Mr.Pansare went to sleep and woke up in the morning and went to the bathroom for toilet. The doctor and the sisters were surprised to see him performed his regular activities with a broken bone. So the doctor again took his X-ray and was amazed to see the broken bone in normal condition. The doctor got frightened and to save himself from the incident he peacefully discharged Mr. Pansare from the hospital. But Mr.Pansare was very aware that the doctor who operated him with a wood cutting blade was none other than Yogiraj Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj. This incident is impossible in the medical science but Mr.Anna Pansare actually experienced it. Shree Shankar Maharaj is such a great ‘Awaliya’ that He can do anything and nothing is impossible for Him.
-------In the year 1968, Mr.Chandrashekhar Ashtaputre, a resident of Kasba Peth (Pune) had helped his doctor friend by taking a bank loan. After few days the friend ran away. Mr.Ashtaputre got frightened as his parents would know the truth about the loan. So he decided to suicide on the railway track. The line man of the railway drew him away so he went to the Samadhi temple of Shree Shankar Maharaj at Dhankavdi. He pleaded Maharaj to save from the crisis. By the grace of Maharaj he was rescued from the problem, so he developed faith on Maharaj. After few years his business was ruined by heavy loss. Then he decided to end up his life and went to the Samadhi temple to seek permission from Maharaj. But at that time, it happened so that he had to stay back at the Samadhi temple for homage. Mr. Ashtaputre got engrossed in the service of Maharaj. Shree Shankar Maharaj’s Samadhi day celebration was first celebrated in the year 1972. He played an active role in the ceremony. He collected two sacks of food grains for distribution of Prasad. But one of the trustees Dr.Bhoye put the condition that if he can make arrangements for a new pair of clothes for the idol of Shree Shankar Maharaj then only he would be allowed to celebrate the ceremony. Mr.Ashtaputre got worried on how to fulfill the condition. But on that moment the chairman of Malinagar sugar factory, Mr.Raut entered the Samadhi temple and gave one sack of sugar and a pair of new clothes for the idol of Shree Shankar Maharaj. On the request of Dr. Bhoye, he also gave rupees five thousand to make silver ‘Padukas’ for Maharaj. Those ‘Padukas’ are still present in the Samadhi temple. In this way the first ever Samadhi day celebration of Shree Shankar Maharaj was celebrated in a grand ceremony. Some of the people could not tolerate the major active part of Mr. Ashtaputre in the ceremony, so they tried to make him mad by making him wear clothes from the idol of Maharaj. The same way as an educated man from Pune wore clothes from the idol of Maharaj and became mad. The people removed all the clothes of Mr.Ashtaputre and made him naked. They made him wear the shawl from the idol of Shree Shankar Maharaj. But still he was in his senses and did not turn mad. After one year of service Maharaj illustrated Mr. Ashtaputre to leave the temple and go home. Today he is on an important post in a big company. Marriage of Mr. Ashtaputre’s sister’s was decided. She always wished that Maharaj should be present personally for her marriage. So went to Samadhi temple and invited Maharaj with deep devotion for the marriage. On the day of the marriage a man who seemed drunk came at the time of mahurat (i.e. the time on which the marriage is done) with a small bag in His hand. He put the holy rice on the couple. He was very simple in looks and different from other people. He then went near the buffet lunch and picked up a grain of rice and put in His mouth and walked away. He was been watched by a devotee of Shree Gajanan Maharaj, who himself was a learned religious man. He sensed that the man was none other than Shree Shankar Maharaj himself, so he walked to the man and asked, ‘Are you Shree Shankar Maharaj?” The man replied, “No! I am a thief who has stolen slippers and shoes. Look at this.” And he showed his small bag with slippers and shoes. Then He told the devotee of Shree Gajanan Maharaj that his wife was calling him. The devotee turned to his wife to talk and after that he again turned back to the man. He was surprised to see that the man had disappeared. The devotee waited till the whole marriage ceremony was over to see whether anyone’s slippers or shoes were missing. But there was no case of theft. He recited the whole incident to Mr.Ashtaputre and informed him that Shree Shankar Maharaj was present for the marriage. Mr.Chandrashekhar Ashtaputre was overwhelmed with joy and got the proof that Shree Shankar Maharaj always appears in human form for His devotees.
-------Retired chief surgeon of Central Railway hospital Dr.Shyamsundar Bhopardikar, had visited a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj. They were engrossed in the talk of spiritual path to Maharaj. Dr.Bhopardikar was of a scientific nature and believed that spiritual path is a path of hypocrite. He insisted the devotee to show a live proof of Maharaj’s prowess which can be stated as a miracle in scientific knowledge, then only he would accept the existence of Shree Shankar Maharaj. The devotee produced the X-ray and medical documents of his relative and also called the relative. He said, “She had pain in her knee and was not able to walk properly. So the doctor had advised an operation on the knee and without operation she could not walk. She is also a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj. Once Maharaj came in her dream and restricted her to get operated. From the next day her pain reduced day by day and could walk without operation”. Dr.Bhopardikar examined all the documents and the X-ray and said, “According to medical science it is impossible for her to walk. But still she can walk. It’s indeed a miracle in medical science!” And from that day, Dr.Shyamsundar Bhopardikar became a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj.
-------Shree Shankar Maharaj looked on all religion, cast and creed with an equal eye. This was one of the best qualities of Maharaj. The experience of the Christian man, a resident of Dadar (Mumbai) Mr.Nazreth D’souza, is a great example of this quality. Once Mr.D’souza faced a critical incident in which he was about to loose his job. He was in a state of confusion. At that time his friend devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj took him to Samadhi temple at Dhankavdi. Mr.D’souza got the divine glimpse of Jesus Christ in the place of Maharaj. After returning home he placed a photograph of Maharaj besides the photograph of Jesus Christ. He regularly offered ‘Honeydew’ cigarette to Maharaj with great affection. By the grace of Maharaj he got back his job with promotion. He became a devotee of Maharaj. By the order of Maharaj, Mr.D’souza recited repeated recitations of ‘Guru Charitra’ for a week under ‘Audumbar’ (i.e. a fig tree) tree at Gangapur.
-------A resident of Kasba Peth (Pune), Malvadkar couple is a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj. Once they had visited Samadhi temple and stood in the line for taking Prasad. At that time a man with a beard came near them and pulled them from the line and took them outside the temple on the road. He gave them a photograph of Maharaj. He made them sit in a rickshaw and ordered them to go home and place the photograph in their house. It all happened within a fraction of a second. The couple was confused on the incident. On reaching home they realized that the man was none other than Shree Shankar Maharaj himself.
-------A great saint among the devotees of Shree Sadguru Swami Samarth, Shree Digambardas Joshi Maharaj had noted an incident in His biography, ‘Tucha Baap Dhani’. It stated that Shree Baba Maharaj Sahastrabuddhe had come to take the last vision of Shree Shankar Maharaj at the time of Samadhi. He held a basil leaf near Maharaj’s mouth. Maharaj ate the leaf and said, “I am going”. Saying this Shree Shankar Maharaj closed His eyes.
-------Swamikanya Mrs.Mai Varerkar, never believed in anyone except Shree Swami Samarth. Once on her visit to Akkalkot, she had high fever. She got frustrated with fever, but she did not take any medicine as she had faith in Shree Swami Samarth and believed that Shree Swami Samarth would cure her. On that time, a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj was meditating in the Murlidhar temple. Maharaj gave him illustration, “My devotee is having high fever. Go and tell to apply nutmeg powder to the whole body”. The devotee informed Maharaj’s message to Mrs.Varerkar. So her colleagues did accordingly and she was cured from fever. And from that day, Mrs.Mai Varerkar became a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj.
-------Freedom fighter, Late Mr.Manohar Rajnekar is a resident of Jabalpur. Once Rajyogi Anna Maharaj gifted Mr.Rajnekar photograph of Shree Shankar Maharaj and ordered him to place it in his shop. Mr.Rajnekar was not aware of name and prowess of Maharaj. But still he placed it in his shop and worshipped it with deep devotion. His business flourished and he led his domestic life in happiness. His daughter’s marriage was decided in Pune. At that time his friend took him to the Samadhi temple of Shree Shankar Maharaj at Dhankavdi. He was happy to see that the person in the photograph was none other than Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj. By the grace of Shree Shankar Maharaj Mr.Rajnekar’s life had turned golden.
-------A merchant in Dadar’s (Mumbai) Veer Savarkar Mandai, Mr.Raghunath Chavan is a devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj. He had placed a photograph of Maharaj in his shop which he worship everyday. Once an enlightened old man wearing white dress had came to his shop. His looks showed His richness and knowledge. He said, “I have no money. But can you give me two three cubes of lump sugar?” Mr.Chavan fulfilled the old man’s demand. The old man applied ‘Henna’ fragrance on Mr.Chavan’s hand. He got deeply engrossed in the sweetness of the fragrance. After a while when Mr.Chavan came back to his senses, he found that the old man had disappeared. Mr.Raghunath Chavan joined his hands in front of the photograph of Maharaj and recognized that the old man was none other than Shree Shankar Maharaj.
-------Famous lyricist Late Mr.Ramesh Anavkar was a resident of Goa . He was a devotee of Shree Sadguru Swami Samarth and Shree Shankar Maharaj. Maharaj always guided him in his dreams. By the grace of Maharaj, he could compose many immortal songs. As per Maharaj’s illustration in dream he got married. On the later part of his life, Maharaj gave him illustration and said, “Your Sea is sinking”. And on 30 th January 2004 Mr.Ramesh Anavkar left the mortal World and merged on Shree Shankar Maharaj’s feet.
-------The great writer of Marathi literature Mr. Pralhad Keshav Athre alias Mr.Acharya Athre was a great devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj. On the last stage of Mr.Athre life, his daughter requested Maharaj, “We cannot see his pain anymore. If you want him to live more then it will be a favor on us. But if not than please give him space near your feet”. Maharaj freed Mr.Athre from the mortal World on 13 th June. Number ‘13’ was Maharaj’s favorite number. Shree Shankar Maharaj said, “13 mean Sab Kuch Tera, Kuch Nahi Mera! (i.e. everything is your, nothing is mine)”.
-------A great writer of Marathi literature Mr.Baburao Arnalkar had written about five thousand suspense novels. He was a great devotee of Shree Swami Nityanand Maharaj (Vajreshwari, Maharashtra). He had once visited Shree Shankar Maharaj’s Samadhi temple at Dhankavdi with Mr.Acharya Athre. He was fascinated by the prowess of Maharaj. He then decided to write some literature on Maharaj. But one day Maharaj came to his house in Goregaon (Mumbai) and ordered him to write a biography of some other saint. He obeyed accordingly and wrote a book named, ‘Shraddhechi Anjali’ in Marathi language. This was one among the only religious book he wrote in his life.
-------Once Shreemati Indirabai Lagatkar read biography of Shree Shankar Maharaj and felt that if Maharaj was a real ascetic then He will meet her. Keeping this thought in mind she visited ‘Vruddheshwar’. On the gate of the temple she saw an enlightened 11 years old boy. He greeted her with great respect. After paying homage in the temple she turned to the boy and was surprised to know that the boy had disappeared. Then also she did not believe in the prowess of Maharaj and returned back to the car. She saw the eyes of the boy in the car and she heard a voice, “I gave you my divine glimpse”. She was overwhelmed with joy and made way for tears and experienced the prowess and existence of Shree Shankar Maharaj.
-------Dr.Nagesh Dhaneshwar was a great devotee of Shree Shankar Maharaj and had experienced the divine company of Maharaj before Samadhi. He had experienced very divine unbelievable experiences of Maharaj even after Samadhi. His family was blessed by Maharaj and till today these blessings are on the Dhaneshwar family. They experienced the same during the accident of the grandson of Dr.Dhaneshwar. His thigh bone broke in to six pieces. He was admitted to the hospital. At that time he smelled the harsh smell of the cigarette in the hospital, while there was no one smoking cigarette in the hospital. A big operation was conducted on him. The doctor was not sure for him to be able to walk properly in future. But now he can walk and run properly. Dhaneshwar family realized that the smell of the cigarette proved the presence of Shree Shankar Maharaj in the hospital.
-------There are many such incidents which the devotee experience in their life, thus proving existence of Shree Shankar Maharaj even after His Samadhi. The divine experiences of Maharaj given to His devotee are vast and beyond explanation. Shree Shankar Maharaj stood besides His devotees in their problems while in human form. But still today He shows His existence to His devotees by helping them in crisis. Yogiraj Shree Sadguru Shankar Maharaj only knows His Leela’s.
“Anantakoti Bramhandanayak Rajadhiraj Yogiraj Parabramha
Shree Sadguru Shankar Baba Maharaj Ki Jai”