Biography of P. P. Tai Maharaj

P. P. Tai Maharaj was born on the auspicious day of Shri Ram Navami, which is also the day Lord Ram was born. Her father P. P. Shri Kajalkar Maharaj, fondly and respectfully called “Anna” used to call her “Shashabai”, a fond abbreviation for Shashikala, her first name. Within a few days after her birth, Anna took little Shashabai to the neighbouring village of Deulgaoraja. He placed her on lap of P. P. Shri Dhundiraj Maharaj and pleaded, “She is your daughter. Please take care of her.” Since that day, Shri Dhundiraj Maharaj and his wife Aai Saheb accepted her responsibility. In the first few years that little Shashabai spent in the care of Shri Dhundiraj Maharaj itself, the seeds of self realization and worship were sown. Later, Shashabai stayed with her maternal uncle in Jalna. The childhood of this saint in the makingF was truly extraordinary. Little Shashabai never played in her childhood with her friends. She had no time to mix with them. After finishing daily household chores, she used to meticulously prepare for the Pooja rituals. She continuously used to learn and recite prayers, poems praising god. She never asked or insisted for anything. Simplicity in her dresses, neatness and a great regard for cleanliness were trademark characteristics; that can be observed in P. P. Tai Maharaj’s demeanour even presently.

P. P. Tai Maharaj received her Guru Mantra from P. P. Dhundiraj Maharaj in 1958 at Deulgaonraja, thereby getting initiated into the discipline of spirituality. The Mantra Japa, started then, has continued incessantly over the years. P. P. Dhundiraj Maharaj used to visit P. P. Tai Maharaj’s residence whenever he happened to come to Jalna. After the demise of P. P. Shri Dhundiraj Maharaj in 1978, P. P. Tai Maharaj came in contact with his son and disciple P. P. Shri Dattmaharaj. Whenever P. P. Shri Dattmaharaj used to visit nearby villages like Hingoli or Deulgaonraja, he used to visit P. P. Tai Maharaj’s residence. P. P.Tai Maharaj reminisces thus:

“P. P. Shri Dhundiraj Maharaj had promised to visit me. I thought everything was over after his demise. But I worried unnecessarily; saints are true to their words. Their existence is immortal, as are their teachings. P. P. Shri Dhundiraj Maharaj continued and will indeed continue to visit me in the form of P. P. Shri Datta Maharaj. I have no doubts that he and P. P. Shri Datta Maharaj are one and the same.”

Over a period of time, P. P. Tai Maharaj built a small temple in Jalna to enshrine the photos of her beloved Guru, P. P. Shri Dhundiraj Maharaj and indeed her father, P. P. Shri Kajalkar Maharaj. The shrine, together with the presence of P. P. Tai Maharaj herself, started attracting a steady stream of visitors.

After the demise of P. P. Shri Dhundiraj Maharaj, P. P. Tai Maharaj was already looking to P. P. Shri Datta Maharaj for guiding her in her spiritual journey. P. P. Shri Datta Maharaj too was aware of the divine powers that P. P. Tai Maharaj beheld. When P. P. Shri Datta Maharaj would visit the small ashram that P. P. Tai Maharaj had built, the entire ashram would come alive. The festivities and the divine presence of these two saints would literally light up the ashram. Even as P. P. Tai Maharaj would bow in P. P. Shri Datta Maharaj’s presence accepting his position as her Guru, he too would felicitate her by addressing her as “Bhagawati”, the holy Mother. P. P. Shri Maharaj also gave Guru mantra to many a devotee at Jalna. Under the very able guidance of P. P. Tai Maharaj, the new premises started taking shape. What began as a small temple on a small road has become today a wonderful center to lovingly and respectfully commemorate Shri Datta Maharaj Kavishwar and all of his spiritual guidelines.

Without any publicity or effort, Shri Dattashram has grown in its spiritual appeal, attracting many devotees, professionals from all walks of life, students and spiritual masters to visit it. P. P. Godavarimata from Sakori near Shirdi, Shri Vidyashankar Bharati of Karveer peeth, Shri Kishorji Vyas, Shri Shri Ravishankar, Hon. Shrividyanibhav Shrikrishnanand Teerth of Badri Peeth and Panditratna Shri Rajeshwar Shastri from Dharwad have been some of the visitors to Dattashram.

Only saints can understand saints. Words would not have the capacity or the power or even the expression to describe all the facets of P. P. Tai Maharaj’s personality. All the same, followers of P. P. Tai Maharaj and visitors to Dattashram are always keen to learn more about her. There has been an attempt to document various incidents written by P. P. Tai Maharaj’s followers themselves in which devotees received spiritual guidance from her. This book titled “Alhaadini” is available in the Ashram.

  • Recent Events

    1) Shree Ram Navami 25 March 2018 Sunday PP Tai Maharaj 79th Birthday

    || Shri Gurudev Datta ||
    We celebrated 79 th birthday of PP Tai maharaj on Shri Ram Navami, 25th April 2018.
    We take pleasure in informing you that on this occasion, a common oath is taken to chant the mantra ‘ Shri Ram Jairam Jai Jai Ram’ 13 crore times. Chanting can be done by sitting in pooja room at your house or by sitting in front of the idols at any temple at Dattashram. The jap can be counted by bids or by counter. All are requested to register the number of chanting once a month at Dattashram office.
    All are requested to refrain from doing this jap while talking or walking. That will not be counted.

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    09 Jan 2018 - Tuesday - Paush V 8
    Yogiraj PP Shri Gulawani Maharaj & Saw. Laxmibai Kavishwar Punyasmaran

    01 Feb 2018 - Thursday - Magh V 1
    Shri Guru Patiprada

    06 Feb  2018 - Tuesday - Magh V 6
    PP Shri Datta Maharaj Kavishwar Jayanti

    28 Feb  2018 - Wednesday - Falgun Shukra 14  PP Shri Datta Maharaj Kavishwar Punyasmaran

    19 March 2018 - Monday  Chaitra Shu. 2 PP Shri Kajalkar Maharaj Punyasmaran

    21 March 2018 - Wednesday - Chaitra Shu. 4   PP Shri Dhundiraj Maharaj Punyasmaran

    25 March 2018 - Sunday - Chaitra Shu 9
    Shriram Navami V PP Saw. Tai Maharaj Vardhapan Din

     20 April 2018 - Friday - Vaishakh Shu.5  Shrimad Aadya Shankaracharya Jayanti

     13 July 2018 - Friday - AAshadh Shu -1
    PP Shri Vasudevanand Saraswati Swami Maharaj Punyatithi

     27 July 2018 - Friday - Aashadh Pornima Shri Guru Pornima

     31 August 2018 - Friday - Aashadh Shu. 1 PP Shri Vasudevanand Saraswati Swami Maharaj Jayanti

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    Shri Krushna Jayanti (Gokulashtami)

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    PP Shripad Wallabh Jayanti

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    04 November 2018 -Sunday - Ashwin V 12 Guru Dwadash

     23 November 2018 - Friday - Kartik Pornima Tripura Pornima

    21 December 2018 - Friday- Margshish Pornima Shri Datta Jayanti

    03-Jan-2019 Thursday Margashish V.13 Yogiraj PP Shri Gulawani Maharaj Jayanti

    08-Jan-2019 Tuesday Paush Shu.2
    PP Shri Narsinhasaraswati Swami Maharaj Jayanti

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