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Essay, Biography or Paragraph on “Jalaram Bapa” complete biography for Class 10, Class 12 and Graduation and other classes.

Jalaram Bapa

Bhakta Sri Jalaram Bapa was born in the village Birpur in Gujrat in the year 1800. His father’s name was Pradhan Thakkar and mother’s name was Rajbai.

Pradhan Thakkar and Valgi Thakkar wore two brothers. They were actively and honestly engaged in business for earning their livelihood. Jalaram’s mother Rajbai was a very religious and devoted lady who was inclined to serve the sadhus and saints. She had three sons and three daughters. She was happy in her family life and used to find free time to do her religious duties towards the sadhus and the saints.

Once from Ayodhya, a saint named Sri Raghuveerdas with his companions came to Birpur and took shelter in Pradhan’s house. Rajbai served them whole-heartedly. The saint blessed her for her devotion and selfless services. The Saint blessed her that her second son would be instrumental in carrying on her services and he would be famous in for his pious life, dutiful, Devoted and for his kind deeds. This second son was none other than our Bhakta Sri Jalaram Bapa.

There was a remarkable incident in the early life of Jalaram. When he was a child, a saint came to the house of Pradhan Thakkar and requested Rajbai to see Jalaram. Then Jalaram came, and when they stood face to face with each other, Jalaram at once greeted the saint with the respectful Namaskar and it appeared that Jalaram had recollected his previous life. Immediately he realised who he was in his last life and also pondered over his aim in this present life. He realised that his visiting saint was probably a heavenly messenger. From that day onwards, the young Jalaram never stopped chanting “Sita-Ram” and he started to spend his life in a different way.

At the age of fourteen years, Jalaram’s marriage was arranged with Virbai, a daughter of Thakkar Pragiji Somaiya. He was not in favour of marriage but his duties towards parents forced him to accept this arranged marriage. He got married when he was sixteen years of age.

Jalarm’s love and attraction towards the sadhus and saints grew day by day and he would go to any extent to serve them. This was not acceptable to his father. His deep involvement with the saints led to the separation from his father’s business. He had decided to go his own way. Then he lived with his uncle for sometime. Uncle Valjibhai was very fond of Jalaram but even that love and fondness for his uncle would not deterrent Jalaram’s desire from serving the saintly persons. One day with the permission of his parents and uncle, he set out on a holy pilgrimage. He was fortunate that Virbaima was keen to follow her husband Jalaram. To her, Jalaram’s work was her work, his wishes were her wishes.

At the age of 18 years, he accepted Sri Bhojalram as his Guru and with his blessings, he started “Sadavrata” a feeding centre; a place where all saints and needy persons can go and expect to be fed. This Sadavarata was kept open 24 hours a day. Both Jalaram and Virbaima started working for this holy place. Jalaram’s belief was that, “This is the Lord’s order and His work. I am not doing anything for anybody. Lord has asked me to do this service”.

When he was 20 years, his saintliness won him great fame and respect in the society. There are many instances regarding as how he was put to tests for his patience and endurance. Love towards others and his steadfastness of thinking clothed him with sacred effulgence. His fame spread far and farther and he was regarded and accepted as a great Saint. They used to come to him for guidance when they faced difficulties, and for blessings in distress. There is a hearsay that once he was requested for to see a seriously ailing child. He went and blessed the child and he was fully cured. Parents of the child believed that the blessings of Jalaram Bapa cured the child. From that incident the people looked upon Jalaram as God and they used to address him as “BAPA”, meaning God—the Father of all. There were numerous such instances that we came to know from the books, written about him. His feeding place Sadavrata’ is still functioning today. People from the different corners of India and still continue to visit the place for the blessings of Jalaram Bapa.

Human beings are always hanker for wealth and happiness. But Jalaram Bapa was such a saint that such desire never assaulted him. In the year 1934, during the terrible famine, Jalaram Bapa worked with great hardship to feed those affected people. In 1935 his wife Virbaima died and in 1937 Bhakta Jalaram Bapa died while in prayers

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