Godhood of Ghanshyam
Once Dharmadev went on a polgrimage with his family. After having
done Darshan in various places, they reached Gondal, home to a small
temple in which a small idol (statue) of Thakorji was installed.
Dharmadev was ecstatic because the small idol was very attractive.
This idol fulfills the desires of devotees. In the evening it was
time for Aarti. Devotees began to come to see God as the conch rang
loudly. Bells, gongs and drums were being heard all around.
Dharmadev was there with his three sons. He was singing Aarti and
watching the idol. Ghanshyam was standing before the image of Thakorji
and it became alive. Thakorji stepped down from the throne and approached
Ghanshyam like he was going to meet him. There was a garland around
his neck which he put around Ghanshyam's neck. Soon the image was
back where it originally was, on the throne in the altar. Dharmadev
witnessed what had happened and his happiness knew no border. There
were other divotees who had come to see God and they also witnessed
what had just occurred, Every citizen, including King Aumansingh
heard about this miracle of Ghanshyam's.
However, the King wanted to test Ghanshyam's divinity so he had
Dharmadev and his sons come to court the next morning. Dharmadev
arrived on time and the King told him, "I have heard miraculous
things about your son, who is this Ghanshyam?" Dharmadev called
Ghanshyam and said to the King, "This is my son, Ghanshyam.
He has been blessed by Thakorji in the temple during Aarti."
The King thought that if Ghanshyam is a reincarnation of God, his
feet must have the divine marks. The spititual thought is that,
"He who has sixteen divine marks on the feet is without a doubt
God." The King thought to himself and said, "Let me test
Ghanshyam sat down in his father's lap and extended his legs so
the bottom of his feet could be seen. Sure enough, sixteen divine
signs could be seen on Ghanshyam's feet. There were nine marks on
his right foor and seven on his left foot."
As the King achieved the divine vision, he lost consciousness for
a little while. He was convinced that Ghanshyam was indeed God and
summoned the Queen. The Queen arrived and visualized with her own
eyes the proof of Ghanshyam's Godhood. They offered precious ornaments
to Ghanshyam and worshipped him. They did Aarti of Ghanshyam.
Dharmadev returned to Chhapiya after finishing the journey. Ghanshyam
made people believe he was indeed God himself. Ghanshyam's exploits
are numerous and far from being able to descibe with the due respect
they deserve. What else can be said for human kind?
Answer the following questions.
- Where did Dharmadev reach after doing
Darshan at several palces?
- What did Dharmadev see in that village?
- What was the miracle that happened during
- What the King desire?
- What did the King thing when Dharmadev
showed Ghanshyam to him?
- What did Ghanshyam show the King?
The sixteen divine marks on Ghanshyam's feet
Please, witness these marks in the picture of "Charnavind.
Left foot: Trikon, Kalash, Gopad, Dhanush, Meen, Artdhachandra, Vyom,
Right foot: Ashtakon, Urdhwarekha, Swastik, Jambu, Jav, Vajra, Ankush