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  • 1. Sati Shree Lirbai Mataji The story of Sati Shree Lirbai Maa has been passed on from generation to generation for over two hundrend years. The story begins with Jeevan Modhwadia. He was from the Modhwada Gaam. Jeevan was well-known in Modhwada, however, people knew him for all the wrong reasons. People used to try and avoid him, and try not to catch his eye; if they did they used to shake with fear. He was near the holy place of Parab; where he stole two bulls from the Patel. He then walked with the bulls, toSati Shree Lirbai Maa Parab. Now, even though Jeevan was how he was- notorious, he always, without fail prayed to God in theevening. The Patel happened to go the holy place of Parab and he asked Sant Devidas if hehad seen his bulls. Jeevan overheard the Patel saying this and became extremely agitated.Whilst doing his mara, Jeevan prayed to God saying that he had never forgotten to rememberthe Divine Lord at any day. The Patel asked Sant Devidas again if he had seen his bulls. SantDevidas replied saying that no-one goes to Parabh if they have been stealing- and if they doby chance-they will never do it again. The Patel asked Sant Devidas if he could go and have alook to see if his bulls were anywhere to be seen. Overhearing this, Jeevan Modhwadiastarted to worry, knowing that he was going to be caught any second now. The Patel hadwhite bulls, and as Jeevan turned to look at them, they changed to a black colour! The bullshad suddenly changed colour just like Jeevan’s heart was about to…The Patel approached Jeevan, where he was doing his prayers and noticed that the bullsJeevan had, were similar to his. He went to Sant Devidas and told the Sant that the bullslooked alike to his, but they were a different colour. The Patel later left and Jeevan started tocry. He couldn’t believe it! He approached Sant Devidas, as he has just finished his prayersand held his feet. In this space of time, Jeevan Modhwadia realised that Bhakti was the paththat he wanted to take.From that day on, Jeevan Modhwadia was known as Jeevan Bhagat. He stayed at the holyplace of Parab for twelve years. He did a lot of ‘seva’ and Bhakti.Then one day, Sant Devidas sat Jeevan Bhagat down and told him that he felt it was time forJeevan Bhagat to go. He felt that Jeevan Bhagat had a calling to go. Jeevan Bhagat bowed toSant Devidas and started to walk. He stopped at the Gaam of Vekadi. There, an Ahir familyhad a function. Jeevan stayed all night and sang Bhajans and Kirtans. The next morning, theAhir’s daughter, Sonal, decided that she wanted to go with Jeevan Bhagat to Modhwada to doBhakti. Son Bai’s parents weren’t sure. They didn’t want their daughter to go with an olderman, by herself because people would talk. It wasn’t reputable for a girl to go with a singleman by herself. Son Bai didn’t say anything and she went to the nearby well to fill somewater. She came back and her fingers had divas on them, her tongue was all the way aroundher neck and the water carrier (Bedu) was three to four inches above her head. This was aparcho and Son Bai’s parents realised that she wasn’t an ordinary woman-but a Maha Sati.
  • 2. They let her go and Jeevan Bhagat and Son Bai walked and walked until they got toModhwada. As Jeevan Bhagat had come back to Modhwada after so many years, not manypeople recognised him. People started to talk. They gossiped saying that they couldn’tunderstand why Son Bai’s parents had let her go with a man by herself. They tried to look atSon Bai and their eyes started to hurt. There was some much glow and radiance on Son Bai’sface that they just couldn’t even glance at her. People realised that this woman wasn’t anordinary woman. They also found that the man was Jeevan Bhagat, and everyone wassurprised at how much he changed.In Modhwada Padaar, near the ‘Bava Vaav’ they found a little hut and that is where both ofthem lived. As people recognised Son Bai’s ‘Shakti Roop’, they often came to their hutwhere they sang Bhajan and Kirtans and had Prasad.Regularly, there came a seven year old girl. She used to go to the hut, to get water. There, sheused to stay on and sing Bhajans, sweep the floor and help Son Bai and Jeevan Bhagat. Shewas the daughter of Lakhi and Luno Modhwadia- her name was Liri. Lir Bai enjoyed goingto Jeevan Bhagat’s hut where she sang Bhajans until late in the night. Both Son Bai andJeevan Bhagat were fond of her, and she was like a daughter to both of them. They were fondof her because she was interested in God at such a young age.A few years later, when Lir Bai Maa grew older, Jetha Bhai Keshwala, from the nearbyvillage of Keshav came and asked Luno Bhagat, if he wanted to give her daughter to theirfamily. Luno Bhagat pondered and decided to ask only two people- Jeevan Bhagat and SonBai. The next day, Luno Bhagat went and asked them. Son Bai replied saying that all girlsshould eventually get married, and it was now her time. They told Luno Bhagat that theyshould take Ramapir’s name and start preparing.A year later, Lir Bai Maa got married to Vajshi Jetha Keshwala, from Keshav. As Lir Baipassed Son Bai’s hut, she bowed to her Guru’s and put her head on Son Bai’s lap and startedcrying. Son Bai reminded Lir Bai of her duties, now that she was a wife. She reminded herthat she should always keep her parents respect and reputation in mind.Being quite young and newly married, Vajshi Keshwala had a bad temper and got irritatedregularly. He would often go out socialising, come home late and argue with Lir Bai Maa forno reason. Remembering what Son Bai had told her, Lir Bai put up with it as much as shecould however, one day, she couldn’t bare it anymore. Getting her belongings, Lir Bai Maawent back to Modhwada, where she stayed at her parent’s house. Frequently visiting herGuru’s, she would sit there for hours singing Bhajan and Kirtans. Two months passed, andLir Bai Maa still hadn’t come back. Vajshi Keshwala’s friends started to mock him sayingthat he couldn’t stand up to Jeevan Bhagat or Luno Bhagat. They told him that it was Son Baiand Jeevan Bhagat’s fault that Lir Bai had left. They told him that he should go immediatelyto Modhwada and confront everyone.
  • 3. Angrily, Vajshi Keshwala got on his horse and rode up toModhwada; he found out that Lir Bai Maa was at JeevanBhagat’s Hut and that made him angrier. Vajshi Keshwalalistened in to the conversation that Son Bai and Lir Baiwere having. Son Bai Maa told Liri Maa that a husband islike God and that she should go and return to Keshav assoon as possible. She explains to Lir Bai Maa that sheshouldn’t be staying at her parent’s house when she ismarried.Vajshi overheard and realised that they weren’t trying todestroy their marriage, but to make it better. He walked inand started crying. Bowing down to Jeevan Bhagat andSon Bai, he apologises and asks for forgiveness. Sati Shree Lirbai Maa Accepting his apology, Jeevan Bhagat tells Lir Bai andVajshi Keshwala to go back to Keshav and do a Barporo Paath (Ramapir’s Paath) at Bij (2ndday of the month). Returning to Keshav, he was now known as Vajshi Bhagat.Now that Vajshi Bhagat had changed, he didn’t like eating meat or going out with his friends.Whenever anyone did anything wrong, he used to confront them and show them that Bhaktiwas the right way. Slowly, his friends stopped being his friends. Some decided to stay withVajshi Bhagat and become Bhagats others carried on as they were. When Bij came, there wasa Barporo Paath at Vajshi Bhagat’s house. Many people from Modhwada, Keshav and othervillages nearby came to enjoy the Bhajans, which lasted for a few days…Lir Bai Maa went on to have two boys, Punjo and Patho and a daughter called Puti. As afamily, they would often sit and sing Bhajans, whenever people came to their house; theywould make prasadi and made sure that everyone ate before they left.On Maha Bij, Vikram Savant 1854, Jeevan Bhagat and Son Bai took their Samadhi in theGaam of Modhwada. Invitations were sent out to Virpur, Satadhar and Parab. Lir Bai Maaand Vajshi Bhagat found it hard as did many of the people in Modhwada.One day, Jeevan Bhagat became ill. Even though the people from Keshav advised him to takesome medicine, Vajshi Bhagat disagreed. He felt that his time had come for him to takeSamadhi. Liri Maa did not agree with this. She explained to Vajshi Bhagat that it was notright for him to go before her, as she is the wife, she should take Samadhi her first. Lir BaiMaa tells Bhagat that many women have died for their husbands and for Vajshi Bhagat to gofirst-it wouldn’t be right. The only way forward was for someone to give their life to him.
  • 4. Contemplating this, the next morning, Puti Bai got some Tulsi leaves; water and incense gave it to Vajshi Bhagat and told him that she would give her life to him. She explained that Punjo and Patho were sons and that they would carry on the family name. Sati Puti Bai was ten years old when she gave her life to her dad. Her mandir and Samadhi is in Keshav. She is known as ‘Puti Sati Aai’. Punjo and Patho got married to two sisters from the Gaam of Tukda. Now that their sons were grown-up and married, Lir Bai and Vajshi Bhagat gave all the responsibilities to them. Wanting to take her Samadhi at Modhwada near her Guru’s, Lir Bai went and asked Vangha Patel if that was possible. Knowing that Lir Bai was a Devi, he carefully explained to Lir Bai, that he or the rest of the people in Modhwada couldn’t bear to see their daughter being buried in her home Gaam.Sati Shree Lirbai Maa Mandir invillage of Sisli Without uttering a word, Lir Bai Maa returned toKeshav, where she felt that she wanted to leave Keshav and go to the village of Kandora. Thepeople of Keshav were upset and they kept questioning the reason why Lir Bai Maa wantedto leave. Sati explained that she felt like Kandora was calling her and that it was in herdestiny to go. Settling in Kandora, Liri Maa held a Barporo Paath, where Nathoo Bhagat fromKotri came; Natha Bhagat from Ratadi, Rajshi Bhagat from Nagka and Rudi Aai fromModhwada. Every Bij, Lir Bai Maa and Vajshi Bhagat held a Barporo Paath. They wouldsing Bhajans have prasadi.The time came when Lir Bai Maa wanted to take her Samadhi. Her time had come and sheknew that she had to go. Calling Natha Bhagat, Nathoo Bhagat, Rajshi Bhagat and Rudi Aai,as well as many others, Lir Bai Maa held her last Barporo Paath. Sati Shree Lir Bai Maa tookher Samadhi on Maha Bij, Vikram Savant 1832.Vajshi Bhagat took his Samadhi a year later.There are many mandirs of Lir Bai Maa, which are in Modhwada, Keshav, Kotdi, RanaKandorana, Sisli and Kinderkheda- to name a few. Not only was Lir Bai Maa a Maherani, butshe was a Maha Sati that uplifted the Maher name and made the Maher Naat proud.