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Lakhangiri Maharaj of Shulpani in Narmada Parikrama

Excerpts from the book of Vivek ji: Narmada Parikrama -Walking the 3,000 kilometres of sacred Riverbanks of holy Narmada

Vivek ji sitting in temple during Narmada Parikrama
Vivek ji during Narmada Parikrama

Shulpani is a place that holds a significant place in the history of Narmada Parikrama . One man's experience changed the course of events in this area. While doing the parikrama, Lakhan giri Maharaj was robbed by the locals. He decided to stay put and began to share his knowledge and love with the people. His efforts brought about a sense of peace that still exists among the parikramavasis today. In my view, the Shulpani Bhils did not engage in looting the Parikramavasis. In the past, it was common for Bhils to go about without any clothing. When encountering those who were clothed, such as the parikramavasis , they would seize their garments and other possessions. Despite this, they would still offer them sustenance in the form of tough bread with a spicy bread or Roti. From my perspective, the underlying motive of the action was to assimilate into the Bhil community by promoting the adoption of the dominant group's attire.


The impact of Lakhangiri Maharaj's teachings has been profound, transforming the way in which people perceive themselves and their relationship with the sacred practice of parikrama. Through his teachings, numerous Bhils have come to comprehend the parikrama of Mother Narmada, whom they affectionately refer to as their sister. Lakhangiri Maharaj revolutionised the approach to providing sewa in this area, resulting in a serene atmosphere throughout Shulpani. As we traversed the area, joyous countenances abounded. As we journeyed along the path, we came upon the ashram of Lakahngiri Maharaj. We took a moment to offer our prayers before continuing on our way.

Excerpts from the book of Vivek ji: Narmada Parikrama -Walking the 3,000 kilometres of sacred Riverbanks of holy Narmada

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