Shree Sadguru Kaka Maharaj
ith a view to further propogate Swaroop Sampradaya after
Him and to complete the goal set by Him and to provide proper direction and guidance to
His devotees for whom He had tremendous affection, Shree Sadguru Digambardas
Maharaj, known as Shree
Shri Ashok Raghunath Joshi
Shree Kaka Maharaj
as his successor.
It is with tremendous zeal
and efficiency, the parallel of which cannot be found anywhere, Shree Kaka Maharaj also
known as Ashok Kaka, shouldered this responsibility and has carried out the enormous task
left behind by his preceptor, Shree Maharaj.
Shri Ashok Kaka alias Kaka
Maharaj was born in a religious and spiritually oriented family in a village Khanumath of
Ratnagiri District, Maharashtra State, Western India. His father Raghunathrao was blessed
by Shree Maharaj as well as by Shree Nana Maharaj of Dabhol,
Shree Bhalchandra Maharaj of Kankavli ( Devgad ) and by Rahul
Maharaj of Kudal.
Hence the childhood of
Shree Ashok Kaka has been influenced by the association of the saints with his family.
When he attained the age of
7-8 years, very often during his sleep, he used to experience the explosion of
brilliant and illuminated spark in his head. As a result he used to get up and
cry. Since this experience continued Shree Maharaj advised Shree Ashok Kaka to worship
During 1954, when Ashok
Kaka attained the age of 10 years, Shree
Maharaj initiated him as his disciple.
During school and college
days till he joined the town planning department in Kolhapur Shree Ashok Kaka was blessed
by Shree Sadguru Tembe Maharaj, who predicted and told the future happenings in advance to
Shree Ashok Kaka.
After his transfer to Pune
city, Pune District, Maharashtra State, Western India, Shree Ashok Kaka came directly
under the association of Shree Maharaj.
During his stay in Pune,
Lord Maruti, came in his dream for three consecutive days ordering Shree Ashok Kaka to go
to Himalayas for worshipping Shree Prabhu Ram. He was not allowed to go
by Shree Maharaj as he had dependant aged parents, wife and children.
Since 1976, Shree Ashok
Kaka started visiting the Pune temple-shrine (Muth) regularly. He also left the government
job and joined Shree Samarth Development Corporation run by Shri
Further, on the advice of
Shree Maharaj, Shree Ashok Kaka started staying permanently in Pune to carry out civil
works pertaining to the Temple-shrine (Muth). This also enabled him to render service to
his preceptor, Shree Maharaj. This could be conveniently done by Shree Ashok Kaka entirely
due to full support of his wife who stayed in Mumbai (Bombay) and shouldered all family
Shree Ashok Kaka has been
from the beginning, sincere, honest, fearless and without any feeling of greed or
attachment for the material things. He also made fast progress on the spiritual
side. Due to his exceptional capacity to work for 16-18 hours a day,
Shree Maharaj had alloted all the important responsibilities of the temple-shrine (Muth)
in addition to the building work to Shree Ashok Kaka.
The relationship between
Shree Maharaj and Shree Ashok Kaka was based upon lofty sentiment and was on a very higher
Digambardas Maharaj, before leaving his mortal body, to clear all the doubts,
declared in the presence of some devotees "Ashok himself is my son. He will
shoulder all the responsibilities after me. I myself will continue to carry all the works
on his behalf."
Later when Shree Maharaj
attained Mahasamadhi [the last conscious communion with God] on May 21, 1989, the question
of who would succeed him arose. After a lot of discussion with the devotees and entreaties
and persuasion on their part and mainly to honour Shree Maharajs wishes, Shree Ashok
Kaka started to manage the affairs of the temple-shrine. To the self illuminated
personality of Shree Ashok Kaka, was then added the resplendence of his superhuman
Later on, within a short
period Shree Ashok Kaka built the exquisitely beautiful temple-shrine of Shree Baba
Maharaj and Shree Maharaj at Pune, marvelous Shree Swami Samarth temple at Swami Samarth
Nagar, Andheri (West), Mumbai and beautiful Shree
Samarth Udyan at Shree Kshetra Dervan.
He arranged for "Akhand
Namasmaran" (non-stop or continuous chanting of the name of God) namely
"Shree Swami Samarth Jay Jay Swami Samarth" at temple-shrines
of Shree Baba Maharaj of Pune and Shree Sant Seetarambua of
Further Shree Ashok Kaka
(Kaka Maharaj) also treats all devotees with transcendental affection and engages himself
day and night in his task working out their material as well as spiritual well being.
During January 1992, at
Pune temple-shrine, with utmost ease, he arranged the performance of "Lakshachandi
Yadnya" a sacrifice for the benefit of the entire humanity. It is
to be noted here that, during the last fifty years, this Yadnya (sacrifice) was
never performed either in Maharashtra or entire India as only virtuous
personalities of tremendous eminence can get performed this sacrifice (yadnya) whose
performance is considered to be very difficult due to the complicated and stupendous scale
of the religious rituals involved in it.
The yadnya (sacrifice) was
conducted during January 08, 1992 and went on for 17 days till January 24, 1992
during which 980 brahmins from various corners of India had come to Pune.
The rituals connected with the sacrifice would begin at 06:30 AM and continue upto
04:00 - 05:00 PM. Then there would be prasad [a sweet dish distributed at a
religious place] in the form of meals. All the senior brahmins gathered in the Yadnya
remarked in unanimous voice:
" Never in
our lifetime had we ever seen a sacrifice of such magnitude performed with such discipline
and we really doubt whether even in future we would be able to witness the performance of
such sacrifice. It would become possible only if Shree Ashok Kaka himself again decides to
perform such a sacrifice."
After witnessing that
Yadnya (sacrifice) all the devotees were convinced that, Shree Ashok Kaka (Shree Kaka
Maharaj) was not an ordinary human being but some great divine power