Shri Sant Balumama Bhandara Festival completed on 7 Mar 2018 (click on text to see details)
About Shri Saint Balumama
Shri Balumama was a shepherd belonging to the kuruba gowda / dhangar community. He is considered a saint. A shepherd, by the very nature of his job, has to come in contact usually with people who are at the very low section of society, whose life is in trouble and in bad habits. Shri Sant Balumama temple (samadi ) is located at a place called Admapur.
A shepherd cannot remain unaffected by them but Balumama was an exception and not an ordinary shepherd. In association with Balumama, their life changed almost beyond recognition.
He was a practical guide and counsel to them. Their miserable and immoral life was transformed into a civilized and spiritual one.
They could not thank god sufficiently for their good fortune to have such a spiritual guide.
He is having many millions of followers in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. The Shri Saint Baluamama temple is located at a place called Admapur in Kolhapur district in Maharastra.
Shri Saint Balumama’s life
Balumama was born in 1892, in a village called Akkol in Chikkodi taluka of Belgaum district in Karnataka.
His father name was Mayappa and mother was Satyavva.
He spent his childhood with his parents but was always lost in meditation and was a quiet boy. He later went on to live with his sister and was married to her daughter against his will.
The marriage did not last long. He was given about 15 sheep by his in-laws which he started to tend.
Balumama was the disciple of Shri Mulye Maharaj of Gargoti in Maharastra. Shri Mule Maharaj temple is in Gargoti (Kolhapur district), was a saint in the last century. He is also said to be the incarnation of Shri Halsidhha Nath.
Shri Balumama Temple at Admapur
Balumama died at the age of 74 in 1966 at a village called Admapur in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra.
A temple was built in his memory in Adamapur which is near Nipani in Karnataka and Kolhapur in Maharashtra.
The Temple is looked after by the “Shri Balumama Trust”. The sheep numbers have now grown to about 40,000, which are looked after by the temple trust.
Shri Balumama spent most of his time at Margudevi temple, which is located (walkable distance) near the main temple. When I visited this place I felt great peace.
What people say about Shri Saint Balumama
Original Pic of Shri Balumama
While shepherding his sheep, he was known to have performed several miracles and help lots of poor and downtrodden people. He used to travel long distances with his sheep including parts of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
He was fluent in both Kannada and Marathi. Whatever he said came to pass without fail. So had a huge disciple group among the rural poor, who began to worship him as a saint. The sheep which Balumama had were considered as holy as well.
If the herd of Balumama’s sheep stayed or passed through a person’s farms or field, he was bound to have had happiness, health and wealth.
Belief about Saint Balumama
The sheep of Balumama are considered sacred, the current sheep which are the progeny (descendants) of the original sheep of Balumama are considered to be auspicious. And groups of these sheep are taken to various places at the request of Balumamas devotees.
There is a belief that these sheep brings good luck.
Shri Balumama Aarti at Admapur
- Shri Balumama Bhaknuk
- Shri Balumama Story (dhangari ovi)
- Shri Balumama Bhakti Geet | Balumama Dev Majha
- Saint Balumama Powada