Ever heard of a temple that doesn’t accept any offerings yet feeds thousands of people daily for free? Yes, I am talking about a temple in Gujarat but before getting to know about its details, you need to read the story of a small kid.
So here it goes…
Jalaram was a very kind kid and a devotee of lord Rama. He used to stay with his uncle and Work at his grocery shop. However, he was more interested in social working than attending to the business. He would give away rice, flour and a lot of other things to the needy.
One day a group of saints came to his shop and said they were hungry. The ever helpful Jalaram gave them some flour, jaggery and ghee. His neighbour saw this and ran to his uncle to show him how Jalaram was giving away stuff from his shop without his consent.
His uncle got very angry and went immediately to the shop to stop him. The saints were right there carrying the bottle of ghee and the bags of flour and jaggery. He asked Jalaram what was he doing? Out of fear Jalaram replied ” I gave this holy man some water and cowdung cakes”
Confused, his uncle checked the bags and really the ghee had turned into water and the flour and jaggery to the dung cakes”
Many miracles followed in his life after that. He used to pray for the sick and they would heal.
He had started a feeding centre named ‘sadavrat’ where any body could have meal for free. It is said that centre never ran out of food no matter how many people ate at a time.
He led his life serving others and became a saint himself. people started praying him and made a temple on his name which is the temple I mentioned earlier.
The temple has stopped accepting any offerings from the devotees since the year 2000. It’s been 14 years now and the temple has never run short of food even though everyday it is served twice a day as prasad. Thousands of people have it for free.
It is as if jalaram bappa himself is looking after it. Making sure not a single person goes out hungry from his place.
Even today we gujaratis believe, if we have a ceremony and the number of people turns out more than expected, just pray Him and request to handover food to the guests himself and there will be enough food for all.
I am not sure how much of this is true or where the money for the storage in the temple comes from? Do the offerings donated till the year 2000 is sufficient enough to last a lifetime or is it the miracle of Jalaram bappa again?
I do not know, but what I do know is, today, when the temples have become a source of income for many, a business for many pandits, there is one, in virpur gujarat that is saving lives by feeding people without any selfish motive or expecting anything in return.
It stands as a hope to the humanity and God. May be there is a God somewhere above us.
Ps: There is no intention of hurting anyone’s feelings in this post nor I am promoting any single religion or temple. It is just a post of information about a saint and temple that I believe in and want the world to know.
By- Sweety Pateliya