Nature and Life style of Raja Sahib:
Still waters run, deep, ruffled are the
words, which candidly throw an insight into the nature of the man, who thought
ahead of time. Though Raja Sahib was obstinate in his early age, but as he grew,
he became a simple man with a kind and polite nature.
It was never heard of him to ill-treat any man. Whosoever came to
him was treated with marked courtesy. It almost became a proverb amongst his
acquaintances and his relatives that guests were nowhere entertained with
greater hospitality than at Raja Sahib’s Palace. But in spite of his
simplicity if any one misbehaved towards him he would pay back in his own coin.
Raja Sahib never failed to take part in the marriage ceremonies and
other festivities of his acquaintances. He held it a principle to visit his
acquaintances at time of grief if not on joyous occasion, whether they were rich
or poor. He did not possess a tinge of pride that usually comes with wealth and
Despite the fact that Raja Sahib rubbed shoulders with European
elite of the time, he remained a simple man with a heart of gold. He dressed up
simply with a Turban, an angarkha and pyjama. He wore shoes made at Jaipore, but
at times he used English shoes. He carried a small walking stick with a silver
Although, Raja Sahib’s palace was spacious, beautiful and well
furnished, he used to live in a room, which was small and unfurnished, which he
He lived a very disciplined life. He used to wake up at 3 am and would meditate
and pray till 7 am. After this he would take little milk and then go out on foot
to see his friends, his carriage and horse following behind him. He got into it
only when the sun was unbearably hot. He would return back by 10 am and would
visit Shri Gopal Lal’s temple where he took bath once again and had meal with
his wife after the Raj Bhog Arti darhsan.
It was regular practice on part of Raja Sahib to feed cows and poor
people. After an hour of rest, he would turn his attention towards business
issues and worked till 5 pm. During the evening, he would again go to friends or
relative’s place and returned home by 8 pm. After taking his meal, he would
retire around 9 pm. Sometimes, before retiring, he would sit down with Seth
Ballabhdas, Jiwandas and Munims (managers &
accountants) on matters of real importance. It is during this time, all urgent
letters and telegrams received in the evening were put before him and
deliberations were held over them.
He had a wonderful memory. Once a person came to see him
accompanied by another man, who was gaily dressed up. After formal exchange of
courtesies the gentleman introduced his friend. Raja Sahib told the gentleman
with apologies that he remembered to have seen his friend about 25 years back in
Ballabhdas’s wedding, while he was playing on cymbals in accompaniment to the
songs of a certain songstress from Saugor. That turned out to be true.
Similarly, he knew the names of majority of the peasants in his village from
generation to generation and remembered the smallest details of events that
happened years ago.
He was a man of strong heart and adhered to his routine even on
tours to his village, which he visited frequently from time to time. Taking up
of journey on foot of eight to ten miles was not of inconvenience to him even at
the age of 70.
He was gifted with a subtle and polite sense of humour, which was
sometimes of great service to the community. An instance is quoted from the
‘Maheshwari Patrika’ (a community magazine) of Aligarh:
‘Seth Ghasiram of Gadarwara expressed a wish to marry in his old
age. This news somehow reached Raja Sahib. So, once when he went to Gadarwara to
inspect his shop, he visited Seth Ghasiram and in the course of conversation he
brought the subject of his marriage and said, ‘Well Sethji, I was very glad to
hear of your proposed marriage. Really, it is a laudable resolution on your
part. By the way, will you invite me too to your marriage? I press you, simply
because I have been to the marriage of many young men, but I have never attended
marriage of a superannuated bridegroom. I feel, however, that through your
kindness this great good fortune will soon be mine.’
Seth Ghasiram felt ashamed by this cutting irony of Raja Sahib and
consequently gave up the idea of marriage. By means of such humour, he did the
work of moral instruction and social reforms. As Raja Sahib used to make jests
at other’s expense, they too used to do likewise, but far from being offended
he used to take them in good humour. He believed that in the realm of jokes
there were no inequalities of wealth or position, and that a man who cuts a
joke, ought to be ready to take one in return. He always remained cheerful. It
was his nature, which touched whosoever came in contact with him.
Spiritual Gurus of the Family
The Family Deity
Like his father, he too was initiated into the Vallabh sect, the
cult that came into prominence in 15th century AD under the patronage of
Vallabhacharya. Though, Vallabhacharya born to a brahmin family near Benaras in
1479AD he lived in the court of Krishna Deva of Vijaynagar empire in South
India. He laid emphasis on the worship of Krishna as an incarnation of the
Almighty. He preached that there was no difference between the ‘Atma’
and the ‘Parmatma’ (God). For he believed ‘It is by means
that one can get salvation and merge in him’.
Following the preaching of Vallabhacharya, Raja Sahib
worshipped only one diety, Shri Gopal Lal, during his life. His wife too was
introduced into the sect. Shri Girdharji of Benaras was his Guru. He was also
the guru of his father. Over the period of time, Raja Sahib preserved the same
devotion towards all the subsequent Gurus who came after him on the Gaddi at
Beneras. Raja Sahib, as her predecessors held Shri Shayam Beti, who occupied
Girdharji’s place after him with same regard. She was succeeded by Jiwanlal ji.
Great celebrations were held on the occasion of his visit to Jubbulpore. Gurus
were invited for private family ceremonies.
Besides these he looked upon all other Acharyas
of Vallabha sect as his Gurus. Shri Dewaki Nandanacharya who lived in Kamwana in
Mathura district, was a learned man of the Vallabh sect. He too paid frequent
visits to Jubbulpore and had good relations with Raja Sahib. All the Acharyas
of the Vallbh sect, whenever they visited Jubbulpore, used to put up in the Raja
Sahib’s garden and were treated and entertained with great hospitality.
Sahib’s devotion to Shri Gopal Lal:
Whenever Raja Sahib was not travelling, he used to take his meal
only once in the temple after the ‘Raja Bhoga Arti’.
His devotion towards Shri Gopal Lal could be gathered from this
small incident when Raja Sahib had an attack of Gout in 1888. The cramps had
disabled him so much that he had to be carried in a chair before Shri Gopal Lal.
For some time he had been under medication of good physician, but there seem to
be no relief from the pain. One day he had a severe attack, as usual the
servants took him to the temple on the chair. But he was unable to get out of
the chair. As result of this, he could only pay his respect to the lord from his
chair. He was much troubled at heart for his improper way of paying respect to
his humble deity.