Sri Trailanga Swami Ji was a Hindu yogi and mystic famed for his spiritual powers. It is believed that Trailanga Swami was incarnation of the Lord Shiva and referred as the “The walking Lord Shiva of Varanasi"
There are many stories and anecdotes about Sri Trailanga Swami's spiritual and yogic powers. He is believed to have lived for more than 300 years, 150 of which were lived in Varanasi, until his death in 1887. In varanasi, he lived at different places including Assi Ghat, the Vedavyas Asharama at Hanuman Ghat and Dashashwamedh Ghat. He was often found roaming the streets or the ghats, stark naked and "carefree as a child". He was reportedly seen swimming or floating on the river Ganges for hours.
His fame had spread and a vast number of people seeked him to allievate their pain and suffereings.
During his stay in Varanasi, several prominent contemporary Bengali saints like Lokenath Brahmachari, Benimadhava Brahmachari, Bhagaban Ganguly, Ramakrishna Paramahamsa , Vivekananda, Mahendranath Gupta, Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Abhedananda, Bhaskarananda, Vishuddhananda, Vijaykrishna and Sadhak Bamakhepa met him and were convinced of his divinity
Sri Trailanga Swami was born in the year 1607, in Kumbilapuram (now known as Kumili of Puspatirega Tehisil) at Vizianagaram District in Andhra Pradesh, with the name of Shivarama. His parents Narashingha Rao and Vidyavati Devi.
After 20 years of spiritual practice (sadhana), he met his preceptor swami, Bhagirathananda Saraswati, in 1679 from the Punjab. Bhagirathananda initiated Shivaram into monastic vows (sannyasa) and named him Swami Ganapati Saraswati in 1685. Ganapati reportedly led a life of severe austerities and went on a pilgrimage, reaching Prayag in 1733, before finally settling in Varanasi in 1737
A member of the Dashanami order, Sivarama became known as Trailanga Swami after he settled in Varanasi, living the monastic life.In Varanasi, till his death in 1887, he lived at different places including Assi Ghat, the Vedavyas Asharama at Hanuman Ghat, Dashashwamedh Ghat. A number of people became attracted to him upon hearing of his yogic powers to ameliorate their sufferings.
In the later stage of his life, as his fame spread, crowds of pilgrims visited Sri Trailanga Swami. During his last days, he took up living like a python (ajagaravritti) in which he sat still without any movement, and devotees poured water (abhisheka) on him from early morning till noon, looking upon him as a living incarnation of Shiva.
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There are many stories told about Sri Trailanga Swami and his spiritual powers, such that he has become a near mythical figure in India. Trailanga swami never cared to exhibit his powers though he had acquired them all as can be seen in his gestures to his unfortunate brethern. Those saved or helped by him turned to spirituality and became models and examples for fellow human beings to emulate.
Many Saints met Sri Trailanga Swami during his lifetime. The famous Bengali Saint, Sri Ramakrishna, visited Trailinga Swami and said that although he had taken a body, Trailinga Swami was truly Lord Shiva and the embodiment of Wisdom.
It is said that Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was greatly attracted towards Trailanga Swami. There are at least four references to Trailang Swami in The Gospel of Ramakrishna.
Sri Trailanga Swami had a very clear idea as to when to shed the mortal coils. He once told Umacharan, his closest disciple, that in about five or six years he would leave his body. He also told him that he would be informed well before hand and he should come to Kashi(Now Varanasi), where Sri Trailanga Swami resided, without fail.
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The only known living disciple of Trailangaswamiji is a woman, Shankari Mai Jiew. Daughter of one of Trailangaswami’s disciples, she received the swami’s training from her early childhood. She lived for forty years in a series of lonely Himalayan caves near Badrinath, Kedarnath, Amarnath, and Pasupatinath. The brahmacharini (woman ascetic), born in 1826, is now well over the century mark. Not aged in appearance, however, she has retained her black hair, sparkling teeth, and amazing energy. She comes out of her seclusion every few years to attend the periodical melas or religious fairs.