SRI 1008 SOMBARI MAHARAJ
Sri 1008 Sombari Maharaj
Little is known about the earlier part of his life except that he was born in the second half of 18th centuary in the then NORTH WEST FRONTIER PROVINCE during BRITISH RAJ. He was born in a rich family and his father was a JUDGE. All this information came to light when his father after persistently searching for him, met him at BADRINATH TEMPLE, which SOMBARI MAHARAJ used to visit every year on foot. Father requested him to return home but he refused. Next, the father gave him money, which he distributed then and there AMONGST POOR.
The available images of SOMBARI BABA are very rare because most of the open attempt to photograph him resulted in blackened photographic plates when developed. At present Only two images are available, one shows him walking unconcerned, as shown below. The other in a sitting posture. It is said that he never permitted any one to shoot him. It is also said that both these photographs were shot from a hidden place.
He was a SHIVA devotee and used to conduct BHANDARAS on Monday’s (SOMBAR-the day dedicated to Lord Shiva), that is why he was known as SOMBARI MAHARAJ. A strict disciplinarian and Brhmachari by birth, he used to have only one midnight meal that was also shared with a lion who used to visit him at that hour daily as narrated by a sadhu, who had fallen from his PATH and was disciplined and corrected by SOMBARI MAHARAJ.
THE RENOVATED PADAMPURI ASRAM OF SOMBARI BABA NEAR BHIMTAL (NAINITAL), UTTARAKHAND, INDIA.