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At Rajamundry, Narmada Hathi welcomed Shri Nathji with bands and multitudes of people, which included mahatmas and sages from South India.
The city of Rajamundry appeared to be filled with a light divine, which it had never experienced before. People rushed in the hundreds and thousands for a glimpse of Shri Nathji.
Narmada had told them that Shri Nathji was God Incarnate come down to earth. Even as Shri Nathji’s Divine Glory soured to the heavens, the hearts and souls of the people were flooded by an inexpressible divine bliss.
Those were the days when Shri Nathji had begun to wear an orange cloth around his head, draped in a beautiful majestic way, so that it looked like a crown. People who saw him in this head-dress called it the ‘Viraat-roop.’
It was also easier to wear, and cooler than the seven yard silk turban he usually wore. At Rajamundry and at Chanda, Shri Nathji simply draped it around his head rather than tie it into the shape of a crown.
Portraits of that time were worshipped by people in their homes who thought of them as the most beautiful vision of God they had ever seen in their lives. Shri Nathji never appeared bare-headed before people. He was handsome in a divine way, in whatever dress he wore, whatever form he assumed.
Narmada was a very poor woman. Her house was very small and very primitive, with no facilities of electricity or tap water. A number of rich people of the city-seths-offered their homes to Shri Nathji.
However, Shri Nathji preferred to remain at the house of Narmada Hathi. There, Narmada and her husband served Shri Nathji with great devotion, whilst hundreds and thousands of people came for Shri Nathji’s darshan.
A temporary electric fan was installed, using a neighbour’s electric connection. The water for Shri Nathji was brought in buckets from the river Godavari. It was as if the river were being brought to Shri Nathji’s door.
The reason for Shri Nathji’s visit to Rajamundry was to become clear in the days that were to follow.