Barfani Dadaji



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Other Names and Nicknames: 
Yogiraj Brahmarishi Barfani Dadaji, Yogiraj Barfani Dadaji
Function: 
Guru
Traditions: 
Tera bhai Tyagi Akhada, Ramanand Sampradaya
Main Countries of Activity: 
India
Date of Birth: 
On the day of Deepawali of 1792
Place of Birth: 
Hari Kheda, UP, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Yes
Other Related Gurus: 
Dhuniwale Dadaji, Arjundasji, Kaila Brahmchari

Biography

His Holiness Brahmarishi Barfani Dadaji nestled in the midst of the beautiful Mekal mountains and the Narmada, is the Barfani Yogashram. It is here that Himalayan Kayakalpi Saint 'His Holiness' Brahmarishi Shri Yogaraj Barfani Dadaji resides.

Legend is that, while meditating in the Himalayas, his body was covered with snow, hence his name 'Barfani'. Yogi Raj Barfani Dada was born in the Dodi Kheda Village on the banks of the Ganges in Uttar Pradesh, in a royal family.

His father, having no issues, had married thrice. Finally he became a disciple of Sant Dhuni Waale Dada ji of Sai Kheda. The saint blessed two of his wives and told them that they should pledge the youngest of their to-be-born sons to a saintly sect. Both the wives had two sons each, of which Barfani Dada was the youngest. Hence at the age of 8, his father took him to the Ashram of Dhuni Waale Dada ji and pledged him to the Saint. In those days , Saint Arjun Das Maharaj of Ayodhya was camping there. Dhuni Waale Dada ji put Barfani Dada under Arjun Das Maharaj's tutelage. Shri Barfani Dadaji travelled all over India with the saint. He attained knowledge of Sanskrit, Religion, Philosophy, Mathematics and Ayurveda under the tutelage of Shri Kela Brahmachari of Varanasi. Shri Barfani Dadaji then left for the Himalayas to meditate.
In the Himalayas, he visited Nepal, Ranikhet, Pithorgarh, Tibet and Mansarovar temples and engaged himself in rigorous meditation attaining rare powers. He also learnt the secrets of meditation from the saint of Gyanganj, Paramhans Phuleri Baba. In 1930, the Dadaji relinquished his old body and attained a new one through Kayakalp Vidya. Following the Chinese invasion of 1962, Dadaji left his Himalayan abode and settled down at Amarkantak temple.

He chose Amarkantak temple because, it was an important pilgrimage centre where nearly 4 crore pilgrims visited every year and where Lord Shiva himself makes his presence felt in the form of the Narmada River.

His Holiness Barfani Dadaji was known as Hari Dutt Dubey during his childhood years. His father, Ram Dutt Dubey was a landlord of Dandiakhera, in the district of Unnav. He had daughters but no son. So along with his everyday puja in the Shiv Mandir, he also married thrice to get a son.

On his pilgrimage to Lake Mansarovar, he met Sant Dhuni Waale Dadaji of Sai Kheda and did seva to him. Pleased with his service, the saint hit his two wives with the thin stick that he carried and gave them a boon of begetting two sons each. He however, told Ram Dutt that youngest of the sons belonged to him and he would come and take him.

Dadaji was 8 years old when Sant Dhuni Waale Dadaji of Sai Kheda took him away. He took diksha from Saint Arjundas, a vaishnava saint. He also studied Sanskrit in Varanasi from Khela Brahmachari and attained knowledge of Sanskrit, Religion, Philosophy, Maths and Ayurveda under his tutelage then left for the Himalayas to meditate.

Thereafter, he went to Mansarovar and learnt tantra from Ganesh Lama. Once an avalanche fell on him and he came out of it by melting the snow through sadhana. Hence, he was known as Barfani Dadaji. He also learnt the secrets of meditation from the saint of Gyanganj, Paramhans Phuleri Baba.

In 1930, he did kayakalpa and rejuvenated his physical body once again. He continued to live in Mansarovar till 1962 from where he came to Haridwar during the Chinese invasion. Presently he stays in Amarkantak, which is the source of the Narmada River. He chose it because, it was an important pilgrimage centre where nearly 400 million pilgrims visit every year and where Lord Shiva Himself makes his presence felt in the form of the Narmada River.

Sources: 
Amarkantaker Barfani dadaji - a bengali book written by Shri Ranjit Kumar Majumder

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Barfani Baba

by Aabha Vatsa

(Kindle Edition)

With Barfan Baba…..,the author fulfills her laon awaited dream to make the pilgrimage to the Amarnath Cave, to pray at the shirneof the ice shivling. This book is a day to day chronicle of this yatra. The book also contains pictures/photographs of the arduous journey and is expected to be of great use to lakhs of pilgrims who throng Amarnath every year for a visit.