Baba Ramdevji does not need any introduction. He is one of the most popular folk deity of Rajasthan and is know all over India. Thousands of people come to worship him in Runecha fair.
Also known as Ramapeer, Baba Ramdevji is considered to be an incarnation of Lord Krishna by Hindus. Muslims venerate him as Ram Shah Pir.
He was born in the houses of Ajmalji in the Tomar Rajput family.
History behind his birth
The king of Pokran, king Ajmal was follower of Lord Vishnu. He was very sad as he was childless. Once he was prayring in the temple. The priest considered him mad and told him to go to dwarika (which was swallowed by the sea) to meet lord Vishnu. Without any fear the king Ajmal dived into the sea to meet lord Krishna. Pleased at the king’s dedication and faith, the Lord granted him a boon. The king asked for Lord Krishna to be born as his son. Krishna was thus born as Baba Rajdevji.
Miracles in Childhood
It is said that in childhood Baba Ramdevji asked his mother to allow him for horse riding. But his mother didn’t allow him for riding and gave him a horse which was made of cloth. When Baba Ramdev rode the horse , it started flying in the air. Seeing this all got surprised. Till now the people who come to worship him in Runecha fair, gift the horses made of cloth in Baba Ramdev temple.
Baba Ramdev helped the down-trodden by granting them their wishes. He is also believed to have killed a demon called Bhairav.
There are many temples of Baba Ramdevji but the majestic Shri Ramdev temple is at Ramdevra, Runicha, 13 kms from Pokran in Jaisalmer district. It houses the shrine of Ramdev. It was the place where Baba Ramdevji took samadhi on Bhadrapada Shukla Ekadashi in V.S. 1442 at the age of 33 years. Dalibai, his ardent follower (Meghwal), was also buried near his grave.
Fairs are held twice a year. People flock to the temple and chant the glory of Ramsa Pir, so that their prayers may be answered. Many cultural events are also organized during this fair. Wooden toy horses covered with cloth are among the most popular offerings at the temple.