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Sant Narhari Sonar Jayanti - Birth Anniversary - Story

Sant Narhari Sonar Jayanti is the birth anniversary of Saint Narhari Sonar, who was an ardent devotee of Bhagavan Vithoba and Mahadev Shiva and is believed to have had the darshan of Bhagawan Vithoba (Sri Hari Vishnu). Sant Narhari Sonar Jayanti 2024 date is August 17. A goldsmith by profession, he got the darshan of Vithoba when he tried to measure the waist size of the murti of Vithoba at Pandharpur Vitthal Temple through imagination.

Sant Narhari Sonar Jayanti is observed on the thirteenth day of the shukla paksha or waxing phase of moon in Shravan month as per traditional calendar followed in Maharashtra

Legend has it that once a merchant asked Sant Narhari to prepare a gold waist band for Vithoba. But being an ardent devotee of Mahadeva Shiva, Sant Narhari did not want to go to Pandharpur temple. So he tried to close his eyes and imagine the waist size of Bhagwan Vithoba. But as he tried to imagine the waist size he felt as if he was touching the Shivling and this happened several times. Finally, when Sant Narhari opened his eyes he found Bhagavan Vithoba before him. Sant Narhari Sonar realized that Shiva and Vishnu are the same.

After realization, the pious soul became an ardent devotee of both Bhagavan Vithoba and Mahadev Shiva. He undertook several activities for the upliftment of the poor.