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Mahan Viitoba
« on: December 01, 2009, 02:16:26 PM »
Mahan Vittoba was living in PoLur near Tiruvannamalai.  He was
a Saurashtra family and knew only Hindi.  He was a great Jnani
but given to various quixotic ways of behaviour. For long months,
he used to remain silent and even laughing within himself like
a madman.  Once in a village called Tiruchur (not Kerala Thrissur),
some miscreants took an cutting player and pierced his cheek.
He cried:  Oh, Vittoba.  Thus he came to be called as Mahan

Akhilandamma (Desuramma) used to feed him occasionally.
Many times, he had refused the food and even spit it out. He
used to live near a foul smelling drainage.  Once a village
accountant was driving to drive him away with a stick and as
the accountant rose his hand, he became paralyzed.  He prostrated before him and sought forgiveness.

Vittoba once spat every bit mango fruit that was offered to him
but when Akhilandamma went to him, a little later, with hot
rice and rasam, he took it fully and even asked for more.

When Mahan Vittoba left the world, Seshadri Swamigal exclaimed
in Tiruvannamalai:  "O Vittoba is going, O Vittoba is going."
People knew his nirvana only after Seshadri Swami said so.

(Source:  Akhilandamma's reminiscences.)

Arunachala Siva.