In 1879, when there was British Rule in India, Lt. Col. Martin
of Agar Malva was leading the army in the war against Afghanistan.
Col. Martin used to
regularly send messages of his well-being to his wife. The war continued for long &
Lady Martin stopped getting messages. She was very upset. Once riding on her horse, she
passed by the temple of Baijnath Mahadev. She was attracted to the sound of Conch &
Mantra. She went inside & came to know that the Brahmanas were worshipping Lord Shiva.
They saw her sad face & asked her problem. She explained everything to them. They told
her that Lord Shiva listens to the prayers of devotees & takes them out of difficult
situations in no time. With the advice of the Brahmanas she started the Laghurudri
Anushtthan of the Mantra: Om Namah Shivaya for 11 days. She prayed to
Lord Shiva that if her husband reaches home safely, then she would get the temple
On the last of the Laghurudri a messenger came & gave a letter to her.
Her husbang had written: I was regularly sending messages to you from the battle
grounds but suddenly the Patthans surrounded us from all sides. We were entrapped in a
situation where there was no scope of escaping death. Suddenly I saw a Yogi of India with
long hair, carrying a weapon with three pointers (Trishul). His personality was amazing
& he was maneuvering his weapon with a magnificent style. Seeing this great man, the
Patthans started running back. With his grace our bad times turned into moments of
victory. This was possible only because of that man of India wearing a lion skin &
carrying a three-pointer weapon (Trishul). That great Yogi told me that I should not worry
& that he had come to rescue me because he was very pleased with my wifes
Tears of joy were falling down the eyes of Lady Martins eyes while reading the
letter. Her heart was overwhelmed. She fell into the feet of Lord Shivas statue
& burst in tears.
After a few weeks Col. Martin returned. Lady Martin narrated the whole incident to him.
Now both husband & wife became devotees of Lord Shiva. In 1883 they donated Rs.
15,000/- for renovating the temple. The information engraved slab for the same is still
there in the Baijnath Mahadev Temple of Agar Malva. This is the only Hindu temple built by
When Lady Martin left for Europe she said that they would make Shiva Temple at their
home & pray to Him till the end of life.
The same Supreme Power is present in Lord Shiva
One only needs strong faith. Prahlad, Dhruva,
Aaruni, Upmanyu & several others could attain that which appeared impossible to
others. Even today devotees are getting this kind of help from God & Self-Realized
saints. It is strong faith alone that makes it possible