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16 (Sixteen) Cheens

16 (Sixteen) CheensDharmadev, Bhaktimata, together with their three sons, Vasantbai and Chandamasi were going on a pilgrimage where they stopped at a small town called ‘Gunda’.

During the evening hours Dharmadev took his three sons for Aarti service at a small temple in the town. As the Aarti was being played, Ghanshyam was doing His prayers when the idol from the ‘Singhasa,’ moved out towards Ghanshyam, removed the garland from its neck, presented it to Ghanshyam and returned back to its position. Everyone including Dharmadev and the temple sevak saw this and within no time the news had spread the whole town.

When the news reached King Gumansingh, he ordered the three brothers to be brought to his court so that he could try them. As ordered, Dharmadev brought his three sons to the court the next morning. The Raja asked, “Out of these three who is Ghanshyam?” Dharmadev by putting his hand on Ghanshyam’s head replied, “He is my son Ghanshyam.”
The Raja thought that if Ghanshyam is really the Lord then He must be having the sixteen signs (cheens) on his feet. He brought Dharmadev and Ghanshyam out to the verandah. On moving out, the Raja was astonished to see his and Dharmadev’s bodys throwing shadows on the ground whereas Ghanshyam’s was not. Then Ghanshyam was told to sit down with both his legs stretched. The Raja was overjoyed on seeing the cheenson Lord’s feet.

The chins were as follows:


Left Leg

Trikon, Kalash, Gopad, Dhanusha, Vyom, Min, Ardha and Chandra.

Right Leg

Swastik, Astakon, Ankush, Padma, Ketu, Jambu, Urdhvarekha, Vajra and Jav.

After this, both Raja and Rani bowed down to Ghanshyam and performed pooja and Aarti and presented gifts to the Lord. Father and his three sons were given a heartfelt farewell on the third day from where they moved forward to Ayodhya via Lucknov and Kanpur. Vasantbai was carrying Inchharam whereas Bhaktimata was escorting Ghanshyam.

On the way Ghanshyam complained that He too wanted to be carried as he was tired of walking. Bhaktimata explained, “Icchharam is too small to walk where as you can walk and are too heavy to be carried.” Ghanshyam said, “I weigh less than Icchharam.”

On saying this He increased Inchharam’s weight with his powers. As soon as He done this, Vasantbai complained about Icchharam being too heavy. Bhaktimata replied, “This is nothing but Ghanshyam’s trick. Chandamasi, carry Ghanshyam and everything will be back to normal.”

Chandamasi carried Ghanshyam and felt He was very light. Vasantbai carried Icchharam and felt that he had returned to His original weight. On seeing this both the parents started laughing.

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