Once Bhagat Namdev went to Aundha Nagnath Temple (also sometimes written as “Avanda Nagnath Temple” ) situated in the state of Maharashtra in India. The Hindu priests of that temple believed in the caste system. After reaching the temple, Namdev sat and started worshipping God but the Hindu priests grabbed his arm and drove him out of the temple. The priests said that Namdev could not visit the temple because he was of a low class.

Namdev was deeply hurt so he went to the back of the temple and started worshipping God. In his prayer he said: “Joyfully, I came to Your Temple, O Lord. While Namdev was worshipping, he was driven out. I am of a low social class, O Lord; why was I born into a family of fabric dyers? I picked up my blanket and went back, to sit behind the temple” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 1164).

Namdev also said: “O Lord, please do not forget me because if You forget me then where should I go. There is nowhere else to go and no one else to believe in except You.”

He further prayed: “Please do not forget me, do not forget me, please do not forget me, O Lord. The temple priests have doubts about this, and everyone is furious with me. Calling me low-caste and untouchable, they beat me and drove me out; what should I do now, O Beloved Father Lord? If You give me salvation after I am dead, no one will know that I attained salvation. These Priests, these religious scholars, call me low-born; when they say this, they tarnish Your honour as well. You are called kind and compassionate; the power of Your Arm is absolutely unrivalled” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 1292).

“As Naamdev uttered the Glorious Praises of the Lord, the temple turned around to face the Lord’s humble devotee” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 1164).

“The Lord turned the temple around to face Namdev and its back to the priests” (Guru Granth Sahib, page 1292).

That temple is still rotated. This is the symbol of the true love of God towards His true worshipper.

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