Saint Tukaram through his life had to face numerous
difficulties and losses, and many obstacles, without every dreaming of his personal
happiness, and worked hard to the good of the people. By his immoral voice he sowed the
seeds of devotion in the peoples heart, simplified the foundation of morality and
conveyed it to the people. A number of people were moved by the pious songs composed by
him and became his disciples. His songs were on the lips of the learned and the ordinary
people. They became a valuable heritage of the disciples.
Tukaram wished to end his mortal activities. Sri Hari also granted his wish. One day
Tukaram told his disciples: "My mortal activities have come to an end. I am leaving.
Live happily. Serve others. Take care of innocent Jeejabai," and blessed them. He
came home and asked Jeejabai: " I am on my way to heaven. I will take you. Will you
come along?" She said: "How can I leave behind the children and family members
and cattle can calves and come with you?
Tukaram went into the Indrayani river as if he was about to take a bath and went
forward. Once he entered the river he was not visible again. They say that within a few
minutes his rug, the cymbals in his hand and the tamboora fell down. The citizens bowed in
reverence saying that Tukaram bodily went to heaven.
Tukaram died in about 1650. He was then 42 years old.
The following is one of his pious songs:
Krishna is my mother, Krishna is my father, Krishna is my relation so
The meaning of another song is:
"Today I saw the feet of Vittala. The fruit of enormous virtue. The saints
protected me. This is a time of good fortune; a day of good fortune. So said Tuka."
Vanquishing all desires, the great man Tukaram set apart his life for Vittala, with an