Posted by: Chenthil Kumar D | August 15, 2009

Sant Sena Nhavi

Sena NaviThere was a barber named Sena Nhavi. He was very pious and god loving. He used to get up early in the morning, have his bath, perform his poojas and only then look at his occupation and other domestic affairs. Sena was also the king’s barber and would have to go to the palace whenever the king called him. One day as Sena was performing his pooja in his house, the king’s messenger came looking for Sena. Sena was deep in his prayers and so his wife told the king’s messenger that he was not at home. Sena’s neighbor who was also a barber on seeing this went and complained to the king, that Sena was at home performing his prayers and had lied to him that he was not at home. He also offered to do the job himself. The Mohamedian king got angry on listening to this and sent the guards to arrest Sena. Knowing what was in the king’s mind Vitthal immediately took the form of Sena and came to the palace. The moment the king saw him, his anger disappeared. When Sena touched him the king was filled with amazement. Sena then shaved the king and shampooed his head. The king felt very happy and told him that he is the best barber in town and should remain with him in the palace. Sena then rubbed the fragrance oil on the king. As Sena was rubbing the oil, the king saw the reflection of Shri Krishna in the fragrance oil. The king was amazed on seeing this. He then saw up and it was Sena rubbing his head and not Shri Krishna with four hands as he saw in the bowl of oil. The king lost all consciousness and was absorbed in the form of god that he was seeing in the oil bowl. The men in the kings assembly started laughing at the king looking at his stage and told him that it was already afternoon and that he should go and have his bath. The king then asked Sena to be there and not to go home. The king also told him that if he leaves him he would die. Sena then told the king that he would return quickly. The king then gave a handful of gold coins to Sena. Shri Krishna then took the coins, placed it in the bag in Sena’s house and disappeared.

The king after finishing his bath came and asked his servants to go get Sena at once. He was in a completely different state and could not eat, nor dress up. He said that if Sena doesn’t come now he would loose his life. The royal servants immediately went to Sena’s house and asked him to come to the palace immediately. Not knowing anything that had happened, Sena asked them if the king was very angry with him as it was very late. Taking his bag, Sena immediately came to the palace. On seeing Sena entering the palace the king got up and greeted Sena and every one in the kings assembly laughed at this. The king then told Sena to show him the form with four hands that he had shown to him that morning. Hearing this Sena was full of astonishment. He then ordered his servants to bring the bowl of oil and saw Sena’s reflection in it, but was disappointed that he could not see the form he had seen in the morning. Sena then knew what had happened and his eyes were filled with tears and asked god why he had to do this lowly job of a barber to save him. He also told the king that it was lord Shri Krishna whom he had seen that morning. The king then rushed up to Sena and held him by his feet and told him that he had been able to see Lord Shri Krishna due to his association with him. Sena then saw the coins that god had put in his bag and distributed them to the Brahmans. The Mohamedian king then became a staunch follower of Shri Krishna. Sena then took leave from the king and decided to go in the service of god.

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  1. v good thank you

  2. I am V D Suradkar of “Nhavi” cast. Thanks for this “Sant Sena Maharaj” blog. I hope that we responce it so much.

  3. u know Im a barber too, but I didnt knw abt sant sena maharaj wht he was?
    thanks to Chenthil Kumar to give me an imp info abt him. thank u!

  4. I am very happy by read history of Sant Sena Nhavi Maharaj. Sir, we want address of Temple of Maharaj. Thanks.

    • one temple is in Hubli Karnataka,address is “Sant Sena Mandir” Station Road , J C Nagar, Hubli-580020 Ph No-0836-2264289

  5. i iave proud on sant senaji maharaj. sant sena maharaj ki jai. thanks for it.

  6. very valuable incident of saint sena maharaj’s life.every one should know it.

  7. sant sena maharaj was a great sant we hv proud of him

    • Garv ahe nhavi aslyach.ani garvane sanga mi nhavi ahe.

    • sant sena maharajwas a great sant we hv proud of him

  8. Bautifulll…
    Thank you Very much…

  9. sant sena maharaj was a great sant we hv proud of him

  10. very good history of a nai sant we r proud of him.thank u

  11. I proud of sant sena maharaj.

  12. i m very imprees from thhe sant sena maharaj behavier i thhanks to god i born in nahvi cast

  13. i am also Nhavi cast & i am very luck to red sant sena maharaj infor
    mation.

  14. Every cast in India has got a known history sant sena maharaj a great sant but many of us don’t know various Abhang written by Jata pandharishi …………..is one of the well known, listened and very well singed by late shree Bhimsen Joshi.
    There is need to unite and search the historical events for last 2500 years and history related to Nabhik Samaj also called napit in all over india.
    It is said and written by many Greek historian that samarat chandragupt mourya’ mother was a nabhik?????????????
    We had various heros and legends like jiva mahala who saved shivaji maharaja’s life in pratapgadh war, shiva kashid (prati shivaji i.e. duplicate)sacrificed his life on behalf of shivaji maharaj on panahala gadh .
    Wesh we all unite and lighten these points .
    I have came across a old granth named “Nabhik-Puran” which states that we are born from nabhi of shiv shankar to purify the world and to make the path of mankind towerds “mokshya” the final destination….??????????
    Think on it…………

    • Dear its me Arvind from saharanpur UP.today i read everything and feel very good…

  15. Napit (barber) also known as paramaniks, is an occupational Hindu caste traditionally engaged in hair cutting. In olden times, the napit was a social institution. On the occasions of births and marriages of Hindu families, a napit used to perform some ritual jobs. Muslim families also engaged napits for the ceremonial shaving of the heads of the new-born babies. Napits shave the heads of Hindu males after obsequies. Traditionally, in rural markets, a napit has a fixed shop where people visit to have haircuts, to cut their nails and to have small surgeries. He is paid for these services either in cash or in kind. In the past, payment was generally made in kind. The exchange system was then called Jajmani. The village people paid him in crops at harvest time in exchange of the services that they received from the napit throughout the year.
    The napits were well known for their cleverness, sense of humour, and penchant for gossiping and story telling. Inter-family and inter-village information was normally obtained through the napits. The village people invariably engaged napits to carry the news of births of male children. And, for the good news that they served, they received gifts.
    A napit at work
    Some researchers hold the opinion that the first napit of Bengal was the son of a KSATRIYA father and a SHUDRA mother. Some others say that it was a person engaged by SHIVA for cutting his wife’s nails. Napits are divided into several sub-castes, such as Anarpuria, Bamanbane, Barendra, Radhi, Mahmudabaz, Saptagram, Satgharia, and Khotta. Unlike many other lower castes, napits are not considered as untouchables. Even a BRAHMAN can take water from the hand of a napit. Most napits are Vaishnavas. They employ Brahmans as priests. Napits burn their dead bodies and perform SHRADDHA in the orthodox fashion on the thirty-first day after the death. Their rules regarding diet are the same as those followed by most respectable Hindus. Vaishnava napits do not eat flesh, but as a rule, they eat fish.
    Barbers belong to different categories in cities. In urban areas there are saloons for men and women and the workers in these saloons are skilled hands, use modern equipment for hair cutting, and come from all religions. They have higher incomes than their rural counterparts. The urban barbers play no other role than hair cutting and hair dressing and sometimes, messaging the head, neck and hands of customers. Hair dressing and messaging are not in vogue in the rural areas.

  16. Very gud information about shri sant senaji maharaj Thanx

  17. good thought the sant sena maharaj says to all nahvi samaj

  18. I am thankful to those who tried to upload the inf

  19. I heard this story from the divine voice of Sri Sri Anna in Pandharpur. Thanks for uploading it. It is soul touching.

  20. RESPECTED MR.CHENTHIL KUMAR D/MR.SANDEEP TAWAR JI,
    I AM HIGHLY THANKFUL TO BOTH OF YOU. VERY GOOD HISTORY OF SANT SENA JI MAHARAJ, COLLECTED BY YOU.SOME PEOPLE WRITE IN LIT.. SENA JI MAHARAJ WAS BORN IN MADHYA PRADESH(BANDHAVAGARH)&SOME ARE HE WAS BORN IN PUNJAB IT IS NOT CLEAR .. SIR I AM PUBLISHER OF HINDI NEWS PAPER (SAVITA UTTHAN BULLETIN) PUBLISHING FROM LUCKNOW (UTTAR PRADESH) MR. SANJAY TAWAR/MR.CHETHIL JI KINDLY SEE NABHIK PURAN LOT OF MATTER ….KINDLY READ THIS PURAN …….WITH REGARD
    ASHISH KUMAR, CHIEF EDITOR/PUBLISHER SAVITA UTTHAN BULLETIN, LUCKNOW MY E-MAIL:— bulletin.savitautthan@gmail.com

  21. JAY sant sena navhi

  22. Sant Sena Maharajanchi mahiti vachun khup anand zhala.
    Thank you.
    Sant sena maharaj ki jai… jai… jai…

  23. Shri Sant Sena Maharajanchi mahiti on line computervar baghitali. Chan vatle.Dhanyawad.Janye he mahiti webvar takli tyanche he dhanyawad.
    Jai Sant Sena Maharaj.

  24. sant shiromani sena ji ke jayanti ke pawan parva per aap sabhi ko hardik shubh kamna……………………jai sena ji maharaj………………….

  25. I am sandip songire “nhavi” garva ahe mi nhavi ahe.jalgaon

  26. In Goa, we have All Goa 1st sammelaan of Nabhik on 27th May 2012 for getting all Goa’s Nabhik together, All Nabhik ‘s are invited

  27. Hi, I am really pleased with Sant sena’s details. as am very found of his bhajan ”’Jata pandharisi sukh vate jiva anande kesava ………

  28. very valuable incident of saint sena maharaj’s life.every one should know it. HI I AM SANTOSH ATMARAM BIDWE. I AM REALY PLEASED WITH SANT SENA MAHARAJ”S DETAILS.

  29. WISH U BEST LUCK FOR THIS PROJECT.

  30. Very fortunate to read this information about Sant Sena Maharaj. I being a nhavi bow my head to Maharaj. Proud to belong to this caste. Ujwala Jadhav

  31. Garv ahe nhavi aslyach.ani garvane sanga mi nhavi ahe. Jay jivaji

  32. Mala garv ahe ki me nabhik ahe shree santh sena maharaj ki jay

  33. mala garv aahe Nhavi aslaycha
    Sant Shri Sena maharaj ki jay
    Sant Shri Nagaji maharaj ki jay

  34. Jai Sant Sena Nhavi maharaj ki :-)

  35. Garv se kaho hum NABHIK he. Acche acche humare samne sir jhukate he. I am nhavi.

  36. nice

  37. best wishes for the sant sena maharaj punyatithi… plz, keep updating abt sant sena… its very humble way to make people proud of their saints…
    also plz like my group “…M! NH@V!…” on FACEBOOK. Thanx.

  38. Thanks for this history of Sant Sena Maharaj

  39. MR. CENTHIL KUMAR THANKS FOR INFORMATION OF SENA MAHARAJ HE IS ONE OF THE GR8 SAINT OF INDIAN SAINTS…….

  40. Rastra sant Sena maharajanche aadnav kai aahe…….Please.

  41. Mala sarth abhiman ahe mi nhavi aslyacha. Sant sena maharaj ki jay

    • JAY SANTSENA

  42. Jai Sant Sena Nhavi Ji….
    Jai Vitthal Ji Ki….
    Jai Rukmani Ji Ki…

  43. thanks you to provide this story .

  44. Yes l am Hindu-Nahvi, ” l proud of sant sena maharaj.”

  45. Sant sena maharaj he sarv santa peksha sarvsrest sant ahet. mi nhavi ahe ahech mla garv nhavi samajacha . jay sena maharaj. jay nhavi samaj.

  46. Sri Sant Sena Maharaj

  47. संत सेना महाराज –
    मध्यप्रदेशातील बांधवगड संस्थानातील ईरची या गावी महाराजांचा जंन्म झाला. सेना महाराजांचे वडील देविदास बांधवगडच्या राजाकडे नाभिकाचे काम करीत असत. आई प्रेमकुंवरबाई सात्विक स्वभावाची गृहिणी होती. वडील देविदासानंतर परंपरेनुसार राजाकडील नाभिकाचे काम सेना महाराजांकडे आले. सेना महाराजांचा लहानपणापासूनच भक्तीमार्गाकडे ओढा होता. त्यांच्या हिंदी मातृभाषेतून ते भक्तीरचना सुध्दा करु लागले. कालांतराने महाराष्ट्र्रातील त्या काळच्या संतांची माहिती सेना महाराजांना मिळाली. त्या संतांच्या व पंढरपूरच्या विठ्ठल भेटीसाठी ते आतूर झाले. तिर्थयात्रा करित करीत ते इकडे आले संत निवृत्तीवरनाथ, संत ज्ञानेश्र्वर, संत नामदेव व इतर त्यांचे समकालीन संत होते. या महान संतांच्या सान्निध्यात येऊन ते महाराष्ट्र्राच्या पावनभूमीत रममाण झाले.

    त्यांनी मराठी भाषा आत्मसात करुन मराठी भाषेवर इतके प्रभूत्व मिळविले की मराठी भाषेत त्यांनी अनेक उत्कृष्ट अभंगांची निर्मिती केली. भागवंत संप्रदायातील वारकरी भक्तीरसात त्यांनी स्वत:ला झोकून दिले.

    एका हिंदी भाषिक संतांची मराठी भक्ितरचना वाचताना महाराष्ट्र्रातील भक्तांना जरासुध्दा वेगळेपण जाणवत नाही. ज्ञानेश्र्वर, तुकारामाइतकेच संत सेना महाराजांना श्रेष्ठ मानले जाते. संत सेना महाराजांचे अभंग मोठया आवडीने आजतागायत गायले जात आहेत. संतांना प्रदेश, भाषा, जातपात यांच्या मर्यादा नसतात हेच यावरुन सिध्द होते.

    चमत्कारांनी साधुसंतांचे मोठेपण दर्शविणार्‍या लोकांना खोडच जडलेली आहे. ज्ञानेश्र्वरांनी भिंत चालविली, रेडयाच्या तोंडून वेद म्हणवून घेतले. अशा प्रकारच्या अनेक दंतकथा ज्याप्रमाणे अनेक संतांच्या बाबतीत सांगितल्या जातात तशीच दंतकथा सेना महाराजांच्या बाबतीतही सांगितली जाते. राजाची हजामत करण्यासाठी राजाचा माणूस सेना न्हाव्याकडे निरोप सांगावयास जातो. परंतु भगवंताच्या नामस्मरणात दंग असलेल्या सेना न्हाव्याला निरोप ऐकू जात नाही. उशीर झाल्यामुळे राजा क्रोधीत होऊन सेना न्हाव्याला शिक्षा होईल म्हणून स्वत: भगवंतच धोपटी घेऊन राजाची हजामत करुन जातात.

    नामदेव, तुकाराम, सेना न्हावी, गोरा कुंभार, चोखामेळा अशा अनेक संतांनी त्यांच्या अभंगवाणीतून समाज प्रबोधन केले. संसारात राहून सुध्दा ईश्र्वर भक्ती करुन परमार्थ साधला जाऊ शकतो हे लोकांना सांगितले. कर्मठ उच्चवर्णियांनी निर्माण केलेली उच्चनीच, जातीभेद ही परंपरा मोडीत काढण्यासाठी उपदेश केला. स्वत:ही तसे वागले. त्यांनी निर्माण केलेले काव्य, अभंग, यांचाच जनतेवर इतका प्रचंड प्रभाव पडला की इतर काही चमत्कारांनी त्यांचे मोठेपण सिध्द करण्याची काहीच गरज नसावी.

    नंतर महाराष्ट्र्रातील वास्तव्य संपवून सेना महाराज पुन्हा त्यांच्या जन्मभूमीस तीर्थाटन करीत निघून गेले. त्यांच्या हिंदी भक्तीरचना उत्तरेकडील सर्व हिंदी प्रदेशातून म्हटल्या जातात. महाराजांनी काही रचना पंजाबी भाषेत सुध्दा केल्या आहेत.

  48. me Tejas hire majhe age 21
    me dhule dist madhla aahe
    senan baddal vachun khaech khup chaan vatle
    aasya mahitinchi aamha tarunana nitant garaj aahe
    aani aapla samaj dusryanchya samaja sarkha pudhe java he majhi manapasun khup iccha aahe pan magaslela bhaag aaslya karnane aamha tarunana pudhe paul nahi takta yet
    amajasathi kahi tari karnyachi khup iccha aahe pan tasehi saandhi nahi bhetat jar aapan t sandhi dili tar me purepur tya andhiche sone karin

  49. I proud to my self is nahvi

  50. Senaji maharaj yanchi mahiti marathi,hindi tun suddha asayala havi

  51. thanks for this,

  52. very good history of a nai sant we r proud of him.thank u

  53. proud to be an barber ( An Artist) …

  54. proud to be an barber ( An Artist )…

  55. well very good informative article. In Maharashtra in the village Mhasoli (Tal. Karad dist. satara) only Nabhik can perform the Pooja of Shri Jugai devi. Nabhik is treated as poojari of Jugai devi temple.

  56. I am proud to an barber

  57. Thank you very much for posting of blog on Sant Sena Maharaj..

  58. proud to be of nhavi caste….

  59. thanks for information of our sant sena maharaj amhi varik varik karu hajamat barik

  60. KHARACH KITI BHAGYAWAN MI KI JATIT JANMAS AALO KI…..JYA MAHAPURUSHANE SAMPURN JAGALA ADHYATMACHI GODI LAUN PRETEK BHAKTALA SUKHACHI ANI ANADA CHI JANIV KARUN DILI………DINESH JADHAO

  61. Jay senaji

  62. Sant sena maharaj is great …

    @@@@ jeeva sena @@@

  63. its a beautiful article……. thanks very much for sharing this

  64. when I read the whole biography of sena maharaj then i feel very proud
    and i am lucky because i birth inthis nhavi samaj.
    * jai sant sena maharaj*

  65. nice we have proud for that. jai sant sena maharaj.

  66. iam proud of sant sena maharaj & his great work.

  67. iam be proud of his great literary works and his faith god wrship as being a barber feel proud for all us.

  68. Every cast in India has got a known history sant sena maharaj a great sant but many of us don’t know various Abhang written by Jata pandharishi …………..is one of the well known, listened and very well singed by late shree Bhimsen Joshi.
    There is need to unite and search the historical events for last 2500 years and history related to Nabhik Samaj also called napit in all over india.
    It is said and written by many Greek historian that samarat chandragupt mourya’ mother was a nabhik?????????????
    We had various heros and legends like jiva mahala who saved shivaji maharaja’s life in pratapgadh war, shiva kashid (prati shivaji i.e. duplicate)sacrificed his life on behalf of shivaji maharaj on panahala gadh .
    Wesh we all unite and lighten these points .
    I have came across a old granth named “Nabhik-Puran” which states that we are born from nabhi of shiv shankar to purify the world and to make the path of mankind towerds “mokshya” the final destination….??????????
    Think on it…………
    Napit (barber) also known as paramaniks, is an occupational Hindu caste traditionally engaged in hair cutting. In olden times, the napit was a social institution. On the occasions of births and marriages of Hindu families, a napit used to perform some ritual jobs. Muslim families also engaged napits for the ceremonial shaving of the heads of the new-born babies. Napits shave the heads of Hindu males after obsequies. Traditionally, in rural markets, a napit has a fixed shop where people visit to have haircuts, to cut their nails and to have small surgeries. He is paid for these services either in cash or in kind. In the past, payment was generally made in kind. The exchange system was then called Jajmani. The village people paid him in crops at harvest time in exchange of the services that they received from the napit throughout the year.
    The napits were well known for their cleverness, sense of humour, and penchant for gossiping and story telling. Inter-family and inter-village information was normally obtained through the napits. The village people invariably engaged napits to carry the news of births of male children. And, for the good news that they served, they received gifts.
    A napit at work
    Some researchers hold the opinion that the first napit of Bengal was the son of a KSATRIYA father and a SHUDRA mother. Some others say that it was a person engaged by SHIVA for cutting his wife’s nails. Napits are divided into several sub-castes, such as Anarpuria, Bamanbane, Barendra, Radhi, Mahmudabaz, Saptagram, Satgharia, and Khotta. Unlike many other lower castes, napits are not considered as untouchables. Even a BRAHMAN can take water from the hand of a napit. Most napits are Vaishnavas. They employ Brahmans as priests. Napits burn their dead bodies and perform SHRADDHA in the orthodox fashion on the thirty-first day after the death. Their rules regarding diet are the same as those followed by most respectable Hindus. Vaishnava napits do not eat flesh, but as a rule, they eat fish.
    Barbers belong to different categories in cities. In urban areas there are saloons for men and women and the workers in these saloons are skilled hands, use modern equipment for hair cutting, and come from all religions. They have higher incomes than their rural counterparts. The urban barbers play no other role than hair cutting and hair dressing and sometimes, messaging the head, neck and hands of customers. Hair dressing and messaging are not in vogue in the rural areas.

  69. I read sant sena maharaj biography and i proud that i am nhavi,

  70. Shri.Sant Sena Maharaj was a great sant we hv proud of him. I read biography Of Shri Sant Sena Maharaj and I am proud that i am Nhavi,

    I have came across a old granth named “Nabhik-Puran” which states that we are born from nabhi of shiv shankar to purify the world and to make the path of mankind towerds “mokshya” the everyone’s Last Destination of life.

    We had various heroes and legends like jiva mahale who saved shivaji maharaja’s life in pratapgadh war, shiva kashid (prati shivaji i.e. duplicate)sacrificed his life on behalf of shivaji maharaj on panahala gadh .

    And more stories also……

    I am proud that I am Nhavi,

  71. I proud to sant sena maharaj ,

    —thanks
    bajajnagr,Aurangabad

  72. मला अभीमान वाटतो की संत सेना महाराज हे नाभीक समाजाचे संत आहेत

  73. thanks sar ankin konti web sight ahe ka ?

  74. sant sena maharaj ki jay……

    • Aapan sarv nabhik samaj itihasapasun shantatet jagat aalo aahe .aapan sarv nabhik bandhav ya website madhymatun ek hou. Saint sena maharaj ki jai!!!

  75. I Proud off belog to Sen Samaj.

  76. `संत सेना महाराज की जय, मला खुप अभिमान आहे. मि वारिक [न्हावी] म्हणुन जन्मांस आलो याचे मला गवॅ आहे॰ ॰ ॰वरिक हा जन्मताच वारकरी आहे॰ @ आवो मिले मिलकर सोचे अपना हक्क लेना हैं @

  77. Jai Sant Sena Maharaj ki Jai………….

  78. Thnx…& pls upload more about Sant Senaj Maharaj

  79. I am proud for taking me birth in which cast that cast is belong to Sant Sena Maharaj Who gave some thing to our society And also show that poor person can give to our society.


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