Shri Bhagawan Nityananda is said to have been an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Still others say he was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu and, still others claim that he was the very incarnation of Lord Krisha. Is it any wonder that, when people pressed Bade Baba about such details, he responded by saying “You want me to tell you about myself? How is that possible when I have realized that I am in everything and there is nothing around me in which I don’t find my own Self?” He went on to say that his parents and brothers were those who loved God and worked to serve God.
There are many stories about how Bhagawan Nityananda arrived on this Earth plane. When people made attempts to verify these stories, Bade Baba usually admonished them, stating that such details are important only to curiosity-seekers. And yet, on one occasion, in response to questions about his birth, he was heard to say “Two crows came and went.”
After arriving here on this Earth plane, Bhagawan Nityananda spent several years in the South Kanara district in Quilandy. From there, he moved about quite a bit (mostly on foot and by train), making his way deep into the Himalayas and staying for a time in places such as Quilandy, Sri Lanka, Burma, Kanhangad, Kumbla, Gokarna, Udipi, Calicut, Mangalore, Manjeshwar, coastal Karnataka and Vajreshwari. Later he settled in Ganeshpuri, at the foot of the majestic Mandakini Mountain near the Bhimeshwar temple, surrounded by rolling hills, lush fields and hot springs. At the time he first went to Ganeshpuri it was still a jungle, practically uninhabitable, except for such a sage.1 2 3 4 5