of Rajapur was a great scholar in Vedic literature and astrology.
His wife was Hulasibai. They were happy in every way but had no
children. They worshipped Anjaneya and, prayed to him with devotion
to bless them with a son. One auspicious day Hulasibai gave birth
to a beautiful baby son.
babe started saying 'Ram, Ram' instead of crying. So it was given
the name Rama Bola (one who said Ram).
a baby of a few days when he lost his mother. His father also
forsook him. People give many reasons for this. Pandit Dube cast
the horoscope of his son. All the planets were favorable. But
the child's star? The star was 'Moola'. The father thought, 'This
is a bad star. It will bring me bad luck. I must go away. Otherwise
I am doomed.'
He left the
town once and for all. The unfortunate child was brought up by
his old grand-mother. Thus Tularam lost the love and the care
of both the father and the mother.
the favorite of all his neighbors. They tended him, and played
with him, gave him something to eat and blessed him.
When Tularam was able to stand on his legs, he began to go round
the town begging for food. He lived on whatever he got.
In one of
his songs Tulasidas recalls how exceedingly difficult it was for
him, as a boy, to get even four grains of gram.
After a few years his grandmother passed away. Then he became
the child of the whole town. The devotees gave him to eat whatever
was offered to God and that was his daily food. "The temple
is my shelter. God is my father and mother," Tulasidas has
my father who fed and brought me up" says Tulasidas recollecting
those childhood days; he then actually lived in a temple of Anjaneya
and every day partook of the food offered to God there.