Even since the British ruled India, it’s well known that the amount of wealth they looted and the damage that they did to this culture while establishing theirs that even today people today couldn’t live without. But there were some individuals from England that served this nation beyond their constraints of nationality. Such was this British couple Lt. Col. Martin and Lady Martin became the renovators of an ancient Shiva temple in India.  

Lt. Col. Martin of Agar Malwa, Madhya Pradesh went to Afghanistan to lead a regiment from British Army in a war with Pathans of Afghan, in 1879. Lt. Col. Martin used to regularly write to his wife, of his well-being.

As the relentless war continued for long; Martin couldn’t find time to write back to Lady Martin, which caused her to worry about Martin’s well-being, for she remained back in Malwa, awaiting his return. It was said that when she went out on her horse, she was drawn to the Baijnath Shiva Temple as she heard the Mantras and blasts of Conch!

As she entered the temple, the Temple priest witnessed her worry and suggested her to acknowledge the divine within and Pray to Shiva, thus she focused on the mantra ‘Om Namah Shivaya’ as she began the Laghurudri Anushtthan, she also thought of renovating this temple if her husband returns unharmed.

On the 11th day of her focus, a messenger arrived from Afghan lands with a letter from her husband that he’s well and safe. In it he wrote: “I was regularly sending messages to you from the battlegrounds but suddenly the Pathan Muslims surrounded us from all sides. We were entrapped in a situation where there was no scope of escape.

Suddenly, I saw a Yogi of India with long hair, carrying a trident like weapon with ease. Seeing this great man, the Pathans fled away. With the Yogi’s grace our bad times turned into moments of victory. This was possible only because of that man of India wearing a lion skin, wielding a strange weapon. That great Yogi told me that I should not worry and that he had come to rescue me because he was very pleased with my wife’s prayers.”

The every Great Siddha who express the divinity within is Shiva, the great Yogi who rescued that British Officer. He returned to his wife well and sound, and was astounded to hear that she prayed for him at Baijnath temple, that was in ruins at that time. In 1883 the couple donated Rs. 15,000 for the renovation of the temple. The same was engraved on the Stone-Slab at the Baijnath Temple of Agar Malwa which was said to be the only Hindu Temple renovated by the British.

It was written in the book called ‘The hidden oracle of India” written by Andrew and Angela Donovan. This proves that god doesn’t show religious partiality as many think.

– Viswanath Venkat Dasari

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