The Baba whose followers included a maharaja, and in whose urs the first chador is from the Bhonsle family.
I also got a bulawa
Tajuddin Mohammed Badruddin was born in January 21, 1861 in Kamptee near Nagpur. A spiritual child he was initiated into the Sufi path while studying by Hazrat Abdulla Shah.
He was instructed “Eat less, sleep less and speak less. Read Quran”, by Hazrat Abdulla Shah and that led him to isolating himself.
At age 20 ( for some reason) he joined the Nagpur army as a soldier but did not like it & while posted in Sagar started spending a lot of time with another Sufi saint Hazrat Baud Saheb.
He resigned from the army.
After bayat with Hazrat Daud sahib he reached a stage of wajd & started roaming the streets without clothes.
His relatives brought him back to Kamptee & when medicines failed to get him out of the stage of Oneness with God, in 1892 he was admitted into a mental asylum.
Very soon his fame spread as people claimed to see him outside the asylum.
Later Maharaja Bahadur Shrimant Raghoji Rao Bhonsle, the Maharaja of Nagpur became a disciple of Hazrat Tajuddin Baba & appealed to the Governor for his release against a surety of ₹2000 & brought Baba to his ‘Palace’ which then became the ‘centre of Baba’s divine work.’
in 1925 when Baba fell very sick & his devotees wanted to get a last glimse of him the palace was opened to all.
Baba passed away a few days later but remains in the hearts of his devotees.
His dargah in Nagpur is very impressive and a haven for people of all faiths, class and creed.
the area is called Taj Bagh