King Ajmalji had no sons and so he became a ritualistic devotee of Lord Shiva and regularly made pilgrimages to Kashi, now known as Banaras, the holy city on the banks of River Ganges. There, he offered his prayers to Kashi Vishvanath in his desire to have a son.
Since he learnt that the citizens of Pokran considered him to be ominous, he decided to end his life in Kashi, if Kashi Vishvanath did not grant him his wishes for a son. He went to Kashi Vishvanath and put himself to penance and chanting the mantra “Aum Namah Shivaya” offered his prayers. On the seventh day at midnight he saw Lord Shiva in his dream, and told King Ajmalji to go to Dwarka where his wish would be fulfilled.
The next day he was on his way back to his Kingdom, Pokran where in his absence, his wife Queen Minaldevi had been fasting and had put herself under penance. He told the Queen about his dream in Kashi and deciding to go to Dwarka with a tiffin full of sweet balls to offer to Lord Krishna known in Dwarka as Dwarikadhish or Ranchhodrai.
In the temple of Dwarka he started conversing with Ranchhodrai in the form of a deity, which obviously would not reply as it was made of a stone. A gugali (a type of Brahmin) priest advised Ajmalji that if he wanted to meet the real Ranchhodrai he will need to jump into the sea as his capital the Golden Dwarka was under the sea. The legend goes that he met Lord Krishna in Golden Dwarka. He granted him his wish for a son and gave him a flower, but the King insisted he wanted a son like the Lord himself in which case Krishna had no alternative but to take birth himself.
Bhagvan Ramdevji Maharaj was a Tunvar Rajput regarded by Hindus as the manifestation of Lord Krishna. History goes that five Pirs from Mecca came to test his amazing powers and after being convinced, paid their homage to him. Since then he is respected by Muslims as Ramshah pir or Ramapir.
The fame of Ramapir reached far and wide. He believed in the equality of all human beings, both high and low, rich and poor. He helped the down trodden by granting them their wishes. Bhagvan Ramdevji Maharaj took samadhi (conscious exit from the mortal body.) in 1459A.D. Maharaj Ganga Singh of Bikaner constructed a temple around the samadhi in 1931A.D. The devotees of Ramdevpir offer rice, coconuts, churma and toy wooden horses to Ramdevji. The samadhi temple is in Ramdevra, Rajasthan. To ensure the Pirs and Fakirs had a safe journey home, Ramdevji sent them home on a single branch of the Banyan tree, which he had grown earlier.
Some Muslim devotees are part of groups of padyatris covering distances of several kilometers from Madhya Pradesh, Gurajrat, Haryana and Maharastra. A group of is coming from Chennai covering about 3,200 kilometers on foot.
In Ramdevra the main attraction is the Samadhi-Mandir, the temple of Ramapir, which includes the samadhis of his parents, King Ajmalji and the Queen Mata Meenaldevi. The other samadhis are of his grandfather Raja Ranjitsinhji and the elder brother Viramdevji and the two sons of Ramdevji. There are also some more Samadhis of close family relations of Ramdveji.
The other places of interest are: Parcha -vav, Panch-Peepli, Palace of Ajmalji in Pokran, Dhuni of Baba Balnath, Guru of Baba Ramdevji and Cave of Bhairavsinh (Bhairav Rakshas)
To reach Ramdevra travel either from Jodhpur or Bikaner in Rajasthan by rail or road to Pokran in Jaisalmer District. Ramdevra is 12 kilometres from Pokran. Local people still travel on camels, bullock carts or on foot. During the fair, special buses and trains go from as far as Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Maharashtra. There are also daily Buses from Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaisalmer to Ramdevra.
Address: Shree Ramdevji Mandir, RAMDEVRA – 345023, Dist. Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, India.