Gajanan Maharaj from Shegaon (Buldhana District), Maharashtra, India was a Saint from India. "Sant Shri Gajanan Maharaj Sansthan" is the largest temple trust in the Vidarbha region. It is not known when he was born but his first known appearance in Shegaon, perhaps as a youngster in his 20s, dates to February 1878. He took Samadhi (i.e. his soul left for the heavenly abode and his earthly remains buried) on 8 September 1910, and the date is marked as Samadhi-din by his disciples (ऋषी पंचमी ). The date of his first appearance is also marked as an auspicious day (प्रकट-दिनोत्सव).
The early life history of Gajanan Maharaj is obscure; his birth date is unknown. He is said to have made his first appearance on 23 February 1878 in Shegaon. His devotees believe him as incarnation of Lord Ganesha and Lord Dattatreya. Biruduraju Ramaraju has tried to establish in his collection of books called "Andhra Yogulu" that he was a Telangana Brahmin. Shri Dasbhargav, a Shegaon native, has written "Shri Gajanan Maharaj Charitra Kosh". This book mentions different version of Shri Gajanan Maharaj's origin from that explained by Ramaraju. Shri Dasbhargav is said to have met Shri Swami Shivanand Saraswati, who was 129 years old at Nashik. Shri Swami told the author that he was Telangi Brahmin who had met Shri Sadguru Gajanan Maharaj in 1887 in Nashik. He also clearly told that after Shri Gajanan Maharaj appeared in Shegaon and remained there, he had visited Maharaj 25–30 times. During these visits Shivanand Swami declared that he used visit Shri Dadasaheb Khaparde in Amravati and stay with Khaparde family. Thus, Shri Shivanand Swami is none other than the Telangi Brahmin whose mention has been made in the foreword of "Shri Gajanan Vijay" on his own admission. Later Shivanand Saraswati left to perform penance in Himalaya and was never spotted again (refer pages 362–365 of the above book for the detailed conversation of the author and Shri Shivanand Swami along with their photograph). Argument can, therefore, be made that Shri Gajanan Maharaj was not Telangi Brahmin as explained by Ramaraju and others. Some speculate that he might have in fact hailed from Sajjanghad, (which was the place where Sant Samartha had lived). Das Ganu Maharaj has written a 21 chapter biography, "Shri Gajanan Vijay," of Gajanan Maharaj in Marathi. Contemporaries of Gajanan Maharaj identified him by several names like Gin Gine Buwa, Ganpat Buwa, and Awaliya Baba. In summary, it may be unlikely that Shri Gajanan Maharaj's early life will ever be known.
Shri Gajanan Stotra श्री गजानन स्तोत्र
Guru Gajanan Namo Namah गुरु गजानन नमो नमः
Gajanan Maharaj Namasmaran and Aarti गजानन महाराज नामस्मरण अवं आर्ती
Gan Gan Ganat Bote Shri Gajanan Maharaj Mantra गैन गैन गणात बोते श्री गजानन महाराज मंत्र
Gajanan Maharaj Aarti गजानन महाराज आरती
Gajananachya Navan Ho गजाननाच्या नवां हो
Shri Gajanan Mauli श्री गजानन मौली
Aho Ya Ya Gajananachi Aarti अहो या या गजाननाची आरती