Once Namdev went to Aundha Nagnath Temple (also sometimes written as “Avanda Nagnath Temple” ) situated in the state of Maharashtra in India. The Hindu priests of that temple believed in the caste system. After reaching the temple, Namdev sat and started worshiping God but the Hindu priests grabbed his arm and drove him out of the temple. The priests said that Namdev could not visit the temple because he was of a low class.
Namdev was deeply hurt so he went to the back of the temple and started worshiping God. In his prayer he said: “Joyfully, I came to Your Temple, O Lord. While Namdev was worshiping, he was driven out. I am of a low social class, O Lord; why was I born into a family of fabric dyers? I picked up my blanket and went back, to sit behind the temple”
Namdev also said: “O Lord, please do not forget me because if You forget me then where should I go. There is nowhere else to go and no one else to believe in except You.”
He further prayed: “Please do not forget me, do not forget me, please do not forget me, O Lord. The temple priests have doubts about this, and everyone is furious with me. Calling me low-caste and untouchable, they beat me and drove me out; what should I do now, O Beloved Father Lord? If You give me salvation after I am dead, no one will know that I attained salvation. These Priests, these religious scholars, call me low-born; when they say this, they tarnish Your honor as well. You are called kind and compassionate; the power of Your Arm is absolutely unrivaled” .
“As Naamdev uttered the Glorious Praises of the Lord, the temple turned around to face the Lord’s humble devotee”
“The Lord turned the temple around to face Namdev and its back to the priests”
That temple is still rotated 180 degrees as can be seen at the site – Aundha Nagnath Temple. In most Hindu temples, the water pool (“kuub”) is normally located at the front of the mandir; at this site, it can be seen at the back of the temple. Further, most temples face east since that is the most auspicious direction in the Hindu faith as the Sun rises from the East and the Sun is considered the destroyer of darkness and the giver of life. The Aundha Nagnath temple faces West.d.