Tukaram was a very sharp and shred
boy. By his various activities he was keeping his parents happy and was hospitable to
people visiting the house. Bringing guests and invitees and serving them made him eager
Tukarams radiant eyes, long nose, serene face and courteous talk attracted
everybody. When prayers were sung in the house, boy Tukaram was joining the group of
songsters. He had a good voice and sang melodiously. People used to be pleased with this.
Tukaram, who with his father was worshipping God, circumambulating and participating in
group singing of prayer, also knew business methods well. Although engrossed in thoughts
of God, he knew the ways of living. He had great respect for the parents. Balhoba, not
willing to burden the earlier born Shahaji or the still young Kalhaji, thrust it on the
clever Tukarams shoulder and became a care-free man.
Tukarams generosity, simplicity and other virtues were inherited from his
parents. He was kind to the poor. Hardly has such a virtuous man come to manage the
household affairs earlier.
Tukaram, by his efficiency and hard work, improved the business and came to be liked by
the customers. From boyhood he secured a place in the ranks of the big businessmen.
When Tukaram was thirteen years old his marriage to a girl called Rakhamayi was
celebrated with great pomp. As Rakhamayi was suffering from asthma, sometime later, a
second marriage was performed with Jeejabai belonging to a rich family.
Tukaram had come to know of the conditions of peoples life. Looking at the hard
life of the ordinary people, he was grieved. He was thinking of devoting his life for
setting right the defects and drawbacks in the peoples life.