Baba Kinaram was born to Akbar Singh, in a Kshatriya family of Ramgarh Village in Chandauli district near Varanasi.
It is said Akbar Singh’s wife Mansa Devi who was in her middle ages once saw a dream in which Lord Shiva appeared on his divine chariot, Nandi the Bull. After some time, in 1658, on the auspicious dawn of the Aghor chaturdashi, Mansa Devi gave birth to a baby boy.
It is also said that at the time the boy was born, three saints had been staying in the village and when they heard of the boy’s birth, they visited Akbar Singh’s house and blessed the baby boy. One of the saints then took the child in his lap and spoke words of the “Diksha Mantra” (words of divine knowledge) in to the child’s ears. It was only then that the baby opened his lips and started feeding on his mother’s milk. It is believed that the three saints were none other than Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh who symbolize the Trinity.
The story behind Baba Kinaram’s name is also very interesting. In Hindus, the naming ceremony of the child is a very sacred affair and astrologers are consulted to suggest the name of the child based on the alignment of the planets at the time the child is born. In accordance with the astrological advice to ensure the longevity and greatness of his child, Akbar Singh first gave away the child to some other person and then bought him back after paying the price in gold. Hence the name “Kina” which in the language Hindi means “bought”. Of course, this was a symbolic act in accordance with advice received from the astrologers. Baba Kinaram’s “rashi” name or the name in accordance with the astrological principles was however Shiva which is the name of one of the three lords of the divine trinity.
Even during his childhood, baba Kinaram displayed an intelligence beyond his years and was spiritually inclined.. He would spend most of his time in “Kirtan” or chanting of the Lords name in a group and he loved to read the biographical accounts of great men. His favorite place was the banks of the Ganga river and the mango orchards of his village where he would gather his friends and perform “kirtan”.
As was the trend in those days, Baba Kinaram was married to Katyayni Devi from a nearby village at the age of 9. This may seem surprising to many but child marriages were a custom in India in those days. When Baba Kinaram reached the age of 12, it was time for the “Gauna” ceremony. It is only after the “Gauna” ceremony that the bride would be brought back to the groom’s house. She stays at her father’s place after the marriage till the time is right for “Gauna.” On the day of his “Gauna” when baba Kinaram was to visit his father-in-law as village to bring his bride home, he did a very strange thing. He asked his mother for rice and milk to eat prior to departure. Now this was considered a very inauspicious omen and naturally his mother refused. But the 12 year old baba Kinaram would not relent. Feeling helpless, mother Mansa Devi eventually had to oblige and offered her son milk and rice to eat. As luck would have it, within moments of his finishing his meal of rice and milk, news arrived from his bride, Devi Katyayni’s village that she had died.
This left everyone stunned. But this incident convinced people that somehow the boy knew of her imminent death and hence the peculiar demand. People started believing that the boy could see the future.
After his wife’s death, Baba Kina Ram lost both his father and mother in a very short interval of time. And these tragic events had a deep impact on the sensitive psyche of young Kinaram. At a very tender age, young Kinaram’s mind was filled with thoughts of detachment from world. Eventually, the young Kinaram abandoned his home and proceeded on a tour to seek a guru. His initial period of searching and wandering around led him to the doors of a saint, Baba Shiva Das who agreed to take him under his tutelage. Young Kinaram started staying with Baba Shiva Das in his hut and it was not long before Baba Shiva Das realized that Kinaram was no ordinary child and was deeply impressed by his extraordinary qualities.