Saint Shri Anopdasji Maharaj was born on Monday 17TH April 1848 (Vikram Samvat 1905 Chaitra Shudh 14) at Village Bangdi, Taluka Sumerpur, Stn. Jawaibandh, Dist. Pali, Rajasthan. Formally this area was known as Marwad Rajputana, His father's name was Hira Singhji (Madrecha) Chouhan and his mother's name was Jaitde Ma. In his childhood his father expired, his elder brother Bhim Singhji use to work for family but it was not sufficient to run the family and this led younger brother Okh Singh to join the work.
In the childhood Baba Anopdasji was known as Okh Singh. He worked for the village as a shepherd looking after the calves but he was unable to keep the young calves away from their mothers, So there was a daily complaint about Okh Singh to his mother as cow refused to milk because calf use to drink the milk in the day time. As a result he was removed from the job.
Then he joined constable's post under Jodhpur state, where he was allotted a duty at state guesthouse. He was very clever, thoughtful & intelligent in performing his duty, as a result every superior as well as subordinate liked him and his promotion was due.
One day while he was on duty a young saint namely Bhavaninathji came at state's guesthouse to take rest. Okh Singh welcomed the saint by giving him good honour and salute. The saint Bhavaninathji, it isn't sure, but was of the same age as that of Okh Singh. There Okh Singh asked a question to the saint that," you are a young saint and must be knowing about the creator, without his knowledge how can you become a saint, so please let me know about the creator.” Bhavaninathji replied, “The creator is within you”. That is all about the common life of shri Okh Singhji. The very next day, he put off his uniform along with Badge and went to office and requested his senior’s to relieve him from the duty. The senior and subordinates all were shocked, they all tried hard to pursue him and told him that he was taking a huge decision of his life and career as well, but all efforts were in vain. He stood silent, unperturbed and firm to his decision and replied that he cannot serve two masters at a time and that today onwards he will serve only one master, the Supreme Being and nobody else.
He returned to his village and informed his mother about the decision and asked for the permission to go to the forest for penance. On hearing this, his mother was mute, silent as if there was no land under her feet. Her ears were not ready to accept what they were hearing, her eyes were not ready to accept what they were seeing, slowly the mother recovered from the shock and tried to pursue him about what he was going to do. She tried to explain to him, how all great saint in past did the penance staying among the family and he too can do penance by staying among the family if he wishes. She did not leave any stone unturned in pursuing her son to give up his plan to go to forest. Her motherhood could barely touch the heart of Okh Singh a bit. He was firm to his decision.