Bhaiyyu Maharaj

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A profile (1968-2018)

Once a model, Bhaiyyu was seen as role model by netas, June 13, 2018: The Times of India

Had Worked For Edu, Water Conservation

Bhaiyyu Maharaj started off as a model before he turned to spirituality and attracted lakhs of followers, including top politicians, in MP and Maharashtra.

Born on April 29, 1968, as Uday Sinh Deshmukh to a family of landlords in Shujalpur, MP, he modelled for a brand of clothing and took to spiritualism in his early 30s. He began to be known as ‘Rashtra Sant’ after he took ‘diksha’ at Shirdi Ashram in Nashik. He had a Mercedes in Indore and was associated with the late Vilasrao Deshmukh and BJP leaders Nitin Gadkari and the late Gopinath Munde. It was Vilasrao who got him to persuade Anna Hazare to end his fast in 2011.

A "grihasth sant"

Akhada Parishad does not recognise concept of 'grihasth sant'

June 17, 2018: The Times of India

Opposing the concept of "grihasth sant", or householder saints, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad has said that they do not accord "saint" status to married persons.

The ABAP is an apex body of 13 major "akhadas", or religious orders, of Hindu saints and seers.

The statement from the ABAP comes amidst a debate on saints following the alleged suicide of spiritual leader Bhaiyyu Maharaj on June 12.

Bhaiyyu Maharaj, who was reverentially called "rashtra sant" by his followers, committed suicide allegedly due to stress from a family dispute, a preliminary probe has revealed.

Mahant Narendra Giri, Akhada Parishad president, told PTI that it did not recognise the concept of "grihasth sant", adding that such people were not considered seers till about 50 years ago.

"We are grieved at the death of Bhaiyyu Maharaj. He was a respected person. But we clearly believe that, in religious and spiritual fields, married persons should not be called saints. We do not give any recognition to the concept of grihasth sant," he said.

"Personalities from religious and spiritual fields should decide whether they want sainthood or they want to be part of a family. They should not ride on two boats at the same time, otherwise they will naturally be affected by family discord," Giri said.

"Now the media as well as people address preachers and persons delivering sermons as saints. According to us, it is not appropriate to use the term saint for everybody," Giri said.

He claimed that those enjoying "sainthood" as well as family life at the same time would eventually "fail".

The ABAP chief also said that Bhaiyyu Maharaj's family should not fight among themselves as it would upset the late spiritual leader's followers.

Bhaiyyu Maharaj (50) had allegedly committed suicide by shooting himself on June 12 in a room of his bungalow located on Bypass Road here.

Bhaiyyu Maharaj, whose original name is Uday Singh Deshmukh, hailed from a family of landlords in Madhya Pradesh's Shujalpur.

His first wife Madhvi, with whom he has a 17-year-old daughter Kuhu, died in November 2015. He married Dr Ayushi Sharma (49) of Shivpuri last year and has a two-month-old daughter from the marriage.


Once a model, Bhaiyyu was seen as role model by netas, June 13, 2018: The Times of India

Had Worked For Edu, Water Conservation

He had worked for water conservation and children’s education but shunned the limelight for two years.

CM Devendra Fadnavis said, “He set up Suryoday Parivar and undertook social welfare schemes in Vidarbha. He had taken up the cause of the downtrodden and economically weaker sections of the society. He was instrumental in organising mass marriages and launched a movement for water conservation.”

In the wake of farmer suicides in Vidarbha, Bhaiyyu drafted a plan to enhance the financial status of farmers. After a minor girl was gangraped and murdered in Kopardi in Ahmadnagar, parents there decided not to send their daughters to school. Bhaiyyu provided four stateof-art school buses with CCTVs and security guards for the girls in Kopardi.

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