Spiritual Guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj Commits Suicide By Shooting Himself In Head
India, June 12: A popular spiritual guru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj committed suicide by shooting himself at his residence in Indore. He was one of the spiritual gurus who was accorded Minister of State status by the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan government.
Reports suggest Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shot himself over "domestic issues" at his ashram in Indore. The police have reportedly found a suicide note that indicated that the 50-year-old was "depressed". He was declared dead at the Bombay hospital in Indore.
"Bhayyuji Maharaj has been brought to hospital in serious condition. Through investigation, it has been found that he shot himself," police officer Jayant Rathore told reporters before it was confirmed that the guru had died.
Among the first to express his grief was Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who had provoked opposition anger earlier this year by appointing Bhaiyyu Maharaj and four other "sadhus" as ministers.
The Congress, however, blamed the ruling government for his suicide and has demanded CBI probe into the matter. “Madhya Pradesh government had put pressure on him to accept privileges & support the government, which he refused to do. He was under a lot of mental pressure. CBI probe should be done,” said Congress leader Manak Agarwal.
The self-styled guru was known for his links with influential politicians and businessmen. He reportedly counted Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar among his followers.
A zamindar’s son and a former model, Bhaiyyu Maharaj, whose real name is Udaysingh Deshmukh, was known for his opulent lifestyle. Always elegantly dressed, he operated from a sprawling ashram at Indore, traveled in a white Mercedes SUV with a small band of followers and stayed in lavish resorts during his trips. He had a wide following among politicians and businessmen, who flocked to him for ‘advice’ on spiritual matters.
According to his website, Yuva Rastra Saint Shri Sadguru Bhaiyyuji Maharaj is mentioned as a spiritual leader, social reformer and motivator, whose sole aim is to bring happiness on the faces of countless poor and downtrodden people, lift them from morass of despair, poverty, social inequality and enable them to live a life of dignity. The high-profile ‘saint’ had married an Indore-based medical practitioner, upsetting many of his disciples. Maharaj played an important mediator role in persuading Anna Hazare to call off his fast for Lokpal in 2011.
He was popular in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. Scores of his supporters crowded outside the hospital waiting for news on his condition.