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Age: 80 Years
Wife: Laxmi Devi
Religion: Hinduism

Asaram Bapu

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Birth nameAsumal Sirumalani, Asumal Sirumalani Harpalani [1]OneIndia [2]DNA India
Nickname(s)Bapuji
ProfessionReligious and Spiritual Leader
Physical Stats & More
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourSalt & Pepper
Personal Life
Date of Birth17 April 1941 (Thursday)
Age (as of 2021)80 Years
BirthplaceBerani village, Shaheed Benazir Abad District (Nawabshah), Sindh, British India (present-day Berani town is located in Jam Nawaz Ali Tehsil of Sanghar district, Sindh, Pakistan)
Zodiac signAries
NationalityIndian
HometownManinagar, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
SchoolJai Hind High School, Ahmedabad
College/UniversityDid Not Attend
Educational Qualification3rd Standard [3]The Indian Express
ReligionHinduism
CasteBania [4]The Caravan
Food HabitNon-Vegetarian [5]The Indian Express
AddressSant Shri Asharamji Bapu Ashram, Motera, Sabarmati, Ahmedabad (Before his arrest in 2013)
Asaram Bapu's ashram in Motera (Ahmedabad)
HobbiesDancing, Doing Make-up
Controversies• In 1959, his name surfaced in a murder case, which he allegedly did under the influence of alcohol but was bailed due to lack of evidence. [6]OneIndia

• In 2000, locals at Bhairavi village of Navsari district filed a complaint against him for encroaching 6 acres of land in addition to 10 acres of the area allocated by the Gujarat Government.

• In 2001, after a Satsang (spiritual discourse), the Yoga Vedanta Samiti of his Ashram didn't vacate the premises (100 acres valued at over Rs. 7 billion) of the Mangalya Temple, Madhya Pradesh.

• In 2002, his followers forged all the land of a Rajokri-based devotee Bhagwani Devi after convincing her to donate some part of her property to the Asharam's trust.

• In 2008, after the mysterious death of four boys at Motera Ashram (Ahmedabad), the local public filed an allegation against him for practicing black magic there and protested him strongly. [7]India TV

• In Bhilwara (Mewar, Rajasthan), once the Nashik Municipal Corporation destroyed some part of his ashram for illegal possession of the Government land.

• Once, the Bihar State Religious Trust in Patna filed a court case against his Asharam for grabbing a piece of land.

• On 8 January 2010, his illegal possession of 67,059 square metres of land in the of land in the Ahmedabad ashram was taken over by the Gujarat Government.

• Once, his disciples Satya Narayan Dhoot and Bhanwar Lal Soni filed a court case against him for encroaching their lands in Rajasthan.

• In September 2012, he was backlashed for slapping a video journalist during his discourse in Ghaziabad. [8]India TV

• In May 2013, the Municipal Corporation of Cuttack demolished his ashram, which was illegally built there.

• In September 2013, the father of the sexually assaulted girl by Asaram; submitted the audio clippings of the death threats made by his followers against him, to the court.

• On 11 January 2015, Asaram was accused for murdering Akhil Gupta, who was the prime witness of the Surat rape case. [9]The Wire

• On 25 April 2018, a Jodhpur Schedule Caste and Schedule Tribe Court sentenced Asaram to life imprisonment, and the other two accused (Shilpi and Sharad) were sentenced to 20-years for raping a 16-year-old girl from Shahajahanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Judge Madhusudan Sharma pronounced the verdict inside the Jodhpur Central Jail. [10]India TV
Asaram Bapu outside Jodhpur Court
Relationships & More
Marital StatusMarried
Family
Wife/SpouseLaxmi Devi (Spiritual Leader)
Asaram Bapu's wife
ChildrenSon- Narayan Prem Sai (Religious Leader)
Asaram Bapu's son, Narayan Prem Sai
Daughter- Bharati Devi (Religious Preacher)
Asaram Bapu's daughter
ParentsFather- Thaumal Sirumalani (Businessman; Owned a coal and wood selling business)
Mother- Mehangiba (Homemaker)
Asaram Bapu's mother
Money Factor
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 10,000 crore (as of 2014) [11]IB Times

Asaram Bapu

 Some Lesser Known Facts About Asaram Bapu

  • Asaram Bapu is an Indian religious and spiritual leader who came into the limelight as a godman in the late 1960s.
  • He was born in a middle-class family in the Sindh region of British India. After India’s partition in 1947, his family left all of their immovable belongings in Sindh and moved to Maninagar in Ahmedabad (then part of the former Bombay State in India).

    Asaram Bapu in childhood

    Asaram Bapu in childhood

  • Asaram’s father ran a small coal and wood selling business in Ahmedabad. He died when Asaram was just 10 years old.
  • After his father’s demise, Asaram started looking after his father’s business. After a while, he shifted to Vijapur, a city in the Mehsana district of Gujarat.
  • At the age of 15, Asaram fled his home and went to an ashram in Bharuch, just 8 days before his marriage to Laxmi Devi. However, his family convinced him to return home and marry Laxmi.
  • Later, at the age of 23, he again ran away from his home and relocated to Nanital. On his trip to Nanital, he met a local religio-spiritual figure named Lilashah at an ashram.
  • When Lilashah came to know that Asaram had been running away from his home, she advised him to return home. On her advise, Asaram went back to Ahmedabad, but thirteen days later, he once again went to Lilashah’s ashram. This time, Lilashah accepted him as her disciple.

    Asaram Bapu's spiritul guru Lilashahji Maharaj

    Asaram Bapu’s spiritul guru Lilashahji Maharaj

  • On 7 October 1964, Asaram’s guru, Lilashah named him “Sant Shri Asaramji Maharaj.” [12]The Indian Express
  • Prior to becoming a religious leader, Asaram undertook a variety of professions like:
    • Selling tea at a tea shop owned by one of his relatives named Sevak Ram.
    • Sold liquor and made huge profits out of it. He sold liquor with his four partners named Jamarmal, Nathumal, Kishanmal and Lachrani.
    • He then worked in a milk dairy where he used to earn Rs. 300 per month, but he soon left the job.
    • Asaram also did jobs like cycle repairing and sugar trading.
    • He even worked as a ‘tongawalla’ and used to carry pilgrims from Ajmer railway station to Dargah Sharif.
  • After returning to Ahmedabad in the 1970s, Asaram transformed into a godman. He lived at Motera’s Sadashiv Ashram for two years, and later, built his own hut next to it.

    An old picture of Asaram

    An old picture of Asaram

  • While in Motera, he began telling religious stories to people and became a popular Katha-Vachak.
  • Asaram had a unique style of preaching. His discourses constituted humour, music, and dance. Slowly, people started enjoying it and became his followers.
  • Asaram’s first followers were from the Other Backward Classes and Dalit communities. Later, he started attracting upper-caste followers as well.
  • In 1973, he converted his hut into a small ashram with the help of his followers and began giving food for free in his ashram. He also started distributing utensils and clothes to the poor in the tribal areas.

    Asaram Bapu as a preacher

    Asaram Bapu as a preacher

  • As he became popular, he started receiving economic patronage and land allotment from the local government to expand his ashrams. Asaram was allotted 14,515 square meters of land and 25,000 square meters of land for his ashrams in Ahmedabad by the Gujarat government in 1992 and 1999, respectively.
  • His teachings were mainly based on Brahmcharya (celibacy) and Guru-Shishya relationship.
  • Asaram demanded complete faith from his devotees and expected them to blindly follow what he preached.

    Asaram during a Satsang

    Asaram during a Satsang

  • His discourses were a combination of quotable quotes and life tips on topics, ranging from marital bliss to cures of diseases like cancer.
  • Asaram often condemned the increasing sexual liberation in Indian society and asked his followers to abstain from following western cultures.
  • In order to eliminate western culture invasion in India, Asaram’s Shri Yogi Vedanta Seva Samiti organised a Matru Pitru Poojan Divas (mother-father worship day) on 14 February 2013. Following the tradition, the Government of Chhattisgarh directed all schools of the region to observe Matru-Pitru Diwas every year on 14 February.
    Asharam Bapu's poster
  • On 25 December 2014, Asaram started the tradition of Tulsi Poojan Diwas (a day to worship Tulsi – the Holy Hindu plant) to counter the celebration of Christmas. He was against the conversion of Hindus to Christianity.
  • Besides Satsangs, he made his teachings available in pre-recorded forms. They were even telecast on television.

  • Asaram used to accord ‘Diksha’ (initiation by a guru) to his devotees in his Satsangs.
  • Asaram has even directed his ashram’s to provide ashram-made herbal medicines to his devotees.

    Herbal medicine made by Asaram's ashram

    Herbal medicine made in Asaram’s ashram

  • When Asaram was arrested in 2013, his cult claimed that he could perform extraordinary miracles. Some of the stories that were marketed to keep his supporters intact were:
    • According to one of his devotee, one day, it was raining heavily after the Satsang and he had to return home. When he asked Asaram for his help, Asaram looked up at the sky and said, “Stop Now,” and the rain stopped instantly.
    • Another devotee of Asaram shared that Asaram cured his minor son’s of Aphasia (an inability to formulate language).
  • Asaram often wore a spotless white dhoti and Kurta and carried a snow-white beard during his discourses.

    Asaram during a Satsang

    Asaram during a Satsang

  • As per some sources, he used to wear the kohl that was made up of burnt bats. [13]Dainik Bhaskar
  • In August 2012, when Asaram was on his way to address a Satsang, his chopper crashed. Fortunately, Asaram, the pilot, and two others survived the accident.

  • Asaram owned many luxury cars but mostly used to travel in BMW or Mercedes. For air travels, Asaram preferred travelling by a hired chopper or only through business class.
  • Asram received VVIP treatment at airports and public gatherings.
  • In 2013, before his arrest, he owned 400 ashrams across 12 countries, around 50 gurukuls, 40 residential schools, a printing press, and an Ayurveda unit in India. His followers count at that time was estimated to be more than 2 crores.

    Asaram Bapu's ashrams in India

    Asaram Bapu’s ashrams in India

  • In May 2021, Asaram’s health deteriorated after he was tested positive for COVID-19 in the Jodhpur jail. He was subsequently admitted to the ICU of the Mahatma Gandhi Hospital in Jodhpur. [14]Nav Bharat Times