Marital Status: Unmarried
Hometown: Mahendragarh, Haryana
Age: 57 Years
|Real Name||Ramkishen Yadav|
|Nickname(s)||Baba Ji, Baba Ramdev, Yoga Guru, Yoga Rishi, Swami Ji|
|Profession(s)||Yoga Guru, Businessman|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 173 cm
in meters- 1.73 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 8”
|Date of Birth||25 December 1965|
|Age (as of 2022)||57 Years|
|Birthplace||Saidalipur, Mahendragarh, East Punjab (Now, Haryana), India|
|Hometown||Said Alipur, Mahendragarh, Haryana|
|School||A govt. school in Shahzadpur, Haryana, India|
|College/University||Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India|
|Educational Qualification||8th Standard|
|Political Inclination||Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)|
|Hobbies||Travelling, Singing, Playing Sports|
|Controversies||• In 2006, he said that in order to put a brake on AIDS cases, sex education should be replaced with yoga education.
• In 2011, he jumped out of the stage in Ramlila ground in Delhi by wrapping a dupatta, after a big unit of police and RAF came to detain him.
• In 2013, he was detained at the London's Heathrow Airport by airport authorities for around 8 hours for an unknown reason.
• He urged to stop the release of Aamir Khan's "PK" as he condemned the image of Hinduism shown in the movie.
• In December 2016, Baba Ramdev's Patanjali Ayurveda was fined worth Rs. 11 lakh for "misbranding and putting up misleading advertisements", by a court in Haridwar.
• Once his products; Amla and Aloe vera juices were found unfit for consumption at West Bengal Public Health Laboratory in Kolkata. NDTV
• In June 2020, he launched an Ayurvedic medicine "Coronil" and claimed that it would cure the patients infected with the COVID-19. Following the launch of the medicine, he received heavy criticism for making fake claims without performing a legitimate clinical trial before the launch of the medicine. The Union government, Uttarakhand government, and the AYUSH Ministry distanced themselves from Baba's claim and put a blanket ban on medicine's advertisements. Later, an FIR against Ramdev and four others was lodged in Jaipur for allegedly conspiring to sell a fake Ayurveda medicine. The Hindu
• In May 2021, IMA Uttarakhand slapped a Rs 1,000 crore defamation notice on Baba Ramdev over his remarks on allopathic medicines for treatment of the COVID-19 cases. In the notice, IMA Uttarakhand stated that if Baba Ramdev would not post a video condemning his statements on allopathic medicine, or tender a written apology within the next 15 days, then a sum of Rs 1000 crore will be demanded from him. On 23 May 2021, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan called Rmdev's statement on allopathic medicine "extremely unfortunate" and asked him to withdraw the remark. Later, in a reply to the health minister, Ramdev said that he was taking back his words. India Today
• On 5 February 2023, he was booked for allegedly promoting enmity and outraging religious feelings at a meeting of seers in Rajasthan's Barmer district. At the seer meeting on 2 February 2023, while comparing Hinduism to Islam and Christianity, he said that Muslims always resorted to terror and abducting Hindu women. DNA On 14 September 2023, the Rajasthan High Court issued an order for Ramdev to appear before the Investigating Officer at Chohtan Police Station in Barmer on 5 October 2023 at 11:30 am for questioning related to the case. Additionally, the High Court extended the stay on his arrest and instructed the government counsel to present the case diary in court on 16October 2023. Hindustan Times
• On 21 November 2023, the Supreme Court of India warned Patanjali Ayurved of a Rs. 1 crore penalty for each false claim in its advertisements. The court issued its judgement in response to the petitions filed by the state units of the Indian Medical Association regarding Patanjali Ayurved's advertisement titled “Misconceptions spread by allopathy: Save yourself and the country from the misconceptions spread by pharma and medical industry,” which was published on 10 July 2022; the accusations against Patanjali Ayurved was of conducting a “smear campaign” and making false claims against evidence-based medicine. The court not only warned of the penalty but also directed the company to stop making false claims and creating misleading advertisements. Mint
|Relationships & More|
|Parents||Father- Ram Nivas Yadav (Farmer)
Mother- Gulabo Devi
|Siblings||Brother- Ram Bharat (CEO of a firm in Patanjali Ayurveda)
|Car Collection||Land Rover Defender 130 (gifted by Divyanshu Kesarwani CFA Of Patanjali Group in UP East and Central Region) Hindustan Times|
|Assets/Properties||As of 2011, he and Acharya Balkrishna own 34 companies with an annual turnover estimated at over Rs 1,100 crore. IndiaToday|
|Net Worth (approx.)||As of 2018, his Patanjali Ayurveda's empire was worth around $9.3 billion (Rs.60,000 crores)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Baba Ramdev
- Does Baba Ramdev smoke?: No
- Does Baba Ramdev drink alcohol?: No
- In childhood, he remained silent most of the time. He was not obstinate and always remained content.
- He suffered a paralytic attack in his childhood due to the adverse effect of a medical incident that seriously affected the left side of his body, leaving him paralyzed. He credits yoga for his miraculous recovery from it.
- According to his parents, once upon a time, some saints came to his village and they recited the messages of Saint Paramhansa. Since then, he decided to be a saint.
- In a TV reality show, Ramdev disclosed that he used to study by second-hand books. He always stood 1st in the class. He used to keep books clean and the next year, he sold all the books with more price than the market price.
- When he was 6 years old, he fell off the roof while playing with his sister. He injured his head and bleeding occurred for long. He was almost dead, however, after medication, he recovered soon.
- When Ramdev turned 7, he faced another life-threatening incident while playing with his friends in a pond. he began to drown in that pond. Upon hearing the commotion of children, a villager saved him.
- In childhood, he was overweight. Everyone used to tease him. When he was 8 years old, he got boils on his skin and faced difficulty while walking, then he started practising yoga.
- Once upon a time, when he was in school, somebody accused him of stealing oil. Ramdev’s father beat him up without knowing the truth.
- A teacher of Ramdev used to smoke in his class due to which Ramdev got teased. At that time, he could not make that teacher quit smoking but later, when he became a hermit, he used to tell that anecdote to other people while delivering speeches on tobacco and alcohol. One day, a letter came to him on which it was written that his teacher has quit smoking now.
- Ramdev attended school till 8th standard, after which he joined a gurukul where he learnt Sanskrit and Yoga.
- He was the student of Acharya Baldev Ji in Gurukul Kalwa and learned yoga from Guru Karanvir, a member of Arya Samaj.
- He met Acharya Balkrishna in the 1990s, at Tripura Yoga Ashram, Kankhal, Haridwar. Later, they both went together to study in the Himalayas, where Ramdev focused on yoga and Balakrishna on Ayurveda.
- After becoming a ‘Sanyasi’ (Hermit), Swami Shankar Dev Ji changed Ramdev’s name from Ramkishen to Ramdev. Thus, he was called Baba or Swami Ramdev.
- Baba Ji has done a deep study of Hindu scriptures and even taught them in different gurukuls in Haridwar.
- In 1996, he established ‘Divya Yog Mandir Trust’ along with Acharya Karamveer.
- In 2003, he started featuring on Aastha TV’s morning yoga slot.
- The Pranayama programs he teaches consists of 7 key breathing exercises (in sequence): Bhastrika Pranayam, Kapal Bhati Pranayam, Bahaya Pranayam, Anulom Vilom Pranayama, Bhramri Pranayam, Udgeeth Pranayam, and Pranab Dwani.
- He considers Ram Prasad Bismil and Subash Chandra Bose as his inspirations.
- In 2006, he established “Patanjali Yogpeeth” in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, which is considered as the world’s biggest centre for Ayurveda and Yoga, with a capacity of around 6000 people.
- The name of his business enterprise was taken from the name of ‘Maharishi Patanjali,’ who is considered the father of yoga.
- He does not eat grains. He only eats boiled vegetables, fruits and cow milk.
- Baba Ji is a workaholic as he wakes up at 3 ‘o’ clock in the morning and works around 18 to 20 hours a day. He starts his day by having Amla Juice (Gooseberry) because he thinks that Amla is a top immunity booster among Ayurveda medicines.
- He has been honoured with Doctorate degrees from 4 universities across India. He was bestowed upon honorary doctorate by Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
- He does not possess any stake in Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd., instead, Acharya Balkrishna holds a 94% stake in Patanjali Ayurved, but Balkrishna doesn’t take any salary. Rest 8% is given to Sarwan and Sunita Poddar, a Scotland-based NRI as they gave Ramdev and Balkrishna, the first loan to start the business. Ramdev has also acquired an Island in Scotland named Little Cumbrae.
- Ramdev’s brother Ram Bharat, his brother-in-law, Jasdev Shastri, Swami Muktanand, a disciple of Swami Shankar Dev, are the people who form the core of Ramdev’s management.
- He proposed the health ministry of India that sex education must be replaced with yoga education to fight AIDS.
- He wears a wooden footwears and sleeps on the floor.
- His daily two-hour session in the morning has been the most-watched show in India since 2003, taking the attention of an average of 26 million viewers, beating news programs, movies and reality shows.
- He has taught yoga to many celebrities including, Amitabh Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty and others. He has also addressed Muslim clerics at their seminary in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh.
- Ramdev has inspired many people across India and abroad. One of them is Yogi Haider, a Muslim Yogi of Pakistan who teaches yoga in Pakistan and called “Baba Ramdev of Pakistan.”
- The 14th Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi also admires Baba Ramdev. They often meet each other in programs.
- His very close friend, Acharya Balkrishna owns 94% shares of Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd. and his net worth is around $5.1 billion. Forbes
- He likes to speak about Indian Politics, Black Money, Indian History, Social and Economic Issues of India, etc. He protested against the Indian National Congress many times and also sat on a protest with Anna Hazare in his fight to compel the govt. of India to launch Jan Lokpal Bill in 2011.