In one of the most shocking incident, Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shot himself at his residence in Indoor. The news came as a great shock to the people of Indore as the deceased was a self-proclaimed Guru and was among the five religious leaders given the status of the minister by the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh.
According to the news published in the Quint, The spiritual leader Bhaiyyuji Maharaj shot himself dead in Indore on Tuesday leaving his large number of followers and devotees stunned. The model-turned-godman shot with his licensed pistol in a locked room. The investigation team has found a death note which reads, “ Somebody should be there to handle the duties of the family. I am leaving to (sic) much stressed out, fed up.”
Narrating the incident, the police said Bhaiyyuji went inside his Silver Spring Home room around noon. About 15 minutes later, his mother sent a domestic help to check whether he the self-styled guru had eaten his food. He left the nation shocked; no one knows what exactly prompted the spiritual leader to the act.
Around 12:30 pm, Bhaiyyuji locked himself inside his daughter’s room and a gunshot was heard. His personal assistant and mother ran to check and upon seeing what had happened, rushed him to Bombay Hospital. The doctors there declared him brought dead.
“According to the note we believe is a suicide but the reason for suicide is still uncovered. However, it is believed that he had been in the depression for the past some months” the Indore Deputy Inspector General of Police Hari Narayanchari Mishra told the media.
“The second page of the suicide note mentioned Bhaiyyu Maharaj’s last wish of handing over the responsibility of his assets and property to his close associate Vinayak, who has been working with him for decades”, the DIG said. Sources confirmed that the family of the deceased will be questioned regarding the suicide.
Sources close to the guru said he had been suffering from depression for some time. His first wife Madhavi passed away in November 2015, after which he married Dr Ayushi Sharma, a native of Shivpuri, on April 30, 2017.
Known to be an influential social activist in Madhya Pradesh, Bhaiyyu Maharaj also played a key role to end social activist Anna Hazare 2011 agitation for Lokpal at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar and who was invited in 2013 by Narendra Modi (then Gujarat CM) to Ahmedabad during his Sadbhavna fast. Bhayyuji Maharaj, whose original name is Uday Singh Deshmukh, is very popular in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh because of his spiritual and social work.
The guru is counted among his followers most of Maharashtra’s top leaders, including CM Devendra Fadnavis, late Vilasrao Deshmukh, and the Thackeray family. Former president Pratibha Patil and singer Lata Mangeshkar were frequent visitors.
After completing his education in Mumbai, Bhaiyyuji took up a job while also modeling for noted apparel brands. However, he soon shunned the glamour world and established the Sadguru Datt religious and charitable trust.
In April, Maharaj was among five seers accorded the status of a minister by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in Madhya Pradesh for their work towards Narmada conservation. However, the self-styled spiritual leader later refused the status.
“A post holds no importance for a saint,” news agency IANS had quoted Bhaiyyuji as saying. “All he has to think of is service to the people. When a post or status does not touch your mind, intellect or conscience, why think about it.”
Many of his followers were in the hospital along with Collector Nishant Warwade who said the guru will be cremated today with state honours.
Guruji’s mortal remains were kept at his ashram in Sukhlia area for followers to pay tributes from 9 am to 12 pm. The final rites will be performed at 1 pm at Meghdoot crematorium,” said Sharad Pawar, a trustee of Bhaiyyu Maharaj’s Shri Sadguru Datta Dharmik Evam Parmarthik Trust.