New Delhi: Mahant Narendra Giri Maharaj, President of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad, was found dead at his residence in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj. Mahant Giri was found dead on Monday.
Giri’s body was found in Baghambari math in Uttar Pradesh’s Prayagraj. According to initial reports, police suspect it is a case of death by suicide.
A purported suicide note of seven-eight pages was also found at the site in which the seer had written that he was mentally disturbed and was ending his life.
The seer had written he was upset with one of his disciples, the police said. He had also delegated various responsibilities to his disciples in the note, they said.
Prima facie it appeared to be a case of suicide but things will be clearer after the post-mortem and forensic tests, the police said.
The sadhu had also talked about the construction of a ‘samadhi’ in the suicide note, they said, adding the decision on it will be taken by the Akhara Parishad’s office bearers.
Immediately after the news spread, seers and mahants raised demands for an inquiry. Raju Maharaj, a leading Hindu seer, said that an impartial inquiry should clear the suspicions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the demise of the seer as he said: “The death of Shri Narendra Giri ji, President of Akhara Parishad, is extremely sad. While being devoted to spiritual traditions, he played a big role in connecting many streams of Sant Samaj together. May the Lord place them at your feet. Om Shanti!!”
Reacting to the incident, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath tweeted: “The demise of president of Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad, Mahant Narendra Giri is an irreparable loss for the spiritual world. I pray to Lord Ram to provide his spirit a place at his feet and give strength to his followers to bear this pain.”
Anand Giri, a disciple of the Mahant, was taken into custody in connection with the case. He was apprehended from Haridwar.
Anand Giri and the Mahant had fallen out after the former was removed from the math.
This is a developing story. More details are awaited.