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Bhaiyyu Maharaj enjoyed large following among politicians

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

Spiritual guru Bhaiyyu Maharaj, who allegedly killed himself in today, enjoyed a large following among politicians.

When Bhaiyyu Maharaj, whose real name was Udaysinh Deshmukh, was injured in a road accident in 2016, among those who came to meet him were Mohan Bhagwat, Madhya Pradesh and then CM Anandiben Patel.

This was an indication of the tremendous clout and fan following the 50-year-old model-turned-spiritual guru had among politicians, many of them from

Bhayyu Maharaj was one of the five 'saints' to whom the of had granted (MoS) rank in April. However, he had refused to accept it, saying "a post holds no importance for a saint".

Past visitors to his 'ashram' at Indore, where he was based, included well-known personalties like Narendra Modi, Vilasrao Deshmukh, Pratibha Patil, Uddhav and Raj Thackeray, and

Former Maharshtra and said Bhaiyyuji Maharaj would be remembered for the social work he did in the state.

"A lot of political people used to meet him. He was a spiritual person who motivated people to do good. He visited frequently and met a lot of people and was also involved in social work here," Chavan said in his condolence message.

Born in 1968 in a family of agriculturists at Shujalpur in Madhya Pradesh, was invited by Modi when he undertook 'sadbhavna fast' as of

In 2011, the then had deputed him as a to persuade to call off his fast at the Ramlila ground in over the Lokpal issue.

Last year, the self-proclaimed spiritual guru courted controversy on his wedding day after a woman, who claimed to be an actress, accused him of "cheating" on her and termed him a "trickster".

married Dr Ayushi Sharma, a native of Shivpuri, in last year, a year after announcing his intention to take 'sanyas' from public life.

His first wife died in 2015.

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First Published: Tue, June 12 2018. 16:40 IST