Who is Dhirendra Krishna Shastri of Bageshwar Dham? Discover the cause of the current debate

Who is Dhirendra Krishna Shastri of Bageshwar Dham? Discover the cause of the current debate

A young guy named Dhirendra Krishna Shastri has been making headlines on TV, newspapers, blogs, and social media over the last several days for a variety of reasons. The 26-year-old Shastri is referred to as "Bageshwar Dham Sarkar" on the website of the organization he leads, "Bageshwar Dham."

The website states that the self-styled godman, who wears colorful clothing and headgear, was born on July 4, 1996. He claims to have supernatural abilities and fix devotees' issues with the aid of Lord Hanuman, Balaji, without the devotees' knowledge. He makes projections regarding their future.

Additionally, there are pictures of Madhya Pradesh minister Narottam Mishra visiting the Bageshwar Dham on the website. The website claims that Shastri is connected to several public welfare programs and that his poem "Ramkatha" near Baggeshwar Dham attracts thousands of worshipers.

The Madhya Pradesh district of Chattarpur is home to Bageshwar Dham.

the argument

The present Dhirendra Krishna Shastri issue began when the Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti, chaired by Prof. Shyam Manav, accused him of promoting superstitions in Nagpur earlier this month when he was hosting a "Ramkatha darbar."

The Maharashtra Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman, Evil and Aghori Practices and Black Magic Act, 2013, was used to bring legal action against him.

If Shastri was able to persuade their panel of "independent, unbiased observers" of his amazing abilities, the Samiti also pledged to compensate him Rs 30 lakh. After receiving the challenge, Shastri allegedly "ran away from Nagpur," according to the samiti.

In the meanwhile, Shastri urged the group to visit Raipur (Chhattisgarh), the location of his next camp.

In front of the national media, Shastri was seen engaging with followers while claiming that he had no magical abilities and that all power comes from Lord Hanuman.

Soon, recordings of him summoning journalists from the crowd and giving them information about them and their families began making the rounds on social media.

The comments of some journalists, who seemed astonished, drew harsh criticism, with others accusing them of "unprofessionalism" and arguing that social media accounts readily provide access to any information. In studios, he was also confronted by certain "mind-readers" and skeptics who used similar techniques.

Shastri and his followers said that the godman from Madhya Pradesh was being targeted because he was opposing religious conversions and engaging in "ghar wapsi," which is one of the BJP's election campaign goals.

It's political

A problem in Chhattisgarh, which is headed for elections, is religious conversion. The chief minister, Bhupesh Baghel, has denied the accusations made by the opposition BJP that the state's "conversion effort" was ignored by the state's Congress-led administration.

Shastri's website and their remarks make it clear that the general secretary of the BJP, Kailash Vijayvargiya, and Naorottam Mishra support him.

Claiming that the BJP was responsible for Shastri's unexpected rise to fame, CM Baghel tasked him with resolving the Joshimath issue if he really has magical abilities.

Although monks have achieved a lot in the realm of meditation, you shouldn't show off your powers. The magicians are responsible for this (magic). It's inappropriate to do this. Go rescue Joshimath if you have magic skills. Will anybody rise to the occasion? He was cited as adding, "They (religious leaders) should instruct us to run our lives honestly.

Former BJP CM Raman Singh and Congress MLA Vikas Upadhyay both attended the Shastri "durbar" in Raipur. According to reports, he was also honored at the Raj Bhavan by Governor Anusuiya Uikey.

Shastri, on the other hand, has questioned the exclusivity of the targets.

"They (Akhil Bhartiya Andhashraddha Nirmoolan Samiti) started a campaign against me, and the press came here to Raipur to interview me. Do you pose the same queries that "padris" and "maulavis" do? Since it would be challenging for them, they (activists) refrain from challenging other faiths. According to reports, very powerful missionaries who have invested millions of rupees in conversion are responsible.