The Muslim 'brother' of Yogi Adityanath!

Ahmedabad: UP CM Yogi Adityanath has deep-rooted connections with Gujarat. And no, it is not because of PM Narendra Modi. Yogi's Gujarat-connection is because of his Muslim `brother'.    

                                                                      (Photo Credit: The Times of India)

What you have read is absolutely right. Till last year Yogi's Muslim `brother' was alive. Mahant Gulabnath Bapu was mahant of a Nath smapradaya math (ashram) in Visnagar, Gujarat. Mahant Gulabnath was born as a Muslim, Gul Mohammad Pathan. Adityanath's guru, Mahant Avaidyanath, was Mahant Gulabnath's guru also, and thus Gul Mohammad became 'gurubhai' of Yogi, who is considered the hardcore Hindutva face of BJP.

In a great gesture, Yogi visited Visnagar to perform last rites of Mahant Gulabnath Bapu, when the latter breathed his last at the age of 86 on December 6, 2016. It was not just the last rites, Yogi also appointed Sankarnath as the successor of Mahant Gulabnath.  

At 18, Gulabnath had taken diksha from Mahant Balaknath at Vadgam. "Bapu was the sixth generation in guru-shishya lineage. His association with Mahant Avaidyanath of Gorakhpur math and guru of Aditya Nath Yogi was very old due to the dynamics of Nath sampradaya," Sankarnath was quoted as saying by The Times of India.

"Bapu also considered Avaidyanath his guru and thus he considered Aditya Nath as his gurubhai. Bapu was invited to Gorakhpur for every major event. When he went there last year, Aditya Nath had him felicitated by PM Narendra Modi," added Shankarnath.

Beacuse of his gurubhai, TYogi visits Visnagar math at least 2-3 times every year. "Any Gujarat visit by the Yogi starts from Visnagar," Sankarnath said.

"Yogi used to phone regularly to get updates on Bapu's health. It is not just about the Nath sampradaya connection as there are other places in Gujarat with presence of the sampradaya, but he feels connected to this place," Sankarnath added.

Gulabnath Bapu's family, coming from Jhalod, was into farming and labour activities. the family first came to Dehvasan village and later settled in Vadgam in Banaskantha district. The young Gul was impressed by Mahant Balaknath's work, and thus took diksha and joined the Nath sect.