Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Sunday conferred ‘deeksha’ on a batch of around 90 ‘sanyasis’ (renunciates) groomed by Patanjali.
With an aim to make India a spiritual superpower, the ‘deeksha’ was accorded to 51 sanyasis and 39 sanyasins on the banks of the Ganga in the holy city of Haridwar.
The sanyasis entered into the life of renunciation on the occasion of Ram Navami in presence of their family members.
Ramdev thanked the families of his disciples and said, “Nothing could be more glorious than the act of offering oneself to sainthood and the service of the nation.”
As a prelude to the ‘deeksha’ ceremony, ‘havans’ and ‘yagyas’ were being performed at ‘yagyashala’ at Rishigram within Patanjali premises for last five days under the supervision of the yoga guru and his aide Balkrishna.
Some of the people who received ‘deeksha’ were the holders of masters degrees in engineering and management from prestigious institutions.
“These sanyasis are groomed under the ‘guru-shishya’ tradition of ancient India, they will carry forward the age-old tradition of Rishis in the country,” Ramdev told reporters.
This was the first batch of Ramdev’s plan to groom 1000 ‘sanyasis’ and dedicate them to the service of the nation to make India a spiritual superpower by 2050.
(With inputs from agencies)