Ashutosh Upadhyay, Ujjain
Thousands of devotees gathered here to pay tribute to a high profile Guru of Politicians and celebrities , Mouni baba who passed away late on Saturday night. The followers with wet eyes paid floral tributes to the Baba. Saint Sumanbhai fired the pyre of Mouni Baba at around 11 am.
Baba was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Pune since December 9. His body was brought to his ashram at Gangaghat in a special ambulance at around 8.30 pm on Saturday. In his 109 years of life, Mouni Baba observed silence for the past 80 years. It is said that Baba came to city from West Bengal in 1960 and lived at Narsinh Ghat. In 1966, he built his ashram near Gangaghat.
Baba’s body was kept for public to pay tributes at Gangaghat Ashram from 9 am to 11 am. Later, Baba’s disciple saint Sumanbhai performed the last rites. Baba’s ‘samadhi’ will be made at his ashram.
The ex- chief minister of Madhyapradesh Arjunsingh and Uma Bharti, Amar Singh and Amitabh Bachhan, Rani Mukerji and so many other national leaders and Bollywood celebrities were among the desciples of the Mouni baba.
As his name suggests, the spiritual guru had taken a voluntary vow of silence. In the last seven decades or so, Mauni Baba had reportedly not spoken a word,communicating by writing on a slate with chalk.
Energy minister Paras Jain, Local MP Chintamani Malviya, MLA Mohan Yadav, Rajendra Bharti, former MLA Batuk Shankar Joshi, Iqbal Singh Gandhi, Anant Narayana Meena, Pradeep Pandey, Meena Jonwal, Tripura’s Rajmata Vibhu Kumari, Pradutya Dev Marman, Padma Shri Shobha Ghosh, Shubharthi Dey, Uttar Pradesh ADG Sanjay Tarde, Patil University Pune vice chancellor VD Patil and representatives of various social groups paid tributes to Baba.