Sudhanshu Ji Maharaj is an Indian spiritual preacher and saint. He is the founder of a social charitable & non-profit organization Vishwa Jagriti Mission.
Acharya Yashpal Sudhanshu Maharaj was born on Monday, 2 May 1955 (age 66 years; as of 2021) in Haripur village in Behat, Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh. His zodiac sign is Taurus. After completing his schooling, he joined a Gurukul and went on to study at a university. At the age of 20, he joined the classes of the Shri Nandkishore, a professor of philosophy in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. He also gathered knowledge from a saint Shri Prakashanand Ji.
Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper
Eye Colour: Black
He was born in a Kamboj Hindu family.
Parents & Siblings
His father’s name is Shri Harishchandra, and his mother’s name is Kapoori Devi.
Wife & Children
In January 1978, he got married to Richa Sudhanshu, and the couple has two daughters named Archika Sudhanshu and Ritambhara Chauhan. His elder daughter, Archika, is a meditation guru, and his younger daughter, Ritāmbhrā Chauhan, is the owner of a Titiksha Public school in New Delhi.
Vishwa Jagriti Mission, Anand Dham Ashram, Bakkarwala Marg, Nangloi Najafgarh Road, New Delhi – 110041
Beginning of the Spiritual Journey
According to his official website, in his childhood, he started illuminating the sanskaras of his previous birth. He had an inclination toward spirituality since then. By the age of seven, he gained knowledge of various Hindu mantras and shlokas. After taking shiksha from various gurus like Yogiraj Pujyapad Swami Sadanand Ji Maharaj, he started practising spirituality in various parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Later, he developed various forms of meditation such as:
- Udgeetha meditation
- Amrit meditation
- Brahmayoga meditation
- Mahayoga meditation
- Atmayoga meditation
- Divine bliss meditation
- Adinad meditation
- Mantrashakti awakening meditation
- Vardan Siddhi meditation
- Chandrayan tapa and meditation
- Prarthana yoga meditation
He has also organised various meditation camps at peaceful places in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
The Vishwa Jagriti Mission
On 24 March 1991, he started a social charitable & non-profit organization Vishwa Jagriti Mission under the guidance of the spiritual guru Yogi Shri Sadanandji Maharaj.
Apart from providing preaches on human values in different parts of the nation through seminars and events, Sudhanshu Ji Maharaj has provided assistance in constructing temples and has established various educational institutions in the country.
Sudhanshu Ji Maharaj has established more than 85 mandals and sewa samitis across India for providing assistance to needy people. Not only for human beings, his organisation is also working for the welfare of the animals.
Health Care Centres
Sudhanshu Ji has also covered the health care industry under his mission. He has established various charitable hospitals in various parts of the country. In 1998, he started Karuna Sindhu Charitable Hospital in Anand Dham Ashram, Delhi where free medical services were provided to needy people. Arogya Dham Hospital at Faridabad (Haryana) established under the mission has also provided free medical services to the underprivileged section of the society.
One of the major focuses of the organisation is to upgrade the weaker section of the society by providing them free education. The organisation has established two ashrams or orphanages including Vishwa Jagriti Mission and Devdoot Bal Ashrams in which free education is being imparted to the underprivileged children. Under the mission, two public schools have been set up in Ranchi, Jharkhand where more than 700 tribal children are provided free books, school uniforms, and mid-day meals. In 2021, a school named Gyandeep Vidyalaya was started in Faridabad, Haryana where almost 700 girls and 300 boys are being taught. Most of the children studying in this school are those students who were earlier working as a beggar and child labour. In July 2018, a gurukul named Siddhidham Ashram in Kanpur was established, and in May 2019, a school named Maharishi Ved Vyas Updeshak Mahavidyalaya was set up where preachers or Dharmacharyas are trained to spread the message of peace, love, harmony, and spirituality. As of 2022, the organisation has over 65 branches all over the world along with 22 old age homes and three charitable hospitals.
Criminal Case Filed by a Businessman
In 2015, an Indian businessman Mansinghka filed a petition against Sudhanshu Maharaj and his charitable trust Vishwa Jagriti Mission for providing him the fake receipts for the donation made by him. Later, an arrest warrant was issued against Sudhanshu Maharaj by the Shajapur Court for issuing fake donation receipts to a businessman. Earlier, Madhya Pradesh high court had ordered him to appear before a judicial magistrate in Shajapur, but as he failed to appear an arrest warrant was issued against him.
Grabbing the Property of an Old Woman
In 2018, Krishna Sharma a 73 years old woman, accused Sudhanshu Maharaj and Devendra Khandelwal (owner of Kips Sweets) of grabbing her property and cash. She filed a case against them in court. According to a leading newspaper, the whole case was,
72-year-old Krishna Sharma of Sanjaynagar Gopalnagar joined Sudhanshu Ji Maharaj’s organization Vishwa Jagriti in 2004. Krishna’s husband was a lab assistant. After her death and lack of children, she became attractive to Sudhanshu Maharaj’s organization. Sudhanshu Maharaj and Khandelwal together had received precious houses and jewelery along with about 7.50 lakhs from her as donation. The elderly woman has alleged that both of them told her that in return for this donation, the organisation would take care of her for the rest of her life. She will also be taken care of at the time of illness, but when the woman became ill, she was not taken care of. After which the relatives of the woman came and took her for treatment.”
Reportedly, Krishna was also threatened by the people of Sudhanshu Maharaj and Devendra Khandelwal. When reporters asked Khandelwal’s view on the whole matter, he said
The elderly woman gave the house and registry to the institution of her own free will. For some time she herself is not coming to the satsang and why she is making such false allegations is beyond my understanding.”
Later, while talking to the reporters Pawan Kumar Arora (from Vishwa Jagriti Mission) said,
Krishna ji got the house done on her own free will. It was only after her permission that we got the temple and satsang hall constructed. Since then, there is a story and satsang every Sunday. Not only this, whenever she became ill, she was provided good treatment and the electricity bill of her house is also being paid by the institution itself. But why she is making such allegations, we are not able to understand all this. There is a deep conspiracy behind all this.”
As of 2009, his net worth was Rs. 400 crores.
- His followers lovingly call him Mahārāj Shri and Acharya Sudhanshu Ji.
- Sudhanshu Maharaj is fond of reading books. He loves to read books on mythology, autobiography, history, and geography.
- Sudhanshu Ji Maharaj has appeared as a spiritual preacher in TV shows on various Hindi channels.
- He sings bhajans in various spiritual events and is well-versed in playing different types of musical instruments.
- He has received many awards and honours for his contribution to society.
- In one of his kathas, he talked about the door to god. He said,
Devotion, meditation, love, affection, donation and knowledge are the paths which lead to the door of God. Choose anyone of them and remain under the shadow of the Guru. He is the one who can show the correct path. Do not look for the support of others. Look for the support of your inner thought. You have been given that energy which makes you stronger.”