Ashutosh Maharaj was in news because the Punjab and Haryana High Court on 1 December 2014 directed the Punjab government to perform last rites of him within 15 days. The direction led to protest and fortification of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS) by followers of Godman Ashutosh Maharaj.
Ashutosh, who headed the DJJS sect with its headquarters at Nurmahal near Jalandhar, was declared clinically dead by doctors on 29 January 2014. However, the sect management kept his body in a deep freezer claiming that the sect leader had gone into samadhi (deep meditation).
About Ashutosh Maharaj
Ashutosh Maharaj alias Mahesh Kumar Jha was born in 1946 in Bihar who later became a spiritual leader, preacher, and founder of Divya Jyoti Jagriti Sansthan (DJJS). He preached that every individual can become an embodiment of truth, fraternity, and justice through the eternal science of self-realization – Brahm Gyan, uprooting in its wake all social evils and threat.
He was a controversial figure among Sikh community, who have alleged him to be hurting Sikh religious sentiments.
Who: Ashutosh Maharaj
When: 3 December 2014