A 57-year-old Jain muni, Chinamay Sagar Maharaj, popular as “Jungle Wale Baba,” who lives deep inside forests, doing his meditation and so on, will arrive in Shravanabelagola on January 28 for the Mahamastakabhisheka (head anointing ceremony) of Bahubali statue.
The baba will stay at Chandragiri Hill and meditate at the spot where Chandragupta Maurya, the greatest of Maurayan emperors, performed penance several centuries ago. National secretary of the Chinmaya Sagar Charitable Trust, Abhishek Modi says Chinmay Sagar is the only saint in the world today to live in a forest and meditate for the betterment of mankind.
His routine is simple. He eats once a day and after giving darshan to his devotees, returns to the woods by 4 pm. Filling you in about the Jain muni, he says he was born on August 6, 1961 at Jugul village of Belagavi district and took deeksha in 1988 on Mahaveer Jayanthi in Madhya Pradesh.
On taking deeksha, the saint was asked by his spiritual guru to visit various places and so accordingly, he travelled barefoot in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarkhand, Delhi, Rajasthan and Karnataka, among others.
Unlike other religious leaders who live in posh ashrams, Chinmay Sagar has chosen to meditate in forests so as to be accessible to everyone. “Forests are open spaces and all are welcome irrespective of their religious leanings.”
Mr Modi claims Baba helped him quit non-vegetarian food, smoking, consumption of liquor, chewing gutakas and so on. His yeomen services have earned Chinmay Sagar doctorates from the Universities of Sri Lanka, United Kingdom and the US....