Ashutosh Maharaj, founder of the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan or Divine Light Awakening Mission died in the year 2014 following a heart attack. His death, however, caused a legal battle to ensue.
But why does a natural phenomenon like dying need to be dragged in a court? Here’s what exactly happened.
The followers of Maharaj believed that their spiritual guru is not dead. He is, instead in a deep state of meditation and hence they implored to preserve his body in a freezer.
One of the guru’s spokesmen- Swami Vishalanand told BBC,
He is not dead. Medical science does not understand things like yogic science. We will wait and watch. We are confident that he will come back.
Now, after a legal battle of 3 years, the court has granted permission to the followers to preserve his body in a freezer.
As reported by BBC, over the years the Maharaj had attracted millions of followers and his sect had amassed an estimated $120 million worth of assets.
Now to spice up this act even more, enters the so-called 'son’ of the Guru.
Out of nowhere, a man called Dalip Jha comes into the scenario claiming to be his son. Dalip comes with a petition to cremate his alleged father’s body in line with Hindu rituals.
Many eyebrows were raised about this but according to The Tribune, the guru’s followers asserted that the Maharaj didn’t have a family. On this, Dalip, his alleged son, has asked them to conduct a DNA test in order to prove his identity.
Shortly after this, a man named Puran Singh comes into the picture.
Now he claims to be a former driver of the Maharaj and filed a petition shortly after Maharaj’s death, seeking a post-mortem examination. Showing his rage, Singh accused his followers of holding onto the guru’s body so that they could get access to his wealth.
To believe or not to believe, that is the question...
Information source: bbc