New Delhi: Days after the death of Mahant Narendra Giri, his most trusted disciple Mahant Balbir Giri will be formally anointed as the head of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad on Tuesday.
The coronation ceremony will take place at the Baghambri Math in Prayagraj, which will be attended by thousands of saints and followers of the late Mahant from across the country.
The 35-year-old disciple of late saint Narendra Giri will be the youngest in charge of the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad. His appointment as the next head of the Baghambri Math located in Prayagraj was decided by the head of the office of Sri Panchayati Akhara Niranjani.
The post was vacant after the death of Mahant Narendra Giri on September 20. Balbir Giri has been the most trusted disciple of Narendra Giri in the last 15 years. After the coronation ceremony, Balbir Giri will get approval of all major decisions from the five-member administrative agency.
The 35-year-old left his family to practice in Uttarakhand in 2005 and received the “diksha” of Narendra Giri in Haridwar. He supervised the Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple.
Balbir and Anand Giri, the main accused in the Mahant’s death case, became disciples of Mahant Narendra Giri almost at the same time, and they got along very well.
However, after a disagreement between Narendra Giri and Anand Giri, Balbir remained loyal to the former. In May this year, Anand Giri was expelled from Ahla and Mathematics school and came second.
Balbir is also the Deputy Archbishop of Giri Niranjani Akhara, and he spends most of his time at the Bilkeshwar Mahadev Temple.
Narendra Giri had named Balbir Giri as his successor in his suicide note. Earlier, Narendra Giri had appointed Balbir as his successor when he made his first will in January 2010. However, he appointed Anand as his successor in his second will in August 2011.
It is to be noted that Narendra Giri changed his will again in 2020 and appointed Balbir as his successor.
Mahant Ravindra Puri, general secretary of Niranjani Akhara said, “As per the request of Maharajji (Narendra Giri), we have appointed Balbir Giri as his successor. He also mentioned his decision in his suicide note. I saw it in the video recorded before Maharajji committed suicide.”
Ravindra Puri also said, “A board will be formed soon to assist the new head of the monastery.”
The board will consist of ‘Panch Parameshwara’ (five selected seers) and others.