Baba Ramdev is an Indian yoga guru. He is also known for his work in Ayurveda, Agriculture, Business, Politics, etc. He is the co-founder of Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd. with his colleague, Acharya Balkrishna. He is a recognized personality in India and abroad. Ramdev has helped make yoga very popular around the world.
Ramkishen Yadav (Baba Ramdev’s real name) was born on Saturday, December 25, 1965 (age: 54 years, as in 2018) in a town called Said Alipur, Mahendragarh, East Punjab, (now Haryana), India. His father, Ram Nivas Yadav, was a farmer. According to his parents, he was not very talkative in his childhood. He never fought and was very happy. He received his primary education in his hometown and studied up to the eighth level, then joined gurukul to study Sanskrit and yoga. He was a student of Acharya Baldev Ji at Gurukul Kalwa and learned yoga from Guru Karanvir, an Arya Samaji. He used to study with second-hand books and always ranked first in the class. He would keep the books so clean that he could sell them at a higher than market price. In his childhood he suffered a paralysis attack that affected the left side of his body. He credits yoga for the miraculous recovery.
- Height (approx.): 5 ′ 8 ″
Ramkishen Yadav was born to Ram Niwas Yadav and Gulabo Devi.
He has a brother, Ram Bharat, who is the CEO of a company at Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd.
After following an ascetic lifestyle, Ramdev took ‘Sanyasi Diksha’ and adopted the name Swami Ramdev from Swami Shankar Dev Ji. While living in Kalwa Gurukul in Jind, Haryana, he started giving free yoga classes to the villagers. Later, he moved to Haridwar, Uttarakhand. At Haridwar, he admitted to Gurukul Kangri Vishwavidyalaya and practiced meditation and self-discipline. In 1995, he laid the foundations for the Divya Yog Mandir Trust. In 2003, Aastha TV began featuring him on their morning yoga slot.
Little by little, it began to be popular. Many celebrities like Amitabh Bachchan and Shilpa Shetty also taught her yoga.
He made yoga popular in other countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Japan, etc. He also addressed a large convention of Muslim clerics in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh. In 2006, he was invited by then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to lecture on poverty alleviation at a United Nations Conference. The same year, he founded the “Patanjali Yogpeeth” in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, which is considered the world’s largest center for Ayurveda and Yoga, with a capacity of around 6000 people.
Over a long period of time, he became the face of Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd., a company that he founded with his colleague, Acharya Balkrishna. Under his leadership, Patanjali Ayurveda has been one of the highest grossing consumer goods (fast consumer goods) in India.
- In 2006, he caused controversy by saying that sex education must be replaced by yoga education to curb.
- In 2011, he protested against the incumbent government for corruption. To stop him, the police and the RAF loaded his followers with lathi (Baton Charge). She jumped off the stage wearing women’s clothing on the Ramlila grounds in Delhi.
- In 2013, he was detained at London Heathrow Airport for eight hours by the airport authority for an unknown reason.
- When the film was released, PK, condemned her for portraying the bad image of Hinduism.
- In December 2016, a Haridwar court fined his Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd. worth Rs. 11 lakh for mislabeling and misleading ads.
- Once the product of your company; Amla and aloe vera juices were unsuitable for consumption at the West Bengal Public Health Laboratory in Kolkata.
- During the COVID-19 pandemic, he launched an Ayurvedic medicine “Coronil”; claiming that it would cure patients infected with the virus. Following the drug’s launch in June 2020, the central government and the government of Uttarakhand distanced themselves from Baba’s claim. The AYUSH Ministry also distanced itself and questioned the therapeutic effects of the drug. Later, an FIR was filed in Jaipur against Ramdev and four other people for the misleading claim to cure COVID-19 after clinical trials.
- Food (s): Fruits vegetables
Assets / Equity
It does not claim any property. It is the advertising brand of Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd. As in 2011, its close partner, Acharya Balkrishna, owns 34 companies with an estimated annual turnover of more than Rs 1,100 million.
As in 2018, the empire of his Patanjali Ayurveda was worth around $ 9.3 billion (Rs. 60 billion rupees).
- According to his parents, once some saints came to his village, they gave him the messages of Saint Paramhansa. Those messages affected him a lot and he decided to be a saint.
- When Ramdev was only 6 years old, he fell from the roof while playing with his sister. He hurt his head and the bleeding went on for a long time. He was almost dead, however after the medication he recovered soon.
- When he was 7 years old, he faced another life-threatening incident while playing in a pond with his friends. began to drown in that pond. Hearing the children’s commotion, a villager saved him.
- In childhood, he suffered from obesity. Everyone used to make fun of him because of his overweight. When she was 8 years old, she developed boils all over her skin and faced difficulties when walking, then she began practicing yoga to overcome this problem.
- When he was in school, a Ramdev teacher used to smoke in his class because Ramdev was made fun of. At the time, he couldn’t get that teacher to quit smoking, but later, when he became a saint, he used to tell that anecdote to other people while giving speeches about alcohol and tobacco. One day, a letter came to him in which it was written that his teacher had now stopped smoking.
- He met Acharya Balkrishna in the 1990s at Tripura Yoga Ashram, Kankhal, Haridwar. In a short period of time, they became friends very quickly. Later, they went to the Himalayas, where Ramdev focused on Yoga and Balkrishna studied Ayurveda.
- After adopting a solitary lifestyle, Swami Shankar Dev Ji changed his name to Swami Ramdev.
- Once he and Acharya Balkrishna used to sell ‘Chyawanprash’ on the streets of Haridwar. During those days, both of them were easily seen in the city.
- In 1996 Ramdev established ‘Divya Yog Mandir Trust’ together with Acharya Karamveer.
- In his morning yoga space on Aastha TV, he has people practice 7 breathing exercises (Pranayam); Bhastrika Pranayam, Kapal Bhati Pranayam, Bahaya Pranayam, Anulom Vilom Pranayama, Bhramri Pranayam, Udgeeth Pranayam, and Pranab Dwani.
- According to him, Ram Prasad Bismil and Subash Chandra Bose have inspired him a lot.
- His trading company is named after ‘Maharishi Patanjali’, who is considered the father of yoga.
- He does not eat grains. Eat only boiled fruits, cow’s milk, and vegetables.
- Baba Ramdev is a workaholic, he wakes up at 3 in the morning and works between 18 and 20 hours a day. He starts the day by drinking Amla (gooseberry) juice because he believes that Amla is one of the best immunity boosters among all Ayurvedic medicines.
- He has been honored with PhD degrees from 4 universities in India. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Bhubaneswar, Odisha.
- Ramdev does not own any stake in Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd., instead, Acharya Balkrishna owns a 94% stake in Patanjali Ayurved, but Balkrishna does not receive any salary. The remaining 8% is given to Sarwan and Sunita Poddar, a Scotland-based NRI, as they helped Ramdev and Balkrishna obtain their first loan to start the business in the UK. Ramdev has also acquired an island in Scotland called Little cumbrae.
- Ramdev’s brother, Ram Bharat, his brother-in-law, Jasdev Shastri, Swami Muktanand, a disciple of Swami Shankar Dev, are the people who form the core of Ramdev’s management.
- He wears wooden shoes and sleeps on the floor.
- Many people are inspired by him in India and abroad. One of them is Yogi Haider, a Muslim yogi who teaches yoga in Pakistan. Yogi Haider is also called, ‘the Baba Ramdev of Pakistan’.
- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also admires Baba Ramdev and his works. They are often found in shows.
- His business partner and close friend, Acharya Balakrishna owns 94% of the shares of Patanjali Ayurveda Ltd. According to Forbes, his net worth is around $ 5.1 billion (as of July 2019), making him one of the richest people in India.
- He is interested in Indian politics, black money, the historical, social and economic problems of India. He launched many protests against the government. from India. He had also sat at a protest with Anna Hazare in her fight to force the government. from India to launch Jan Lokpal Bill in 2011.