What makes Yogi Adityanath a superstar campaigner in Bengal

By Deepak Sharma

New Delhi, Mar 5 (IANS): In the poll-bound state of West Bengal, when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath lays out the tenets of his party's "cultural nationalism", his thoughts connect with centuries old 'Nath' sect which has its roots in Kamrup (Assam) and Bengal. The 48-year-old Yogi Adityanath, who is also the head priest of sacred Gorakhnath math seat of the Nath sect, has lakhs of followers spread across different parts of Bengal and Assam.

The Nath sect or rather Nath tradition of Hinduism was founded by Yogi Matsenydranath, one of the greatest yogis and guru of Gorakhnath, who perfected Yoga in Kamrup." There are several references in history which connect Gorakhpur with Bengal and Kamrup. There is a Gorakhnath temple in Kolkata too, and other places in Bengal. In a way Yogiji (Adityanath) represents centuries old culture and spirit of a Hindu tradition...a reason why people of Bengal, especially in the rural areas connect with him, " says Swami Mithilesh Nandini Sharan Maharaj of Lakshman Kila Temple in Ayodhya.

On Tuesday, when Yogi Adityanath launched his campaign in Bengal from Malda, a large crowd including his followers flocked to the rally ground to have a glimpse of the saffron clad leader. Yogi was quick to remind the audience that Malda was a 'pavitro bhoomi' and a land of 'sanatan sanskriti'(eternal culture). Top sources at BJP headquarters in Delhi said that Yogi's Malda rally was a huge success and the firebrand Chief Minister would be addressing over a dozen rallies in the eight phase Assembly polls in Bengal. Obviously Yogi's connection in Bengal makes him a superstar campaigner.

The Gorakhnath math headed by Yogi Adityanath has its following across the nation. "But Assam and Bengal have been a traditional hub as sect's founder Matsenydranath emerged from this part of the country," said Professor Sadanand Shahi of Banaras Hindu University, a scholar known for his writings on Nath tradition. "The Nath sect had such a great impact on Indian medieval culture that Gorakhnath was seen as the greatest spiritual leader after Buddha and Shankaracharya," Professor Shahi told IANS while clarifying that he would not speak on the political aspects or influence of Gorakhnath math.

Elaborating on Gorakhnath math's Bengal connection, Swami Mithlesh Nandani Sharan mentions the name of Akshay Kumar Banerji who was a revered disciple of Yogi Gambhirnath. In the early twentieth century, Yogi Gambhirnath ji, guru of Mahant Digvijaynath (1884-1969) stayed in Bengal for years. " It was during his long stay in Bengal, that Gambhirnathji's revered disciple Akshay Kumar Banerji arrived in Gorakhpur," Swami Mithlesh Nandani Sharan tells IANS. By 1915, according to writings of Akshay Banerji, thousands of disciples in Bengal were glued to Yogi Gambhirnath. Later in this period several monasteries were established where yoga and other teachings were imparted to followers of Nath tradition in Bengal, Assam and also in Odisha.



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  • Shivam Sharan, Lucknow

    Sat, Mar 06 2021

    He will be back as UP CM.....law and order is better ....likes of azam khan in jail.....ease of doing business ranking UP ranks 2 nd climbing more than 25 places. Better corona control......i have voted bsp before 2017 and bjp in last up election...so far he is the only one i know who has deliver and can deliver...the political system of other parties does not allow good leaders to come up...akhilesh being son of mulayam becomes heir to throne like rahul gandhi with zero sense of politics...bjp knows this and has a well built organisational system to recognise merit...for ex in gujarat if u get ticket from bjp your family and friends couldnt get ticket from it ....all political parties need to change organisational and management of parties to make political space more open only then they can challenge bjp...

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  • Arthur, Mangalore

    Sat, Mar 06 2021

    Deepak Sharma ought to be ashamed to write the disgraceful puff piece on Adityanath.

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  • anthony, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    Sponsored and Doctered news from the Godi Media and lets hope it is not to justify EVM results like the exit polls of 2014 and 2019. What about the Shah in Shah and Badsha of Jhumla.

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  • ca girishkk, m'lore/dxb

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    And the answer is..... illiteracy & jokara qualities.....

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  • Joe, Mangalorean

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    Only voters will decide who is a star or superstar, only after the elections you will come to know the effect of yogi, voters are smart and not fools they know whom to vote.

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  • sense_Shetty, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    Yogi is the Super star not only in Bengal ,But in Whole of India.

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  • ponkra, mangalore

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    you must seriously add 'less' after sense in your name. you are the epitome of blind bhakti.. girls and women are being handled so ruthlessly in UP and you are saying this nalayak person as star in India.. Good that you did not tell that he is world star.. Go and get some life..somewhere korikatta or nema is there..just go there and enjoy..

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  • Francis, Shirva/UK

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    Not only in India, entire world his UP jungle raj is shining.

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    All Bengali women and girls be indoors,UP wala is coming to your state. We all know the consequences when UP wala arrives.

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  • Joe, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    Women are not safe anywhere in the world, if punishment are not severe nothing can be changed. You might have forgotten the nuns rape case, mamtha was busy blaming the opposition for tarnishing the image of the government, which enabled the rapist to escape to Bangladesh.

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    This is the difference between congress and Bjp.

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    you might bring a complete different meaning to it.

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  • Valerian DSouza, Udupi/ Mumbai

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    In political life, logically it has to be seen, how does he benefitting the people of the nation😊

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  • Raviraj Poonja, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    As long as Congress is on a muslim appeasing spree , the likes of Yogis will thrive in BJP.

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    Best comment of the forum

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  • Ramesh, Udupi

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    Superstar of lies.

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  • Navneeth, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    Yogi's party has ground level workers who ensure every constituency and individual is covered while campaigning. The path is all set for 2024 and beyond. Congress has just got online warriors.

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    anyone can be a superstar!

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  • Eric Coelho, Mangalore

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    He campaigned in Delhi and still AAP got 62 seats.

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Fri, Mar 05 2021

    Yeah and BJP moved from 3 seats to 8! AAP became 62 from 67. CONgress is still on ZERO in Delhi

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