BJP MP Yogi Adityanath was Sunday anointed the Peethadheeshwar (head seer) of Gorakshnath Peeth in Gorakhpur as sants from different parts of the country, including Haryana and Rajasthan, performed rituals.
As per the tradition, the anointment took place just before the body of Mahant Avaidyanath, the former Peethadheeshwar and chief priest of the Gorakshnath temple, was buried. Avaidyanath, who had been at the forefront of the movement for Ram temple in Ayodhya, had died on Friday after prolonged illness.
The BJP MP’s elevation as “Peethadheeshwar Mahant Yogi Adityanath” is set to spread his political clout from the eastern UP to other parts of the country as the Gorakshnath Peeth has followers cutting across caste and community lines in several states.
Gorakshnath temple (also known as Gorakhnath temple) has a large following in Nepal too and several sants from the country were present during the “abhishek” (anointment) of Adityanath. Head of Ram Janmabhoomi Nyas Nritya Gopal Das, BJP state president Laxmikant Bajpai, senior BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, RSS’s Kshetra Pracharak Shiv Narain, VHP organisation secretary Dinesh Chandra and various other BJP MPs and sants were also present during the anointment.
“Now, Adityanathji is free to take decisions on religious as well as political issues. He will move across the country to meet senior seers and sants who had been following Avaidyanath and have faith in Gorakshnath temple. This will certainly elevate Adityanath politically too as a BJP leader in other parts of the country,” a senior BJP leader said.