By S Raju, Hindustan Times, Meerut
The Golden Baba shines bright, even when among hundreds of thousands of kanwars trudging along a national highway, effortlessly commanding the attention of onlookers.
It’s not without reason: At any given time, this holy man is adorned with 12 kg of gold, including rings, chains and lockets, worth about Rs 4 crore. In fact, it was his infatuation with gold that earned him the sobriquet ‘Golden Baba’.
He says he wears so much gold because it is a symbol of Goddess Laxmi, and not to show off his wealth.
Nonetheless, everywhere he goes, he is able to whip up frenzy, with thousands of people flocking to catch a glimpse of him or touch his feet as he rides atop his luxurious Fortuner car during the kanwar yatra.
And, it seems, no one can escape his aura: Partapaur police station inspector Ram Kumar Yadav was among hordes jostling to get a photograph with the baba in Mohiuddinpur, on the outskirts of Meerut.
“I will continue my kanwar yatra every year till my death,” the baba, who is on his 24th kanwar yatra, told HT.