Spiritual leader Bhaiyyuji Maharaj allegedly shot himself on Tuesday, June 12. Maharaj was taken to Bombay Hospital in Indore, Madhya Pradesh, where he was pronounced brought dead.
The forensic team recovered a suicide note from his residence. It read:
"Some body should be there to handle duties of family. I am leaving to much stressed out, fed up."
He was accorded Minister of State (MoS) status by the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh on April 4. Maharaj had, however, declined the position by saying "a post holds no importance for a saint," reports IANS.
"All he has ought to think of is service to the people. When a post or status does not touch your mind, intellect or conscience, why think about it," Maharaj had earlier told the news agency.
Maharaj is believed to have shot himself at his residence in Indore. According to Indore DIG Harinarayanchari Mishra, the spiritual leader took the extreme step over some family dispute, reports The Indian Express.
"He has been admitted to the hospital, can't say anything else right now. He had shot himself in the head," police officer Jayant Rathore told ANI.
Maharaj had a huge following among prominent businessmen and politicians. On hearing the news of his death, scores of supporters gathered outside the Bombay Hospital.
The spiritual leader whose real name is Udaysingh Deshmukh was the son of a zamindar. He was known for his luxurious lifestyle and elegant style. He was often pictured in a white Mercedes SUV with a small group of followers. He even stayed at posh resorts during his trips, reports Indian Express.
According to his Facebook profile, Maharaj was a spiritual guru who founded Shri Sadguru Datta Dharmik Evam Paramarthik Trust in Indore which aims at serving humanity. It further reads: "He developed a scientific, psycho-philosophy and a system of practical discipline for physical, mental and spiritual development."
Tributes poured in for the spiritual leader as his followers took to Twitters to express their condolences.