Meeting with Devraha Baba – the ageless Yogi

I had landed in Haridwar in April 1980 at the Ardha Kumbh Mela on the advice of a photographer in Delhi without knowing what to expect. He had mentioned that a festival was being celebrated there, but I had no idea what type of festival it was and what amazing crowds it would attract. He had sent me into spiritual India and I am eternally grateful for that.

A few days after reaching Haridwar I met an impressive yogi.

I sat on the bank of the Ganges behind the Tourist Bungalow (now Alaknanda Hotel) and saw on the other side of the broad riverbed a wooden hut on poles, which was constructed on the sandy beach. An American, whom I knew from the Tourist Bungalow, waded through the Ganges straight towards me. “Would you like to see an extraordinary man? If yes, I help you cross the Ganges”, he offered. “Over there, in that hut, Devraha Baba is presently staying. He is supposed to be more than 300 years old and enlightened. He is one of those who know what life is all about. And it is always worthwhile to meet such people.”

Of course I was interested and we crossed the Ganges together. The river had appeared peaceful and calm from the bank, yet the current was amazingly strong and the stones on the ground were slippery. I was glad that my companion was over two meter tall, and gave the impression that there was nothing to fear.

Devraha Baba had watched us coming because he scolded us, when we reached him….

 

… Sorry, in the contract for my book I had agreed to truncate those articles on my blog which are covered in my book. There is a chapter on Devraha Baba in my book, so please, if you want to know more, read my book “Thank you India”.

Here are the links to buy it at Garuda Prakashan, the publisher. It will also be soon on Amazon.

The price for one book is Rs 499 in India (first link).

There is also an offer for a gift pack of 5 copies for Rs 1875, which means one book comes to Rs 375.(second link)

https://www.garudabooks.com/thank-you-india-by-maria-wirth/

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Maria Wirth

Here is some info about Devraha Baba from the internet:

Devraha Baba was from Deoria District in UP and was called, “The Ageless Yogi.” Nobody knows for sure how long he lived – at least 200 years, but probably much longer. The first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad stated that his father had sat at the feet of Devraha Baba as a child in the middle of the nineteenth century, and Devraha Baba was already elderly at that time. An Allahabad High Court Barrister had stated that seven generations of his family had sat at the feet of Baba. One legend has it that Devraha had blessed Tulsidas (1532 – 1623). Devraha Baba himself allegedly claimed that he has lived for over 700 years.

Baba was observed staying under water unaided for half an hour. He also allegedly could be in two places simultaneously and understand the language of animals, control wild animals, heal people by his look or word, and tell the future.

Devraha Baba had supposedly predicted the time of his death five years in advance. His samadhi shrine is located across the Yamuna River from the pilgrimage city of Vrindavan.

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61 comments

  1. thanks a lot for sharing maam 🙂 u were lucky to meet him

  2. I am narrating our family’s personal story with Babaji

    My Grand-pa moved from Chennai & worked as a Sanskrit Prof in Allahabad Univ during 1960s & was a staunch vaishnavite. He used to have conversations with Babaji few times on vaishnava treatises…

    One day, Babaji told my grand-pa “Send that vedic scholar from Andhra, who has come to your house yesterday”. My grand-pa was taken aback on how Babaji came to know it… He quickly went to house and asked his friend to visit Babaji

    The vedic scholar went to meet Babaji, who upon seeing him, threw a small cloth that contained some money. He did not ask any questions, took the money, got Babaji’s blessing and went back to our home…

    Events unfolded later which made us understand the Saint. The vedic scholar had received a Government Award, which required him to travel to Delhi. He was suffering in acute poverty and somehow managed to come to my our house. But was too ashamed to ask my Grand-Pa for help to go to Delhi and was silently suffering.

    Also the small-cloth of money contained only coins. But the miracle was, it was exactly the amount required for train travel from Allahabad to Delhi and return journey of Delhi to his home-place in Andhra. Not a penny more, not a penny less !!!

    1. @ Ravi, thanks a lot for sharing this

    2. Maria Lozano · · Reply

      I am touched by this story. Thank you very much for sharing.

  3. Maria Lozano · · Reply

    Your good karmas Maria, gave you an opportunity that I dream of, that of encountering Mahatmas. It seems to me you found in him the simplicity, naturality, happiness and love of those truly attuned with Bhagavan. I am happy for you. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Nirupam Shrivastava · · Reply

    Wow. I am so gald I came to this blog probably you know more about my country and mu culture than I do, but tha does not make me ashamed, it makes me proud. I will learn from you.Wonderful Wirth 🙂

  5. Radhika Nagrath · · Reply

    U are blessed Maria. Really blessed. Your body may have taken birth in Germany but your soul is drenched in Indianness. May we all stay blessed by these incarnarted yogis.

  6. masculineffort · · Reply

    Man, I am so Envious!

  7. Anuj Amin · · Reply

    In a constant noise of religious battles on TV and social media one can hardly find something worth spending most valuable thing Time! This blog is one of those rare things. I heartily thank author for the same. I take this as an opportunity to suggest a great book to fellow readers in which there’s a glimpse of Shri Devraha baba. Said book sheds light on many great yogis, the book is about a great yogi and his life journey among siddh yogis.

    “Journey With The Himalayan Masters” Autobiography of great yogi himself Swami Ram!

    I would love to share the book with anybody interested. Reading suggestions are highly appreciated.

    Jai Bharati!

    1. Padmanabh Sharan · · Reply

      Hi Anuj, Thanks for suggesting the book. I have been in constant search of people and communities who are associated with Devraha Baba. In this quest Maria’s blog has really satisfied me. This blog has really reflected the real love towards divine. Would really appreciate if you would suggest how to get the book you have suggested. Thanks.aran

      Padmanabh Sharan

      1. Hi

        Just drop your email here.

        Regards

        Anuj

  8. Jatin Shah · · Reply

    You really experience best of spiritual life

  9. Thanks for sharing with us this story. BTW when will your book be published?

    1. just a few months ago i got back the rights from the German publisher. so now i could publish it, as the (expanded, updated) translation is ready except for the last chapter, but have not yet done anything about it…
      is not priority at present

      1. Hi Maria,

        Please publish the book…please take it on priority for us. In fact I also got an opportunity to SEE Devraha Baba…in 1987…was around 10-11 years old then. Whole of my family had gone there…on reading your article I could easily recall one thing…..all the wait seemed nothing once Devraha Baba appeared on the horizon of his hut. So true of what you said!!!

        Please publish the book….it would be a strange pleasure to have something from a pursuer of Indian Yogis and spirituality…from someone who belongs to the land of Kant and Schophenhauer!!!

        Thanks and Regards
        Shekhar

  10. Dear Maria Wirth
    Thanks a ton for such meaningfull “Above About Devraha Baba”. I are regular in touch with Baba’s Samadhi Shrine Vrindavan. Kindly always share few blogs on him on monthly or quarterly basis if possible. stay in touch.
    Regards
    Kunal Kumar(kunalkumarnow)

  11. Dr Himanshu Kumar · · Reply

    It is mentioned in the bhavishya Purana that the people from the west will come and revive the ancient vedic religion in India and whole world.Maria is an incarnation of the erstwhile great indian yogis and yoginis which has sparked divine inspirations in her holy heart to write about such holy people

  12. Padmanabh Sharan · · Reply

    Thanks Maria for sharing this. I may not say that you were lucky to see him in person, rather say that undoubtedly you have the Grace of the Almighty that seeing Devraha Baba inculcated such a pure feeling in you of love and belonging. Because it is not you choose to visit or pay homage to such rare Yogi with such an intense and pure feeling, it is He who chooses one to be with Him and reside forever. All the Best for your endeavors and May the Divine keep Grace on you.Thanks.

    Padmanabh Sharan

  13. Mahendra Nath Singh · · Reply

    Respected Mariawirth; Many many thanks for acquainting the Vaishvanites about Yogi Samrat Shri Shri Devaraha Baba. The person who personally saw Him, is definitily a Holy Soul. You have got the Blessings from Him, God in the body of man. To know Him, one need Vision and Heavenly eyes. One can not see Him without total devotion as He is always among us but can not be seen/viewed with worldly eyes or thoughts.Once again, we all followers of Him are very very grateful to you for telling something about Him.—Mahendra N. Singh

  14. tapas · · Reply

    Nice to hear your experience.I love to meet saints of India.My guru has told story about Devaraha baba as he personally meet him.Today also many such true Yogis are there.I have meet few.

    1. rakesh Kumar singh · · Reply

      Hi Tapas sir I also have great aspiration to meet a true yogi to gain some knowledge from him can you please guide me in this regard I mean any address or name perhaps
      My mail id rakeshkumarsingh999@rediffmail.com

  15. I am a native of Deoria , wet my eyes reading this .

  16. Dear Ma’am,
    My mother’s family consider Devraha Baba as their guru. Glad that you had a chance to meet him and experience his presence.(BTW, I stumbled at your blog thanks to Quora.)

    Anshuman

  17. Abhishek Agrawal · · Reply

    Radhe Radhe

    it was pleasure reading your blog i belong to Mathura Vrindavan and was lucky that i stayed here only and heard many things abt. baba

    somebody told that even Indira Gandhi then prime minister of india went to meet baba and baba usually sits on his machaan and gave aashirwaad by his foot .

  18. Madam…I have another opportunity to read again your blog page. Your pages contain pleasant information for peace. Thank you! You appear to be a karma yogi!1

  19. Isaac Eshun · · Reply

    Wonderful. I have read and reread this article many times. Thanks for sharing it with us.God Bless

  20. Shubhangini Shetty · · Reply

    I started crying after reading this article. I think you are blessed to meet such a profound soul.

  21. You are so lucky to have seen true India and this happens when there are God’s wishes and blessings. As a Indian we can learn a lot from you. How can I meet you in person. Jai ho.

  22. cvbhossain · · Reply

    Hi , I am being a muslim deeply moved by his spiritual powers he possed. Our branch of sufism also had many noble souls like this baba. Dont mistake me, how he was clouded with hate politics mongsters like VHP to demolish a praying mosque which was used for political gain.

    1. Babri Masjid was not a “praying mosque” since long, at least since the 1940s when the gate was locked. Under the British it was already considered as a “disputed structure”, as Hindus always had maintained that a large Ram temple had been demolished to build the mosque. This was proven some years ago by ASI. I read, maybe you can find out whether it is true, that even the Moguls did not pray there, as a “suvar” (Varaha avatar in the form of a boar, one of the 10 avatars of Vishnu of whom Ram was the 7th ) was found carved on a stone, as the material from the temple was used to build the mosque.

      As you know, the place where Babri Mosque stood is claimed to be the birthplace of Sri Ram, so naturally it is important for Hindus, and it pains many of them that the murti of Ram is housed under a big plastic sheet. I remember that many years ago I suggested to some of my friends (one Muslim also among them) that it would be a nice gesture of Muslims to agree to build a mosque at another place (as this particular place is not important for them), and this might go a long way to improve the relation between the two communities, but all of my friends (mostly Hindus) were aghast at my suggestion. I realized it was politically incorrect, but I didn’t understand why.
      In India, only one mosque was destroyed since Independence. Yet so many (almost all I guess) temples have been destroyed in Pakistan and only recently again one in Bangladesh, yet there is no big shouting all over the world, as it happened in 1992 and many years after. Why is there this different approach? Is it that Muslims (and Christians, too) feel that Hindu Dharma is “wrong” and must not be allowed to gain any ground?

      I come from a Christian background which also is based on the blind belief that God has revealed the truth only to one person and all have to believe it, if not, they go to hell. It was such relief when I came to India, as here the one great supreme power is not seen as someone who is biased and hateful towards a big part of his creation (how could it possibly be?) but is that one (loving) awareness that permeates all. We truly are all one family.

      And if you go a little deeper, the knowledge of your ancestors (I assume you are Indian) was simply amazing.
      Did you see this article for example?
      https://mariawirthblog.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/blind-spot-of-modern-science/

  23. Ranjeet Kummar · · Reply

    Blessed to hear from such a worthy man… All those people who have met Devraha baba are truly blessed.. Jai Devraha Baba😃

  24. Sukeerti · · Reply

    Dear maria liked your blog and glad to state you that devraha baba is still alive he has transformed his knowledge etc to devraha hans baba who reside in amravati vindhyachal district of uttar pradesh india you can visit him once again

  25. You are lucky maria.

  26. Please visit the link http://omprakashsinghpatna.blogspot.in/ to know about amazing experiences related to Devraha Baba and Devraha Hans Baba..

    Note: It is in Hindi

  27. cvbhossain · · Reply

    Dear maria thanks for your long reply. The question is not mosque or temple. today these monsters are asking for one mosque an spill to asking so many in future because they have power and corrupt the jurisdiction. Imagine how the gujurath carnage done in this 20th century taking out a unborn foetus from a muslim lady not in fields or secluded place (can be treated as criminal act) in Surath Railway station. There are many instances of communal riots through out India. They dont understands the meaning of spirtualism….Our devaraha baba also blessed them ….thats my point.

    1. “Islam is not any RELIGION, but a Gang of Criminals, Plunderers, Murderers, Rapists, Pedos :
      And the Most Common : TERRORISTS :
      1 – TERRORISM IS PART OF ISLAM : Anyone who kills an infidel is guaranteed Paradise. (Abu Dawud 2.2489, p.690; also see Abu Dawud vol. 2, footnote 1843, p.691 /
      2 – TERRORISM IS PART OF ISLAM : “”…you should know that Paradise is under the shade of swords.”” (Abu Dawud 2.2625, p.727) /””
      3 – TERRORISM IS PART OF ISLAM : Narrated Abu Huraira: A man came to Allah’s Apostle and said, “Instruct me as to such a deed as equals Jihad (in reward).” He replied, “I do not find such a deed.” (Sahih Al-Bukhari 4:44) /””
      4. TERRORISM IS PART OF ISLAM : “”””I HAVE BEEN MADE VICTORIOUS BY TERROR. MUHAMMAD ( SAHIH BUKHARI 4:52:220)
      : http://ptbooks.info/205-2 (http://ptbooks.info/205-2) Peter Townsend on Twitter (http://pic.twitter.com/fHdU9LNlil) /””
      5. TERRORISM IS PART OF ISLAM : #Islam Allah the mutilator – freel the “”””peace”””” ‘Allah the Mutilator’. Feeling the ‘Peace’ Yet? (https://petertownsend.info/mutilation) /””

  28. santosh kumar · · Reply

    Dear Maria , read your write-up with sincere interest and deep concentration. I salute you ,for writing about our beloved devraha baba. Though I was unfortunate to see devraha baba ,I saw devraha hans baba who is carrying forward his legacy.

  29. Dear Hussein,
    Loved to sew how you love devraha baba, but at the same time you seem to have hate inside your heart, Babaji preached love god and forget about other pains.
    Another thing is imagine if you were a Hindu and thousands of your temples been broken and millions of Hindus been slaughtered by every sunni Muslim king except Akbar , then daily bombing …murders of non Muslims will you not be afraid as a Hindu or christian or Buddhist? …..the day sunni muslims will start loving others …they will be reciprocated with equal or even more love from others….anyways today I was just listening to devraha Babaji interview and I was like how well he know we normal people are so much into useless things like money…religious fighting …etc etc
    ..

  30. Hello. Good to hear abt your experience with babaji . Ur lucky that you got to meet him.. Devraha baba lived long . he was there during the time of the great saint tulsidas . Baba has said he met guru nanak also the first enlightened guru of the sikh panth which means he lived for atleast 500 years . no one knows before that how much babaji lived or when was he born . Baba said that ppl should not fight over religion and people should live in harmony . In 1900 King george 5ths brother was devraha babas devotee and disciple. He also said that one should study veda, shashtras and also puranas which are 18 compiled by maharishi ved vyas 4500 years ago after mahabharat war and after lord krishna left . The bhavishya puran has predicted most of the happenings till date .Baba adviced people to protect cows and stop its killing as entire divinity resides in it and that by protecting it lot of peace and prosperity will be there in our country . also spiritualy will increase and people of all religions in the country should not oppose the protection and all should live in harmony and unity .

  31. Dear Maria,
    The world had dismissed India (Hinduism) but slowly after experiencing, its acknowledging the greatness of this religion. There is no set rule here. You can search eternity yourself (Ahambrahamasmi – I am the divine flame). One has not to run anywhere. By studying the Hindu epics you will understand the Dharma (not ‘hinduism’ but Humanity). But, attaining spirituality one has to exercise himself – yes, it will take you to the pool but act of ‘drinking’ you will have to do yourself. Off-course, it has to be under supervision of a sad guru.

    Devraha Baba is one who is known to the world. There are innumerable if you search them in Himalayas even today.

    Regards.

  32. Kaushik Dubey · · Reply

    I would like to share a true-seen story which my grandfather told to me.
    Shree devraha baba used to travel on a large crocodile in Ayodhya’s Ghaghra river.
    All of my family is blessed by the Yogrishi Devrahaba ji..
    He always used to murmur a Mantra – “Om Namo Bhagwate Vashudevay, Om Krishnay Vashudevay, Harye Parmatmne, Prantah klesh Nashay Govindaya Namo Namah”.
    Maria Writh I welcome you at my home where everyday we All family organize a ‘Kirtan’ of Baba ji..

    1. thank you. yes, i heard this mantra from him. he made us repeat it each time. please see also some stories in other comments. Amazing.

    2. élisabeth london · · Reply

      Thanks to share this mantra

  33. Archan De · · Reply

    My mother and I were initiated by Him as disciples just about two months before He left His body.I am witness to His greatness which towers above others.

  34. Prema · · Reply

    Dear sister Maria
    All glories to our dear gurudev, Sri Devraha babaji.My story is very similar to yours.I heard of Babaji towards the end of Kumba mela 1985 but missed to see him then .Two years later when i was in Vrindavan somebody tok me one early morning on the other side of Yamuna tu the babajis Kutir.
    I saw Baba exactly in the same moment the sun was rising ,when he come out on the platform from his hut.I wil not go into the ditels of our meeting nor what hapen after that except that i literaly folowed baba til his departure.I got initiated on the auspicious day during the last Kumbha mela in Prayag he atended.
    I am confirming here that Devraha baba was a fuly liberated soul and a saint of a highest level probabely the last one of that greitness , see the very fast advancement of Kaly yuga
    Secondly and here i am transmiting the message of Baba and adressing my self to all those who my read this coment: Please do not loose you time,trust and devote your self fully to God,folow Devraha babas teachings and by the grace of God you my escape the clutches of Maya and reach Moksha.Ram nam,Ram nam….

  35. Devrah Baba after leaving his body assigned his tasks to Devraha Hans Baba who lives in vindhyachal near mirzapur. Devraha Hans Baba lives on top of machan like his guru Devraha Hans Baba is identicle to his guru Devraha Baba.

    1. Prof. Archan De · · Reply

      Neel, Baba had never declared that He assigned His tasks to any of His disciples.Being His direct disciple, I know several of His sadhu disciples.

  36. Hello Mariaji . what similarity is there in christianity and wat is hinduism has been written in a book by paramhans yoganand in america . its the bhagawad gita only with verses of bible where same truth is there . it is one of the best interpretation of gita . entire dialogue of lord krishna with arjun at kurukshetra regarding what krishna said about himself is about his formless aspect and yoganand being fully realised or god realised gave a correct interpretation . you may find it very eye opening . also others here in india who probably dont knw much abt yoganand and are reading this blog should definitely read it . It is named God talkes with arjuna . also the famous autobiography of a yogi one can read along with mans eternal quest by yoganand ! Also it is said that yogis leave from the third eye and very advanced beings leave from the top of their head . devraha baba left from the the sahastrar in samadhi . 5 mins before leaving the body baba said to near ones that im going back to vaikunth . !

  37. élisabeth london · · Reply

    I too had the great chance to receive Deorawah Baba darshan.
    He was staying on a raft, on the Ganga in Vanarasi.
    At that time I was wondering about staying in india to study hinduism and yoga, an as I met Him, he spoke; and through His words although I did not know the meaning, it was as if He was telling me that my place was where I came from, back to Europe.
    Which I did.

  38. Also see Barfani Dadaji age somewhat 216+ in amarkhantak Rajasthan M.p.

  39. I was just four year old when my Grand pa Along with the family of 20 people went to Deoria in 1980 .He blessed everyone and only gave me an apple in my hand and asked me to eat it though other childrens of my age group were also present over there. I have never understood about his kindness toward me….

  40. I have nothing more to add except that I am very much enlightened by the whole discourse.Almost forty eight years ago I once got a chance to have darshan of great saint Devraha Baba at Geeta Bhavan, Dehradun where he had come during a religious program there.

  41. Although I’m not born at that time, I don’t feel any for not meeting him. I have his words with me now. That’s more than darshan.

    ‘Trust fully in god, think of him, repeat his name, hand over your worries to him, and don’t be attached to the world, to family and money. Make god the centre in you life. Develop love for him and don’t be afraid, because everything is in his hand. Understand that the world has nothing worthwhile to offer to you. Find out who you really are. Realise that god and you cannot be separated.’

    Thank you for storing these for years and sharing with us all.

  42. Umed Singh Negi · · Reply

    All kind of God men & their alike should be hunged. This Baba is no exception. Glad he is no more.

    1. Just look at your mindset. Can’t believe you even write this. Have you met him? Did you read the article?

    2. Padmanabh · · Reply

      Ignorant…. Long live with your attitude….

  43. कृष्णाय वासुदेवाय देवकी नन्दनाय च ।
    नन्दगोप कुमाराय गोविन्दाय नमो नमः ॥

    Krssnnaaya Vaasudevaaya Devakii Nandanaaya Ca |
    Nanda-Gopa Kumaaraaya Govindaaya Namo Namah ||

    Maria-ji, You are an evolved soul. Accept my pranams.

  44. krishnpriya dhar · · Reply

    VERY AMAZING TO KNOW ABOUT DEVRAHA HANS BABA.PL PROVIDE ME HIS ASHRAM ADDRESS N CONTACT NO. MY MOBILE NO IS 09419107368

  45. Dharmananda · · Reply

    Hi Maria,
    It’s very interesting to come across this on the internet. I was in Hardwar also in 1980, staying at the Tourist Bungalow, and also saw Devraha Baba then. The tall American you mentioned was my friend also and he also took me there. We also met, Maria, and talked several times. I won’t mention the contents of our conversation here in respect of your privacy. But I remember those days so well. It was a most wonderful time.
    It’s nice to have this connection with you once again. I hope that you are well.
    Dharmananda

    1. That’s a nice surprise. I don’t remember the name, but could you send me a photo from earlier times to my email ID? mariawirth12@gmail.com

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