Vrindavan, 2019.06.29 (VT): Yesterday was the disappearance day of Devraha Baba, the revered siddha babaji of Braj who lived atop a ‘machan’ on trees (a high platform made of wooden logs) first near the river Sarayu (Ayodhya) and then by the Yamuna (Vrindavan).
Also known as the ‘ageless yogi’, Baba left the mortal world on the auspicious day of Yogini Ekadashi on June 19, 1990. He is speculated to have lived 250; 500 and 900 years by various accounts.
The divine hermit of Vrindavan, who spent his life living in trees, shared an intimate bond with them. His disciple and BTVP vice-chairman, Shri Shailja Kant Misra recounts an incident describing his compassion for trees.
During the 1989 general elections, the then prime minister, Rajiv Gandhi, was planning a visit to Mathura to address an election rally. Because he also wanted to meet Baba and seek his blessings, a helipad was being constructed for him by cutting down a tree just next to Baba’s ‘machaan’.
Seeing the officers planning to cut the Babul (Gum Arabic) tree, Baba got angry and said “You are thinking of getting your PM here, but now he won’t come. What will I answer the tree when it asks me why did I let this happen? This might be a tree for you, but it’s my oldest friend. You can’t cut it down for your PM.”
The officers were perplexed at Baba’s angry outburst. To their astonishment, within two hours they received a radiogram saying that the PM’s visit was cancelled. Shri Misra shares that Rajiv Gandhi did visit Baba later. His helipad was constructed elsewhere.
There are several accounts of miracles and predictions by Devraha Baba. Among his many disciples were great personalities such as Lal Bahadur Shastri, Rajendra Pratap, and Madan Mohan Malviya .