Read newspapers, turn on your TV news, or open Youtube app on your mobile phone, the breaking news everywhere is about Yogi Adityanath. Yogi Adityanath has made history by winning the political seat for the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh for the second consecutive time. He is from Bharatiya Janta Party, the party of our Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. While everybody is interested to know about his victory and reactions, I am curious about his roots.
Yogi Adityanath was born on 5th June 1972 in Panchur or Pauri Garhwal district of Uttarakhand, India. His name was Ajay Singh Bisht before he became a monk. His father was a forest ranger and his mother was a housewife. There are 4 siblings in the family, including him. He has completed his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna University of Uttarakhand.
He always had those leadership qualities, from a very young age. During his college period, he was a member of the students’ council. He was an honest patriot and a strict follower of the Hindu religion. In 1990, the historic incident of Ram Mandir and Babri Masjid took place. As he was in favor of the Ram mandir, he was a part of the Ayodhya Ram Mandir movement. He met Mahant Avaidyanath during this period, who was the head priest of the Gorakhnath math. He was so inspired by the mahant that he left his home and started to follow Avaidyanath to any extent.
Avaidyanath was shocked to see his dedication towards the Hindu religion and Avaidyanath himself. Ajay became a disciple of the priest, Avaidyanath. The priest, then, entitled him with a new name, “Yogi Adityanath”. After becoming a devotee of him, Yogi Adityanath indulged in many religious works. Avaidyanath made him familiar with all the tasks of a priest and in 1994 declared him to be his successor in the Nath community of the Math.
Avaidyanath was a member of politics in those times. As a chief, he also influenced Yogi Adityanath into the political world. Priest Avaidyanath dead in 1998 and Yogi Ji became the main or the chief priest at the Gorakhnath math. In the same year, he was elected to the Lower House of the Parliament. He became the youngest member of the 12th Lok Sabha. He started a group of young people known as “Hindu Yuva Vahini”.
He was a part of the Lok Sabha Parliament in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2004, 2009, and 2014. In the year, 2017 he was a BJP campaigner for the seat of Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He won the elections and became a Chief Minister of the State. He was quite a strict Chief Minister and brought about new moral laws for the betterment of UP. He is a loyal follower of the Hindu religion and so, he changed UP. He changed the laws related to the killing and consumption of cow meat, tobacco products, and band porn, a revolution in historical cases like ‘love jihad’, ‘teen talaq’ was carried out because of him. He made rigorous laws about rapes, harassment, and molestations. Even many police officers were suspended because of not following the protocols.
Even if he is a monk or Yogi, he is rigid about his opinions. He has no great bond with many political figures. But, because of the revolution, he brought in Up, people have become a fan of Yogi Adityanath. This is the reason, he has become the CM of UP even in 2022. And today, he took the inspirational oath as a Chief Minister.