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Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh Biography: A saga of the divine spiritual leader

ByRajesh Tal

Jun 28, 2022
Baba Hardev Singh

Late Baba Hardev Singh, popularly known as Nirankari Baba, was an Indian chief leader of the Sant Nirankari Mission from 1980 until his death, and a spiritual guru who led many individuals to a divine path of spiritual growth.

Early life and education

Baba Hardev Singh ji was born on 23rd of February 1954 to Baba Gurbachan Singh and Kulwant Kaur in Delhi. He pursued his elementary school education from Yadvindra public school, Patiala, Punjab, and later on went to Rosary public school, Sant Nirankari Colony, Delhi. Baba Hardev Singh ji completed his graduation from the Delhi University. In 1975, he married Savinder Kaur during an annual Nirankari Sant Samagam in Delhi.

Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh and his Spiritual career

The spiritual journey is an integral part of Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh’s biography. In 1971, he became a member of the Nirankari Seva Dal. After the assassination of his father Gurbachan Singh, who headed the Sant Nirankari Mission in 1980, he succeeded as the chief leader (satguru) of the organization. In 2005, he established the Nirankari Museum at the Sant Nirankari Sarovar complex in New Delhi.

The Sant Nirankari Mission was established in 1929

The Sant Nirankari Mission was established in the year 1929 by baba Buta Singh, who formerly belonged to the Nirankari sect. He was succeeded by Baba Avtar Singh. The mission grew rapidly after it shifted its base from West Punjab to Delhi.  In 2016, the organization had grown to 2000 centers and millions of followers worldwide.

The last chapter in Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh’s biography

Hardev Singh’s tragic death took place on the 13th of May, near Montreal, Quebec, Canada in a car accident. Many renowned leaders like the then Indian President Late Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi expressed their grief over his sudden demise. , He was cremated on the 18th of May, 2016 at the Nigambodh Ghat crematorium.

Baba Hardev Singh’s wife Savinder Kaur became the fifth chief leader of the mission on the 17th of May, 2016.

Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh’s daughters

Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh has 3 daughters, Sudiksha Setya, Renuka Ji and Samta Ji. On the 17th of July, 2018 Sudiksha Setya was appointed as the head of the Sant Nirankari Mission.

‘Mata Sudiksha’ or Sudiksha Setya

Sudhiksha Setya is the 6th and current spiritual head of Sant Nirankari Mission.

Born on the 13th of March, 1985 in Sant Nirankari Colony, Delhi Mata Sudikha’s goal is to emphasize on improving the caliber of citizens to create a better society, while ensuring the development of children and the youth.

There are many people who are intrigued by Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh’s biography, and have released bibliographies –

J. R. D. Satyarthi (1988). Sant Nirankari Mandal.Shiri Ram Bakshi; Sangh Mittra (2002).  Criterion.Hardev Singh; Jaganath Sharma (2011). Stream of Thoughts. Sant Nirankari Mandal.

The mission had been involved in violent clashes with the novel Sikhs in the 1970s. In 1978, the very best Sikh religious body ‘The Akal Takht’, released a decree directing the Khalsa Panth (a fraternity of Sikhs) to chop off all worldly relations with those Sikhs who were a part of the Nirankari organization, as they were considered to be an ‘enemy of Sikhism’. This ex-communication created several complications for the governments in Punjab and Delhi around that sensitive time of insurgency.

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