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Swami Ramdev is a Hindu Sanyasi, also
known as Baba Ramdev. Swami Ramdev has gained popularity for his teachings
of Yoga and Pranayama, and for his public stance on a number of political
and medical issues.
Born as Ram Krishna Yadav to Gulab Devi and Ram Nivas Yadav, at a village
Ali Saiyad Pur of Mahendragarh district in Haryana state of India, in the
year 1965. After completing middle education from Shahjadpur Haryana,
he joined Aarsh (Arya) Gurukul, Khanpur and studied Sanskrit and Yoga
Eventually when he came in the contact of another saint Achary Baldevji, he
renounced worldly life and entered into Sanyas and changed his original name
Ram Krishna to the present one of Swami Ramdev.
In Kalva Gurukul of Jind district in Haryana India he offered free training
of Yog to villagers for some time. Then he moved to Haridwar and spent
several years to study ancient Indian scriptures. After reading
several books, he went to the caves of Himalaya and practiced intense
self-discipline and meditation.
He shot into prominence when he started the
Divya Yog Mandir Trust with the company of Achary Bal Krishna. In 2003, Aastha
TV began featuring him in its morning yoga slot. Within a few years, he had
gathered a cult following. He is known for his efforts of popularizing yoga. The
New York Times called him "an Indian, who built Yoga Empire, a product and
symbol of the New India, His yoga camps are attended by a large number of
people in India and abroad.
His flagship project is Patanjali Yog Peeth (a
registered Trust ). The primary aim of this institution is to build India the
world's largest centre for Ayurveda and Yoga with the facilities of treatment,
research and training.
At present the trust offers free treatment to those who cannot afford to pay and
for the rest, it is provided at a reasonable cost. Various institutions and
medical organizations are also run by the Patanjali Yoga Peeth Trust to study
and improve the effectiveness of yoga against diseases like diabetes,
hypertension, obesity, etc.
Patanjali Ayurved College, Patanjali Chikitsalaya, Yog Gram, Go-Shala, Patanjali
Herbal Botanical Garden, Organic Agriculture Farm, Patanjali Food And Herbal
Park Ltd are some of its affiliated institutions which are run under the
guidance of Swami Ramdev and his close associate Acharya Bal Krishn. Some useful
books are also published by its sister concern Divy Prakashan. Yog Sandesh is
its authorised journal which is being published in 11 languages
Patanjali Yog Peeth has acquired a Scottish Island for about £2 million to set
up a wellness retreat.
As a part of campaign, Baba Ramdev has been organising yoga camps across India
to create awareness amongst people against corruption and black money.
Awards and recognitions
January 2007 - Honorary Doctorate, by Kalinga Institute of Industrial
Technology, Bhubaneswar, in recognition of his efforts to popularize the Vedic
system/science of Yoga.
March 2010 - Honored with Degree of Doctorate of Sciences by Amity University
April 2010 - Honored with honorary degree of Doctor of Science by Dr D. Y. Patil
January 2011 - Honored with Sri Chandrashekharendra Saraswati National Eminence
Award by Maharashtra Governor K. Shankaranarayanan.
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