From Asumal to Asaram Bapu


  • Asaram Bapu’s given name is Asumal Thaumal Harpalaani.
  • He was born on April 17, 1941 in Nawabshah district in British India.
  • His family later moved to Ahmedabad following partition.
  • He studied up to IIIrd standard at Jai Hind High School.
  • Asaram ran his father’s business of coal and wood after his father’s death.


  • He set up over 400 ashrams in India and abroad.
  • He figured in a list of fake sadhus released by Akhil Bhartiya Akhada Parishad.
  • His biography published by his ashram is named ‘Sant Asaram Bapuji ki Jeevan Jhanki’.
  • He is said to have escaped to an Ashram a few days before his marriage to Lakshmi Devi.
  • He has two children, one of them Narain Sai also became spiritual leader.
  • His spiritual guru was Lilashah who gave him the name Asaram.

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