Dhirendra Krishna Shastri (Bageshwar Dham Sarkar) Wiki, Age, Wife, Biography & More

Dhirendra Krishna Shastri is an Indian spiritual orator (kathavachak) and self-styled godman. As of 2023, he is the chief priest and Peethadhishwar at the religious pilgrimage Bageshwar Dham, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh.

Wiki/Biography

Dhirendra Krishna Shastri, popularly known as Bageshwar Dham Sarkar or Bageshwar Dham Maharaj or Bageshwar Baba was born in Gadha village, Chhatarpur District, Madhya Pradesh. According to some sources, he was born on Thursday, 4 July 1996, while according to Bageshwar Dham Sarkar’s Official YouTube channel, he was born on Wednesday, 10 July 1996 (age 26 years; as of 2022). His zodiac sign is Cancer. He did his schooling at a government school in his village. Due to the lack of finances, he could not pursue his higher studies.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 7″

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Black

Dhirendra Krishna Shastri

Family

Parents & Siblings

His father, Ram Karpal Garg, is a kathavachak. His mother, Saroj Shastri, used to sell the milk of cows and buffaloes. He has younger brothers named Shaligram Garg Ji Maharaj (kathavachak) and Saurabh Garg. He has a younger sister.

A picture of Dhirendra Krishna Shastri's father

A picture of Dhirendra Krishna Shastri’s father

Dhirendra Krishna Shastri's mother

Dhirendra Krishna Shastri’s mother

Wife

As of January 2023, he is unmarried.

Other Relative

His grandfather, Pandit Setu Lal Guruji aka Shri Shri 1008 Dada Guru Ji Maharaj alias Bhagwan Das Garg, was a kathavachak.

Dhirendra Krishna Shastri's grandfather

Dhirendra Krishna Shastri’s grandfather

Relationships/Affairs

In 2022, he was rumoured to be in a relationship with the Indian kathavachak Jaya Kishori. However, he denied the rumours and said that Jaya was like a sister to him and some YouTubers spreaded these rumours. He further shared that he would have an arranged marriage.

Jaya Kishori

Jaya Kishori

Religion

Dhirendra Krishna Shastri follows Hinduism.

Caste

He belongs to a Saryupariya Brahmin family.

Becoming Bageshwar Dham Sarkar

Dhirendra was born into a poor family of kathavachaks. In their village, there was a small temple of Lord Shiva. His grandfather once decided to build a temple of Lord Hanumana in Gadha Village, Chhatarpur District, Madhya Pradesh and constructed a Hanumana temple near to the Shiva temple. Gradually, the temple gained popularity as Balaji temple or Bageshwar Dham and attracted the attention of village people.

Bageshwar Dham Temple

Bageshwar Dham Temple

At the age of 9, Dhirendra started accompanying his grandfather in various spiritual events. As his family’s financial condition was not good, his grandfather suggested him to begin preaching kathas and from the Dakshina, he could support his family. In an interview, he said that in his teens, he dreamt of doing sadhana of agyaat vaas.

Dhirendra Krishna Shastri in his teens

Dhirendra Krishna Shastri in his teens

He then talked about his dream with his family, and under the guidance of his grandfather, he started his sadhana. Later, he continued learning sadhanas under his vansh guru Sadhguru Sanyasi Baba. In 2009, he narrated Shrimad Bhagwat Katha for the first time in a village near his home. Dhirendra then started preaching kathas at the Bageshwar Dham and gradually gained popularity among the people. According to sources, Dhirendra once organised a press conference in the local media to promote the Bageshwar Dham temple. He then collaborated with a spiritual TV channel to telecast his kathas on their channel. Soon, people from other states started attending his spiritual events at Bageshwar Dham. In an interview, his devotees shared that they had a deep faith in him because before listening to their problems, Dhirendra wrote their problems on a piece of paper. They even address him as antaryami for this and claimed that without even touching, Dhirendra Krishna Shastri removed negative energies from the people.

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His kathas and pravachans are telecasted on various Hindi spiritual channels.

Controversies

Illegally Acquired the Properties

After the Bageshwar Dham gained popularity among people, there was an immense hike in the prices of the land there, and the rent of the shops also reached more than Rs 1 lakh per month. Reportedly, Dhirendra Krishna Shastri and his associates took it as an opportunity to acquire more land under the Bageshwar Dham. It is said that Dhirendra has illegally acquired a crematorium, pond, and mountain in the village and through his influence with higher authorities, he has prepared legal documents for the same. A community building which was earlier built with the funds of the panchayat was also acquired by Dhirendra. Reportedly, he has also threatened a few villagers for acquiring their land. His associates even used the JCB on the houses of a few villagers who refused to give their land to him. It is also said that he was free to do so because of his relationship with many Indian politicians of Madhya Pradesh.

Accused of Promoting Untouchability

In 2022, one of his YouTube videos went viral on social media in which a man named Jeevan was seen trying to touch the feet of Dhirendra. However, Dhirendra refused him and said,

Just don’t touch us, we are untouchable people.”

Then, one of his associates took the man away from Shastri. As soon as the video went viral on social media, netizens started criticising him for promoting untouchability and started #ArrestDhirendraShastri trend on Twitter. On 27 May 2022, Bageshwar Dham Sarkar (Official) took to Twitter to share that the video was morphed. The tweet reads,

Misleading propaganda was done by posting the edited video.”

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