Meet the saint who keeps up with fashion and decks up for the public eye

  • Hindustan Times, Ujjain
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2016 15:20 IST
Shivangi Nand Giri (Hindustan Times)

This saint loves to keep up with fashion and is always found tip top during her public appearances.

Wearing sunglasses, an expensive watch, gold-diamond bracelets and rings and dressed in a golden embroidered saffron kurta, Saint Shivangi Nand Giri was spotted in Ujjain this week at her best.

Shivangi Maa is in the city to oversee the building of a camp for her guru Avdhoot baba ArunGiriji for a major yagna which will start from Thursday.

Shivangi Maa became the youngest Mahamandaleshwar, a coveted crown among seers, at the age of 21. A person called Mahamandaleshwar is elevated by his peers to the highest level of traditional, Hindu spiritual guardianship.

Born in Ujjain, Shivangi Maa received the title from the Panchdashanam Juna Akhara during the Allahabad Kumbh in 2013.

After completing a degree course in architecture from Mumbai, Shivangi adopted the path of religion as she was inclined towards the spiritual world since childhood.

“Instincts remain with one even after rebirth and thirst to know supernatural knowledge about the soul made me renunciate (religious devotee who renounces earthly pleasures) the world,” she told HT.

“I feel that I have been a saint for many births and after leaving home for studies, I realised that the spiritual world is my destination,” Shivangi added.

Shivangi was just a month old when her mother took her for a holy dip in Kshipra River here during Simhastha in 1992. According to her, her birth was the result of a lot of prayers by her parents before Mahakaleshwar.

When it was pointed to her that it is unusual to see a saint having a vanity van and carrying a leather bag instead of a kamandal (a pot usually carry by saints), Shivangi said wearing ornaments or using beauty products are a part of the yagna. She said it was a long standing tradition to use these things in rituals. “It might be a vanity van for you but it is a yagna rath for me,” she added.

Shivangi Maa, along with her gurus Pilot Baba and Arun Giri, also loves to play cricket.

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