Dr Virendra Tawde would meditate four to five hours at a stretch regularly at the Sanathan Sanstha ashram in Panvel.
He stayed with his family in a house near the Ashram at Devat village. It is not, however, clear whether he purchased the house or it was provided by some other people.
Hindustan Times visited the ashram on Wednesday to interact with the people staying there. The ashram authorities, however, refused to give his exact address.
“Tawade came to this ashram around five years ago and had been staying here since. He never checked any patients for professional gains after coming here. But he treated other sadhaks in the ashram. He had interest in ‘sadhana’ and used to meditate up to five hours at a stretch regularly,” said one resident of the ashram.
The resident also said that Tawde used to read religious texts and books published by the Sanatan Sanstha. Before coming to Panvel, he was practicing at Satara and Kolhapur. He has been associated with the Sanstha for almost 15 years now.
“Before joining us, he had explored five to six other sects in the country. Probably he got proper guidance from our Sanstha and could set his spiritual goals through us and hence he finally settled here,” said Abhay Vartak, spokesperson of the Sanathan Sanstha.
“His father, who is now around 80, has some major health issues. His wife and children are still staying in the house near the ashram,” another resident said.