Despite being the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh and the highest priest of Gorakhnath temple Yogi Ji doesn’t believe in extravagant birthdays. His birthday is on 5th June coinciding with World Environment Day. He is going to plant trees at the Indira Gandhi Establishment. Later he has to depart for Aligarh for further work. There is no time left for any birthday celebrations. As also Yogi Ji doesn’t believe in such celebrations and has set an example of leading a simple life.
Even before becoming the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Yogi Ji never celebrated his birthday. Nonetheless, his followers come in huge numbers to wish him. Yogi Ji welcomes all of them and accepts their blessings and wishes as if he is one of them. People also put up hoardings wishing him for his birthday. Even this year many hoardings have been put up at different places in the city of Lucknow.
His journey from a little town in Uttarakhand to becoming the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh is enthralling. He was born in Pauri district in Uttarakhand on 5th June 1972. At a very young age, he became the successor of Gorakhpeeth on 15th January 1994. He has an undergraduate degree of BSc in Maths from Garhwal University. He became the successor of Avaidyanath and soon became a legislator in 1998. He has been elected from Gorakhpur constituency consecutively every year after that. He was only 26 years old when he was elected in the 12th Lok Sabha. After this, he was elected every year from 1999 to 2014. It is his massive follower number that has brought success to him one after the other.
In September 2014 after Saint Avaidyanath’s demise, he became the Peethadeeshwar of Gorakhnath temple.
Yogi Ji is not only a political figure but also the founder of Hindu Yuva Vahini. Hindu Yuva Vahini is a group of extremely patriotic countrymen for protecting the roots of the nation. The members are part of an activist group for the safety of women and many other sensitive issues.