Baba Hardev Singh, spiritual head of Sant Nirankari Mission, died in a road accident in Montreal, Canada, an official of the organisation said in New Delhi on Friday.
Nirankari Baba Hardev Singh
Kripasagar, press and publicity incharge of the mission, said they were deeply saddened by the news Baba Hardev Singh's death. He was 62.
"It was sudden and sad news for us," Kripasagar said.
Sonia Gandhi expressed shock and grief over the death of Baba Hardev Singh and offered condolences to all his followers. "Spiritual values of equality and simplicity perpetuated by him and the Nirankari Samaj will forever remain relevant," she said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other ministers offered their condolences on Twitter.
Baba Hardev Singh’s demise is tragic & a great loss to the spiritual world. My thoughts are with his countless followers in this sad time.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 13, 2016
Shocked and saddened by the tragic death of Baba Hardev Singh ji. My condolences to all his followers & the entire Nirankari parivar. R.I.P— Naveen Jindal (@MPNaveenJindal) May 13, 2016
Deeply shocked & pained on Baba Hardev Singh ji’s demise. May the Almighty grant strength to his followers in this hour of grief.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 13, 2016
Deeply pained to learn of the demise of Baba Hardev Singh ji. He was a not only a spiritual leader but also a social reformer.— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) May 13, 2016
Baba Hardev Singh's demise is a huge loss to the Nirankari Mission. May God give his followers the strength to bear the pain of this tragedy— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) May 13, 2016
Pained,shocked by sad demise of Baba Hardev Singh ji. We can never forget his huge contribution to serve humanity through tireless service— Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) May 13, 2016
Who is Baba Hardev Singh?
Baba Hardev Singh was born on February 23, 1954 in Delhi to Gurbachan Singh and Kulwant Kaur. He did his early schooling at Rosary Public School. He was also a student of Delhi University. In 1971, he joined the Nirankari Sewa Dal as its primary member. He married Savinder Kaur in 1958.
After the assassination of his father, Gurabachan Singh, who was also then head of the Sant Nirankari Mission in 1980, he succeeded as the 'Satguru' of the organisation.
What is Sant Nirankari Mission?
Sant Nirankari Mission was established by Baba Buta Singh in 1929. The mission was first based in West Punjab after which it shifted base to Delhi after partition of India in 1947.