India is known for its religious practices and faith and people of India believe and abide by the teachings of different spiritual gurus also known as ‘godmen’. Hinduism preaches that Guru’s guidance is necessary to go on the path of self-realization and salvation. Though there are many gurus who really lead a pure, spiritual life and guide people to the path they look for, there are some gurus taking advantage of their fame and accumulating a lot of wealth by teaching meditation or yoga and living a comfortable life. The modern Indian gurus are not just famous but they possess so much wealth and income through private funds and NGOs. Here, we look at the top ten richest spiritual gurus who own large business empires.
Net Worth Of Top 10 Richest Spiritual Gurus
10. Avdhoot Baba Shivanandji Maharaj Net Worth
Avdhoot Baba, the spiritual leader of India popular for sharing ancient stories since long is a role model for millions around the world. He currently controls a wealth of more than 40 crore INR (6 million USD) and is one of the richest spiritual gurus in India. He is known to share the wealth of Sadhna and wisdom among his followers.
Babaji is a social reformer and a self-realized master who has opened the doors of esoteric knowledge for common man. He is continuously engaged in spiritual and social activities on his mission to the healing and welfare of humanity.
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8. Satguru Jaggi Vasudev Net Worth
The founder of Isha Foundation, Satguru Jaggi Vasudev is another rich and prominent spiritual guru in India. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2017 for his notable contribution towards spirituality. He was interested in yoga and meditation right from his childhood and this helped him proceed on to experience spirituality at the age of 25. He traveled on his motorcycle and run yoga classes in Hyderabad and Karnataka and earned quick money.
Isha Foundation is engaged in providing yoga practices throughout the world. The net worth of this foundation is estimated to be $2.5 million which equals about 16 crore INR. They also possess assets worth more than 100 crores(15 million USD).
7. Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan Net Worth
The present leader of the famous organization named Dera Sacha Sauda, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insaan has more than 250 ashrams all over the world and over 700 acres of agricultural land in Sirsa. The organization was established in 1948 as a center of learning and since then, he has been charged with rape, sexual harassment, and even murder cases. He also owns a 175-bed hospital in Rajasthan, market complexes, and gas stations. The guru is currently on bail and CBI is investigating the matters.
This popular spiritual leader and preacher with followers in Haryana, Punjab and all over has an estimated net worth of about 300 crore INR (46 million USD) and is one of the richest spiritual gurus in India.
6. Paul Dhinakaran Baba Net Worth
One of the richest spiritual preachers in India, Paul Dhinakaran Baba does not look like a guru from his appearance. The 50 years old Tamil Christian preacher spreads the greatness of Jesus and talks about his miracles. According to reports, his estimated net worth is more than 5000 crore INR (770 million USD) which is a staggering figure for a God’s messenger as he claims. He is the founder of Karunya University located near Coimbatore in a 750-acre area of lush greenery with 7500 students.
Paul Dhinakaran played a leading role in the establishment of ‘Prayer Towers’ in 9 countries and 29 Prayer Towers in India where prayers are offered round the clock.
5. Asaram Bapu Net Worth
Fondly called by the name Bapu by the other godmen and saints, Shri Asaram Ji Bapu is quite a controversial figure. He has been accused of being involved in land grabbing in Gujarat and other parts of India and is still dealing with the line of charges against him. There are rumors of evil activities at his ashrams corresponding to the death of four children in the past. These types of incidents have spoilt the reputation of Asaram Ji Bapu. Moreover, it is said that his most well-established and famous Motera Ashram in Ahmedabad is built on the illegally acquired land.
Asaram’s trust owns over 350 ashrams across the country as well as abroad besides 17000 Bal Sanskar Kendras. The trust is reported to have a turnover of about 350 crore INR (53 million USD) including the controversial ashram located in the Ridge area of Delhi.
4. Sri Sri Ravishankar Net Worth
With more than 300 million followers across 151 countries, Sri Sri Ravishankar is a well-known spiritual leader who founded the popular Art of Living Foundation that acquires millions as donation every year. The renowned guru, born in Tamil Nadu, started studying Vedas at the age of six and by the age of 17, he completed his Vedic literature and science studies. According to reports, he owns assets worth 1000 crore INR (153 million USD) including his Art of Living centers, health and pharmacy centers.
His main sources of income include Art of Living Centre in Bangalore, PU college, Sri Centre of Media Studies in Bangalore, Sri Sri Vidya Mandir Trust, Art of Living Health & Educational Trust and Sri Sri University in the United States and more.
3. Mata Amritanandamayi Net Worth
A teacher and a Hindu spiritual leader in India, Mata Amritanandamayi is looked upon as a great saint by her followers. Popular as Amma, this Kerala-based guru is renowned for embracing people spontaneously in order to comfort them in troubles and is therefore called ‘The Hugging Saint’. Till date, she has hugged about 30 million people. Amma is respected for her humanitarian activities in the country and is the richest god woman ever.
Her main sources of income are Amrita Schools spread across Kerala, Amrita Institute of Medical Science and Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeeth colleges. Contributions from Indian and foreign followers add to the income. She runs the Amritanandamayi Trust that is reported to have assets worth more than 1500 crore INR (230 million USD). She lives in an ashram in her native Vallikavu, a small island near Kollam which is in the form of a luxurious five-story building.
2. Baba Ramdev Net Worth
Famous worldwide as Yoga-Guru, Baba Ramdev is involved in providing Ayurvedic medicines and agricultural products and has gained a lot of popularity through his advocacy on political issues in India. Though this famous guru does not solve his followers’ problems through miracles, he teaches a healthy lifestyle to millions in India and outside through his yoga camps. He is the founder of Patanjali Yogpeeth and Patanjali Ayurved, which is the fastest growing Indian company as in 2016 with a turnover of more than 45 billion INR. Patanjali Ayurved has a current value of 13000 crore INR. He is estimated to have a current net worth of 1500 crore INR (230 million USD).
Baba Ramdev and his company were involved in controversies many times. His medicinal products reported having usages of animal and human bones. Many complaints have been lodged against him for his controversial statement from time to time.
1. Acharya Balkrishna Net Worth
Known to be a close associate of Yoga-guru Baba Ramdev, Acharya Balkrishna is another rich spiritual leader in India. He is the chief editor of Yog Sandesh magazine, a researcher, and practitioner of Ayurveda. He is reported to own about 34 companies with an annual turnover of more than 265 crore INR. The fast-growing consumer goods company Patanjali Ayurved has changed the fortune of Balkrishna who owns 98.6% of this giant cofounded with Baba Ramdev. Acharya Balkrishna’s pharmaceutical companies located in Uttarakhand generate an annual turnover of 94.84 crore INR (14 million USD). The Indian billionaire is reported to have an estimated net worth of $6.1 billion as in 2018.
The above mentioned spiritual leaders have trusts and organizations running in their names and the net worth and assets we talk about belong to those trusts and not the gurus themselves. It is not possible to rank these people accurately according to their net worth because their sources of income and total net worth are mostly not public and the figures mentioned here are just mere representations according to reports. It can be assumed that these spiritual gurus have accumulated much more wealth and assets than what you see here.