The baba who sent the govt on a gold hunt

His disciples claim that Sarkar aka Bhaskar Tiwari aka Anand Deo is a miracle man who can make gold materialise at will.

NEW DELHI: He doesn’t have any property or a bank account in his name. He doesn’t accept any cash or wealth from his followers. Yet, seer Shobhan Sarkar — whose dream has sparked a hunt for gold in the Daundia Khera village in Uttar Pradesh — can sponsor the construction of a pond, a road or an overbridge without bothering about the budget.


His disciples claim that Sarkar aka Bhaskar Tiwari aka Anand Deo is a miracle man who can make gold materialise at will.

Sarkar is known to have done a lot of work for public good. He has developed an irrigation network in about 200 villages around Shobhan from this wealth that helps farmers get water round the year free of cost.

According to some of his disciples, this has been possible because of the saint’s miracle powers to produce gold. They claim that although he never touches material things, at least one kg of gold ornaments are found every morning in the backyard of his ashram in village Shobhan in the Shivali area of Kanpur.

Om Awasthi alias Om Jee, the most trusted aide of Sarkar, said he was a man with a Midas touch: “He is a living god. He can convert anything into gold.” Another disciple Rajendra Tiwari said: “I have known him for a long time. He has great spiritual powers and can do anything. He knows the unknown and can do miracles.” Interestingly, Tiwari was removed from the ashram by Sarkar a few days ago because he had promised to show the media the gold buried underneath even before the ASI had started the excavation work.

But some other disciples of the seer rubbished the claims about a kg of gold being found every day. They say that it’s the gold or money willingly left by followers that helps the saint to do welfare works.

An aide of Sarkar, who didn’t want to be named, said: “It is true that he doesn’t accept any offering.

But people bring their newborn babies to him to bless them and newly-wed couples also come to him for blessing.

Gold magic

“Many of these people leave gold ornaments in the backyard of the ashram while leaving. But it is wrong that one kg of gold is found there every day.” Om Jee’s claim about a kg of gold has raised eyebrows. In fact, he has been courting controversy with his utterances and also over his past links with the Congress. He has admitted that he had not completely renounced the material world. “ I am like any common man. I don’t wear anything above the waist. But I can wear anything.

I am an ordinary person,” he said.

According to some of his disciples, the saint has miracle powers to produce gold whenever he wishes

Baba with the midas touch

Bhaskar Tiwari alias Anand Deo was given the title Shobhan Sarkar by his followers.

The Baba doesn’t accept any cash or wealth from his followers.

He has developed an irrigation network in about 200 villages around Shobhan that helps farmers get water round the year free of cost.

His most trusted aide Om Jee describes him as a man who can turn things to gold.

At least one kg of gold ornaments are found every morning in the backyard of the seer’s ashram in Shobhan.