Our nation with its rich cultural heritage has a distinction to have produced many eminent spiritual leaders. In this context, on 8th of March 1974, a child was born in a highly religious Kachela Family in Chandrapur, Maharashtra – a city blessed by its deity Goddess Mahakali. From his early childhood, he showed signs of spiritualistic inclination and chose the path of Bhagvad Upasana.
At the age of twelve, Shri Manish Bhaiji Maharaj , spent his time immersed in religious activities like singing devotional songs, religious deliberations , satsang, organizing socio-cultural events and spiritual discourses. At the age of seventeen he set on a pilgrimage and traveled 1400 km to reach Gujrat and received blessings from his guru, the great Shri Pragat Brahmaswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj. He received initiation from Shri Thakurji Ghanshyamji Maharaj and in his direction and vicinity he started recital of Shri Ramayana and Shri Bhagwat at the age of eighteen. He pioneered the establishment and construction of Shri Swami Narayan Temple at Chandrapur at the age of twenty.
Shri Manish Bhaiji Maharaj was conferred the title of ‘Mahant’ by the Indian Vaishnavi Saint Society as an acknowledgement of following accomplishments :-
Successful organization of powerful ‘Yagnas’ at three Mahakumbha Fairs
Organization of 500 group in caste marriages,
Organization of pilgrimage of various thirthas of India
The Central Government nominated him for the coveted ‘Bhartiya Vikas Ratna’. Presently he has dedicated himself to the establishment and expansion of Shri Bhagwat Niketan, a huge ashram sprawling in 10 acres of land at Chichapalli about 20 km from Chandrapur. The ashram is full-fledged and houses an educational institution, hospital, cultural centre, vanaprashta ashram, vedic school, free food distribution centre and maneuvers fifteen different projects.
With all these achievements to his credit at the young age of 36, Shri Manish Bhaiji Maharaj is the pride and glory of Chandrapur. The melodious and inspirational Ram Katha Recital, the Bhagwat Recital, the service-minded, selfless attitude makes
Shri Manish Bhaiji Maharaj , stand apart from all. He is always ahead in his spiritual pursuits and is awe-inspiring and ever motivating the masses.