New Delhi: 83-year-old Saint Swami Shankar Das, who lives in a cave on Rishikesh Nilkanth Pedal Marg, has contributed Rs 1 crore for the construction of the grand Shri Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Swami Shankar Das Maharaj is also known as Tat Baba. Swami Shankar Das along with his Guru Tat raised this amount from the offerings of devotees found in Baba’s cave. Swami Shankar Das has been living in the cave for the last 60 years.
When Swami Shankar Das arrived at Rishikesh, the main branch of State Bank of India with a check of one crore rupees on Wednesday, the employees there were stunned. The bank employees checked the account of Sant Swami Shankar Das and found that his checks were correct. Union officials were called to the bank to complete the donation process. On Wednesday, Swami Shankar Das Maharaj handed over a check of one crore rupees to Sudama Singhal, the district director of the RSS. Handing the check, Swami Shankar Das said that he had deposited this fund only for the Shri Ram temple.
The life of Shankar Das Maharaj is very simple. He has spent 60 years of his life in a cave. His guru was Tat, who was a contemporary of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Vishwa Guru Maharaj and Mastram Baba. Mahamandaleshwar Swami Vijayanand Saraswati of Ved Niketan said that Baba Swami Shankar Das Maharaj, who had only one sack, gave up all comforts. He has been raising money for the Shri Ram temple for the last 40 years.