Mangaluru, March 04, 2016: Yogi Rajendranath, stands on one leg as a penance; the sadhu of the Nath sect headquartered at Gorakhpur has not laid his back on the ground, let alone sit, since 2009 and has vowed to remain standing for another seven years.
Yogi Rajendranath from Haryana is one among the over 500 Nath sadhus who are in Mangaluru to anoint the new Raja —Yogi Nirmalnathji — of the Kadali (Kadri) Yogeshwar Mutt. The entourage had started on foot from Trimbakeshwar in Nashik district in August 2016 and reached Mangaluru last week after halting at 62 places associated with the Nath sect en route .
Asked why he has taken up such an arduous task, the Yogi said that a majority of his Mast Nath sub-sect indulge in one form of Hata Yoga or the other. It is a mode of performing penance for the wellbeing of society, he said.
Leaning himself over a plastic container, the Yogi was preparing some threads along with his followers. Throughout day and night, he remains standing, some times on one leg and at others on both. When he feels like sleeping, the Yogi leans on a support to doze off for a while. The rest of the time, Yogi Rajendranath keeps himself busy with some work or the other and doing penance.
Despite continuously standing for tears together, the Yogi appeared normal and even comfertable. When asked what society would get from sadhus like him, the Yogi said that penance has helped keep order in society. The media has no time to write about good deeds done by sadhus and it [media] has been indulging in divisive propaganda, the Yogi said.
“We do not want any publicity. Whatever we have been doing after renouncing the external world is for the benefit of society. Don’t waste time here,” he said.