Radhe Maa is a self-proclaimed Indian god woman. She is one of the controversial spiritual personalities in India.
The actual birth date of Radhe Maa is not available and there are different birth dates quoted by different sources. According to one source, Radhe Maa was born on Sunday, 4 April 1965 (age 56 years; as of 2021), and according to another source, she was born on Monday, 3 March 1969 (age 52 years; as in 2021) in Dorangala, Gurdaspur in Punjab. She did her schooling up to 10th standard at Govt. L. S. M. Senior Secondary School Dorangala, Gurdaspur. Hindustan Times India Today YouTube
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Eye Colour: Black
Hair Colour: Black
Family & Caste
She was born in a Sikh family.
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Sardar Ajit Singh, was SDC at the Punjab State Electricity Board. Her mother passed away when Radhe Maa was too young. Radhe Maa has two brothers, Sukhbir Singh and Nirmal Singh.
Relationship, Wife & Children
At the age of 17, she got married to Mohan Singh. Her husband had a sweets shop in Mukeria, Punjab. The couple has two sons, Harjinder Singh (Nishu) and Bhupender Singh (Bunty). Due to financial constraints, Radhe Maa’s husband moved to Doha in Qatar to work in a construction company, and Radhe Maa stayed back in Mukeria with her in-laws and two sons. In one of her interviews, Radhe Maa said that her both sons were industrialists.
Reportedly, she was in a relationship with the Indian film producer Ranjit Sharma.
From Sukhvinder Kaur to Radhe Maa
In her childhood, she used to visit a Maa Kaali temple in her village, and according to some of her followers, she was inclined towards religion and spirituality since her childhood. She was married in a lower-middle-class family, and to support her family financially, she started a tailor shop ‘Babbu Tailor,’ where she used to give training in tailoring to local women and girls.
In 1986, her husband shifted from Mukeria to work in a construction company in Doha. Radhe Maa used to remain mentally disturbed after her husband went to Doha. She used to visit local temples in search of peace, where she met ‘Shri Mahan Ramdeen Das’ of 1008 Paramhans Bagh Dera Mukerian in Hoshiarpur.
She took deeksha or spiritual training from him for almost six months, and he gave her the name ‘Radhe Maa.’ YouTube Soon, she started organising jagrans and chowkis in her village and nearby villages. As per her few Bhakts, the news of her miracles started spreading in the nearby villages of her hometown, and people from neighbouring states started visiting her for spiritual guidance. According to some of her native villagers, by this time, she had already learnt black magic and started practising it on people. At that time, she used to live a simple life and wear a white dress.
Many business families started calling her for chowkis and jagrans at their home. One of such businessmen was Arun Nanda, a residence of Phagwara, Punjab. In 2002, Nanda organised a jagran on Radhe Maa’s name at his home. When the Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena activists came to know that Radhe Maa was representing herself as the incarnation of a goddess, they protested for almost three hours in front of Arun Nanda’s house and said that Radhe Maa should apologise in public for misguiding people.
When the protest went out of control, Radhe Maa came out and apologised in front of the media, and as per some sources, she said that she was a normal human being, and she was not an avatar of any goddess.
After that incident, she moved to Delhi, but she continued her chowkis and jagrans in Haryana, Delhi, and Punjab. In one of her chowkis in Delhi,a Mumbai-based businessman, Sanjeev Gupta, noticed her and invited her to Mumbai for a jagran. Sanjeev Gupta is one of the owners of the famous Mumbai-based chain of sweets shop “MM Mithaiwala.”
As per Sanjeev Gupta, Radhe Maa had predicted something about him, which later turned out to be true, and since then, he had become her bhakt. Later, he asked Radhe Maa to permanently shift to his residence in Mumbai.
Soon after she shifted to Mumbai, she started getting popular among the rich families of Mumbai, and many famous Indian politicians, businessmen, and Bollywood celebrities became her bhakts.
Some of the Indian celebrities, which are in the list of Radhe Maa’s followers include Subhash Ghai, Ravi Kishan, and Dolly Bindra (who later accused Radhe Maa of conducting prohibited activities). Later, Radhe Maa became the brand ambassador of ‘Global Advertising Agency’ owned by Sanjeev Gupta.
Only after she settled in Mumbai, she started dressing up like a newly-wed north Indian bride. She started wearing a red dress, red chura (bridal bangles), holding a Trishul in her hand, and doing heavy makeup.
She is always accompanied by two of her closest followers, Chhoti maa and Talli baba.
She has many controversies to her name, and some of her most talked-about controversies are:
- In 2015, a woman named Nikki Gupta filed a case against her in-laws and Radhe Maa for demanding dowry. In an interview with a reporter, Nikki revealed that Radhe Maa instigated her in-laws to demand dowry from her. Nikki further said that Radhe Maa used to physically assault her. Nikki Gupta said,
My husband and in-laws used to say I had not got enough jewellery and cash from my parents.” She also said that she had been tortured. Her lawyer, Kshitij Mehta said the court wasn’t taking cognizance of the matter, while senior inspector M Powar of Kandivali police station said an enquiry will be carried out in the matter.”
Later, the local police involved in the case dropped Radhe Maa’s name from the complaint without taking consent from Nikki. In its objection, Nikki Gupta approached the Bombay High Court. Radhe Maa, in her defence, said that she did not ask for any dowry, and the matter was between Nikki and her in-laws. Radhe Maa said,
I am pure and pious. The complainant is very poor. If I haven’t taken anything from my daughters-in-law, who belong to royal families, then why will I take money from a poor person who doesn’t have anything to eat?” Hindustan Times
- In 2015, the Indian TV actress Dolly Bindra, who was once a follower of Radhe Maa, filed a criminal complaint against Radhe Maa for sexually exploiting her. Hindustan Times
- In 2015, Radhe Maa was heavily criticised by a faction of society for some of her photographs that went viral on the internet and in which she was seen wearing a micro mini dress. Reportedly, it was a hacker named Santya Haxor who had hacked Radhe Maa’s official website and uploaded a few private pictures of Radhe Maa, leading to this controversy. Hindustan Times
- In 2017, she had another controversy related to her photos, when, in a photo that again went viral on the internet, she was seen sitting on the chair of Station House Officer (SHO) Sanjay Sharma of Vivek Vihar Police Station, New Delhi; in the photo, the SHO was seen standing next to her folding his hands. He was later suspended from his post. Financial Express
- Once she was accused of instigating her sister-in-law for suicide. A mahant ‘Shyam Sundar Das’ accused Radhe Maa of murdering her own guru from whom she took the deeksha. India Today
- She made huge controversy when her photos wearing short dresses, videos of dancing on Bollywood songs, and other objectionable videos came out in the media. In some of her videos, she was seen sitting on the lap of her followers, and some bhakts were carrying her in their arms. Later, she was even spotted lashing out at media persons while giving interviews related to her controversies.
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- In 2015, she was banned from the Nashik Kumbh Mela by the Dwarkapeeth Shankaracharya Swami Swarupanand. Mahant Gyandas said,
The entry of pretenders is rising in the sacred arena of sadhus and mahants. Trikal Bhavanta, Radhe Maa, and Sachchidananda, who is a liquor professional, should be restrained from participating in the ‘shahi snan’ (sacred bath).”
- In one of her interviews, the controversial Indian actor and dancer Rakhi Sawant praised Radhe Maa and said that she considered Radhe Maa like a god to her, and she also praised Radhe Maa’s dressing style.
- In an interview, while talking about the series of controversies in her life, she said that these controversies caused her to went into severe depression, and to recover from this, she had to take therapy from Dr Maachiswala (a psychiatrist).
- She loves red colour, which is quite visible from her clothes, her car seat, and her room. In her room, where her followers meet her, she has red curtains, red furniture, red lighting, and a statue of Maa Durga just above her bed.
- Her followers have built ‘Radhe Maa Temple’ in Radhe Maa’s hometown.
- She has a collection of luxury cars including a customised black Jaguar car.
- In 2018, she appeared in a Hindi film titled ‘Raah De Maa.’
- Her ashrams are in America, Canada, and Japan as well.
- In one of her interviews, she said that she followed celibacy, she further said that she loved to wear jeans-top and dresses, and her favourite song was “Tumko Mere Dil Ne” from the Hindi film ‘Rafoo Chakkar’ (1974).
- Shri Radhe Guru Maa Charitable Trust in Mumbai was founded by a Singh family in Mumbai. The trust donates food and money to poor people, needy women, and poor children. During the Coronavirus pandemic in 2020, her trust donated a huge amount to the relief fund and distributed ration among the needy people.
- Before TikTok was banned in India, Radhe Maa’s interviews had been extensively used by some TikTokers who uploaded lip-sync videos on their TikTok accounts; these videos went viral on social media.
- In 2020, there were rumours that she would be one of the contestants in the popular TV reality show ‘Bigg Boss 14,’ but the rumours turned out to be fake, and she was only a guest in the show. She appeared in the first two episodes of the show in which she gave special aashirwaad to Jaan Sanu and Siddharth Shukla.