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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sadhu dies fasting to save Ganga

Even as yoga guru Baba Ramdev vacated the hospital bed on Tuesday and went straight to address media persons, not many realised that another ascetic, who had been admitted to the same hospital, had lost his life after fasting for 114 days.
Swami Nigamananda, the 34-year-old swami died at the same hospital where Ramdev was being treated until his discharge on Tuesday.

Nigamanand had begun his fast on February 19 and was in coma since May 2.

On April 30, the district administration forcibly shifted Nigamanand - a seer at the Matri Sadan Ashram - to the Haridwar District Hospital as his condition started to deteriorate.

But even then, he refused to touch food. On May 2, he entered into a coma. He was then shifted to Dehradun's Himalayan Hospital and put on life support.

After four months of fasting for saving river Ganga, Swami Nigamananda Saraswati died on Monday (13-June-2011) at the Jolly Grant Himalayan Institute Hospital, Dehradun.

R Meenakshisundaram, district magistrate of Haridwar reported that a postmortem of Swami Nigamanand would be conducted in view of the complaints of poisoning to him by his fellow sadhus of the ashram.

When Nigamanand's body was taken from the hospital mortuary on Tuesday morning, there were no ministers, no politicians and hardly any sadhus to accompany him in his final journey.

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