Sant Niranjan Dass

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Sant Niranjan Das
ਸੰਤ ਨਿਰੰਜਨ ਦਾਸ
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Born6 January, 1942
OccupationSpiritual leader
Years active2010–present
OrganizationDera Sach Khand
Notable work
Leading the Ravidassia religion

Sant Niranjan Dass (Punjabi: ਸੰਤ ਨਿਰੰਜਨ ਦਾਸ) (born on 6 January, 1942 in Jalandhar) is the head of Dera Sach Khand and the worldwide leader of the Ravidassia religion. [1]

Life and background

Niranjan Das became the head of the Ravidasia religion in 2010 after he survived a violent attack in Vienna by Sikh extremists whilst visiting his international devotees resulting in gunshot wounds to his abdomen and hip. [2][3] The attack resulted in the death of his deputy Sant Rama Nand. [4] As a result he receives Z level security from the Punjab police. [5] In 2015, he attended the House of Commons in the UK organised by the All Party Parliamentary group for Indian traditional medicine. In 2016, he was barred from entering his own Temple during a visit by the PM of India which led to protests on the Adampur-Bhogpur road and slogans being raised against BJP leaders. [6] In 2017, the congress vice president Rahul Gandhi met with Niranjan Das as part of a 4 day tour election campaign to build a voter base in Punjab for the Indian elections. [7] [8]In 2020 he organised a train for his devotees to travel to Begumpura with 1600 pilgrims to celebrate the birth Guru Ravidas.[9] In the same year he also wrote a letter to the Prime Minister of India requesting legal recognition of the Ravidassia religion in the national census. [10]


  1. "Dera head out of danger, says in-charge". Hindustan Times. 2009-05-26. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  2. "Outlook India Photo Gallery". Outlook India. Retrieved 2020-12-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Gurudwara attacked in Vienna". Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  4. "Six men jailed over Austrian temple attack". BBC News. 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  5. "Z-land where even a 'Dead' Baba gets security cover". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  6. Service, Tribune News. "Protest over Dera chief not being allowed to meet PM Modi". Tribuneindia News Service. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  7. "Rahul meets Dera Sachkhand Ballan chief Sant Niranjan Dass". Outlook India. Retrieved 2020-12-25.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. India, Press Trust of (2017-01-28). "Rahul meets Dera Sachkhand Ballan chief Sant Niranjan Dass". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  9. tellyupdates (2020-02-06). "The Begumpura special train headed by Sant Niranjan Das will leave today - TellyUpdates.Tv". Tellyupdates. Retrieved 2020-12-25.
  10. "Dera Ballan Sect Head Writes to Modi, Seeks Separate Ravidassia Dalit Identity". The Wire. Retrieved 2020-12-25.

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