Who is Hemangi Sakhi, transgender Bhagavad Gita raconteur taking on PM Modi?


The Hindu right-wing outfit will contest 20 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh including Varanasi in the upcoming polls. Varanasi is going to polls in the last phase of Lok Sabha elections on June 1. 

The Congress has fielded its Uttar Pradesh state unit chief Ajai Rai from Varanasi. In 2019, Prime Minister Modi won Varanasi seat with 63 per cent vote share. Rai finished third behind Shalini Yadav of the Samajwadi Party.

In 2024, the Congress and the Samajwadi Party are contesting the Lok Sabha elections together as part of INDIA bloc.

World’s first transgender raconteur of Gita.  

Sakhi was born in Baroda in Gujarat, according to reports. Her family shifted to Mumbai since her father was a film distributor. Sakhi is known to have studied in a convent school for a brief period. She left the school after her parents died. She has also acted in a few films and appeared in popular TV shows. 

She is known as a devotee of Lord Krishna and her devotion started at the ISKCON temple near her home in Mumbai. She eventually landed in Vrindavan. Eventually she became to be known as Hemangi Sakhi Ma — the world’s first transgender ‘kathawachak’ (raconteur) of Bhagavad Gita.

Also Read: Transgender Mahamandaleshwar Hemangi Sakhi from ABHM to contest against PM Modi from Varanasi

She has done many Bhagavad Katha, Ram Katha, Devi Bhagvat Katha all over the world, according to her Facebook page. 

Coronated in 2019

In February, 2019, she was coronated as Acharya Mahamandaleshwar at Kumbh. She was also honoured with the title of Bhagwatbhushan Mahamandaleshwar by the Akhil Bharatiya Sadhu Samaj. 

She was conferred the title of Acharya Mahamandaleshwar by the Adya Shankar Kailash Peeth, Uttar Godavari dham.



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Published: 08 Apr 2024, 11:44 AM IST


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