Devraha Baba also spelled Deoraha baba was an Indian Siddha Yogi saint who lived beside the Yamunariver in Mathura. He was known as "ageless Yogi with a secular image” He was known as a sadhu who preached harmony between religious communities.
Devraha Baba was a hermit from Vrindavan. He was considered to be a "spiritual guide to everyone from a pauper to the most powerful ... above narrow confines of caste and community." Village people as well as important personalities waited for hours to have a glimpse or darshan of him. He received visits from politicians seeking his blessings at the time of general elections, including Indira Gandhi, Buta Singh and Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv Gandhi and his wife Sonia Gandhi visited his ashram on the eve of the 1989 elections. He used to bless the devotees with his feet.
He lived on a 12-foot-high (3.7 m) wooden platform near the river and wore a small deerskin. A barricade of wooden planks hid his semi-naked body from his devotees, and he came down only to bathe in the river.
There are various claims of his longevity, starting from 150 years and above but verifiable records are not available. He was called "ageless Yogi with a secular image". BBC correspondent Mark Tully observed that local people believed Baba died only when he wished to.
Devraha Baba's name was included by the Liberhan Commission on the list of those accused of demolishing the Babri Masjid, even though he died two years before the demolition of the structure. Pro-Hindu organisations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad had been successful in persuading Devraha Baba to support their cause of building a Ram temple at Ayodhya, and the brief speeches of Baba attracted large gatherings. Tully also observed that some of Devraha Baba's devotees used him for financial as well as political gains. Devraha Baba (died 1989) was an Indian Siddha Yogi saint who lived beside the Yamuna river in Mathura.
Devraha was described as a "fully God realized master" and "an ageless saint of legendary repute". One legend has it that Devraha blessed Tulsidas (1532–1623), which would make him even over 500 years old. A rough estimate is that around the world, his devotees may number in hundreds of thousands to millions of people.
According to Devraha he wasn't born from a woman's womb, but emerged from water. According to legend, Devraha Baba never ate any food. He is described as a major attraction in the Kumbh Mela. The Baba used to bless his devotees by touching their heads with his foot.
The first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad , stated that his father had sat at the feet of Devraha Baba as a child in the middle of the nineteenth century, and Devraha Baba was already elderly at that time. Another notable devotee was Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Another attributed miracle was his ability to stay underwater for 30 minutes at a time, without resurfacing for air. He could also allegedly understand the language of animals, control wild animals, heal people by his look or word, and tell the future. His samadhi shrine is located across the Yamuna River from the Hindu pilgrimage city of Vrindavan. Devraha baba were born in Deoria district in UP.