He came across Mahant Balaknath at the age of 18 years. After witnessing the mahant's activities, young Gul Mohammad Pathan got attracted towards him and the sect, and decided to take diksha.
Yogi Adityanath who was recently appointed the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh had the erstwhile mahant of a math of Nath sampradaya in Visnagar, Gujarat as his Gurubhai. But according to the Times of India Report what is interesting is that the erstwhile Gurubhai, Gulabnath Bapu was born in a muslim family with the name Gul Mohammad Pathan. The Muslim family traces its roots to Jhalod. The family, associated with farming and labour activities, first settled in Dehvasan village and later shifted to nearby Vadgam in Banaskantha district.
He came across Mahant Balaknath at the age of 18 years. After witnessing the mahant’s activities, young Gul Mohammad Pathan got attracted towards him and the sect, and decided to take diksha.
It is learnt that the Mahant Avaidyanath who was the guru of Aditya Nath, was also the guru of Gulabnath Bapu and relations between yogi Adityanath and Gulabnath were so strong that when his gurubhai breathed his last, Adityanath visited Visnagar in Gujarat to do his last rites.
According to the Times of India that quoted the newly appointed mahant of the Visnagar math, Sankarnath– the Gurubhai of yogi Adityanath was the sixth generation in guru-shishya lineage. His association with Mahant Avaidyanath of Gorakhpur math and guru of Aditya Nath Yogi was very old due to the dynamics of Nath sampradaya.
Sankarnath, the current head of the math said that Bapu was invited to Gorakhpur for every major event. When he went there last year, Aditya Nath had him felicitated by PM Narendra Modi,” said Shankarnath.
“Yogi used to phone regularly to get updates on Bapu’s health. It is not just about the Nath sampradaya connection as there are other places in Gujarat with presence of the sampradaya, but he feels connected to this place,” Sankarnath added. Aditya Nath visits the math at Visnagar at least 2-3 times annually, said Shankarnath, adding that any Gujarat visit by the Yogi starts from Visnagar. “Mahant Sankarnath has high hopes about the UP CM.
“We know him for the past 25 years. He is energetic, has new ideas and is a just person. He will not tolerate anything against tradition,” said Sankarnath.