Malegaon blast convict Sadhvi Pragya is now Acharya Mahamandaleshwar of Bhakti Akhara

Prayagraj: Sadhvi Pragya Thakur, who spent nine years in jail in the Malegaon bomb blast case, will now be known as Acharya Mahamandaleshwar Swami Purnachetanand Giri.

On Tuesday on the occasion of Maghi Purnima, Pragya Thakur was made the Acharya Mahamandaleshwar of the Bharat Bhakti Akhara in Kumbh. Pragya Thakur’s ‘pattabhishek’ was performed at 11 am on Tuesday at the camp of Divya Prem Seva Mission in Kumbh Mela.

Her personal assistant Arun Singh Rajawat said that the aim of the formation of the akhara is to protect sanatan dharma (sanatan dharma is a term used to denote the eternal or absolute set of duties or religiously ordained practices incumbent upon all Hindus) .

All India Kashi Vidvat Parishad has formed Bharat Bhakti Akhara on Tuesday itself. Parishad members performed Pragya’s ‘pattabhishek’. Saints raised slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and ‘Vabde matram’.

Earlier Pragya Thakur was with Juna Akhara

After her arrest in the Malegaon bomb blast case, Juna Akhara had suspended her. However, later the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad’s office-bearers and the Juna Akhara withdrew the suspension. But she was not given any post in the Akhara.

6 people were killed in bomb blasts

Six people were killed in a blast near a mosque on September 29, 2008 in Malegaon, Maharashtra, while over a 100 were injured. In this case, the court had fixed charges against colonel Purohit, Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur and some other people under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA) and other sections of the IPC.