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Morari Bapu
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Morari Bapu, 1991
Native name મોરારીબાપુ
Born (1946-09-25) 25 September 1946 (age 71)
Mahuva, Bombay Presidency, British India
Residence Talgajarda
Nationality Indian
Citizenship Indian
Occupation Reciter, Ram Charit Manas Kathakar, Hindu Bard, Hindu Mystic
Home town Talgajarda
Spouse(s) Narmadaben
Children Bhavana, Prasanna, Parthiv Hariyani, Sobhana
Parent(s) Savitri Ben
Prabhudas Bapu Hariyani
Relatives Tribhovandasji (his grandfather and Sadguru)
Amrita Ma (his grandmother and his religious teacher)

Morari Bapu (Gujarati: મોરારી બાપુ, Hindi: मुरारी बापू; real name Moraridas Prabhudas Hariyani) was born on 25 September 1946[1] in Talgajarda near Mahuva, Gujarat. He is a popular Hindu kathakaar (bard), who has been giving 9 day-long sermons (kathaas) in both Gujarati and Hindi all over the world—including in India, the United States, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean Sea, and on an airplane travelling the world, in the Vatican City and in the foothills of Mount Kailas in Tibet/China—since his first katha in 1960.

To date, he has conducted over 800 kathaas, most of them based on the Ramcharitmanas of Tulsidas and other such works about Rama as well as Gopigeet which has the gopis of Vrindavan singing of the glory of Krishna in Krishna's separation.


Morari Bapu, complete name Moraridas Prabhudas Hariyani was born on 25 September 1946 on auspicious day of ashvin krishan amavasaya in village Talgajarda near Mahuva, Gujarat, to Prabhudas Bapu Hariyani and Savitri Ben Hariyani, in a family of six brothers and two sisters. He is born in a family following religious traditions called Vaishnav Bava Sadhu Nimbarka Sampradaya (lineage). He became to be lovingly referred to as "Bapu" (meaning Father or elderly person) by people.[2][3] His grandfather, Tribhovandasji was a great Rama Bhakta (devotee of Shri Rama) and used to make young Morari memorize five verses of the Ramcharitamanas each day, on his way to school and back. Further, he at young age was also encouraged via letters from his paternal great grand father, Mahamandleshwar Vishnu Giriji Maharaj, who was head of "Kailas Ashram" at Rishikesh, to be proficient in the Bhagavad Gita and the Vedas.[4][5]

Morari Bapu has started his career as a primary school teacher in nearby village to Talgajarda. He worked there for several years, while also doing Ram Kathas.


  • रोज इन पांचो का दर्शन कुछ समय के लिए करो - देव दर्शन, प्रकृति दर्शन, संत दर्शन, शास्त्र दर्शन, निज ह्रदय दर्शन.

(Every day spend a few moments giving thought and time to God, to nature, your sadguru/ saint, your scripture, and finally your own self.)

  • एकवीसमी सदी का त्याग करुणा से निकालना चाहिए.

(Sacrifices of the twenty-first century should be with compassion.)

  • भक्त सदा ज्ञानी ही होता है, भक्त कभी मूढ़ नहीं होता.

(A devotee is always wise, he is never deluded.)

  • सुख पूर्ण दुःख झेलना तप है.

(Happily enduring all the hardships in life is Tap {Tapasaya}.)


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