PPPD Soamiji Maharaj
Shri Shiv Dayal Singh Ji
Soamiji Maharaj, the first guru of Radhasoami Faith, was born on 25th August 1818, in a khatri family, residing in Panni Gali, Agra and His worldly name was Shri Shiv Dayal Singh Ji. Deep religiosity became evident in Soamiji Maharaj from early childhood and He started regular spiritual practice at the age of six. His gracious and serene personality left a deep imprint upon many a learned man who became His ardent followers. On the request of His beloved disciple, Hazur Maharaj, He laid the foundation of the Radhasoami Satsang on Basant-Panchami day in 1861. Around 1866, the Satsang was named as “Radhasoami Satsang”. For full seventeen years He presided over the satsang meetings at His residence, Panni Gali, Agra. Over-absorption in spiritual work and neglect of nourishment and rest adversely affected His health and He left for His heavenly abode on Saturday, 15 June 1878 at His residence in Panni Gali, Agra. His Samadhi is situated in Radhasoami Bagh, about three miles from Agra city.