Mastana Balochistani

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Shah Mastana Balochistani

15 November 1891
Kotra, Kalat, Balochistan, British India
Died18 April 1960 (aged 68)
ReligionSant Mat
  • Pillamal
  • Tulsa Bai
Senior posting
Based inSirsa, India
Period in office1948-1960
SuccessorShah Satnam Singh[1]

Mastana Balochistani (honorifically known as Shah Mastana Balochistani Ji Maharaj, 15 November 1891 – 18 April 1960) was an Indian saint and the founder of the socio-spiritual organization Dera Sacha Sauda (DSS) on 29 April 1948 in Sirsa (modern Haryana). He was originally from Balochistan, and later moved to Sirsa.[1]


Balochistani was born as Khemamal, son of Pila Mal and Tulsa Bai, in 1891 in Kalat district in Balochistan, British India. Later Baba Sawan Singh honoured him with the name of Shah 'Mastana Balochistani'. Baba Sawan Singh further declared him "Mastana-e-Mastanon, Shah-e-Shahon ". At the age of 14 years, Balochistani left home in search of a perfect spiritual Guru (teacher). At last, after searching for nine years, he reached Beas in the state of Punjab in India, where he met Baba Sawan Singh (the second Satguru of Satsang Beas where he attended his Satsang (spiritual congregation) and learned the method of meditation from him. Baba Sawan Singh entrusted Balochistani with the task of conducting spiritual discourses and teaching meditation to the people in the provinces of Balochistan, Sindh and Punjab.[1]

Later Baba Sawan Singh assigned Balochistani duty in the vicinity of Bagarh a (region of northern Rajasthan and western Haryana). Balochistani established Dera Sacha Sauda and raised public awareness of Naam-Shabd. He laid the foundation of Dera Sacha Sauda in 1948 in Sirsa. He laid the principle of earning through hard work and absolutely prohibited acceptance of donations or charity of any kind.[1]

Upon his death, Shah Satnam Singh became spiritual leader of DSS at age 41, serving from 1960 to 1990, followed by Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh starting 1990.


Balochistani taught the method of meditation (Naam Shabad) to thousands of people over a period of twelve years (1948-1960). During this period, people from various parts of the country started coming to Dera Sacha Sauda and became his followers. He built 25 ashrams in Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan. Facilities of drinking water and langar (free community meals) were provided in these ashrams. He taught the practical method of meditation to thousands of people in simple language.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Shah Mastana Ji Maharaj — DSS". Retrieved 10 November 2016.