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Virat-Anushka Wedding: Who is the family priest, Maharaj Anant Baba?

Anushka's family is deeply connected with the baba and frequently seeks his advice and blessings since many years now.

Written by: India TV Buzz Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: December 28, 2017 12:53 IST ]
Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma's priest
Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma's priest

There is a lot of buzz about lovebirds Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma tying the knot in Italy this week. If reports are to believed then the duo are expected to get hitched between December 9 and 12 in Milan. The major hint about the duo's wedding dropped when Anushka was spotted at Mumbai airport with her family and the priest. While Anushka boarded a Swiss Air flight from Mumbai, Virat boarded a plane from the National Capital.

So who is the priest who was seen with Anushka and family? Well, Maharaj Anant Baba is the guru at Anant Dham in Haridwar, Uttarakhand. Anushka's family is deeply connected with the baba and frequently seeks his advice and blessings since many years now. As Anushka's mother, Ashima Sharma is a Garhwali, it was obvious for her to visit Uttarakhand. Anushka visited the ashram before her Bollywood debut in 2007, however the family decided to keep her visits a secret after her first film.

The real name of Baba is Pradip Agnihotri. Born in Pathri, near Haridwar, the baba accepted spirituality at the age of 15. As per the official website of Anant Dham, ''At young age he mastered various spiritual systems such as Vedas and Upanishads, Vedanta, Brahma Sutra, Kundalini Yog, Kriya Yog, Astrology, Aghora, Tantra and Occultism.'' In December last year, the duo visited Uttarakhand amid speculations of their engagement. 

Virat-Anushka's wedding details

Earlier, in an interview to Harper's Bazaar Bride, Anushka said that she wants a traditional wedding. When asked about her idea of destination wedding, the actress said, ''It would probably be in a place steeped in nature. Somewhere beautiful, like a vineyard perhaps."

Well, we have to wait and watch whether marriage reports turn out to be true or mere rumours.

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