Osho Rajneesh Biography, Age, Height, Family, Affairs, & More

Osho Rajneesh, also known as Acharya Rajneesh, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, and later as Osho, was an Indian spiritual leader, thinker, and founder of the Rajneesh movement. Osho gained both criticism and a significant following for his teachings. Born in Kushwaha, a small place in Madhya Pradesh, he was a confident and outspoken speaker who never hesitated to share his thoughts on various topics, even those considered taboo by society. Despite the controversies surrounding his teachings, Osho’s influence reached millions of followers worldwide. Transitioning from the wisdom of sages, scriptures, and mystical experiences, I found that the true journey was not just external but internal. In this article, you’ll find a comprehensive Osho Rajneesh biography.

Osho Rajneesh Biography

Osho Rajneesh, an Indian mystic, guru, and spiritual teacher, is credited with creating the dynamic meditation spiritual practice. Throughout his life, he was viewed as a controversial leader of a new religious movement. Initially a philosophy professor, he extensively traveled across India, delivering lectures on topics such as secularism and Gandhi.

Despite being a contentious guru and a renowned public speaker, Osho was acknowledged as an enlightened individual and was reputed to have read over 150 lakh (1.5 million) books in his lifetime. Regardless of controversies, Rajneesh garnered a substantial following worldwide, and his persuasive ability to articulate his viewpoints was well-regarded. Rather than endorsing traditional ascetic practices, he encouraged his followers to live fully in the world while maintaining detachment from it.

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Osho Rajneesh Picture

Personal Information

Real Name Chandra Mohan Jain
Nickname AKA Acharya Rajneesh, Osho
DOB (Date of Birth) 11 December 1931
Date of Death 19 January 1990
Place of Death Pune, Maharashtra, India
Age (at the time of death) 58 Years
Birth Place Kushwaha Village, Bareli Tehsil, Raisen, Madhya Pradesh
Death Cause Heart Failure
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Nationality Indian
Hometown Bareli, Madhya Pradesh
Religion Hinduism


School High School
College/ University Hitkarini College, Jabalpur
D. N. Jain College, Jabalpur
Sagar University, Sagar(Madhya Pradesh)
Education Qualifications M.A. Philosophy

Physical Stats


Feet & Inches 5’ 9
Meter 1.75m
Centimeters 175 cm
Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black

Family Information

Father Name Babulal Jain (Sw Devateerth Bharti) (Mar 21, 1908-Sep 8, 1979)
Mother Name Saraswati Bai Jain (Ma Amrit Saraswati) (Nov 23, 1913-May 17, 1995)
Siblings Brothers- Vijay Kumar Khate, Shailendra Shekhar, Amit Mohan Khate, Aklank Kumar Khate, Nolan Kumar Jain
Sisters- Rasa Kumari, Snehlata Jain, Nisha Khate, Neeru Singhai
Marital Status Unmarried
Wife N/A
Children N/A


Girlfriend Sheela Ambalal Patel or Ma Anand Sheela, Ma Prem Nirvano (Ma Yoga Vivek) (Allegedly)


Profession Mystic, Spiritual Teacher and Leader of The Rajneesh Movement
Net Worth $400 million


Color Black and Pink
Food Rogan Josh
Drink Alcohol
Actor/Actress Kamal Haasan, Amitabh Bachchan
Songs Saari Duniya Jalaa Denge
Movies Talvar
Hobbies Writing
Osho Rajneesh Young Age Picture
Osho Rajneesh Young Age Picture
Osho Rajneesh With his Father Picture
Osho Rajneesh With his Father Picture
Osho Rajneesh With his Mother Picture
Osho Rajneesh With his Mother Picture
Osho Rajneesh With his Brother and Sister Picture
Osho Rajneesh With his Brother and Sister Picture
Osho Rajneesh With his Girlfriend Picture
Osho Rajneesh With his Girlfriend Picture
Osho Rajneesh With his Girlfriend Picture
Osho Rajneesh With his Girlfriend Picture


Babulal Jain, Osho’s father, worked as a cloth merchant, while his mother, Saraswati Bai, was a deeply religious woman who held strong beliefs in Jainism.


Chandra Mohan Jain was born on December 11, 1931, in Kushwaha, a small village in the Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, India. He was the eldest of eleven children, born to Babulal and Saraswati Jain.


He studied Philosophy at D.N. Jain College in Jabalpur and later pursued his post-graduation in the same field at the University of Sagar. During his academic journey, he shifted back to D.N. Jain College and successfully completed his B.A. in philosophy in 1955. Even as a college student, he began delivering public speeches and became a regular speaker at the annual Sarvan Dharma Sammelan (meeting of all faiths) in Jabalpur.

Height and Weight

He stood at a height of 5 feet 9 inches and weighed 70 kilograms.

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Married and Affairs

Osho did not marry; he did not have a wife. However, there are considerations that he had relationships with some women, such as Sheela Ambalal Patel or Ma Anand Sheela Ma Prem Nirvana (Ma Yoga Vivek). Osho did not have a wife or children (sons and daughters).


In 1958, Osho became a lecturer of philosophy at Jabalpur University, later being promoted to professor in 1960. His parents, Babulal and Saraswati Jain, followers of Taranpanthi Jainism, allowed him to live with his maternal grandparents until the age of eight. During this time, he developed under the influence of his grandmother, who granted him immense freedom without imposing education or restrictions.

Simultaneously with his teaching role, he commenced traveling across India using the name “Acharya Rajneesh.” This period, according to Osho, significantly shaped his development. His early lectures centered on topics like socialism and capitalism, with a strong opposition to socialism, advocating for India’s prosperity through capitalism, science, technology, and birth control. Rajneesh’s upbringing was marked by the death of his grandfather at the age of seven and the loss of his childhood girlfriend Shashi at 15. These experiences led to a deep preoccupation with death throughout his childhood and youth. He criticized traditional Indian religions and rituals, promoting the idea that sex was the initial step towards spiritual growth.

During his school years, Rajneesh was a gifted and rebellious student, earning a reputation as a formidable debater. Despite facing criticism for his talks, they attracted significant crowds. He became increasingly critical of conventional religions, exploring various methods for expanding consciousness, including breath control, yogic exercises, meditation, fasting, the occult, and hypnosis. Wealthy merchants sought his consultations on spiritual development and provided donations, leading to the rapid growth of his practice. From an early age, Rajneesh was an avid reader, with sports playing a secondary role. He initiated meditation camps in 1962, leading to the establishment of meditation centers based on his teachings. Despite facing opposition for his interest in Marxist writings, he continued to draw attention, eventually creating a commune with events and activities appealing to both Eastern and Western audiences.

Later Life and Legacy

During the last years of his life, Osho continued leading the spiritual community in Pune and delivering discourses to his followers. In 1991, an Indian newspaper recognized Rajneesh, along with figures like Gautama Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi, among the ten individuals who had profoundly influenced India’s destiny. In Rajneesh’s case, it was attributed to “freeing the minds of future generations from the chains of religiosity and conformity.”

He urged his disciples to embrace the concept of “Zorba the Buddha,” symbolizing a blend of Buddha’s spiritual depth and the joyful, celebratory spirit of Zorba the Greek. Columnist Tanweer Alam, writing in The Indian Express, noted that Rajneesh had a keen understanding of social absurdities that undermined human happiness.

On January 19, 1990, Osho departed his physical form, leaving behind a rich legacy of teachings, discourses, and books. In 2006, during a celebration marking the 75th anniversary of Rajneesh’s birth, Indian singer Wasifuddin Dagar emphasized that Osho’s teachings were more relevant in the current context than ever before. His followers, known as “Sannyasins” or “Oshoites,” continued to carry forward his vision, establishing meditation centers worldwide. In Nepal, there were 60 Rajneesh centers with nearly 45,000 initiated disciples as of January 2008.


Osho passed away on January 19, 1990. Although the exact cause of his death remains unclear, some of his followers believe that he may have been poisoned by confidants seeking control of his wealth. While the official cause of death was stated as heart failure, his commune released a statement suggesting that he died because “living in the body had become a hell” following an alleged poisoning in U.S. jails.

Following his death, his closest advisors took immediate control of his substantial financial empire, valued in the millions of dollars. Osho’s ashes were interred in his newly constructed bedroom in Lao Tzu House at the ashram in Pune. Legal challenges to the will have arisen, particularly from Yogesh Thakar, a disciple of Osho based in Pune, contesting its validity. This legal contest has raised questions about the legitimacy of the will.

Net Worth

As of 2024, Osho’s estimated net worth is around $400 million, equivalent to approximately INR 2500 crores.

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