Osho's family

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"In my childhood...there were many children in my family. I had ten brothers and sisters myself,

then there were one uncle's children, and another uncle's children." (Osho)


Osho with some relatives in Jabalpur, 1951. L-to-R :
Kundan Lal Samaiya (Kranti's uncle), Kranti Samaiya, Sheela Makhamal Bai Samaiya, Kundan Lal's nephew, (an unknown female neighbour), Arvind Kumar, Osho


Osho with his family at Gadarwara, 1970. L-to-R :
back row standing : Shakuntala (Niklank's wife), Niklank, Shashi Kala (Aklank's wife), Aklank (with their son Aneesh), Vijay Kumar (with their son Ashutosh), Shashi Bala (Vijay's wife)
2nd row  : Saraswati, Osho, Devateerth
3rd row : Shailendra, Nisha, Mohan
front row : Poorva, Maitreya, Pratiksha, Pragya


(Please note that the names in quotation marks are the nicknames Osho used to call them by. Most are common in Hindi, but some are not. See references below.)

Osho's grandparents

his mother's mother : "Nani" Rani Ma (Shreemati Genda Bai Jain) (1896 - 1971)
his mother's father : "Nana" Raja Saheb (Shree Panna Lal Jain) (1892 - 1938)
his father's mother : "Dadi" Shreemati Saraswati Bai Jain (1893 - 1930)
his father's father : "Dada" or "Baba" Shree Hazari Lal Jain (1888 - 1958)

Osho's parents

mother : Ma Amrit Saraswati ("Bhabhi" Shreemati Saraswati Bai Jain) (Nov 23, 1913 - May 17, 1995)
(Incidentally, Osho's mother and her mother-in-law have the same name. When Osho's brother Shailendra took Sannyas, Osho named him Saraswati as well.)
father : Sw Devateerth Bharti ("Dadda" Shree Babu Lal Jain) (Mar 21, 1908 - Sep 8, 1979)
(They were married when Saraswati was 7 years old.)


Osho's aunts, uncles and cousins

his father's sisters 
Shreemati Ratni Bai Jain (1914 - 1942)
married Shree Panna Lal Jain (1910 - 1969)
their daughter : Ma Yoga Kranti (Kranti Chirantan Brahmachari) (Jul 5, 1933 - Apr 23, 2006)
their son : Arvind Kumar Jain (Apr 4, 1938 - Jan 11, 2018)
Shreemati Makhamal Bai Samaiya (1924 - 1956)
married Shree Kundan Lal Samaiya (1920 - 1978)
(they had no children, but took care of Kranti and Arvind after the untimely death of their mother Ratni.)
his father's brothers
Shree Amrit Lal Jain "Chanchal" (Nov 9, 1913 - Nov 12, 1987)
married Shreemati Leelavati Jain (Jun 24, 1921 - Sep 8, 1999)
their daughters : Sushama (Mar 24, 1942 - ), Preeti (Sep 23, 1944 - ), Kumkum (Nov 19, 1948 - ), Sefali (aka Shaifali) (Jun 20, 1953 - )
their sons : Paresh (Apr 4, 1952 - ), Nisheeth Mohan (Oct 9, 1954 - )
Sw Anand Siddhartha (Shree Shikhar Chand Jain) (Nov 22, 1921 - Nov 1, 2005)
married Ma Amrit Bhagwati (Shreemati Indu Prabha Jain) (Jul 3, 1929 - Oct 23, 1999)
their daughters : Anurag Mayi (Mar 1, 1946 - ), Alankar Mani (Jun 20, 1956 - )
their son : Sw Praful Mohan (Dec 7, 1947 - )
his daughters : Shabnam Jain, Sameer Jain
their son : Pramod Kumar Jain (May 12, 1953 - Nov 28, 2015)
his sons : Setu Jain, Rishi Jain
(Osho's mother had no siblings, so their were no uncles, aunts or cousins from her side of the family.)

Osho's sisters, their husbands and children

Ma Yoga Bhakti (Rasa Fouzdar née Rasa Kumari Jain) (Jul 17, 1933 - Apr 9, 2020)
married Shree Jinwar Das Fouzdar (Sep 14, 1928 - Feb 8, 1977)
their daughters : Rakanishi (Sep 2, 1953 - ), Alka (May 17, 1957 - ), Jyoti (May 27, 1959 - )
their sons : Rakesh (Jul 8, 1950 - ), Rohit (Jul 18, 1955 - ), Kapil (Jul 27, 1961 - )
their grandson : Sw Anand Siddhartha
Snehlata Jain (Oct 20, 1943 - )
married Shree Rajendra Kumar Jain (Jul 31, 1939 - Jul 22, 2013)
their sons : Sanjay (Apr 9, 1962 - ), Sandeep (Jul 5, 1965 - ), Sudeep (Oct 2, 1970 - ), Somesh (Jan 7, 1973 - )
Neeru Jain "Khate" (Oct 10, 1948 - )
married Shree Kailash Singhai (Oct 20, 1944 - )
their daughter : Ritu (May 2, 1974 - )
their sons : Rishi (Jan 19, 1976 - ), Rahul (Nov 25, 1977 - )
Ma Nisha Bharti (Nisha Jain "Khate") (Dec 21, 1949 - )
married Shree Harak Chand Jain (Dec 24, 1942 - )
their sons : Yogesh (Mar 3, 1974 - ), Somesh (Nov 16, 1976 - )
Kusum Jain (died from smallpox, 1939 - 1942)

Osho's brothers, their wives and children

Sw Vijay Bharti (Vijay Kumar Jain "Khate") (Sep 18, 1937 - Aug 9, 1995)
married Shashi Bala (Jan 30, 1943 - )
their daughters : Poorva (Sep 18, 1961 - ), Ma Yoga Pratiksha (Pratiksha Apurv) (Feb 26, 1964 - ), Pragya (May 1, 1966 - )
their sons : Maitreya (Nov 17, 1959 - Mar 8, 2006), Ashutosh (Jun 23, 1969 - )
Sw Aklank Bharti (Aklank Kumar Jain "Khate") (Jul 25, 1941 - Feb 8, 2015)
married Ma Shashi Bharti (Shashi Kala) (Oct 29, 1950 - Jan 18, 2020)
their son : Aneesh (Jun 6, 1969 - )
Sw Niklank Bharti (Niklank Kumar Jain) (Jan 15, 1945 - )
married Shakuntala (Jan 27, 1950 - )
their daughter : Leena (Nov 24, 1973 - )
their sons : Paritosh (Apr 18, 1976 - ), Sw Anand Siddhartha (Apr 26, 1979 - )
Sw Shailendra Saraswati (Shailendra Shekhar (Jain)) (Jun 17, 1955 - )
married Ma Amrit Priya (Priya Shekhar) (May 8, 1958 - )
(They had no children)
Sw Yoga Amit (Mohan Jain "Khate") (Jun 21, 1958 - )
married Ma Anand Divya (Feb 11, 1962 - )
(They had no children, currently a member of The Inner Circle)

some of Osho's childhood friends

Shree Shiv Prasad Gagarani
Shree Shyam Lal Soni
Shree Kanchhedi Lal Shukla
Shree Sukharaj Lunawat
Shree Abdul Rahman
Shashi Sharma (she died of typhoid in 1947)

gallery

  • "Nani" Rani Ma

  • "Nani" Rani Ma

  • Mukta, Devateerth & Saraswati

  • Devateerth

  • Saraswati

  • Devateerth

  • Nisha 1981

  • Vijay 1995?

  • Shailendra 2014

  • Aklank


  • sources
    The information on this page is largely based on correspondence with Osho's brothers Niklank and Shailendra and Osho's niece Pratiksha who provided us with first hand details about their family. Further details about Osho's family can be found in Neeten's Osho Source Book.
    references
    Hindi: Family relations