Yogi Adityanath was born as Ajay Mohan Bisht His father was a forest ranger. He was the second born in the family, among four brothers and three sisters. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. He left his home around the 1990s to join the Ayodhya Ram temple movement. He came under the influence of Mahant Avaidyanath, the chief priest of the Gorakhnath Math and became his disciple. He renounced his family at the age of 21. Subsequently, he was given the name ‘Yogi Adityanath’ and designated as the successor of the Mahant Avaidyanath. While based in Gorakhpur after his initiation, Adityanath has often visited his ancestral village.