Acharya Balkrishna, the man behind Patanjali is someone to be inspired by. Patanjali has become a Rs 5,000 crore company but this didn’t happen overnight. It only happened with the hard work of Acharya Balkrishna. The confidant of Baba Ramdev is definitely not like any other big brand’s CEO.
His company has an unique work culture – putting restriction on eating meat, smoking and drinking and emphasizing on greeting each other with ‘Om’. Maintaining such work culture is not easy. The man with great visionary, highly ascetic, energetic, diligent and multi-dimensional skills who is selflessly engaged in the service of mankind has to be known. Here are some unknown facts about him:
1. Acharya Balkrishna, a postgraduate (acharya) from Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, Varanasi met Baba Ramdev in a gurukul in Haryana.
2. He along with Baba Ramdev founded an Ayurveda pharmaceutical company named Divya Pharmacy in Haridwar in the 1990s.
3. Acharya Balkrishna holds 94% stake in Patanjali Ayurveda but takes no salary.
4. Though people have noticed an iPhone in his hand but his work place has no computer.
5. He works 15 hours a day and seven days a week. Sunday is also not a holiday for him.
6. He likes reading from printed documents stacked on his desk rather than a desktop.
7. He is always dressed in white traditional attire and speaks in pure Hindi.
8. He has also claimed that he hasn’t taken any leave till from his work.
9. When he started Patanjali, they took a personal loan of Rs 50-60 crore. In an interview, he said that before that he didn’t even have an account in any bank.
10. His next target is to make Patanjali get a turnover of Rs 10,000 crore for which he has already the ordered machinery.
11. His agenda in life is not to waste any time. This is what kept him going and made him achieve what he has today.
12. He believes that one does not need any market research if they have strong basics.
13. He has said that they never do any market research before making or launching new products. The only thing that they keep in mind are the consumers’ needs.