The last post, written in Hindi, on Bhaiyyu Maharaj's Facebook profile, read, "Water conservation is very important for the survival and sustenance of agriculture and life. Hence; efforts to conserve water should be made on a war footing".
The post further listed out the conservation work carried out Bhaiyyu Maharaj's organisation 'Suryoday Parivar', which including "rain water harvesting, construction of ponds and canals".
In another message, posted on Facebook around 11 this morning, Bhaiyyu Maharaj wrote, "Our economy is dependent on agriculture. Many parts of the country don't have proper arrangement of water. This impacts agriculture. Due to diminishing water tables, water sources like wells and canals have dried up." He further stressed on the need to conserve water.
Bhaiyyu Maharaj, born Uday Sinh Deshmukh, allegedly shot himself over "domestic issues". The police have reportedly found a suicide note that indicated that the 50-year-old was "depressed". He was declared dead at the Bombay hospital in Indore.
"The country has lost a person who was a confluence of culture, knowledge and selfless service," said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who had provoked opposition anger earlier this year by appointing Bhaiyyu Maharaj and four other "sadhus" as ministers.