The Wedding of Prem Rawat (Maharaji)

On May 20th 1974, at 8 pm, Guru Maharaj Ji (Prem Rawat) was wed to Marolyn Lois Johnson in a small chapel in the Colorado Rockies. When the ceremony was over, and Maharaj Ji and Marolyn began walking back, Maharaj Ji stopped and Marolyn, his brand new wife, and a few other premies were allowed to kiss His feet. Yes, stopped and let his newly wedded wife and other guests kiss His feet, what a considerate husband and Master.

Prem Rawat (Maharaji) kisses Marolyn Johnson Prem Rawat (Maharaji) and Wife at the beach

Prem Rawat had been preaching the desirability, evem necessity, of celibacy for his true believers for years so this wedding was a complete surpries and shock to his followers. All DLM publications claimed ther was total joy among his followers with the marriage but 30 years later some of Maharaji's inner circle admitted the truth, they had been dismayed. While we cannot know the individual reasons 40 to 80% of ashram residents left the ashram shortly thereafter which was another financial and administrative blow to DLM following on the reaction to the failure of Millenium '73. The shock wedding raised a lot of questions which were never asked, at least not in public, amongst his followers.

Prem Rawat's (Maharaji) Wedding
Prem Rawat and his bride walk down the aisle before she kisses his feet.

Mr and Mrs  Prem Rawat

These audio clips of songs from the soundtrack of the "Wedding Video" were made from an old copy that was overlooked during the destruction of Divine Light Mission publications in the early 1980's. Unfortunately it was later destroyed by a zealous "student" of Prem Rawat's.

A recording of the ceremony can be downloaded below. NB: the actual wedding ceremony probably did not include a background soundtrack

They had a second wedding in India a year later while Prem tried and failed to get legal possession of his father's estate in the courts.

Indian Wedding of Prem Rawat

Prem Rawat (Maharaji) wedding aisle

Prem Rawat's Cheesy Wedding Photo

The Wedding got considerable Press

The Press seemed to enjoy publishing stories about Prem Rawat with a twist

These audio clips were made from a copy of the "Wedding Video" that was overlooked during the destruction of Divine Light Mission publications in the early 1980's. Unfortunately it was later destroyed by a zealous "student" of Prem Rawat's.

To download a recording of the full wedding ceremony:
Click here for MP3 (7MB)

To download a recording of the first song:
Click here for MP3 (2MB)

To download a recording of the ceremony:
Click here for MP3 (3.5MB)

To download a recording of the second song:
Click here for MP3 (2MB)

NB: the actual wedding ceremony probably did not include a background soundtrack