Narayan Maharaj was born on 20th May 1885 in a Deshastha Brahmin family in Nargund in Karnataka, India. He was a Hindu spiritual Guru appraised by his devotees as Sadguru. Narayan Maharaj father passed away when he was just 14 months old and his mother passed away when he was only four. He lived with his grandmother afterwards. He soon left home due to family dispute, eventually seeking seclusion in a Shiva temple. Later, a saint advised him to visit Gangapur so he went there for about 10 months, and attained knowledge.
Narayan Maharaj often dressed up lavishly and lived in a palace. He even had a silver throne for himself. But it is believed that he was selfless by nature and that he always gave to the poor as his motto was to treat everyone as God.
As a sadguru Narayan Maharaj traveled to many religious places that includes Varanasi, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Mahakaleshwar, Nepal, Bangalore, Omkareshwar, Rameshwar, Ramakrishna Ashram, Chidambaram, Kanchipuram, Tirupathi, Madurai, Calcutta, Mysore, Dwarka, Somnath and Mahabaleshwar.
In 1915, Meher Baba in his youth contacted Narayan Maharaj and said that Narayan Maharaj was one of the Five Perfect Masters of his time.
From 1942 onward, he was seen having regular health problems and decided to move to Ootacamund Ooty of Tamil Nadu. Then he came to Bangalore where he craved to perform an Ati Rudra Swahakar to Lord Mallikarjuna. Grand arrangements were made by the State of Mysore for this juncture, and nearly 100,000 people attended this juncture. After the Maha Pooja, he gave a mantra to the followers who were present there, and on 3 September 1945, he retired to his room and sat in Padmasana and left his physical body. When Narayan Maharaj left his body the State of Mysore gave an aircraft for his body to be taken to Bet, but later it was decided to give nearly two acres of pleasing land near Kempambudhi Lake at Bangalore where his earthly remains are kept at a Samadhi. Sri Bet Narayan Maharaj ashram and Brindavan are situated in Gavi Gangadhareshwara. Narayan Maharaj samadhi is in Bangalore, India.