Donning heavy gold ornaments, including 25 chains — each not less than 500gm — 58-year-old ‘Golden Baba’ arrived in Ghaziabad on Monday, in his cavalcade comprising 21 luxury cars, for the final leg of the 200km Kanwar Yatra.

While resting at a resort on Delhi-Meerut Road on Monday, Sudhir Makkar alias Golden Baba — known for participating in Kanwar Yatra wearing heavy gold ornaments — said he will embark on more yatras in the future if his health permits.

As against 14.5kg last year, he is wearing 20kg of gold during this year’s yatra
The gold has increased, by the grace of god. If the almighty permits and my health allows, I will continue my yatras. I have a severe stomach infection, which has deteriorated in the past three years. The infection interferes with the rites to be followed during Kanwar Yatra. I visited the best hospitals, even in Mumbai, but found no relief,” Makkar said
Apart from gold chains, Makkar possesses 21 lockets (of deities), armlets and a Rolex watch that weighs half a kg and is valued at around ₹27 lakh.

Makkar also owns a BMW, three Fortuners, two Audis and two Innovas, which are part of his cavalcade. On several occasions, he has traveled in rented Hummers, Jaguars and Land Rovers during the yatra