the Swamis&Sex : When godmen turn unholy

Swamys and scandals

They may blame it on a state of samadhi or trance. And they may even use high-sounding words like 'morphing' and 'doctoring' to prove their innocence. But these godmen have never failed to bless the world with hot controversies.

Two sex scandals involving spiritual gurus hit the news in the recent weeks - one from the north and the other from the south.

Many of his followers felt cheated after Swami Nityananda's intimate moments with a south Indian actress were telecast by a Tamil TV channel.

Subsequently, Nityananda's ashrams in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka were set on fire.

Both the swami and the actress went missing after the footage was telecast.

The ashram claimed that the spiritual guru was in Haridwar attending the Kumba Mela.

Later, in an interview to a TV channel, the swami said that the actress had been his devotee for a very long time.

He said his personal life was misinterpreted. He claimed that a part of the video has his presence but later on it is morphed.
Swamys and scandals

Godmen run not only ashrams, but brothels too!The Delhi police busted a sex - racket run allegedly by a godman named Shiv Murat Dwivedi.
Dwivedi, 39, was arrested with his aides and six women, two of whom are airhostesses.
Police said that Dwivedi had set up a temple in the Khanpur area of Delhi and ran the racket from there.
Police said that a TV actress was also actively involved in the racket.
Dwivedi, also known as Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanandji Maharaj Chitrakootwale, was planning to make as much money as he could till the Commonwealth Games were over and then flee the country.
Image: Shiv Murat Dwivedi

Swamys and scandals

Swami Premananda is another controversial spiritual guru from Tamil Nadu. In December 2002, the Madras High Court confirmed a lower court's order sentencing Swami Premananda, and his secretary, Kamalananda, to double life imprisonment.The charge against Premananda was that he raped young girls in his ashram near Tiruchirapalli and forced those who became pregnant to go for abortions.
He was convicted for 13 rapes and a murder in his ashram. He murdered an engineer named Ravi who had tried to expose him.
Image: Swami Premananda

Swamys and scandals

Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was accused of sexually assaulting women followers of the Dera at the sect's Sirsa-based headquarters.The CBI was investigating two more charges against him for his alleged involvement in the murder conspiracy against Dera manager Ranjit Singh and a journalist, Ram Chander Chatterpatti.
Image: Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
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Swamys and scandals

Swami Sadachari was a one of the most sought after spiritual gurus of politicians in New Delhi.He was believed to have performed rituals at a prime minister's residence too.
But he fell out of favour with those in power.
And he was arrested in New Delhi in 2005 for running a brothel.
Image: Swami Sadachari


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