India has been a country of rituals and culture where there are millions of followers and billions of devotees. But, still, in this country of rituals and devotees, there are many men who make a profit out of them. From Rolls Royce to the branded Swiss watches, the Babas of India have gain much popularity. Here are The 10 Most Controversial God men In India! Stay Away From These Babas!
10. Sant Asaram Bapu
Asumal Sirumalani popularly known as Sant Asaram Bapu is the one who everyone of us must be knowing. He came to the news with the death of two boys in his ashram's Gurukul. The bodies were recovered on July 5, 2008. He got arrested when a 16 year old girl filed a report against him for sexually assaulting her in Jodhpur. There are many allegations against him such as Black Magic as well as murder too.
9. Nithyananda Swami
Nithyananda Swami was a self styled godman who came to limelight with the release of sex scandal video tape on Sun TV. The sex scandal which came up as Nithyananda Swami and Ranjitha sex tape was leaked by the media and was live telecasted. The video went viral all over internet in no time. His MMS scandal went on to be viral and raised high protests. He was also accused of sexual harassment by his desciples in 2010.
8. Narayan Sai
Narayan Sai, the 41-year old son of the leader Asaram Bapu, was charged for molestation and rape between 20002-2005 against a Surat Based Woman. He also admitted that he had physical relationships with 8 other women as well.
7. Nirmal Baba
The spiritual leader Nirmal Baba was exposed with the property of Rs. 235 Crore. Nirmal Baba also has many cases against him for the conspiracy of fraud as well as cheating. Original name of Nirmal Baba is Nirmaljit Singh Narula.
6. Sant Rampal
Another self styled godman Rampal Singh Jatin commonly known as Sant Rampal came into news when body of five women and an 18 year old child was found at his Hisar based Satlok Ashram. In November 2014 during a standoff his militia blocked the way of the paramilitary forces from being getting entered into the Satlok Ashram. Later Haryana Police arrested him along with his key aides & 450 supporters & was jailed for 22 months.
Chandraswami or Nemi Chand Jain claimed to be an astrologist, a psychic as well as a faith healer. Income Tax raids in his ashram have with that there was an $11 million transaction done to arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi. CBI also filed a case against him for his involvement in Rajiv Gandhi Assassination.
4. Swami Premananda
Swami Premananda was charged for rape against 13 women. He was also charged with the murder of Ravi, a Sri Lankan Male who was living in Ashram for a short period of time. Medical tests proved that the rapes were true and Swami Premananda is now in Jail.
3. Swami Sadachari
Swami Sadachari has achieved fame for performing rituals at the Prime Minister's residence. The Supreme Court found him guilty for burying his own wife alive in Bangalore house for the property. He was sentenced life Imprisonment.
2. Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj of Chitrakoot
Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj generally calls himself to be a disciple of Sai Baba. He came into the headlines in 1997 against the charge of running a Prostitution racket. For the past 12 years, he manages assets worth of crores.
1. Gurmeet Ram Rahim
The latest addition in the list of dhongi baba's is Gurmeet Ram Rahim. He was recently charged by CBI against sexual harassment of women followers of the Dera at the Sirsa based headquarters. There are two more charges against him- the murder of Ranjit Singh and Ram Chander Chatterpatti. Journalist Ram Chander Chatterpatti was the one who around 15 years ago has exposed Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh for raping Sadhvi's at the Dera. Recently he got arrested by Haryana Police and is behind the bars now.