Fake’ Indian Babas – Self Styled God Man
We can safely say that “Indians maybe Rich, but India is POOR “. One important reason for our poverty is that millions of indians , still believe that “Baba’s / Swamis /Sadhus can change their fate”. There are hundreds of controversial Godman(s) in india, who show off fake “Money” and “Power”. However, one must remember that many of them are not at all real and are totally “Bogus”. They have everything except powers, be it Rolls Royce, be it swiss watches they flaunt or be it all branded personal effects. However, thanks to their immense popularity and huge fan following.
Today, we are here with the list of such Fake Indian Babas who claim they are Godman, but who are always in news for all wrong reasons. Luckily some of them have been prosecuted and rotting in jails serving their sentence. But as long as millions of Indians are following such stupid babas, this spiritual business will never end.
Sant Rampal Baba
Rampal Baba is an Indian religious leader of Kabir panth, often described as a self-styled godman. He is the founder of a Satlok Ashram, a socio-spiritual movement popular in Haryana state. His sect prohibits temple visits, idol worship, untouchability, adultery and “vulgar singing and dancing”, among other things. Rampal was born Rampal Singh Jatin in Dhanana, a village in the Gohana tehsil of Sonepat district, Punjab (part of Haryana since 1966). He obtained a diploma from the Industrial Training Institute in Nilokheri, and then worked as a junior engineer in the Government of Haryana’s irrigation department.In 1996, he resigned from the job.
He came into news in 2014 as about of his 12k followers, including women and children, tried to immolate themselves at his ashram at Hisar. He owns luxury cars , couple of BMWs and Mercedes. His followers used to bathe him with milk which was later used to make ‘prasad’,’kheer’. Women followers also said they were forced by the authority to partially strip. Many followers also said they were forced to stay inside the Ashram.
According to Rampal, the Hindu trinity along with their parents have misled people into illusion instead of the worship of Sat Purush (the ultimate god). He instead recommends worshipping Kabir as the supreme god. He claims that all the major religious scriptures — including Vedas, Gita, Quran, Bible and Guru Granth — name Kabir as the supreme god. He claims to be a spiritual successor of Kabir, and some of his followers consider him an incarnation of Kabir.
In 2006, Rampal criticised Arya Samaj. This resulted in violent clashes between the followers of two sects, in which an Arya Samaj follower was killed. Rampal was charged with murder, and arrested. After spending several months in jail, he was released on bail in 2008. In November 2014, after he failed to appear in the court multiple times, the court ordered his arrest. However, the presence of thousands of followers, allegedly confined by his aides, prevented the police from arresting him for a few days. He was finally arrested on 19 November 2014. he 63-year-old guru is out on bail in a 2006 case when his supporters opened fire on villagers, killing one and injuring several others in Rohtak. He is also facing contempt charges.
Agnivesh (or Swami Agnivesh; born 21 September 1939) is an Indian politician and a former Member of Legislative Assembly from the Indian state of Haryana, an Arya Samaj scholar, and a social activist. He is best known for his work against bonded labour through the Bonded Labour Liberation Front, which he founded in 1981. Agnivesh became president (2004-2014) of the World Council of Arya Samaj, which is the highest international body of the Arya Samaj movement originally established by Swami Dayanand Saraswati in 1875, and served as the chairperson of the United NationsVoluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery from 1994 to 2004.
Agnivesh has been severely criticised by some Hindu groups for statements they view as anti-Hindu. In 2005, Agnivesh stated that the Puri Jagannath Temple should be opened to non-Hindus; this led to the priests of the temple condemning his remarks as “purely anti-Hindu in nature” and burning his effigy. In May 2011, hundreds of Hindu priests protested against Agnivesh’s claim that ice stalagmite that they believe resembles Lord Shiva is just a piece of ice; during the protest the priests burnt his effigy.According to the Kashmir Observer, the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha, a Hindu nationalist political party, offered a 2 million bounty for killing Agnivesh, for negative statements he made about Kashmir and Baba Amarnath. On 8 November 2011, the Supreme Court condemned Agnivesh for hurting the sentiments of Hindu People by commenting on the Amarnath Pilgrimage. The apex court bench of Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice C.K. Prasad told Agnivesh that he should weigh his words “many a time before uttering them lest it hurts the sentiments of the people”.
Satya Sai Baba:
Sathya Sai Baba: The Man Who Was God Is Dead.The influential and controversial guru who ran a multibillion-dollar charitable trust had countless adoring adherents, some of whom believe he may come back to life. Sathya Sai Baba, the guru who died on April 24 at the age of 84, had a simple eight-word slogan to summarize his teachings: “Love all, serve all; help ever, hurt never.” He encouraged his followers to meditate and sing devotional songs, and to take his darshan — that is, to see him in person, the better to experience his divine presence. He was also accused of faking miracles and of being a sexual predator.
Believing in the Baba was easy. Devotees were not required to adhere to any particular set of beliefs or renounce worldly pleasures; non-Hindus did not need to change their religion. “I am God,” he would say. “You too are God. The only difference between you and me is that while I am aware of it, you are completely unaware.” With that approach, he attracted a following of some 6 million people and amassed a fortune in the form of a charitable trust valued at an estimated $8.9 billion. According to its most recent filings with India’s Home Ministry, the Sathya Sai Trust received $19.5 million in foreign donations in 2009 alone.
His influence afforded him a large measure of impunity. When a 2004 BBC documentary aired accusations that he had sexually abused boys and young men, the claims caused alarm among his followers outside India but were never investigated or prosecuted by Indian authorities. Sathya Sai Baba dismissed the accusations as the mere “cawing of crows.”
Radhe Maa is an Indian spiritual leader based in Borivali suburb of Mumbai, Maharashtra, recognised by her controversial issues. In September 2017 Haryana and Punjab High Court ordered police to file a FIR on her.Prompted by recent controversies surrounding self-styled godmen, Radhe Maa has been listed in one of the top fourteen of ‘fake spiritual leaders’ by Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad,the apex body of Hindu sadhus.
Radhe Maa’s real name is Sukhvinder Kaur. She was born in Dorangala village of Gurdaspur district in Punjab.Her followers state that she was drawn to spirituality as a child, and spent a lot of time at the Kali temple in her village. However, according to people of her village, she did not show any spiritual leanings as a child.
Kaur studied till Class IV. She married Mohan Singh at age 17. She used to stitch clothes to supplement her husband’s small income. After her husband left for Doha (Qatar) in search of a better job, she was attracted towards spirituality. At the age of 23, she became a disciple of Mahant Ram Deen Das of 1008 Paramhans Bagh Dera Mukerian in Hoshiarpur district. Ram Deen Das oversaw her tantrik deeksha (initiation ceremony), and gave her the title Radhe Maa (“Mother Radha”)
Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand
This man calls himself Ichchadhari Sant Swami Bhimanand Ji Maharaj and claims to be the disciple of Sai Baba. He earlier used to work as a security guard in a five-star hotel in Nehru Place, Delhi. Then, he started working for a massage parlour at Lajpat Nagar. He came into headlines when he was first arrested in Lajpat Nagar in 1997 for running a prostitution racket. After getting released from Jail, he changed his occupation and called himself a disciple of Sai Baba In the past 12 years, he have managed assets worth crores.
He claimed to have performed rituals at a Prime Minister’s residence and was nabbed only when he fell out of favour with those in power. The Supreme Court found him guilty of burying his wife Shakereh alive in their Bangalore house to usurp her massive property. He was given the punishment of Life Imprisonment.
Swami Premananda of Tiruchirapally ashram in Tamil Nadu was accused of raping 13 women. He was accused of having killed a Sri Lankan male, Ravi who had been living in the Ashram for a short period of time. Medical tests confirmed that he raped the 13 girls. Swami Premananda and six others were arrested and imprisoned in November 1994.
He was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences in 1997 by the Sessions Court in Pudukkottai, the Chennai High Court (in 2002), and then the Supreme Court (in 2005) confirmed the Judgment. Premananda died on 21 February 2011 due to illness.
Narayan Sai is the 41-year-old son of spiritual leader Asaram Bapu. Sai was charged with molestation when a Surat-based woman lodged an FIR against him accusing him of exploitation and repeated rape between 2002 and 2005. He had further admitted that he had a physical relationship with eight other women followers in different parts of the country.
Sai was also accused of bribing the local authorities holding him in custody in an attempt to have the case of sexual abuse against him weakened or dismissed.
The Gujarat Police estimate that Narayan Sai has properties and investments worth more than Rs. 5,000 crore.
Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda landed in a storm after a news channel telecast video footage purportedly showing him in a sex romp with an actress. The video was of Nithyananda and a South Indian actress Ranjitha.
The swami had set up his headquarters — Nithyananda Dhyanapeedam — at Bidadi on the Bangalore-Mysore highway and ashrams across Tamil Nadu and in Varanasi and Puri as well as meditation centres in a dozen countries.
Nirmal Baba (Nirmaljit Singh Nirula), was born in 1952 in Samana, India, near Patiala in Punjab.
He claims to have attained Nirvana in a Jharkhand forest in the 1980s. He then cut his Sikh hair, shaved off his beard and adopted the name, Nirmal Baba. The spiritual leader has been exposed with Rs 235 crore. After the tremendous pressure, which has been mounted on him, Nirmal Baba finally accepted that the total turnover of his Nirmal Darbar is almost Rs 235 crore.
His knowledge of their private lives and business dealings made him one of the country’s top power brokers. The MC Jain commission report in 1998 dedicated an entire volume to his alleged involvement in Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination; an income-tax raid on his ashram reportedly uncovered original drafts of payments totaling $11 million to arms dealer, Adnan Khashoggi. CBI has lodged a cheating case and a case for his involvement in the conspiracy to assassinate former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1996.
Everyone of us would be knowing him. His ashram, located on the banks of the Sabarmati in Ahmedabad, is visited by devotees for prayers, yoga and meditation. He was in news for the Mysterious death of two boys studying in his ashram’s gurukul.
The boys went missing on July 4, 2008. Their mutilated bodies were recovered from the riverbed on July 5. With allegations of black magic doing the rounds, the city saw massive protests and demands of a CBI probe.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh
The latest addition to this list is Gurmeet Ram Rahim. Dera Sacha Sauda chief Baba Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was charged by CBI in a rape case. He was charged with sexually assaulting women followers of the Dera at the sect’s Sirsa-based headquarters. The CBI is also investigating two more charges against him for his alleged involvement in the murder conspiracy against Dera manager Ranjit Singh and a Sirsa-based journalist, Ram Chander Chatterpatti.
A CBI court sentenced the self-styled Godman and Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh to Twenty years imprisonment on Monday. On August 25, Singh was convicted of rape following which there was widespread violence across Haryana and Punjab leaving over 38 persons dead. Apart from claiming to be a Godman and social reformer, the Dera chief is also famous for his stints as a rock musician, actor and filmmaker and is believed to have used these means of entertainment to keep the youth away from social evils particularly drugs and alcohol.
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