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10 Curious Scandals of Indian Swamis

You must have heard of those long-bearded spiritual gurus who promises you an advance ticket to heaven if you pay him some big fat dollars. Here’s a trivia, in my mother-tongue Bengali the term ‘swami’ means husband. Anyway, every Indian swami has one time or the other been related to intimate contact with opposite gender in one way or the other. As they say sex and spirit go hand in hand! This is how ­­­­­­­­­; Here below are 10 Curious Scandals of Indian Swamis – The Curious Cases of Indian Swamis;

10. Caught in the act – Swami Nithyananda

On the day of March 10, 2010 this godman was tainted and painted red by Sun TV (news channel). For even a godman needs a hot full body massage with occasional dips of kisses followed by other such acts (though the video here has deleted most of the racy stuffs). Swami was rather lucky getting it done by a popular actresses. I can hear the sighs.

Nithyananda later said in an interview that he was in a state of ‘samadhi’ i.e. trance while being unrobed & massaged (anyone would be, right?). With the pressure mounting swami made a startling revelation that he was actually impotent. The man has some nerve, we got to give him that!

And this ain’t all, condom, drugs and more secrets told the story of why this ‘playboy’ was in real trouble. When Arathi Rao, a former devotee alleged rape, swami went into hiding digging and further extending the ditch he was in. Because when the police went to nab the man in his ashram they were goggle-eyed to find a heap of condom and ganja (drugs) inside the premise. And then came the answer to the cryptic question, it was Arathi Rao who had secretly recorded the swami’s exceptionally hot moments. Naughty girl!

9. Lets Play Brother-Sister – Asharam Bapu

Curious Scandals of Indian Swamis

He’s our current favourite in India. This controversial godman hit the nerve of every rational Indian when making a remark on the 2012 Delhi gangrape saying that the girl raped was also to be blamed. He further added that the girl “should have called the culprits brothers and begged before them to stop… This could have saved her dignity and life.” To exemplify his hideous theory he said “Can one hand clap? I don’t think so.”

We don’t think so either swami, especially since he has been arrested for paedophilic behaviour recently. This is what is generally called tit-for-tat.

This January, 7 more girls have poured out their tales of horror (which includes forced oral) to the police who have collected the statement of around 100 people, enough to build up a case against this self-styled godman.

8. Like Father, Like Son – Narayan Sai

Curious Scandals of Indian Swamis

Asaram Bapu’s has proven that the pull of blood relations is quiet thick. Two sisters had lodged complaints against Sai and his father Asaram of rape, sexual assault and illegal confinement. Grilled in police interrogation and under the hawk-eyed presence of his estranged wife, Sai had revealed physical relationships with eight of his female disciples, and in an OMG moment confessed of even fathering a child with one of his sevikas (disciple).

7. Oiled All Over – Sathya Sai Baba

Curious Scandals of Indian Swamis

Sai Baba was no novice to controversy (yes, he is dead). Death couldn’t stop him from featuring in this list though. Plunge into Wikipedia, you’ll find a full 1000 words collection of accused misdeeds under the ‘criticism and controversy’ section.

In 2002 a documentary produced by Denmark’s national television and radio broadcast company, Danmarks Radio (DR), named “Seduced By Sai Baba”, presented interviews with Alaya Rahm who alleged sexual abuse by this swami. Again in a BBC documentary titled The Secret Swami, one of Swami’s critics had claimed that an ex-devotee had confined to him about the repellent swami’s sexual behaviour when once he had “put the oil on his hands, told me to drop my pants and rubbed my genitals with the oil”. Even Sai Baba’s multi-millionaire devotee clearly believes in these rumours; see here.

6. Believe It or Not, It’s The ‘Guru’ – Rajneesh

Curious Scandals of Indian Swamis

This one was a mash up (yes, he is dead too) and had quiet an international reputation. Popularly known as Osho since 1989, he was a break from the mainstream conventional hoodoo swamis. They even have a cool international website of an Osho Meditation Resort [http://www.osho.com/].

Coming to the point, this singular swami was actually known as the ‘sx guru and was quiet a news maker owing to his provocative lectures in his ashrams. And you thought swamis are conservative huh?

Initially, in his Pune Ashram (which is flourishing like never before) some groups were allowed intimated relationship between the participants’. Osho argued, unlike other religious advocators that psychological repression leads to suppression of significant feeling that later raises their ugly heads in some other guise (like rape); he added that sexual repression results in societies becoming obsessed with sex. Osho’s ideas on sex, marriage, family and relationships contradicted traditional views, arousing anger and opposition around the world.

Though being a candid supporter of homos.xuality at the beginning, he later retracted this views and said “homosxuals…. were perverted, created the disease AIDS.” And just when you thought you were beginning to like this sex-swami. Alas!

5. Exposed – Kripalu Maharaj

Curious Scandals of Indian Swamis

He died in November 2013 at the age of 91 not before being exposed by an American follower Karen Johnson in her book  “Sex, Lies, and Two Hindu Gurus: How I Was Conned by a Dangerous Cult” And Why I Will Not Keep Their Secrets.”

The book is concentrated on the swami’s bed room rituals. In an interview Karen said “Because he is considered to be an avatar of Krishna, his intimated touch and so on are supposed to be a gift of divine love, or prema dan. He gives private audiences to women he can manipulate and blesses them by intimated touch. He invites women to give him ‘charan seva’, a kind of massaging ritual which usually incorporates sexual touching.”

Karen had a very bad experience in past 15 years in his ashram. She told that she was a member of ‘Jagadguru Kripalu Council’ and had spend 15 years of her life in his JKP ashram situated in Austin city. Wonder what took her so long to come out?

Back in 2002 Kripalu was alleged to have raped and molested a 22-year-old Guyanese woman in a prayer-room, at a house in which he was staying in San Fernando, when she visited him in May of that year.

4. Intensive Swami – Ichadhari Baba Bheemanand

This self-styled swami apparently while teaching spirituality ran a prostitute racket, or so it was alleged back in 2010. It was said to be a business worth Rs 500 crore (5 billion USD). He used to supply women, including air hostesses, students and house wives, to high end clients all across Delhi and earned approximately Rs 2.5 lakh (4000 USD) everyday. Ichadhari baba collected a mind-boggling amount of Rs. 25000 crores (25 billion USD) by his s..x racket.

The 39-year-old Swamin Bhimanand, whose real name is Shreemurath Dwivedi, started working in Delhi as a security guard in 1988 until in 1997 when he was arrested for managing a prostitution ring. When he got out of jail, he took up religion simply as a front to his sleazy dealings. Police had claimed to have recovered five diaries from him which have the names, phone numbers and even rates of certain prostitutes. Bulls-eye, another swami down.

If you have a tremendous wish to see this swami going intimated in a dance, watch above video.

3. Mafia Style Swami – Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh

Curious Scandals of Indian Swamis

Alleged malpractices at the Dera first came to light in 2002 when an anonymous letter reached to then Prime Minister of India, accusing this swami of rape and mass-scale sexual exploitation.

“There are 35 to 40 girls here who have compromised themselves at the Dera. We appear to be devis, but are treated like prostitutes,” the woman wrote in her letter, adding: “My life is in danger, so I will not reveal my name.”
Since then, Ram Rahim’s name has figured in many criminal cases, including the murder of a journalist in July 2002. This guy seems grave!

The police had caught hold of his former driver who said that sexual exploitation was rampant, and that several male followers had been forcibly castrated on Rahim’s orders. This guy is gross as well.

2. When The Beatles Turned to a Swami – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Curious Scandals of Indian Swamis

John Lennon of The Beatles had, during his visit to India written a song ‘Sexy Sadie’ which he had wanted to actually name ‘Maharishi’ as it was based on the swami himself. Yogi made to the limelight by becoming ‘spiritual advisors to The Beatles’ in 1968. During their stay, the Beatles heard that the Maharishi had made sexual advances towards Mia Farrow; though Harrison, Paul McCartney, and Cynthia Lennon later said that they felt the story was fabricated. The original title was changed on George Harrison’s request.

Lennon once said of the song: “That was inspired by Maharishi. I wrote it when we had our bags packed and were leaving. It was the last piece I wrote before I left India. I just called him, ‘Sexy Sadie,’ instead of (sings) ‘Maharishi what have you done, you made a fool…’ I was leaving the Maharishi with a bad taste.” He told Rolling Stone that when the Maharishi asked why he was leaving, he replied, “Well, if you’re so cosmic, you’ll know why.”

Later the band dumped the swami.
John had subsequently said after many years, “There is no guru. You have to believe in yourself. You’ve got to get down to your own God in your own temple. It’s all down to you, mate.” I say, good advice mate.

1. The This One Makes Sense Swami – Ravishankar

Curious Scandals of Indian Swamis

The man which topped the list of 10 curious scandals of Indian swamis is none other than RaviShankar. Last December, when the Supreme Court of India overturned the 2009 landmark adjudication of decriminalizing homosxuality, spiritual swami Ravi Shankar wrote on Twitter – “Homosexuality has never been considered a crime in Hindu culture. In fact, Lord Ayyappa was born of Hari-Hara (Vishnu and Shiva).”

He later tweeted – “Homosexuality, not a crime in any Smriti. Everyone has male and female elements. According to their dominance, tendencies show up and may change.” In another post Sri Sri wrote – “Nobody should face discrimination because of their sexual preferences. To be branded a criminal for this is absurd.”

During the 2012 Delhi gang rape, instead of giving a preposterous gut-revolting comment like the other swamis Sri Sri Ravi Shankar through his social initiative VFABI protested against such barbarism.

For the record, this swami has been honoured by several countries for his humanitarian work and had even been the honorary citizen and Goodwill Ambassador of the city of Houston, USA back in 2008.

  • kis

    this is 100% pak web by muslims

    • Sufia Banu

      I am an India.

      • Random Guest

        She’s ‘an india’ xD

      • JAI

        You are India ? Lol
        How does it matter, when you still hold the paki mindset ???
        Why couldn’t you brief about your Muslim (religious) leaders ??? aren’t they any ???
        I love & respect my Muslim brothers and sisters – but not when they spread hatred.

      • hmghg

        I didn’t get the scandal on Ravi Shankar?

        • Hell5x5x2 .

          Except the Land Grab Case……They Article Doesnt State anything………..I Think He is in No.1 because his Organization is in More Countries then Others………….

    • Jack Falcon

      LOL nope and this list is relatively mild compared to some stuff ‘godmen’ have gotten away with.like recently a yogi rallying support for modi said that religious minorities should have their ancestors corpses dug up and raped infront of them.etc crazy hindu nationalist bs

      • evoc

        Rape is worse – the victim is alive.

  • Sanatan Dharma

    What was the essence of their teaching? I suggest author should go through the teachings of these gurus… After all, All gurus are human beings and they carry all features of a human.. good or bad.. but the point is… what they are trying to teach.. and is that make any sense? The one who finds faults in other should check his/her way of looking at things.

    • Sufia Banu

      Teaching about spirituality does not, in anyway, gives them a right to rape, molest or run brothels. Being gurus they don’t seem to follow the basic essence of humanity.

      And Im not finding faults, Im stating plain facts.

      • Ranbir

        I agree 100%



    • Sufia Banu

      Hinduism is a religion and spiritual gurus are a part of Indian culture.

      All cultures are fucked up in one sense or the other including the western culture.

      • Abhilash Cherukat

        Dude Hinduism is not a religion. There is no word called Hindu in any of the scriptures or epics. Its called Sanadhana Dharma

    • @patrick ritchie

      hey !
      If these ‘so-called Gurus’ are screwing up in the name of our culture, blame them , not the culture !
      Otherwise it comes to prove that its actually your perspective that’s really fucked up .

    • Guest

      Wow! That says a lot about your culture.

    • Arun

      @ Patrik Richie that says a lot about your culture.

    • Fukkad

      Your mom-dad were so fucked up that u were born

    • max

      were you molested by a christian priest when you were a boy.

    • Zorba The Buddha

      yup equally fucked up as any other religion !

    • evoc

      There are fucked up leaders in all religions. Heard of Catholicism? Priests?

  • Rivethead

    No one should be surprised that India has religious frauds, hucksters, and con artists on par with the faith healers of the xtian church in the US.

    • Vishal Verma

      One Mahatma Gandhi which means saint, guru is most loved respected person of the world. Check google. Martian inhabitant.

  • Hell5x5x2 .

    What is the exact Scandal about RaviShankar. here anyway and why he is No.1?????

    • maxwell brigenza

      So we supposed to believe all the crap created by wonder list?… what kind of credibility does wonderlist have…. There might be other agenda.. behind this list..

      • Words List

        This list is made after making a research. We haven’t put anyone’s name if they were clean chit. Only those swamis are here who have been reported by the public as being exploitative in any way.

        • Hell5x5x2 .

          Well You Should Have Listed their Scams and Fake Claims ………It would have been Easy to Read the Article then……But Your Paragraphs are Too Twisted whether Your Listing What is Right and Wrong…………..

        • Mahesh

          Mr.Words, you have mentioned only swami’s opinion regarding homosexuality. You have not given any source to prove your allegation is correct. It is your responsibility to tag the link, not arguing others to google the news. Otherwise it is humiliating to person.

      • surj

        maxwell brigenza You are right, you must notice the writer of this article id Sufia Bano, she is a muslim and have a aganda. to discredit the Hindu swamis. I’m not saying that there may not be the truth in one or two cases , but that many if unbelievable.

    • Damiya

      He is here becaz of his misdeeds.Google and you will find the claims against him. He is accused of molesting young boys, there is the land grab scam and also a doubt on the The Art of Living NGO.

      • Mahesh

        Damiya, it is easy to blame anybody with out any evidence and cause. But blaming with sufficient evidences is more strong. But here it is not occurred in that manner. If he did that then why the prey did not suit against him. Today , the era is of information development. A lot of medias including social medias are there. The bad news of a celebrity will be easily flown from one side to other. In such a scenario, if the prey did not suit the case or inform the case, you can find two reasons. 1) there is no such incidents 2) The prey is also interested in homosexuality. So in order to prove your claim please add the

        adequate evidence or keep away from this kind of spreading fake news. okey!

    • evoc

      Not the musician Ravi Shankar.

  • JAI

    Technology (unfortunately) gave an access to some clods to flaunt their stupidity.They give (or post) some nonsense (in the name of information) with no basic understanding (towards the subject), with no basic knowledge (about what they talk) & with no proper evidence (about whom they accuse). These people simply hate & doubt everything and see & propagate only negativity, because of their brought up and their family culture. Metaphysics says – You attract what you hate the most. No wonder these hatreds would get all kinds of negative experiences in life. God bless them.

  • Asif

    bro. thats like P.k ….. shame on indian gurus

    • Universe

      Lol…. Bro, Re-View PK… Its not about any specific religion or country, its about all. You also come in that 😉

  • veerendra

    This is the most prejudiced act or even an act of fundamentalism to classify sri sri as sex guru..Is it connected to Ejaz Khan…the bloody compiler..

  • Guillaume

    Another Swami-Guru Abuser : Sri Chinmoy. Bio is everywhere on the net.
    7 testimonies of sexual abuse :

    Seven public testimonies of Sri Chinmoy’s sexual abuse

  • Raja Gopal Mani

    Lol , What are we actually trying to prove here 😛 To be fair all God and God books which people follow are created by some wise people to guide the others.. The God , Fear of God and we are all slaves of God things are spread across to make all people follow them xD

    Truth is there will be no need of God and Holy Books when people start behaving with humanity and common sense. END OF IT.


  • Universe

    Dear Sufia Banu,

    I got to know that you are ‘sweating you blood and tears to finish your first novel’ so first of all I would like to convey my best wishes for your novel. All the Best !!!

    But dear, just because you are struggling hard to create your image in public by such kind of articles, its not good to defame someone else just to gain a fame for yourself. In above article, there are only 2-3 persons who was accused for any sexual act driven by himself and they got punished for it, but just for sake of counting 10, you have added others also, its not fare.

    I think you have never visited or listen any of then whom you have listed, I request you just look for some YouTube videos of anyone of them, at least for your #1 Ravishankar. Once you will see you will get to know how hard they are working for all humanity (not only for Hindus, there are huge Muslim followers too, without their religion change). One day…. Inshallah, your hard work will come with reward of your published novel, on that day if someone start abusing you and your novel, without any cause…. and banned it, then how will you feel?

    So dear sister, I am requesting you to give respect also of other’s hard-work because we are creative people.

    Yah right, even after their good work they don’t got authority to do bad things, if they act for bad they must punished. Every girl being raped anywhere on earth I feel same sorrow, shame and anger because I feel that they raped my own sister. But its not justified to blame whole religion or country just for bad acts of few people because I believe Not all Muslims are terrorist.

    Khoda Hafez خُدا حافِظ

  • Nagendra Sharma

    this is a total hoax agaist sri ravishankar except that arguement on homosexuality what is anything else to place him no 1.the whole article is not trustworthy.we indians in crores know the truth.and that only matters not this hoax writer.

  • Fumo-Amitesh Havelka

    Fake Videos (proved by specialists) are produced and witnesses paid like at Nithyananda. Skandals are produced and gurus are going to jail even after the “evidences” are blown and false witnesses are exposed. All done by missionaries, corrupt christian polititians and prostylising NGOs with billions of Dollars from evangelical groups in the west. You Indians fall for their lies and blame your Swamis who are under attack. The only thing to be ashamed of is your lack of support for the gurus and you foolishly belive in christian media without making the smallest attempt to see the truth beyond. The writer here also did not make any inquiry. Just howling with the christian wolfes or hyenas. Sorry my derar wolfes and hyenas thats just an example, you are better than them.
    Investment made to destroy nithyananda 28 Million $.

  • Fumo-Amitesh Havelka


  • Fumo-Amitesh Havelka



    I have lost trust in Indian Gurus,but this Sri Ravishankar seems to be a good guy in all of them.He has been doing good to India and the World.I have done a proper research on him.

  • Piyush K

    Paid media,


    So what’s the crime by Ravishankar….!?!?! Kindly explain the reason for putting him on this list??

  • Raghavan Chakravarthi

    Just when I completed to read this post and I went back to the top of the post to see the author :p

    Well no wonder! Sufia Banu, name says it all.. lolz

  • Hell5x5x2 .

    Sorry Where is Paul Dinkaran in List……………..Scams like


    Note::: For parents too poor to cough up Rs.2000 for prayers, we have installments!

  • Anuradha Krishnakumar

    Double Sri spoke that homesexuality existed in Hindu mythology. If we have doubt let us check Hindu mythology and verify whether Ayyappa was born from Vishnu (hari) and Siva (hara). It is said that Hari took a woman form and made a child with Hara hence it was opposite sexes. If Double Sri is wrong then let us conclude that he interpreted wrongly. If he is right about the mythological part then let us conclude that it was homosex in that part of the mythology. But why call Double Sri a fraud just because the writer think that Double Sri has interpreted the mythological part wrongly?

    • Mahesh

      First of all you should understand that Lord ayyappa is the son of Lord Shiva and Mohini, which is a maya of Vishnu. At that time Vishnu was woman. Since Mohini is an incarnation of vishnu as female, ayyappa is also known as “mohineesuthan”. Please don’t mix the real facts with this kind of fake news

      • tapan

        actually dharma, artha, kama, moksh lekin unnhone dharma or artha to kiya lekin kaam bhawnao ko rok nehi paya iske liye unhe sadi karna padega phir moksh prapti hoga

  • bhaskar

    Sri Sri is a new avatar of wild gorilla of Africa …

  • evoc

    There is bad cheese in every batch. But the devil does God’s dirty work, and we find our way home.

  • Karan

    Sufia Banu is idiot and insane.

  • Bijoy lakshmi das

    Spirituality is far far away from crowd-gatherings, publicity and money-making for different programs like SATSANG etc. The real essence of spiritual personality gets manifested by itself; it enriches the devotee with truth,divine realisation even without one’s direct awareness of it.