Dehradun, April 13: Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati of of Dwaraka-Sharada Peeth who is known for making controversial statements on Tuesday, April 12, alleged that "honeymooning couples, picnic-goers are responsible for 2013 Kedarnath floods".
94-year-old Shankaracharya was quoted saying as, "People coming from different parts of the country to holy places of Devbhoomi (Uttarakhand) for enjoyment, picnic and honeymoon led to the Kedarnath disaster. Similar incidents could happen if unholy activities are not stopped."
In 2013, at least 5,000 people had lost their lives in flash-floods and landslides, when they were on pilgrimage to Kedarnath. [Saibaba devotees fume over Swaroopananda's drought remarks]
On Monday, the famous seer had stated that "the entry of women into the famous Shingnapur shrine which is devoted to Lord Shani will drive more rapes".
Commenting on the drought situation in Maharashtra, the religious leader had said, "The unworthy Sai is being worshipped while the real Gods are ignored. This is happening in Maharashtra and particularly in Shirdi. Hence, Maharashtra is facing drought".
Women activists too had termed Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati's remarks as "outrageous and appalling".