Swami Nithyananda relieved, PIL against godman dismissed

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Madurai, May 10: The self-proclaimed godman Swami Nithyananda must be relieved as the Madurai High Court in Tamil Nadu dismissed a PIL against him on Thursday, May 10.

Seer of the Kanchi Kamakoti Mutt, Jayendra Saraswati Swamigal earlier had opposed Nithyananda's appointment as the junior pontiff of the Madurai Aadheenam and had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the Swami.

The Kanchi seer was not happy with Nithyananda's appointment as the junior pontiff as he (Nithyananda) has not shaved his head as per the norm. The rules of the mutt say - pontiffs of Madurai Aadheenam should wear rudraksha and shave their heads.

Sometime ago Nithyananda was also involved in some 'unwanted' controversies. Nithyananda had landed in controversy after a video footage allegedly showed him in a compromising position with a South Indian actress. The video was telecasted by local TV channels and went viral on the internet in Mar 2010.

Following the controversy, Nithyananda was arrested on Apr 21, 2010 from Solan in Himachal Pradesh. Later, he was granted bail on Jun 11, 2010 by Karnataka High Court.

Nithyananda was declared 293rd pontiff of "Madurai Aadheenam" at Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam in Bidadi. The mutt is an ancient Hindu religious organisation.

Nithyananda vowed to fulfill all responsibilities of the Aadheenam, revive the Shaiva tradition and also make the Aadheenam an international religious organisation.

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