Bangalore: Godman Nithyananda in controversy, yet again

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Bangalore, March 6: It seems that controversies and self-styled godman Nithyananda share a good rapport with each other. He has landed in an another controversy, yet again.

This time the swami made headlines with his statement where he claimed that he would become the in-charge of Mahalingeshwara Mutt in Jamakhandi, Bagalkot in Karnataka.

However, sources from the century-old mutt refused to accept such reports calling it a mere "rumour".Shivayogi Rajendra Swamiji, the head of the mutt which was established in the 11th century, slammed Nithyananda for spreading such "rumours".

The controversial swami Nithyananda earlier was sacked as the successor of the mutt head of Madurai Aadheenam, a 1500-year-old Saivite mutt.

His appointment as junior pontiff of the mutt invited criticism from across the country including Tamil Nadu government. Putting an end to all controversies, Madurai Aadheenam chief Sri Arunagirinathar, the 292nd head of mutt, on Oct 19 announced Nithyananda's removal from the post.

Arunagirinathar, who had faced tremendous criticism over his decision of appointing the self-styled controversial godman as his successor, seems to have learnt a lesson from deeds.

Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment department on Thursday moved a court seeking removal of Arunagirinathar himself for violating the tradition of the mutt.

This move compelled Madurai Aadheenam chief to sack Nithyananda. However, while informing about his latest decision, Arunagirinathar was quoted as saying, "You know better. I have sought police help because I feel my life is threatened due to the stay of the disciples of Nithyananda (in the mutt here)."

The head of the Madurai mutt was opposed as Nithyanada has been embroiled with controversies including rape and abduction charges.

The self-styled godman hogged limelight worldwide for the first time when a video allegedly featuring him along with a South Indian actress in a compromising position went viral on the internet and TV. Soon several rape charges and forgery cases were slapped against him.

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