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Nithyananda Sacked as Madurai Mutt Pontiff

Madurai, Oct 20 (PTI): Controversial self-styled godman Nithyananda was on Friday sacked by the senior pontiff as his successor of a 1,500-year old Saivaite mutt here, an appointment which had attracted widespread condemnation from various quarters including Tamil Nadu Government.

Nithyananda is facing criminal charges, including rape, in Karnataka where his ashram near Bangalore was recently embroiled in a controversy after a US-based woman and some others alleged sexual exploitation, a charge he has denied.

Sri Arunagirinathar, the 292nd head of Madurai Adheenam, who had named Nithyananda as his successor to the highly revered mutt in April last, showed the door to him as pressure mounted from the state government and other Hindu mutts and outfits besides devotees against the appointment.The move came a day after the state Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowment department moved a local court seeking removal of Arunagirinathar himself and opposed Nithyananda's appointment holding it violated rules and mutt traditions.Incidentally, during the day, the Madras High Court reserved orders on a bunch of petitions seeking removal of Nithyananda. Asked why Nithyananda was sacked, Arunagirinathar, who had earlier defended his action, said "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 seer told police that he was facing a threat from the disciples of Nithyananda after his sacking. Disciples of Nithyanandha who were staying in the mutt also came out. Nithyananda's controversial appointment led to strong protests from the mutt disciples who opposed him on the ground that he was unfit as he faced serious criminal charges including sex scandal and filed petitions in courts.The self-styled godman had first courted controversy after TV channels telecast sleazy visuals purportedly showing him in a compromising positition with a Tamil actress, leading to his arrest in 2010. He was subsequently released on bail.

In its plea before the sub-court, HR and CE Commissioner has sought removal of Arunagirinathan as the head of mutt charging that he had failed to perform his duty and had formed a trust along with Nithyananda with the ulterior motive of selling the mutt properties, worth several hundreds of crores.This is the second time Arunagirinathar is sacking a junior Pontiff. He had dismissed a young boy whom he had appointed as the Junior pontiff two years ago.

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  • Mallikarjuna , Belgaum

    Sun, Oct 21 2012

    Nithya & Rushi Judva Bhai
    Kumbh ke Mele me Gum Gaye,
    Bidadi Me Amne Saamne AA Gaye,
    Aur Ab Jail me Ek Ho jayenge.

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  • Praveen Kumaresh, Bengaluru

    Sun, Oct 21 2012

    Nithyananda seems to be the 'Twin Brother' of Kali Rushikumarswamy, both in look and action.
    Juduva Bhai jo Kumbhakonam Ke Mele mein gum gaye Thhe.

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  • A. S. Mathew, U.S.A.

    Sun, Oct 21 2012

    This is my humble request to all the Swami followers, please read the life stories of great Swami's of the olden days like Swami Vivekananda and learn their humble and simple way of life. They preached what they practiced in their personal life. Then compare the modern-fat-perpetually smiling swamis who are charging different rates for their divine prayer offering. When the worshippers will get sense to understand that this is big business using God at the signboard and bluffing the masses.

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  • Alex J. D'Mello, mumbai

    Sun, Oct 21 2012

    What happened to the Rs 250 cr the swamy gave to the temple during his announcement? returned?

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    His right place is behind the bar.
    Jai Hind!

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  • Gibbs, Udupi

    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    Surprised! It took such a long time for mutt to take a decision to sack him. Long live Nitya Baba

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  • kiran , mangalore/ delhi

    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    Next he myt join his friends in politics & also win the election.... never know.

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  • JPD, Mangalore/Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    "Love the lady
    But dont touch the body
    If you touch the body,
    someone will make the CD"

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  • Aadil Khan, Kasaragod, Saudi Arabia

    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    Nithyananda was sacked as Madurai Mutt Pontiff but will join the Big Boss house, where he can recreate his romantic experience with the pretty female housemates. Hope he will be ousted soon by the viewers.

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    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    Nityananada's avatara is embarrassment for real Swamys.I am wondering till this moment he was pontiff of Mudurai Mutt!!?Some are how he will be back as 'business normal' in BIDADI ASHRAM.He have resources,political clouts in highest level and some learned mad disciples with well known advocates ...So wait for some time court cases will not stand due to lack of witness..

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  • Tripti, Brahmavar/Dubai

    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    The very act of unilaterally appointing Nityananda as the head of the Adheenam was deplorable. Good the Adheenam realised the mistake and rectified it without wasting any time. It is dignifying to note that the Adheenam refrained from casting any aspersions on the ousted swami.

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  • Mitwa, Sharjah

    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    This Swamy is power monger and facing criminal charges

    See the twist in his statement, he is claiming that wanted to quit 2 days ago, everybody knows he has been sacked and thrown out of the Madurai Adheenam

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  • Diwakar, Bangalore

    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    Who sacked whom... Nitya has lots of money and with this money he bought the position from old one.. But price demand appears to be very high and Nitya might have rejected the bid..

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  • G.Z.Tumkunte, Udupi

    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    Society is Fed up of this Kavi Karma Kanda.
    Whole India is fed up with Khadi, Khakhi, Kavi. Now Black seems to be more decent.

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  • R.Bhandarkar., M

    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    Never mind the 'Sack' as long as you have made a 'Sackful'!!
    Mata Hodre Yenkano
    Tota Untalla...!

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  • Ganesh, Mangaladevi, Mangalore

    Sat, Oct 20 2012

    I think Nithyananda have to give atleast for 50% wealth to all the hospital for helicopter service.
    all indian hospital required helicopter so we can save many poor life.
    Nithyananda can donate money for beggar so we can stop life long beggars in India.

    Then only God can forgive him.

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