Nithyananda Scandal

Monday, May 2 by Houlihan Macaco

There is a cloud of mystery surrounding the Swami Nithyananda scandal and what to make of it. Swami Nithyananda is an Indian swami with millions of followers and "Youtube" viewers worldwide. The scandal centers around the question of whether Nithyananda had sex with Indian movie actresses Ranjitha and Yuvarani. 

The Nithyananda scandal became a media frenzy when a disciple leaked videos that appeared to show Nithyananda having sex with the actress Ranjitha. The videos, leaked on March 2nd, 2010, continue to frequently appear on Youtube and other video sites. However, they often tend to come down just as quickly after Ranjitha threatens to sue "Google" and other companies for displaying the videos. Another video featuring the swami with actress Yuvarani later surfaced. Ranjitha denies having sex with the swami. 

After the leaks, Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda was subsequently arrested by Ramanagar police on charges of rape, intimidation, "outraging religious sentiments" and other charges. No rape victim has accused the swami of rape. 

On February 1st, 2011, Nithyananda held a press conference. The swami stated, "I am being blackmailed by powerful people politically. They demanded at least 100 rupies from me, then reduced the price to 60 rupies crore." Nithyananda also stated that the videos were technologically manipulated. 

The Nithyananda scandal created a fierce divide among his millions of followers in India and elsewhere. Some devotees raided and vandalized his ashram and others continue to declare his innocence. 

Swami Paramahamsa Nithyananda's mission provides food and medical assistance to poor families. He is also known as a spirituality and meditation teacher with a large number of Youtube instruction videos and guest blog articles. 

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COMMENTS

  1. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    12O'ClockHigh

    Ref your comment “Some devotees raided and vandalized his ashram and others continue to declare his innocence.”

    Please be advised that NONE of the people who were involved in the vandalizing etc were ever disciples of Swami Nithyananda. And the person who is supposed to have got the so-called video was Lenin, the driver/ chauffeur of Swami Nithyanand, who had been disciplined for having tried to misuse his closeness to Swami Nithyanands.

    The fact that there has been absolutely no one till date willing to substantiate any of the charges leveled against Swami Nithyananda proves that this was just an effort to harass him — with absolutely no truth in it! After all, if he has been charged of rape, there needs to be a victim — where is she?


  2. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Vivekshr8

    Please edit your articles before publishing if you don’t want to be sued. Any misrepresentation is cause for legal action.

    “The Nithyananda scandal became a media frenzy when a disciple leaked videos that appeared to show Nithyananda having sex with the actress Ranjitha.” – The video was artificially created (morphed) in a Hollywood CGI lab. There is no sex scene.

    “I am being blackmailed by powerful people politically. They demanded at least 100 rupies from me, then reduced the price to 60 rupies crore.” – He was blackmailed for 100 CRORE rupies, not 100 rupies. Did you skip kindergarten?

    All the charges are being dropped as these are frivolous claims. The video has not been submitted to court by any party since it was fabricated. It was purely to create bad publicity.

    Check out Mirch Radio’s latest coverage of the Nithyananda press meet where many of these questions were answered and stay informed. Otherwise, live in the past and be a fool.


  3. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Vivekshr8

    Please edit your articles before publishing if you don’t want to be sued. Any misrepresentation is cause for legal action.

    “The Nithyananda scandal became a media frenzy when a disciple leaked videos that appeared to show Nithyananda having sex with the actress Ranjitha.” – The video was artificially created (morphed) in a Hollywood CGI lab. There is no sex scene.

    “I am being blackmailed by powerful people politically. They demanded at least 100 rupies from me, then reduced the price to 60 rupies crore.” – He was blackmailed for 100 CRORE rupies, not 100 rupies. Did you skip kindergarten?

    All the charges are being dropped as these are frivolous claims. The video has not been submitted to court by any party since it was fabricated. It was purely to create bad publicity.

    Check out Mirch Radio’s latest coverage of the Nithyananda press meet where many of these questions were answered and stay informed. Otherwise, live in the past and be a fool.


  4. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Indy

    Please don’t post your own stupid “thoughts” and claim it as journalism.


  5. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Dgsgg

    Let the swami live peacefully. Why keep troubling him?
    Karunanidhi is a polygamist. Please do something about it.


  6. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Anonymous

    I have been following nithyananda closely for the past 8 years. From whatever i have seen, heard and experienced around him and his ashram (commune), he is a clean man. There is no doubt that he has been framed by parties who were getting insecure about his popularity. He is only 33, and already he is the No.1 watched spiritual teacher on youtube.
    His talks are mind-blowing, his meditation techniques are really effective and most importantly, there is an authenticity in his personality that is unmistakable. The very fact that – in an orthodox country like India – his female disciples marched on the streets declaring his innocence, is ample proof that he has been straight in his dealings with women, and is being wrongly accused.
    To listen to some of his talks, go to http://www.youtube.com/lifeblissfoundation


  7. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Sgfseg

    Nobody questions any pastor in India. There are so many of them running colleges and doing big business. Check out who own Karunya engineering college. Check out the number of engineering colleges in tamilnadu which are deemed as minority institutions. Who owns it and how did they make so much money??


  8. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Nithima

    Nithyananda having sex with Ranjitha is his personal matter. Nobody has the right to talk about or take a video about it. Having sex with female disciple is a common practice with many Swamis. I really don’t understand why the media is only harassing Swami Nithyananda.


  9. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Sam

    I don’t know why the swami’s disciples are here in full force trying to scare anyone says anything against him, forget about the video itself, just retrospect what happened after the video surfaced, how your swami (at that time I was a disciple as well) was running scared, giving confusing statements, once he says he was experimenting then he says he never was on the tape, he said he is resigning as the head of Dhyanapeetam but never really intended to do it. Also, he has confessed to a number of his disciples/followers including Rajiv Malhotra and other close disciples about him having sexual relationships with number of female disciples. All he is doing is trying to rewrite history and you guys are getting deeper and deeper into the web, try to think(yes think with your brain and the very mind he wants you to drop) rationally and without prejudice, if you come out without any doubts/skepticism not just about this incident but the whole of your experience with him then continue following him, otherwise, you will just continue to deceive yourself.


  10. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Vinnu K

    Nithyananda lied and deceived his disciples and the public by pretending to be an “enlightened master”, sexing up his devotees and lying about it while preaching about truth. Such a crook can never be an enlightened being. Stop following these self-proclaimed gods and masters like Sathya Sai, this character and others, religion is no bar. Seek for yourself and you will find. If a so-called master promises you outlandish stuff like enlightenment and levitation off a factory assembly-line, be very careful.


  11. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Arunpartha

    Sam -please listen to the rajiv malhotra tapes -he has never confessed…
    Moreover NONE of you please drag Ms.Ranjitha’s name-she has been very clear that it is not her in the video nor has she had any such relationship -let her live in peace – and if you say anything about her in this matter. When you make judgements about other women, your wife/daughter or mother may have something ill/unfortunate happen to them… i know a few people who have been affected


  12. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Arun

    Nithima -please DO NOT drag Ms.Ranjitha’s name-she has been very clear that it is not her in the video nor has she had any such relationship -let her live in peace – and if you say anything about her in this matter. When you make judgements about other women,the women in your family will have something ill/unfortunate happen to them… i know a few people who have been affected


  13. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Arunpartha

    Nithyananda is Krishna’s avatar. So he has the right to have sex with any devotees he likes or wife of any of the male devotees. These women are blessed when the god Nithyananda himself chooses to have sex with them. If some one doesn’t agree about Nithyannda having sex with his female disciples or say bad about Nithyananada, bad things will happen to your wife/daughter or mother. This is warning.


  14. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Arunpartha

    Bad things happen to people who speak bad about Nithyananda. This kind of fear is needed to retain control. Nithyananda is not banging sisters and wives of other people without their consent. It is always based on mutual consent of two adults.


  15. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Abc

    dude… Do you know background behind Lord Krishna…. it is you who now hurt the feelings of believers of god by comparing krishna with nithyananda.

    Someone who preaches sex tantric ways are definitely to be questioned about their purity..

    Anyone who preaches for the enlightenment of people does not have sex with them. LOL… I can only laugh at your ignorance and the faith that you still have on this guy.

    sexual pleasures have been categorized as wordly pleasures one should leave behind to attain englightenment. Our puranas, why even vedas insist this.

    those who still follow this guy must be doing this for their own benefits or simply be ignorant.


  16. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Abc

    you are talking as though “everyone is doing this… why we are the only ones to be questioned?”… Does this mean that you are infact agreeing to the fact that nithyananda had sex with his women followers…

    nobody is stopping you in bringing out the truth about pastors… if you have the proof bring it out… people will surely fight for it.


  17. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Abc

    LOL. your comment is like someone bullying a kid… go get a life dude…


  18. May 2, 2011 5:51 am

    Abc

    why don’t you guys simply produce the proof to the public or press showing that the video is indeed morphed or whatever it is… this will shut everyone’s mouth. there is no point in keep saying that it is not nithyananda or ranjitha in the video and the video is morphed and so on….