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.