As godmen like Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh work wonders and affect karma to the extend of leading an assault on civic life, we bring you some other infamous godmen in the country who were apprehended for landing on the wrong side of the law. Despite the power they profess and the intense drama around them, the godmen landed in deep soup with their philandering ways.
Swami Nityananda: the 'impotent' spiritualist
The self proclaimed 'impotent' godman was caught in the eye of a storm when a video of his, engaged in sexual acts with a south Indian actress went around the Internet. The controversial spiritual guru claimed he was in 'shavasan' in a bid to save his face.
He was arrested within two months but still comands a sprawling spiritual empire spread across the world. The actress who was seen with him in the video later admitted it was her and sought to enter an ascetic life under the order preached by none other than the controversial 'impotent' guru.
Radhe maa: tailor turned glam God
The glitzy Mumbai-based godwoman, with her painted lips and 'trishul', is known for her limitless expressions of 'love' for her suporters. She landed in news when a young woman named her in a dowry harassment case.
Chandraswamy: the tantric who mesmerised Margaret Thatcher
Chandraswamy was the ultimate power broker in New Delhi. His access to Indira and Rajiv Gandhi and the sway he had over prime ministers Narasimha Rao and Chandrasekhar was well known and so was his power over the smallest of decisions in the power circles of Delhi.
His influence over Margaret Thatcher and his prediction of her ascend to power was 'proof' to his 'tantric' prowess. The first major blow to his tall stature came when his name figured in the Jain commission report that named him in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination conspiracy. Later his influence was trumped by Manmohan Singh when he declined to get gold from The Brunei Sultan to tide over the economic crisis. He died of multiple organ failure at the age of 69. His final years were wrought with court appearances and cases.
Sant Rampal: the drama king who warred the police
The self-styled Godman used his own followers as a shield against the police who had come to arrest him in connection with a murder in 2014. The godman had held more than 1,500 followers captive and threatened violence if the police entered his Haryana ashram. The 'army' was allegedly trained by ex-military and police officers. After a long seige which left five women and an infant dead, the forces broke in, releasing anguished followers, many of whom were held against their will, and arrested the godman. The verdict on his case has been deferred citing tensions following the Dera Sacha Saudha chief's verdict at Panchkula. Post his arrest, it had also emerged that he maintained sexual relations with several of his female 'sadhikayeen.'
Asaram Bapu: the pervert who pried on teenagers
The godman had hit the headlines after he allegedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl living in his ashram. He has two separate sexual assault cases registered against him in Rajasthan and Gujrat. Asaram was arrested in 2013 and has been in custody since then.
Recently he had emerged in news again handing over unwelcome compliments to a nurse at Aiims, whom he found to have ' cheeks like juicy apples' and body like 'butter.'
Narayan Sai: the political godman
Narayan Sai is Asaram Bapu's son and another rape-accused godman. He is also founder of the Ojaswi party, a Hindu nationalist entity.
He was arrested in December 2013, at the Delhi-Haryana border after 2 months of ducking the law enforcers. In 2016, a former woman journalist had also come out saying that the godman had sexually assaulted her at his Delhi ashram three years ago. She also said that the godman advised her against reporting the incident to anyone.