Karnataka

Nithyananda now has his `nation'?

Earlier this year, a video surfaced where Nithyananda was heard saying that he had delayed the sunrise that day by 40 minutes. As his followers looked on amazed and clapped, the controversial self-styled godman reveled in his boast of being able to make the sun wait for his orders. 

Now after the sun, Nithyananda seems to have turned his attention to its planet, the earth. If a website reportedly linked to Nithyananda is to be believed, he has founded a new nation of his own, naming it `Kailaasa’. It also has its own `passport’ and Nithyananda has bought this island in Ecuador in central Latin America. The website describes it as “nation without borders created by dispossessed Hindus from around the world who lost the right to practise Hinduism authentically in their own countries”.

The website also speaks of preserving and protecting Sanatana Hindu Dharma, revival of temple-based lifestyle, free food and free education and asks people to make donations. 

Nithyananda has been on the run even though his passport expired in September 2018. He founded his ashram in Bidadi on the Bengaluru-Mysuru highway in early 2000s. He hit the headlines in 2010 when he was charged with rape and arrested. After alleged abuse of girls at his ashram in Ahmedabad became public last month, the Gujarat police informed the court that Nithyananda is no longer living in India. At the Bidadi ashram, inmates have not seen him for the better part of this year. 

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