Ashram

  • Patanjali University girl jumps into Ganga to save friend, feared drowned April 9, 2014

    A girl student of Haridwar-based Patanjali University was feared drowned in river Ganga on Tuesday at Devprayag in Uttarakhand's Tehri district while trying to save a friend, police said. The incident happened in the afternoon when some students of the university were taking pictures along the banks of the Ganga, they...
  • Austrian national found dead in a Rishikesh ashram March 31, 2014

    An Austrian national was found dead on Monday in his room at Parmarth Niketan Ashram, a leading spiritual organisation located on the banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh. 45-year-old Michael Frieman was a tourist from Austria, Pauri Garhwal SP Ajay Joshi said. Frieman had come to the Ashram on March 25. He...
  • Hindu ashram attacked in Pakistan March 31, 2014

    A Hindu ashram was attacked in Pakistan's Sindh province by about four persons who also stole a 'trishul', triggering protests and a partial shutdown of businesses at several places, a media report said on Monday. The violators also desecrated parrh (a piece of cloth wrapped around the idol) at Faqir Par...
  • Another ashram of Asaram Bapu sealed March 22, 2014

    An 'ashram' of self-styled godman Asaram Bapu was sealed on Saturday by Jaipur Development Authority as it was encroaching on the government land. A notice was served to the 'ashram', situated at Goner road here, to vacate the land. When the encroachment was not removed the 'ashram' was sealed, sources said. The controversial...
  • Superintendent of Kanya Ashram, her husband booked for sexually assaulting two girls March 8, 2014

    Two minor girls of a residential school in Chhattisgarh's Narayanpur district were allegedly subjected to sexual abuse by husband of its superintendent over past few months, police said on Saturday. Police have booked the superintendent of Kanya Ashram, located in Dhanora village, and her husband in this connection. "A case was registered...
  • Widows to share experience at BHU seminar on Monday February 16, 2014

    Hundreds of widows exchanged their experiences - mostly bitter and some sweet - as they prepared to participate in a seminar in Varanasi on Monday. "It's a lifetime experience for us," said Manu Ghosh, a widow in her eighties, and recalled how she and a dozen others from Vrindavan enjoyed a flight...
  • Rajasthan High Court turns down Asaram's bail plea for second time February 10, 2014

    Jodhpur: Rajasthan High Court has once again turned down the bail plea of self-styled godman Asaram, who has been accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl in his Jodhpur ashram. Justice Nirmal Jeet Kaur, while pronouncing the order, rejected arguments of the defence counsel and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, who had...
  • Undeterred by cold, devotees reach Naudi fair to offer prayers to goddess Anusuya December 17, 2013

    Braving biting cold, devotees thronged Naudi fair to pay obeisance to Mother Anusuya at the famous Himalayan temple named after the goddess in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand. The fair began on Monday with scores of men and women undertaking a long trek to reach the high altitude shrine about 15 km...
  • Asaram's Aurangabad ashram under Naxal attack threat December 15, 2013

    After routinely targeting security forces and the railways, Maoists in Bihar's Aurangabad district on Sunday threatened to attack the ashram of Asaram Bapu, jailed controversial spiritual leader charged with rape, police said. A district police official said a group of armed Maoists ransacked the wire fencing of Asaram's ashram, and hoisted...
  • Thai Monk arrested for stealing 15th Century sandalwood rosary from Sant Kabir's ashram December 4, 2013

    A Thai monk and his two accomplices, who allegedly stole a 15th Century sandalwood rosary of Sant Kabir from his ashram in Varanasi last week, have been found in Kolkata, police said on Wednesday. The rosary, which was gifted to Sant Kabir by his Guru, went missing from the sanctum sanctorum...
  • German ambassador visits Sabarmati Ashram, pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi November 15, 2013

    German envoy to India, Michael Steiner, on Friday visited the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and said that Mahatma Gandhi's unparalleled struggle for non-violence remains an inspiration for all. The senior diplomat is on a three-day visit to Gujarat, after Germany and other European Union states ended their boycott of Chief Minister...
  • Narayan Sai's ashram on the outskirts of Mumbai demolished November 7, 2013

    Mumbai: There's no end to the troubles of self-styled godman Asaram and his son Narayan Sai. Narayan Sai's ashram is being demolished in the outskirts of Mumbai. The Vasai-Virar municipal corporation has alleged that the ashram has been built illegally on 10 acres of land. In September, a part of...
  • 100 widows ostracised by society will celebrate Diwali in Vrindavan November 3, 2013

    Vrindavan: Lighting up their own lives, 100 widows ostracised by the society will celebrate Diwali in Vrindavan on Sunday. Helping them get over the social stigma is Sulabh International and Meera Sahabhagini Ashram. For some of the widows in Vrindavan this will be the first Diwali celebration in decades. Abandoned by...
  • 2 security officers of Narendra Modi on their way to Patna killed in a road accident November 1, 2013

    Two security personnel of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi were on Friday killed and five others injured when a speeding truck rammed into their vehicle during wee hours, police said. The deceased personnel, Bhailal (30) and Jairam (30), were in the bomb disposal squad vehicle of the Gujarat Police had...
  • Vrindavan widows light Diwali lamps, defuse gloom October 31, 2013

    As if starting a fresh chapter in the history of social reform in India, the widows of Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday lit Diwali lamps, symbolising a new surge of empowerment of poor and abondoned women. More than a 1,000 widows, most of them aged 70 years or above, who...
  • Orphanage head arrested for child's death October 26, 2013

    The head of a children's orphanage in Bihar's Vaishali district was arrested Saturday, three days after a child died and 10 fell ill after eating contaminated food, officials said. Pradyuman Kumar, head of Lok Seva Ashram, an orphanage in village Chakwaja, was arrested when police raided his residence and found five...
  • Gujarat: Locals in Valsad burn down portions of Asaram's ashram October 22, 2013

    Ahmedabad: Bad times continue for self-styled godman Asaram as locals in Valsad, Gujarat burnt down portions of his ashram. This comes as a result of the controversies that have been surrounding Asaram. Two farmers had reportedly given their land to Asaram for making a Satsang centre. But in the light of...
  • Surat: Bail plea of Asaram's son Narayan Sai to be heard today October 17, 2013

    Surat: The hearing on the anticipatory bail plea of self-styled godman Asaram's son Narayan Sai will come up on Thursday. Asaram and his son are being probed in connection with a sexual assault case in Surat. Sai had filed for an anticipatory bail in a Surat court on Tuesday which...
  • Police to probe alleged burial of 3 children at Asaram's Jammu ashram October 15, 2013

    After directions by a local court, Jammu Police will probe into the allegations that three children, who died under mysterious circumstances, were buried at Asaram Bapu's ashram near Bhagwati Nagar area. "We will probe the allegations of burial of children at the ashram here," SSP (Jammu) Atul Goel said on Monday. A...
  • Parents of kids found dead near Asaram ashram stopped from protesting October 8, 2013

    Ahmedabad: Protesters including the parents of the two children who were found dead at self-styled godman Asaram's ashram were forcibly evicted from the Income Tax office and detained for not having permission to protest at the location in Gujarat. "The Gujarat government is aiding these criminals. We seek justice but these...
  • Surat: Another sexual assault case registered against Asaram, son October 6, 2013

    Surat: In more trouble for jailed self styled godman Asaram, an FIR has been registered against him and his son Narayan Sai in a sexual assault case in Surat. The complaints have been lodged by two sisters who allege that the self-styled godman assaulted the elder sister in the...
  • I am follower of Mahatma Gandhi and his ideas: Rahul Gandhi October 3, 2013

    Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday began his two-day Gujarat tour as part of the Lok Sabha election preparations, by visiting Mahatma Gandhi's Sabarmati Ashram. Rahul spent almost half-an-hour in the ashram, from where the Mahatma had spearheaded the non-violent freedom movement of the country till he left for Dandi...
  • Rahul Gandhi to take battle to Modi turf; visit Gujarat on October 3, 4 October 2, 2013

    Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will pay a two-day visit to Gujarat starting on Thursday, a party statement said. He will visit Mahatma Gandhi's historic Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad on Thursday and later hold a meeting of office-bearers of district and block Congress committees, the statement said. This will be followed by...
  • Entrance gate of Asaram's Indore ashram razed September 28, 2013

    Indore: The illegally-constructed main entrance gate of an asharam of controversial godman Asaram in Indore was demolished on Saturday by the Madhya Pradesh Road Development Corporation. The action was initiated after the ashram's authorities concerned failed to produce permission certificate for construction of the gate after MPRDC issued notice to the...
  • Rains provide respite to Delhiites from hot conditions September 25, 2013

    A welcome downpour in the evening hours on Wednesday brought much-needed respite from muggy weather for Delhiites, who had been reeling under hot and humid conditions. A total of 31.6 mm of rains were recorded in parts of the city, while the day's temperature remained normal at 34.5 degrees Celsius, Met...
  • Sexual assault case: Asaram's Chhindwara hostel warden Shilpi surrenders September 25, 2013

    Jaipur: Self-proclaimed godman Asaram's Chhindwara hostel warden Shilpi surrendered before Jodhpur sessions court on Wednesday. Meanwhile, the high court has rejected her anticipatory bail. She is believed to have played a crucial role in taking the girl who has accused Asaram of sexual assault from the hostel to Asaram's ashram,...
  • Osho's 'will' surfaces 23 years after his death September 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Twenty three years after the death of Osho, a document called his will has surfaced. Now at stake are intellectual rights over his teachings and the Osho ashram that sits on prime real estate in Pune. The document says, "I, Osho, birth name Chandra Mohan Jain, formerly known...
  • Girl's father claims Asaram supporters trying to trap him September 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Trouble continues to mount for self-styled controversial godman Asaram, who is in judicial custody in the alleged sexual assault case of a minor at his Jodhpur ashram. The victim's father has alleged that he is being trapped in the name of help from a foreign country. He claimed that...
  • Sexual assault case: Girl tells magistrate how Asaram violated her September 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Self-proclaimed godman Asaram who is in a Jodhpur jail for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at his ashram could be in big trouble. The minor girl has recorded her statement before a magistrate under Section 164 CrPC which will be presented as evidence in the court. The minor girl...
  • Himachal Pradesh: CM orders probe into alleged land grabbing by Asaram September 19, 2013

    Himachal Pradesh govt began a probe on Thursday into alleged land grabbing by the ashram of controversial spiritual guru Asaram Bapu in Paonta Sahib town, 185 km from Shimla, an official said. "We are looking into the exact land allotted and the structures raised on the land by the ashram," sub-divisional...