MUTT

  • Yet another godman faces rape charges, Karnataka HC orders probe October 9, 2014

    Bangalore: Another godman is under scrutiny on rape charges after the Karnataka High Court asked the CID to go ahead with its investigation of the head of the popular Ramachandrapura Mutt in Shimoga district of the state. Raghaveshwara Bharati Swami faces rape charges from a devotee who is also the...
  • Karnataka: Refusing food to non-Brahmins at temple kicks off a row April 23, 2014

    Udupi: The 800-year-old Sri Krishna temple at Udupi in Karnataka is in the news for all the wrong reasons. The seat of 'Madhva' tradition (a part of Vaishnava tradition) strictly follows the caste system even today. Non-Brahmins are not allowed to eat with the Brahmins at temple's dining area where...
  • Mata Amritanandamayi says the institution was an 'open book', dismisses allegations February 22, 2014

    Spiritual leader Mata Amritanandamayi on Saturday dismissed the allegations levelled against her mutt by one of her former disciples and said the institution was an "open book" and all its functions were transparent. Speaking at its spiritual centre 'Bramasthan' in Palakkad district, she said the mutt has not done anything wrong...
  • Kanchi Sankaracharya Jayendra Saraswati stable after hospitalisation in Nellore February 3, 2014

    Nellore: Kanchi Sankaracharya Sri Jayendra Saraswati is stable after being rushed to a hospital following a heart attack on Saturday. The seer has been kept in the ICU for observation. He was hospitalised on Saturday in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh after he complained of drowsiness and weakness, the police said. He...
  • Modi visits Narayana Mutt in Kerala amid controversy April 25, 2013

    Thiruvananthapuram: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday visited Sree Narayana Mutt at nearby Sivagiri in Kerala for an event amid a controversy and protests by the Left activists. Modi's fivehour visit to the state came against the backdrop of the Left attacking the authorities of the Mutt, which is...
  • Modi to visit Kerala amidst tight security, protests April 24, 2013

    New Delhi: Amid tight security and protests against his visit, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Kerala on Wednesday. Modi who will be on a daylong visit to the state, will address a public rally in Varkala. Modi had featured in recent debates in the state, after state...
  • Three priests commit selfimmolation in Karnataka April 8, 2013

    Bidar (Karna): Upset over the mysterious death of their seer, three priests allegedly committed suicide by selfimmolation inside a mutt complex in northern Karnataka on Monday, police said. The priests of Chouli Mutt Jagannath Swami (21), Sharanayya Swami (18) and V Reddy Swami (50) allegedly set fire to...
  • Anna Hazare threatens to step up stir on Lokpal March 13, 2013

    Gadag: Anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare on Tuesday threatened to intensify his movement for a strong Lokpal Bill if the UPA government failed to introduce it before the General elections in 2014. He alleged that the Centre was "conspiring" to suppress the anti-graft movement instead of punishing corrupt leaders. "I will organise...
  • Kerala: Dalai Lama to inaugurate Sivagiri pilgrimage November 19, 2012

    Kochi: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will inaugurate the Sivagiri Mutt's 80th annual pilgrimage at Varkala on November 24 and attend a host of functions during his two day visit to Kerala. The Nobel laureate will be chief guest in the Catholicate Centenary celebrations and the anniversary function of the...
  • Dalai Lama to visit Kerala November 6, 2012

    Thiruvananthapuram: Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will visit Kerala on November 24 in connection with the 80th annual pilgrimage season of Sivagiri Mutt at Varkala near Kollam. Hundreds of spiritual leaders from different Mutts would participate, Sree Narayana Dharma Sanghom Trust general secretary Swami Rithabharananda told a press meet here...
  • TN: Trust formed by Nithyananda dissolved October 21, 2012

    Madurai: The senior pontiff of a 1,500yearold Saivite Mutt, who sacked selfstyled controversial godman Nithyananda as his successor, on Sunday said the trust formed jointly by them had been dissolved. "The Madurai Adheenam Trust has been dissolved in the backdrop of HR& CE department stating before the Principal Sub court...
  • Nithyananda plays down sacking, says he was going to resign anyway October 20, 2012

    Chennai: Controversial godman Swami Nithyananda was on Saturday removed as the successor to a 1500yearold mutt in Madurai. He faces several criminal charges, including rape. Nityananda was appointed as the successor at the mutt in August this year, but the decision had received widespread criticism, including from the Tamil Nadu...
  • Nithyananda sacked as Madurai Mutt successor October 20, 2012

    Chennai: Swami Nithyananda has been sacked as the successor to a 1500yearold Mutt in Madurai. Nithyananda was sacked by a senior pontiff and is facing criminal charges including rape after a USbased woman and others alleged sexual exploitation. Nithyananda was appointed as the successor at the Madurai Mutt in April...
  • Nithyananda's surrender evokes mixed response June 14, 2012

    Madurai: The surrender of selfstyled godman Nithyananda in a magistrate court in Ramanagaram has evoked mixed response in Madurai, where he was anointed as 293rd pontiff of Madurai Aadheenam. Members of Madurai Aadheeenam Retrieval Committee and its organiser M Solaikannan celebrated by breaking 108 coconuts at Vinayaka temple in North...
  • TN: Mudslinging over Madurai 'mutt' appointment May 14, 2012

    Chennai/Madurai: The war of words between controversial Karnatakabased spiritual leader Nithyananda and those opposing his anointment as the 293rd pontiff of the over 1500yearold Madurai Aadheenam Mutt late last month is turning murkier by the day. The latest is the decision of actor Ranjitha Menon to file a defamation suit...
  • Plea against Nityananda's appointment as pontiff May 3, 2012

    Chennai: A petition seeking a direction to the Tamil Nadu government to forbear controversial Nityananda from acting as the 293rd Pontiff of a 1500yearold Saivaite Mutt by holding his appointment as illegal, arbitrary and contrary to the provisions of the Tamil Nadu Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Act1959, was moved...
  • My followers will meet Mutt heads in court May 3, 2012

    MADURAI: Godman Nithyananda on Wednesday warned the heads of the 13 Saivaite Mutts, who passed resolutions against his anointment as the 293rd pontiff of the Madurai Aadheenam, that his devotees have decided to file defamation suits against them.Briefing reporters on the premises of Madurai Aadheenam, the controversial godman said the...
  • 13 mutt heads oppose Nithyanandas appointment May 2, 2012

    NAGAPATTINAM: Heads of various Saivaite mutts in Tamil Nadu have urged Sri Arunagirinatha Swamigal to reconsider the appointment of controversial godman Nithyananda as the 293rd head of the 1,500year old Madurai Adheenam.Heads of 13 important Saivaite mutts, who met at Dharmapuram in Mayiladuthurai on Tuesday, held discussions in this regard....
  • Gowda takes dig at Sonia's visit to Karnataka mutt April 29, 2012

    Bangalore: Taking a dig at Congress President Sonia Gandhi visiting the Siddaganga mutt, Karnataka Chief Minister DV Sadananda Gowda on Saturday said there were accusations that BJP leaders court religious mutts but now Congress leaders also do the same. "Hitherto, BJP leaders were accused of visiting religious mutts....
  • Heil Hound: Nazis dogged by Hitlermocking mutt January 8, 2011

    Berlin: Newly discovered documents have revealed a bizarre footnote to World War II: the Nazis' dogged obsession with a Finnish mutt who gave not a howl, but a heil. And, just as absurdly, the totalitarian state that dominated most of Europe was unable to do much about the canine's pawraising...
  • Karnataka's Ruchika: molested, denied justice February 5, 2010

    Bangalore: A 14yearold girl in Karnataka accuses the relative of a powerful pontiff of molesting her. The police file a complaintfour years late. The police delay in filing a complaint may be related to the fact that Jagadish Sharmathe man accused of molesting the girlis the brotherinlaw of Raghaveshwara Bharti, the...