An infuriated mob on Wednesday attacked the ashram of Swami Nithyananda of the Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam near Bidadi on the outskirts of Benguluru after television channels telecast vedio clippings of the godman in a compromising position allegedly with Tamil actress Ranjitha. The video, a sting operation by a leading Tamil TV channel, hit the airwaves on Tuesday night and was picked up by other channels.
When day broke, an angry mob attacked the entrance of the ashram, pelting stones and pulling down banners and hoardings of the Swamiji, setting them ablaze. They tore the godman’s portraits and damaged the decorative lamps at the ashram’s gates, which were closed.
The Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam authorities dismissed the video footage as “morphed images”. The ashram has issued a statement insisting that the video was fake and threatened legal action. It also sought to limit the damage by getting the YouTube to withdraw the explicit bedroom scene, running to about 22 minutes.
However, The whereabouts of the Swamiji, who has a considerable following in both Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, are not known.