Parishad president Swami Narendra Giri appealed to people "to beware of such charlatans who belong to no tradition and by their questionable acts bring disrepute to sadhus and sanyasis."
Who are on this list and why was it released? We provide details.
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What is the Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad?
The Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad is the apex body of Sikh and Hindu sants and sadhus in India. It is a parishad of 13 akharas or monastic orders that have spiritual roots in the philosophy of 8th century Indian philosopher and theologian Adi Shankaracharya.
The famous "sants" on the list
Apart from Asaram Bapu and Gurmeet Ram Rahim, some other names on the list are as Sukhwinder Kaur aka Radhe Maa, who has been accused of dowry harassment and seducing men in the past.
Shivmurti Dwivedi aka Ichchadhari Bhimanand has been accused of running a sex racket.
Rampal, who considers himself Kabir's reincarnation, has been accused of murder.
Who are the other "fake babas" on the list?
Others on this infamous list of "fake babas" include Sachchidanand Giri also called "Builder Baba" by many, Swami Omji, Nirmaljeet Singh aka Nirmal Baba, Swami Aseemanand, Asaram's son Narayan Sai, Acharya Kushmuni, Brahaspati Giri, Om Namah Shivay Baba and Malkhan Singh.
Why was this list released?
Following the recent controversies surrounding criminal "godmen" involved in a web of money, sex and power, the Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad took the initiative of releasing a list of "fake babas." They feel that the word "sant" is being "misused."