14 ‘Fake Baba’s: Beware Of Them


Allahabad: Kushmuni Baba, a self-appointed godman in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad has sent a legal notice to the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, an organisation of 13 monastic orders spread across north India, which has released a list of what it calls 14 “fake babas”.In the wake of the recent controversies surrounding self-styled godmen, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad, the apex body of Hindu sadhus, on Sunday came up with a list of 14 “fake babas” and called for a crackdown on “rootless cult leaders” by bringing in a legislation.

The 14 self-styled godmen named in the list are Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Asaram and son Narayan Sai, Radhe Maa aka Sukhwinder Kaur, Nirmal Baba aka Nirmaljeet Singh, Khushi Maharaj, Sachidanand Giri aka Sachin Datta, Om Baba aka Vivekanand Jha, Ichchhadhari Bhimanand aka Ram Murat Dwivedi, Rampal, Swami Aseemanand, Om Namo Shivay Baba, Brihaspati Giri and Malkan Giri.

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Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad president Swami Narendra Giri, meanwhile said that they appeal to even the common people to beware of such charlatans who belong to no tradition and by their questionable acts, bring disrepute to sadhus and sanyasis.

Some information of them given below:

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh:

The self-styled godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim wanted to live longer and a healthy life. For this he used to compel the girls and women disciples to fast for him on Karva Chauth, a Hindu festival in which a woman fasts for her husband’s long life. The development comes close on the heels of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court in Haryana sentencing Dera Sacha Sauda chief Ram Rahim to 20 years in prison for the rape of two of his former disciples.Large-scale violence took place in various parts of Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan following his conviction by the court in the two cases. Forty-one people were killed in Haryana in the clashes. However, no death was reported from Punjab and Rajasthan.

Radhe Maa :

Radhe Maa’s real name is Sukhvinder Kaur. Three cases have been filed against self-styled god-woman Radhe Maa over last two years. In one of the cases, in which she was accused of seducing one of her devotees, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has ordered an FIR against her.

Swami OM:

Swami Om Ji is one of the most intellectual people that can be seen on this planet. But this swami is a man associated with a lot of controversies because of his acts.The Supreme Court slapped a fine of Rs 10 lakh on self-proclaimed godman Swami Om for challenging the appointment of Dipak Misra as the next Chief Justice of India.

Nirmal Baba:

The case had been filed in the court of chief judicial magistrate by local lawyer, Sudheer Kumar Ojha, on April 16, 2012. Ojha had alleged that Nirmal Baba had declared himself as ‘bhagwan’ (God) and was cheating the public. The Baba was advertising himself through 35 TV channels and had collected Rs 235 crore from the innocent public. He collects Rs 2,000 from a person desiring attendance at his “samaagam” (meeting with the public) and compels everyone to pay 10% of his or her earnings, the complainant had alleged.

Narayan Sai:

Self-styled godman Asaram’s son Narayan Sai, currently jailed in a rape case,moved a court in Surat seeking temporary bail to contest assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.Sai moved an application before Additional Sessions Judge PS Gadhvi, stating he could contest on two seats–Sahibabad in Ghaziabad district and Shivpur in Varanasi.


In August 2013, a 16-year-old girl accused Asharam Bapu of sexually assaulting her at his ashram in Jodhpur on the pretext of exorcising her from evil spirits.The girl’s parents filed a complaint with the police in Delhi, and sexual assault was confirmed by the medical examination reportAsaram is in jail in connection with a sexual assault case, his son Narayan Sai, also booked in a similar case, is out on bail. Rampal is behind bars, facing trial in a number of cases relating to violence.


Another so-called godman on the list, Icchadhari, is in jail for allegedly running a sex racket from his Delhi ashram; he originally belongs to UP’s Chitrakoot. Then there is Sacchdanand Giri, once Sachin Datta a former beer bar owner and real estate baron, who was anointed a “Mahamandaleshwar” – a title used by some Hindu monks of the Dashanami order of renunciates (swamis) founded by Shankaracharya – in July 2015 in Allahabad by the same body that has now declared him “fake.”