Radhe Maa Sparks Row, Visits Har-ki-Pauri Wearing Shoes


Lucknow: Radhe Maa, the self-styled god-woman has incited criticisms after wearing shoes to Har-ki-Pauri, on Saturday night.

Radeh Maa visited Har-ki-Pauri, a famous ghat on the banks of the Ganga river in Haridwar, wearing sneakers on Saturday night, leaving the local priests furious. Shoes are not allowed at Har-ki-Pauri. But Radhe Maa offered milk to the river as well as prayed at Brahmkund with shoes on.

An organisation of Haridwar-based priests, Yuva Teerth Purohit Mahasabha, has taken strong exception to the incident and said she would not be allowed to visit Har-ki-Pauri in future.

“Nobody enters Har-ki-Pauri with shoes on. Even President Pranab Mukherjee during his recent visit followed the rituals. Radhe Maa has hurt Hindu sentiments,” said Ujjawal Pundit, president of the mahasabha.

Wearing a red dress and red sneakers, Radhe Maa reached Har-ki-Pauri and later swayed to the tunes of devotional songs sung in her praise. “I am not God or saint. I am simply Radhe Maa. People should first respect their parents,” she said.

Radhe Maa, who often remains in the news for wrong reasons, was declared Mahamandleshwar, a top post in the hierarchy of sadhus by Juna Akhara during the 2010 Mahakumbh. She was later removed owing to controversy.