Fugitive self-styled godman Swami Nithyananda, who is wanted in a case of rape he allegedly committed in Karnataka, has fled India and reportedly founded his own "nation" called 'Kailaasa', according to reports. Interestingly, this 'Kailaasa', which he calls a "sovereign Hindu nation", has its own passport. The rape accused godman has also launched a website of his so-called country and described it as the greatest "Hindu nation" on earth.
According to the website, the 'Kailaasa' had three national languages - English, Sanskrit and Tamil. While the primary language is English, the secondary language is Sanskrit. Nithyananda, who is a native of Tamil Nadu, has made Tamil his country's tertiary language.
The website also claims that it has 100 million population of "Adi Shivavites" and an additional 2 Billion practising Hindus are also its citizen. "All practising Hindus and Hindus who would like to deepen their practise are eligible for citizenship. This includes anyone who aspires to practise Hinduism. 'Kailaasa' is also a safe refuge for any persecuted Hindu," the website stated.
According to the wesbite, the "new nation" promises to prove a temple-based ecosystem and Gurukul education system with yoga and meditation. It also offers universal free health care, free education, free food and a temple-based lifestyle for all. While lotus is the national symbol of Nithyananda's new "nation", Banyan tree is its national tree.
Born as Rajashekharan in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Nithyananda established his first ashram near Bengaluru in early 2000s. He claims to have thousands of followers from across the world and his preachings are somewhat similar to that of Osho Rajneesh.
In 2010, he was charged with rape after a video of him in compromising position with an actress surfaced. Following that, he was even arrested for a brief time period. Later, he was again arrested and chargesheeted on charges of rape in a separate case.
Last month, Gujarat police had registered an FIR against self-styled godman Swami Nithyananda on the charges of kidnapping and wrongful confinement of children to make them collect donations from followers to run his ashram in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
The police also arrested two of his women disciples, Sadhvi Pran Priyananda and Priyatatva Riddhi Kiran, on charges of allegedly kidnapping at least four children, keeping them in illegal confinement in a flat and using them as child labourers to promote activities of the ashram to collect donations.