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Time to recall two sex-obsessed swamis of south India, like Ram Rahim Singh

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Even as Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh’s secret, extravagant, shady and criminal lifestyle comes to the limelight, I cannot help but recall such “godmen” from south India. Here are two such swamijis who led a fancy life and also perished like Ram Rahim Singh.

South India, popular for its temples, has seen its own share of swamijis and gurus, as they are called here. There was at least a handful of gurus in each district where people thronged to for solution to their problems. What's more, the slew of politicians and bureaucrats queuing up in front of these ashrams made them all the more powerful. Tamil Nadu devotees got a severe jolt when the powerful Swamiji Premananda was caught in a rape case.


Prem Kumar Sundaram, a Sri Lankan Tamil, started an orphanage and ashram in Sri Lanka and later moved to Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) in Tamil Nadu in 1984, due to the civil war in the neighbouring country.

He then established an ashram and became Swami Premananda. The ashram spread its wing to many countries as the long-haired and bearded Premananda, clad in saffron silk shawl, gave darshan to people. Like most of them, he too had some usual tricks up his sleeve - producing a lingam out of his mouth and vibhuti etc. Devotees revered him as he gave shelter to the destitutes. But that was only until 1994, when Arul Jyothi, who was in his orphanage, levelled the charges of rape against “Swamiji”. She was........

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