|Founder of||Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam|
1 January 1977 |
Swami Nithyananda is a Hindu spiritual leader. He is the founder of Nithyananda Dhyanapeetam, which is based in India but has devotees on a broader international scale.
He is believed by his disciples to be an avatar; a reincarnated deity. His channel mainly aims to share his philosophical and theological views, but also includes other topics like meditation. He and his followers claim to be able to perform and document phenomena like ESP and materialisation, which they document on YouTube and other social media. These performances by his disciples are alleged to include making objects like coconuts move with the use of telekinetic powers or reading without the use of the eyes.
Skeptics, and critics, point to failures to replicate certain claims, like levitation. Indian news media reported on his failure to levitate a participating journalist. There are also issues of conflicts between his followers and local communities over allegations of lewd remarks and ashrams encroaching on public property. At the same time, locals have attacked and vandalised his properties.
- In Feb 2013, the title of Mahamandaleshwar was conferred on Nithyananda in a closed ceremony by the Panchayati Mahanirvani Akhara.
- "Nithyananda Sangha's Official Web Site | Health, Wealth, Relationships, Excellence, Enlightenment, Yoga, Meditation | Leading The World To Enlightened Consciousness". www.nithyananda.org. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
- Ma Nithya Swarupapriyananda (2017-01-07), Superpowers are REAL! Demonstration of Telekinesis, Moving Coconuts with our MINDS, retrieved 2017-06-25
- Nithyananda's flop show: Where nobody levitated, retrieved 2017-06-25
- "Discharge petitions filed by Lenin Karuppan and Arathi Rao, the main accused in the conspiracy against Paramahamsa Nithyananda Dismissed".
- "Locals attack Chennai ashram of godman Nithyananda alleging encroachment, lewd remarks". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2017-06-25.
- Sanjay Pandey, Lucknow, 13 February 2013, DHNS: (13 February 2013). "Nithyananda feted at Mahakumbh". Deccanherald.com. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- "Nithyananda conferred 'Mahamandaleshwar' title". PTI.
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