Mahamandaleshwar Sachidanand Giri Maharaj alias Sachin Dutta suspended by Niranjani Akhara

Lately baptised Mahamandaleshwar Sachchidananda Giri Maharaj, also known as Sachin Dutta before he embraced asceticism, has been suspended by Niranjani Akhara over charges against him for his involvement in liquor trade and other criminal activities.

'Beer bar owner' priest banned from Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015
'Beer bar owner' priest banned from Nashik Kumbh Mela 2015

In a bid to maintain the sanctity of the gathering of saints at Nashik Kumbh Mela this year, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad has decided to ban the priests with criminal charges against them, from participating in the holy event.

Shankaracharya, Akhara head enter Kumbh amid controversies

Shankaracharya of Dwarka Peeth Swami Swaroopananda Saraswati and President of Akhil Bharatiya Akhara Parishad Mahant Gyandas entered camps at ongoing Maha Kumbh amid controversies surrounding them.

Maha Kumbh: Factional feud among akharas

Factional feud among the orders of ascetics has come to the fore at the ongoing Maha Kumbh congregation with one of the "akharas" threatening to boycott the upcoming "Shahi Snan".