Indian Spiritual Gurus and Their Empire of Wealth
Estimated net worth: $64,433,100
Asaram Bapu has been more into headlines for controversies rather than spiritual reasons. The self proclaimed spiritual guru has been among the most controversial gurus and it is reported that babaji has an estimated net worth of $64,433,100.
Asaram Bapu’s trust is said to have turnover Rs 350 crore according to official announcement (figures may vary) which includes the multicrores controversial ashram located in Delhi’s Ridge area.
The list of controversies for Asaram Bapu seemed to be quiet lengthy. Recently he has been criticized hugely after his comment on the December 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Case. He is quoted as saying: "The girl should have taken God's name and could have held the hand of one of the men and said, 'I consider you my brother' and to the other two, she should have said, 'Brothers, I am helpless. You are my brothers, my religious brothers'. Then the misconduct wouldn't have happened."
A former member of the Asaram ashram, Raju Chandak, claimed in an affidavit with the police that tantric rituals were being performed in the ashram, and that he had seen Asaram Bapu sexually exploiting women.
In the year 2000, the Asaram Ashram was allocated about 10 acres of land in Bhairavi village of Navsari district by the Gujarat government. The ashram encroached on an additional 6 acres, leading to protests in the local villages.
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