Shankaracharya of Dwarka Sharda Peeth, Swami Swaroopanand made a major controversy by insulting Shirdi Sai Baba and entrance of the women in Shani Temple. Swami Swaroopanand said that Maharashtra Drought is because of the worship of Sai Baba.
Swami Swaroopanand on Shirdi Sai Baba
Shankarcharya said that Sai Baba was a Fakir and not God. He went on to say that if an unworthy is worshipped then the places will suffer with death, fear, drought and flood. He said that Maharashtra is facing all of these because the worship of Shridi Sai Baba. He said that people should understand and immediately stop worshipping him. He had targeted Sai Baba before as well, when he said that Sai Baba enjoys the same worship and share the place with Hindu deities. He said that all the photos and idols of him should be taken down.
Swami Swaroopanand on Shani Temple
However, that was not it. He said that Shani is the planet of Sins and women entering the temple are dangerous. He made it clear that as the women have entered the Shani Temple, now the rapes and other crime against women will be increased by considerable amount.
Swaroopanand is presently in Hardwar. Shirdi Sai Baba is one of the most famous fakirs and he is worshipped in almost entire India. However, Shirdi where Sai Baba Temple is present is one of the states where he is most worshipped. His comments are going to create furor among the devotees of Shirdi Sai Baba and the women who recently got the permission to enter Shani Temple after 400 years.