Now, Shankaracharya Swaroopanand says honeymooners, picnic-goers caused 2013 Kedarnath floods

It seems that having absurd views on entry of women in Shani Shingnapur temple was not controversial enough for Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati.

Shankar. IBNLive

Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati. IBNLive

The Shankaracharya of Dwarka-Sharda Peeth on Tuesday held people going for "enjoyment, picnic and honeymoon" responsible for the 2013 Kedarnath flash floods.

"People coming from different parts of the country to holy places of Devbhoomi (Uttarakhand) for enjoyment, picnic and honeymoon led to the Kedarnath disaster. Similar incidents could happen if unholy activities are not stopped," Hindustan Times quoted the 94-year-old godman as saying.

On Sunday, Shankaracharya had waded into a controversy by saying that entry of women in the Shani Shingnapur temple will lead to rise in crimes against them like rape.

"Women should not feel triumphant about visiting the sanctum sanctorum of Shani Shinganapur temple in Maharashtra. They should stop all the drum beating about what they have done. Worshipping Shani will bring ill luck to them and give rise to crimes against them like rape," he had told reporters in Haridwar.

He had also kicked up a controversy when he said that the prevailing practice of worshipping Sai Baba in the temples of Maharashtra was responsible for the drought in the state.

(With inputs from PTI)

Updated Date: Apr 13, 2016 21:14 PM

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