Haridwar: Hindu seer Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati on Monday said the shocking Kerala temple tragedy occurred due to women forcibly entering the Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra, a tradition which was banned over four centuries ago.
The fire tragedy at the Puttingal Devi temple in Kerala on Sunday left at least 112 people killed and 327 severely injured who are undergoing treatment in hospitals.
The Shankracharya of Dwaraka Peetham told reporters here that even the drought situation in Maharashtra was the result of people worshipping Sai Baba of Shirdi.
Rejecting Sai Baba and Shani as gods, the Hindu seer said it is due to their worship that the water crisis in Maharashtra has worsened. He called on women to not worship Sai Baba and Shani.
Swami Swaroopanand has been a strong opponent of Shirdi Sai Baba for which he had even called a ‘Dharm Sansad’.