Self-styled godman Nithyananda has announced a three-day visa to his “country” Kailasa, which is located off the coast of Ecuador.
In a video that went viral, he can be heard saying he has begun operating charter flight services called Garuda from Australia to his island “nation”. Giving a route map, the godman said his devotees can come to Australia and from there they will be flown to his island in chartered flights.
He added his “island nation” had put a three-day restriction for all visitors and those wishing to spend more time can apply for a visa. Also, Kailasa would provide free food and accommodation to the visitors during their stay.
The “nation” has also created an e-mail id through which people can apply for the visa.
The godman, who fled from India following charges of sexual misconduct, has many rich and powerful followers with whose help he brought the island from the government of Ecuador.
In December 2019, a website hosted by his ashram claimed he had bought the island and named it Kailasa. Also, it is a Hindu nation, with its own flag, emblem and passport.
Nithyananda described Kailasa as “a nation without borders created by dispossessed Hindus around the world who lost the right to practice Hinduism authentically in their own countries”.
The website stated the country has 10 departments in its government, including one “responsible for the Office” of “His Divine Holiness Bhagwan Sri Nithyananda Paramashivam”, the government’s international relations, and the Office of Digital Engagement & Social Media. Other departments include home affairs, defence, commerce, and education.
It further read: “Kailasa is an apolitical Nation whose vision is enlightened living on all humanity. Towards this goal, it is dedicated to the preservation, restoration and revival of an enlightened culture and civilization based on authentic Hinduism that was once practised freely in over 56 nations across the continent from Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Burma, Sri Lanka, all the way to Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Indonesia, but is now facing extinction due to persecution over a millennium.”
Nithyananda is accused of kidnapping and forcibly retaining several girls in his ashram. He faces multiple charges in several Indian courts, apart from the French government which is investigating him for allegedly duping a devotee of $400,000.
He has been absconding since November 2019 when Gujarat police claimed he fled the country, a feat in itself considering his passport had expired.