2003 – Caste supremacist militants cheated His Divine Holiness, grabbing a temple property and building, attacked further by publishishing defamatory article against HDH falsely alleging that His monastery was a training camp for the LTTE, a well known International Terrorist Group.
(I) What happened: 2002-2003 – Nagaraj Shetty had donated a small piece of land near the sacred Banyan Tree were HDH had envisioned a grand golden temple dedicated to Lord Paramashiva. Nagaraj Shetty had a dispute with a caste supremacist militant named Rajanna who claimed Nagaraj had promised to give him the land to him. In revenge Rajanna tied Nagaraj to a tree and physically assaulted him. When HDH found this out, to protect Nagaraj from Rajanna, HDH offered the land back, the only condition HFH put was that Nagaraj should pay back HDH with the building and infrastructure costs. Both Nagaraj and Rajanna agreed and they promised to pay HDH. However after grabbing the land, Nagaraj Shetty did not pay back HDH. On the contrary, in spite of getting the land, Nagaraj did not stop and employed a magazine to attack HDH further by publishishing a defamatory article about His Divine Holiness in which they accused that the HDH’s monastery at Bidadi was being used as a training camp for the LTTE, a well known International Terrorist Group.
(II) What the anti-Hindu forces wanted :
Stop HDH’s mission of reviving Sanatana Hindu Dharma.
Wanted to grab his temple land and properties.
(III) What HDH stood for :
(1) Compassion – The original donor was getting beaten for giving the land to HDH instead of a militant mafia so claimed prior ownership. Seeing the conflict, HDH compassionately offered to return the land, under the condition that the money spent on building the buildings is paid back to the temple trust.
(2) Integrity – The money donated for temple should be used only for temple, so HDH held His ground and demanded that what was taken from the temple property be paid back to the trust.
(IV) What HDH had to face for standing up for ultimate principles of Sanatana Hindu Dharma
(1) The caste supremacist militants published defamatory slanderous articles making false allegations against HDH.