Just one of thousands of photos of Kripalu Maharaji and Swami Prakashanand Saraswati very much together.
After the arrest, trial, and conviction of Swami Prakashanand Saraswati, if you asked any member of Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, "Where is he?" The response you would have received is, "Who? We don't know any such person."
To any sane person, this is factually ridiculous. They were co-conspirators for decades. Prakashanand was Kripalu Maharaji's main servant and chief money generator — thanks to the fact that a few of Prakashanand's favorite followers were minting money in the infomercial business — a business sector notorious for scammy business operations. I've been told the main three key infomercial devotees took the scamminess to new levels.
So after a decade of claiming not to know Prakashanand, suddenly, out of the blue, in 2021,Vishahka Tripathi (aka, Badi Didi, Kripalu's oldest daughter) starts calling devotees in the USA ashram in Austin, Texas, now called Radha Madhav Dham (formerly Barsana Dham) and other places in the USA.
Each devotee was called one-on-one either by either her or an associate, such as Katie Williams (president of one of the infomercial businesses). They were told they could have some of Prakashanand's ashes. I'm not clear on whether or not they had to pay for them. I'm also not clear if all devotees were included or only "special" ones. I do know when Kripalu Maharahji died, they were selling his ashes to followers (not only his ashes, but I heard they added extra wood and other corpses' ashes, so they'd have more ashes to sell).
My source for this information is impeccable by the way — but shall remain anonymous.
Also, I heard that poor Katie, after flying to India to
pick up her share of the ashes, discovered that upon her return the ashes were
stolen in her very own bedroom. BIZARRE! Who would want them except for other hardcore devotees? (Maybe some devotee who didn't get the "special" offer? Just a guess.)
But the main point is this: What was Badi Didi doing with the ashes of someone she claimed for over 10 years that she didn't even know? And why did they keep Prakashanand's ashes so many years after he died (at least 8 or so years after)? And were they even his actual ashes — or was this just another one of so many money-making scams run by the three Greedy Didis?
So many questions. If you have any answers, please do let me know and I'll post them here.
Here is Vishahka Tripathi (aka, Badi Didi) — one of three very greedy daughters of Kripalu Maharaj, who run the whole Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat organization now since Kripalu's mysterious death.