A 7-star hotel and resort complete with a “skybar”, a cinema hall, shopping complex, food court, an International School and hostel, hospital, ayurvedic pharmacy and gurads at key locations- Dera Sacha Sauda’s Head quarters in Haryana, on the outskirts of Sirsa, shows a picture of wealth and power.
Every building is decorated with hoardings carrying pictures of its chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who took over as its chief in 1990. The flamboyant self-styled spiritual leader- dubbed the “Guru in bling” due to his fondness for glittering costumes and state-of –the art motorcycles is now in jail.
Dera Sacha Sauda was set up in 1948. It describes itself as a social welfare and spiritual organization- claims to have 50 million followers in India and abroad. The numbers had brought ot favour of political parties across the board. The campus is dominated by the pink mansion, dubbed the “gufa”- a cave, where Ram Rahim lived with his family. This is also the place where women were sexually exploited by self-styled Godman, one of the rape survivors had written in a detailed letter to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.