Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru Wiki, Age, Wife, Family, Biography & More

Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru

Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru is an Indian seer (a person who can see the future) and a pontiff (chief priest) of Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra Bruhanmutt, Chitradurga. He belongs to the Lingayat community (a community founded to disrupt Hinduism’s Brahminical order) mainly based in Karnataka. He was arrested under the charges of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act in September 2022.


Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru was born on Friday, 11 April 1958 (age 65 years; as of 2023) in the village Godabanahal in the Chitradurga District of Karnataka. His zodiac sign is Aries. He completed his primary education in his village and graduation at the University of Mysore. He was appointed as a pontiff and the successor of Sri Mallikarjuna Murugharajendra Swamiji of Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra Bruhanmutt on 31 January 1991. [1]Malladihalli Anatha Sevashrama Trust

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 6″

Weight (approx.): 65 kg

Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru


Parents & Siblings

There is no information about his parents and siblings


There is not much information about his marital status.


Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru follows Lingayatism (a Hindu sect that only worships Shiva). He is the pontiff (chief priest) of Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra Bruhanmutt, Chitradurga. [2]Malladihalli Anatha Sevashrama Trust


Sri jagadguru Murugharajendra Bruhanmatha, Basava kendra, Chitradurga District, Karnataka India, 577502. [3] Dr. Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru – Facebook



After he was appointed as the president of Bruhanmatha in 1991. He is the successor of Sri Mallikarjuna Murugharajendra Swamiji. [4]Malladihalli Anatha Sevashrama Trust


Arrested under POCSO Act

In September 2022, Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru was arrested because of the accusations made against him of sexual assault; he was charged with rape and sexual harassment. The FIR was lodged by minor girls aged 15 and 16, who were staying in a mutt-run hostel, and the girls accused Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru of ‘sexually abusing’ them for a couple of years. A case was registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, and the seer was arrested from his house in Bankhapura town in Karnataka. The accused was granted bail on 8 November 2023 and was released from prison on 16 November 2023. However, on 20 November 2023, Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru was arrested again and was remanded in judicial custody till 2 December 2023, for the second POCSO case on a non-bailable warrant issued because of not appearing in court and “failure to attend the court hearing.” Later, the seer moved the High Court of Karnataka and an order was passed demanding his immediate release from prison. The High Court asked the special court to pause framing charges against him under the provisions of Schedule Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, Religious Institutions (Prevention of Misuse) Act, and section 201 of Indian Penal Code (destruction of evidence). [5]The Times of India [6]The Hindu

FIR for sexual harassment

In October 2022, a woman lodged an FIR against Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru for allegedly sexually harassing her daughter who is a minor. [7]India Today


  • Some of the events organized by Shivamurthy Murugha Sharanaru at Sri Jagadguru Murugharajendra Bruhanmutt include Sharana Sangama, Sharana Sanskriti Utsava, Sahaja Shivayoga, Maneyalli Mahamane, Janajagruthi Padayatra, and Maha Dasoha. [9]Malladihalli Anatha Sevashrama Trust

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