Did Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev Kill His Wife?

One allegation that keeps coming against Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev is that he killed his wife. Let’s look at the facts, first. Shall we?

Sadhguru’s wife, Vijayakumari, is said to have attained Mahasamadhi in the year 1997. There was a case filed against Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev after this incident. Skeptics claim that nothing happened because he is a Godman.


(1) There were hundreds of witnesses to Vijayakumari’s Mahasamadhi since this happened in a program conducted at the Isha Yoga Center in Coimbatore.

(2) Case was filed in Bangalore only after 7 months of her death.

(3) Case transferred to Coimbatore police from Bangalore. After due investigation, the Coimbatore city police closed the case as baseless.

For more details in this case, refer to someone who has obviously done a lot of research on this topic.


About 7 months after the death, the New Indian Express newspaper reported in August that a case had been filed in the Bangalore police station against Sadhguru, accusing him of causing the death of his wife. The case was transferred to the Coimbatore Police. However, 8 months later, a news report notes that the case was closed after investigation by police, who found no wrongdoing and concluded that there was no case for further investigation.
A case of murder or similar accusations being closed as having no evidence either means the case was closed because of “pressure”, or the case was opened because of “pressure.” Which is the case here? It is hard to find any “hard” evidence because of the very nature of such “pressure”. However, the New Indian Express and the Tamil magazine Nakeeran noted that the local DMK MLA — DMK is one of the political parties in Tamil Nadu — had assured that “Jaggi would be put in jail.” (this is translated from Tamil).
That gives a possible clue. Probably the case was opened upon pressure. For the police to close a case in a few months citing no evidence, despite pressure from the local MLA, probably means there wasn’t even a shred to pick up and make a case out of. This is conjecture of course, but I think this makes it reasonably clear that there was some pressure for them to forcibly file and make a case out of it.

Did Sadhguru run away to escape the case?

Some ‘intellectuals’ claim that Sadhguru fled to the USA to escape prosecution in this case. I am surprised to hear such arguments because he is very much in India for last several years now and no action has been taken yet!

And he is not a US citizen — he keeps coming back every few days. Shouldn’t this trigger a logical question in the skeptics’ mind about the authenticity of this allegation?

Was the case dismissed because he is a Godman?

There are those who claim that the case was dismissed because he was a Godman. People should remember that he was just a yoga teacher who had taught hardly a few hundred (may be thousand) meditators in 1997. He was not even popular outside Coimbatore area. So, how can it be that he was so influential to escape such a strong case? Even the Shankaracharya of Kanchipuram Math could not escape the clutches of law once they had a strong case against him! So, this is just a rubbish claim.

What is the truth then?

In the yogic culture, “Mahasamadhi” is an act of intentionally and consciously leaving your body. The Oriental culture has seen many Tibetan, Hindu and Zen Masters such a this graceful exit from this world. This is seen as the ultimate and a feat that requires utmost dedication and determination in one’s yoga Sadhana.

Sadhguru’s wife, Viji or Vijayakumari, has achieved such an ultimate feat. It is saddening that such a person is not looked upon with reverence for this. And what worsens the situation is spreading lies around such an open situation! That, unfortunately, is the current state of TamilNadu.