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Published: 2 Sep 2009 16:4420 comments

Wee Cumbrae is set to be re-named 'Peace Island' by a controversial guru - amid a mass pilgrimage from India.

Internationally renowned Yoga teacher Swami Ramdev Maharaj - who has millions of followers and is a household name in South Asia - will join the island's new owners, Sam and Sunita Poddar, for a special inauguration ceremony of his charity's new headquarters on Sunday 27th September.

Hundreds of Indian visitors are expected to join him for the September weekend open day as they commence plans for the Patanjali Yog Peeth Trust centre, set to be opened on the island at a future date.

The charity's website states: "Following on from his highly successful UK visits in 2006, 2007 and 2008, Swami Ramdev will once again be visiting the UK in Sept 2009.

"He will inaugurate PYPT's new International Headquarters on the island of Wee Cumbrae, meet and address PYPT Yog Teachers, members and the public in Scotland and England. As always, he will be promoting good health, prosperity and peace in the community."

Glasgow care home owners Sam and Sunita have both trained under the controversial guru, whose claims that Yoga can cure cancer and AIDS have led to clashes with health authorities in India.

The couple bought the island in July for a figure reported to be in the region of £2 million - and immmediately expressed their hopes of opening it up to public access.


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