From Sweta to Mata: The baffling transformation of Odia actress

Jeypore: Noted yesteryear Odia album actress Sweta Mallick’s transformed look at a religious ceremony in Jeypore in Koraput district has now created a flutter. Sweta, who had given several hit albums during her stint in Ollywood, now claims herself to be a self proclaimed ‘Godwoman’- ‘Mata Maheswari’.

After remaining aloof for several years from the glamour world, Sweta was spotted along with the owner of Samrat Cassette company Biswambar Sabat who claimed himself as ‘Ananta Keshari Samrat Biswambar Maharaj’ today during a ‘Biswashanti Mahayajna’ programme organised near Siridi Sai temple in Sauraguda, Jeypore.

As hundreds of people are visiting the religious ceremony, presence of actress-turned Godwoman during the occasion has now become the talk of the town.


Asked about her new avatar, Sweta says that she had a spiritual transformation and now leads a blissful life.

I had never thought of witnessing such transformation when I lived a life of glitz and glamour. Just like former actor Sriram Panda who chose a life of sadhu after decades of stint in movie industry, I also experienced a change in my belief

– Sweta alias Mata Maheswari

On legal crackdown on self proclamed Godman like Sura and Sarathi who are now languishing in jail in Odisha, Sweta said she and the community of her followers are not like them. “I am not forcing people to accept or follow our sect. Earlier I was Sweta but now I am a Mata with an aim to transform the lives of people through religious purification by mantras and yajnas,” said the former actress.

A follower of the actress-turned Godwoman Ashok Kumar Padhi said, “I have so much faith on Mata Maheswari that my entire family are staying at the Adi Ananta Dham along with all other followers. With the help of Mata, I have had a spiritual transformation and now my life has changed a lot.”