October 3, 2022
Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati: Journey from student politics to Shankaracharya, led major religious movements

Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati: After Jagadguru Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati became Brahmalin, the new Shankaracharya of both his Peeths has been announced. The new Shankaracharya at Jyotish Peeth will be Swami Avimukteshwaranand, while the new Shankaracharya of Dwarka Sharda Peeth will be Swami Sadanand Saraswati.

Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati has a close association with Banaras and his original name is Umashankar. He has received the education of Shastri and Acharya from the world famous Sampurnanand Sanskrit University of Kashi. During his studies in this university, he was also active in student politics and has also been an office bearer of the student union. He has also led many religious movements in Kashi.

Early studies in Pratapgarh

The original name of Swami Avimukteshwaranand, born on 15 August 1969 in Pratapgarh, is Umashankar Upadhyay. He had his primary education in Pratapgarh and after that he went to Gujarat. Later he came under the guidance of Brahmachari Ram Chaitanya, a disciple of Dharma Samrat Swami Karpatri Ji Maharaj. His education in Sanskrit started with the inspiration of Brahmachari Ram Chaitanya. When Swami Karpatri Ji Maharaj became unwell, he came to Kashi with Brahmachari Ram Chaitanya and here he served Swami Karpatri Ji with devotion till he became Brahman. It was during his time in the service of Swami Karpatri Ji Maharaj that he got the darshan and association of Pithadhishwar Swami Niranjan Dev Teerth and Jyotish Peethadheeshwar Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati of Puri.

Active in student politics

Swami Avimukteshwarananda Saraswati did his Shastri and Acharya studies from Sampurnanand Sanskrit University in Kashi. During this time he was also active in student politics and he also played a role as an office bearer of the student union. In 1994, he was also elected the President of the University Students’ Union. After completing Acharya’s education from Sampurnanand Sanskrit Vishwavidyalaya, he was initiated into Dand Sanyas on 15 April 2003 and after that he was given the name Swami Avimukteshwarananda Saraswati. Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati has been handling the entire arrangement and command of Srividya Math located at Kedar Ghat in Varanasi.

led many movements

He has also led major religious movements of Kashi. In 2008, he went on a continuous fast in Kashi for 112 days to demand that Ganga be declared a national river. During this, he had demanded a concrete initiative to declare Ganga as a national river by sacrificing food and water and to keep it clean. He was admitted to the hospital after his health deteriorated due to the fast. Later, on the instructions of Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati, he ended his fast. During this, Congress leaders and former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh had come to meet many leaders including Digvijay Singh.

Injustice Retaliation Yatra was taken out in 2015

In 2015, he took out ajustice protest march in protest against the lathi charge on the saints. Before this, he has also taken out the Ganga Seva Abhiyan Yatra. He had tried to awaken the Hindus across the country by launching the Save the Temple movement in Kashi. Recently, he had staged a sit-in sacrificing food and water for the worship of Adi Vishweshwar at Gyanvapi. He is considered to be the chief disciple of Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati. Now he has been declared as the new Shankaracharya of Jyotish Peeth.

Swami Sadananda Saraswati

Swami Sadanand Saraswati, who was made the new Shankaracharya of Dwarka Sharda Peeth, belongs to Narsinghpur in Madhya Pradesh. At the age of 18, he had attained the company of Swami Swaroopanand Saraswati. After taking the initiation of celibacy, he was given the name of Brahmachari Sadananda.

After taking initiation of Dand Sannyasa, he came to be known as Swami Sadananda Saraswati. Till now he has been looking after all the work in Dwarka Sharda Peeth of Gujarat as the representative of Shankaracharya. Now he has been declared as the new Shankaracharya of this Peeth.

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