Om Namo Narayanaya.
Om Namo Bhagavate Sivanandaya.
25th April 2022 marks the sacred day of Birth Centenary of Beloved and Worshipful Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj. The Jayanti Celebrations of the saints are indeed the blessed occasions to remember their inspiring lives and reaffirm our dedication to the lofty and sublime ideals which they have placed before us.
Pujya Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj was born as Subbaraya on 25th April 1922 in Puttur, Karnataka, in a highly religious and scholarly Brahmin family. His sincere spiritual aspiration brought him to the holy feet of Gurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj in 1944.
Sri Gurudev blessed young Subbaraya with Sannyas Diksha on 14th January 1946, the sacred day of Makara Sankranti and named him Swami Krishnananda. In 1961, Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj was appointed General Secretary of the Divine Life Society by Sri Gurudev. Sri Swamiji Maharaj
devoutly served the Society as its General Secretary till he attained Mahasamadhi on 23rd November 2001. The entire life of this scholarly-saint has been a magnificent and inspirational saga of intense devotion to the Lord and self-sacrificing and dedicated service to Sri Gurudev and his divine mission.
The Headquarters Ashram had decided to organise a year-long programme to celebrate the Birth Centenary of Pujya Sri Swamiji Maharaj; but due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, it was restricted only to the printing of books and booklets of Swamiji Maharaj. Twenty two booklets of ‘Swami Krishnananda Birth Centenary Booklet Series’ have been published so far for free distribution.
With the grace of the Lord Almighty, the Covid-19 situation in India has now vastly improved. Therefore, the Headquarters Ashram intends to organise a 100 days’ programme to celebrate the Birth Centenary of Pujya Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj observing the Covid-19 guidelines issued by the Government of India and the Government of Uttarakhand.
The Birth Centenary Celebration is proposed to commence on the auspicious day of Makara Sankranti i.e. 14th January 2022 with 100 days’ Special Akhanda Mahamantra Sankirtan by the Divine Life Society Branches. An Appeal to this effect has already been sent to all the Branches.
We propose to organise other betting spiritual programmes and Seva activities in the sacred memory of Pujya Sri Swamiji Maharaj. Detailed information regarding these programmes will be published as soon as they are finalised.
May the abundant blessings of Lord Vishwanatha, Sadgurudev Sri Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj and Worshipful Sri Swami Krishnanandaji Maharaj be upon all.
With Prem and Om