Niranjanananda Saraswati Hindu guru, successor of Paramahamsa Satyananda

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Niranjanananda Saraswati
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati.jpg
Born (1960-02-14) 14 February 1960 (age 61)
Founder ofBihar Yoga Bharati (BYB), Yoga Publications Trust, Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal, Sannyas Peeth
Religious career
GuruSatyananda Saraswati
"Charity is helping others to overcome their needs"
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Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati (born 14 February 1960) is the successor of Satyananda Saraswati, founder of Satyananda Yoga,[1] who passed on the worldwide coordination of Satyananda Yoga to Niranjanananda in 1988.

Born in Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh, India, Niranjanananda is considered by his followers to be a yogi from birth. He was named 'Niranjan' (the Untainted One) by his guru Satyananda. He began his training at Bihar School of Yoga in India at the age of four through the use of yoga-nidra and practice of other yoga techniques. At the age of ten, he was initiated as a sannyasi and thereafter for eleven years he lived overseas. From 1971, he extensively toured Europe and North and South America.[2] This experience gave him an understanding of the Western mind and society. In 1983 he returned to India and was appointed the Head of Bihar School of Yoga. For the next eleven years, he spearheaded the research and development activities at Ganga Darshan, Shivananda Math and the Yoga Research Foundation.

In 1990, he was initiated in the tradition of Paramahamsa and in 1993 he was chosen as the spiritual successor of Satyananda. In 1993, he organised a World Yoga Convention on the occasion of the golden jubilee of the sannyasa of his guru. In 1994, he established Bihar Yoga Bharati as the centre for higher studies in the field of yoga. He founded Yoga Publication Trust in 2000.[3]

In 2009, following the mandate of his Guru, Swami Satyananda Saraswati, he relinquished and renounced all administrative responsibilities and institutional posts.[4] Swami Niranjanananda now lives as an independent sannyasin, following the lifestyle and sadhanas of a paramahansa sannyasin. From 2013, following in the tradition of his Guru, Swami Niranjanananda is performing the arduous panchagni tapasya or austerity, and other sadhanas and yajnas as elucidated in the Kathopanishad, Brihadaranyaka and Chhandogya Upanishads.[5]

He was given the third-highest civilian award of the country, Padma Bhushan, in 2017 for distinguished service of high order in the category/field of prominence of Others(Yoga).[6][7][8]


Bihar School of Yoga has published several books by Swami Niranjananda. These include:[9]

  • Jnana Yoga
  • My Inheritance of Sannyasa
  • The Yoga of Sage Vasishtha
  • The Yoga of Sri Krishna
  • Yoga in Daily Life
  • Dharma of a Disciple
  • Head, Heart & Hands
  • Karma & Karma Yoga
  • Mantra & Yantra
  • Mind, Mind Management & Raja Yoga
  • Origin of Yoga & Pashupata Yoga
  • The Paths of Pravritti & Nivritti
  • Sannyasa
  • On the Wings of the Swan (four volumes)
  • Yoga Sadhana Panorama (five volumes)
  • Prana Pranayama
  • Yoga Chudamani Upanishad
  • Gheranda Samhita
  • Dharana Darshan
  • Sannyasa Darshan
  • Yoga Darshan


  1. ^ Saraswati, Ahimsadhara (2010). Yoga Day by Day. Swan Yoga Publications. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-9808062-0-5.
  2. ^ Saraswati, Swami Niranjanananda (2015). Yoga Chakra 2: Cultivating Spiritual Samskara. Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar, India. p. 51. ISBN 978-93-84753-28-3.
  3. ^ "Yoga Publications Trust - Bihar Yoga".
  4. ^ Saraswati, Swami Niranjanananda (2013). The history of Bihar School of Yoga. Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar, India. p. 39. ISBN 978-93-81620-41-0.
  5. ^ Panchagni Tapas: Spiritual Succession of the Sadhus Fire. Yoga Publications Trust, Munger, Bihar, India. 2018. p. 1. ISBN 978-93-84753-64-1.
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  9. ^ "Bihar Yoga Books - Bihar Yoga".

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