Niranjanananda Saraswati

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Niranjanananda Saraswati
Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati.jpg
Born (1960-02-14)14 February 1960
Nationality Indian
Founder of Bihar Yoga Bharati (BYB), Yoga Publications Trust, Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal, Sannyas Peeth
Guru Satyananda Saraswati
Quotation "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. He would sleep in Satyananda's room and Satyananda experimented with the use of yoga-nidra and suggestion practices on him. At the age of ten, he was initiated as a sannyasi. In 1971, he extensively toured Europe, America and Australia. 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 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 found Yoga Publication Trust[2] in 2000.

At present he is the Paramacharya of Bihar Yoga Bharati (Institute for Advanced Studies in the Yogic Sciences) in Munger, Bihar. Niranjanananda appointed Surya Prakash as his successor, though the latter currently holds the administrative duties of the ashram, while Niranjanananda remains the spiritual guide. He is fluent in English, Hindi, Spanish, French and many more.


Bihar School of Yoga has published several books by Saraswati. These include:[3]

  • 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. Retrieved 9 September 2011. 
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