|Founder of||Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam|
11 March 1898
Pollachi in Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India
|Died||November 16, 1985
Thirupparaithurai in Tiruchirapalli District, Tamil Nadu, India
Swami Chidbhavananda (March 11, 1898 - November 16, 1985) was born in Senguttaipalayam near Pollachi in Coimbatore District, Tamil Nadu, India. His parents named him 'Chinnu'. He studied in Stanes School, Coimbatore. He was one of the two Indians in his class, the rest being British. His parents wanted him to go to England after completing his degree in Presidency College, Chennai.
While making arrangements for his travel abroad, he came across a book about Swami Vivekananda's philosophy. The book had a profound impact on his mind. He started visiting Ramakrishna Math in Mylapore often and had discussions with Swamijis. Finally, he decided to become a novice and went to Ramakrishna Mission in Belur, West Bengal. His guru was Swami Shivananda who was a direct disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa.
As per the wish and advice of Swami Sivananda, he returned to Tamil Nadu and established an Ashram near Ooty. In the early forties (1942), he established Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam in Tiruparaithurai, Tiruchi district. Since then, Tapovanam has established several educational institutions in Tamil Nadu and propagates the ideals of Ramakrishna and Vivekananda through religious and social activities such as book publishing.
Swami Chidbhavananda has authored more than a hundred books in Tamil and English. His books address a variety of topics ranging from deep philosophical enquiry to contemporary social life.
Educational Institution's founded by Swami Chidbhavananda
Vivekananda College, Madurai, a Gurukula Institute of Life-training in 1971.
Sri Sarada Education Institutions, Salem in 1950.
Sri Sarada College for women, Thirunelveli.
Sri Sarada Samithi, Madurai.
Swamy Chidbhavananda Matric Hr. Sec School, Pollachi.
Sri Sarada Niketan College of Science for Women, Karur
Books by Swami Chidbhavananda
Swamiji delivered more than 70,000 talks on religious harmony, Hinduism. He is author of more than 130 books and compiled and edited 30 books.
The Bhagavad Gita (Translation and Commentary)
Sri Lalithambika Sahasranama Stotram (Commentary)
Siva Sahasranama Stotram (Commentary)
Sri Vishnu Sahasranama Stotram (Commentary)
Facts of Brahman
The Indian National Education
Daily Divine Digest
Mind and Spirituality
Key to Higher Life
My Dear Students - A Counsel
The Nursery School
Sri Krishna - The Manifest Divinity
Hinduism Hosts Christianity
Bible in the Life of Vedanta
Reminiscences of Master Mahashaya
- ::: Welcome to Sarada College :::
- Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam
- The Hindu : My father and I
- C.S - From Death to Immortality