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|Founder of||Bharat Sevashram Sangha|
29 January 1896
Bajitpur, Madaripur(Faridpur) District, Bengal, British India
|Died||8 February 1941
Kolkata, Bengal, British India
|Guru||Yogiraj Baba Gambhirnathji Maharaj|
Swami Pranavananda (Bengali: স্বামী প্রণবানন্দ) also known as Yugacharya Srimat Swami Pranavananda Ji Maharaj, (29 January 1896 – 8 February 1941) was a Hindu yogi and saint who founded an organization known as the Bharat Sevashram Sangha. He is remembered for his pioneering efforts to bring the modern Hindu society into the new age without compromising the essential values of ancient traditions of Hindu spirituality. Swamiji was one of the greatest spiritual leaders of modern India. He is still revered very much for his message of universal love, compassion for all humanity and social reform without giving up the nationalist zeal, the love of mother land.
He was born on 29 January 1896, the auspicious day of Maghi Purnima (16th Magha, 1302), in Bajitpur, a village in Faridpur District in undivided India (presently in Bangladesh). His parents Vishnu Charan Bhuia and Saradadevi were very pious and blessed by Lord Shiva to have a son for the mitigation of human suffering and universal emancipation. He was affectionately named Jaynath by his father at birth and later in his boyhood he was called Binode. Binode showed uncommon philosophical inclinations since childhood and often could be seen in deep contemplation at the village school. He was popular with the children of the locality because of his helpful nature.
- Library of Congress Office, New Delhi (1981). Accessions List, South Asia. E.G. Smith. p. 90. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Subodh Kapoor (1 July 2002). The Indian Encyclopaedia: Biographical, Historical, Religious, Administrative, Ethnological, Commercial and Scientific. Indo-Pak War-Kamla Karri. Cosmo Publication. pp. 6887–. ISBN 978-81-7755-257-7. Retrieved 14 December 2012.
- Hindu Regeneration Bharat Sevashram Sangha, Hyderabad Branch - 1978 - Volume 8 - Page 67 "This child of Vishnu Charan Das and Sarada Devi was popularly called Vinod. But who could then assume that this Vinod would one day become Swami Pranavananda and materialize dreams of Swami Vivekananda? Yet it is strange that ..."
- Shantananda (Swami.) (1975). Acharya Pranavananda in the eyes of the learned. Bharat Sevashram Sangha.
- Ninian Smart and Swami Purnananda: Prophet of a New Hindu Age. The Life and Times of Acharya Pranavananda. George Allen & Unwin, London/Boston/Sidney 1985, ISBN 0-04-922032-2.
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