Swami Shukdevanand Trust
Parmarth Niketan is the headquarters of the Swami Shukdevanand Trust, a non-profit, religious/spiritual organization dedicated to religion, spirituality and culture. The trust was founded in 1942 by the great saint Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj and registered in 1962 under the Societies Registration Act.
The objectives of the Trust are as follows:
- To promote and offer religious and spiritual teachings for the development of spiritual values and character – without any prejudice
- To alleviate or mitigate human suffering, both mental and physical through religion and spirituality
- To fulfill or assist in the fulfillment of any other charitable and/or spiritual objective which will benefit the general public
- To protect, preserve and disseminate the teachings of Indian culture and heritage
Brahmleen Sri Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj
Brahmleen Sri Swami Bhajanandji Maharaj
Brahmleen Sri Swami Dharmanand Saraswatiji Maharaj
Swami Asanganand Saraswatiji Maharaj
Managing Trustee of Swami Shukdevanand Trust
In 1945 at the age of nine, Pujya Swami Asanganandji Maharaj came to Parmarth Niketan under the guidance and as a disciple of Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj. For the past sixty-one years, He has been devotedly serving the ashram.
He has obtained acharya degrees in Vedanta and Sanskrit literature, as well as a Master’s degree in Sanskrit literature. Since 1961, He has tirelessly served the ashram’s Sanskrit Vidyalaya. Though very learned, His simplicity and humbleness is manifested in the countless number of hours performing the simplest of tasks.
In 1977, He renounced worldly attachments and took sanyasa from Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj.
From 1991 to 2006, He has served the Swami Shukdevanand Trust, first as Managing Trustee from 1991 -2006 and now as Chairman since 2006, gracing all of the projects with His devotion and piety.
Pujya Swami Asanganandji Maharaj has been imparting the wisdom of the ancient holy scriptures including yoga to countless number of devotees. His wisdom has brought inspiration, upliftment and deep knowledge to pilgrims who seek His guidance.