SPIRITUAL GURU His Holiness Swami Satyamitranand Giriji Maharaj has been admitted to a hospital in Dehradun, in the Indian state of Uttarakhand, following issues with his respiratory system.
He is currently on ventilator.
Swami Satyamitranand is the founder of Bharat Mata Mandir, a famous temple in Haridwar, which was inaugurated by the then Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi on May 15, 1983.
The temple was built under the former Shankaracharya Maha-Mandleshwar Swami Satyamitranand Giriji Maharaj.
Swami Satyamitranand has established centres of learning and worship in various countries, including Kenya, Uganda England, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, United States, Canada, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Fiji, Mauritius and Philippines.
Born as Ambika Prasad on September 19, 1932, Swamiji was spiritually inclined from a very young age.
On one occasion, while visiting a temple, he became immersed in a spiritual trance and had a vision of himself travelling with the Lord on the sacred Garuda Viman. Since then, he became deeply involved in spirituality and satsang.
At the age of 27, Swami Satyamitranand was chosen as the Jagatguru Shankaracharya of the Uttarāmnāya matha. However, he abdicated in June 1969 to continue his service to humanity.
For his services to the society, Swami Satyamitranand was awarded the Padma Bhushan by the Indian government in 2015.