Swami Nishchalananda Saraswati

Swami Nischalanand Saraswati Maharaj

145th Srimad Jagadguru Sankaracharya

Govardhan muth- Puri Peeth, Odisha

His Holiness Swami Nischalananda Saraswati Maharaj , the hundred forty fifth pontiff of this monastery ( Puri) has been carrying on his shoulders these very pious  obligations with exemplary dynamism since 1992. A highly deserving recipient of the profuse and sublime grace of His Holiness Shri Swami Karapatri ji Maharaj, widely adored as Dharm Samrat , and appointed by his predecessor Acharya His Holiness Swami Niranjan Devatirtha Maharaj, Swami Nischalanand Saraswati Maharaj has been focusing his whole attention on certain vitally significant areas of interest purely in the interest  of world welfare and of the nation. Chief among them are a sound overhaul of the Vyasa Peetha, the center of learning , of the administrative machinery , and above all a dissemination with all sanctity of duly purged knowledge wisdom( Jnana- Vijnana) that has passed through several deplorable phases of decay, malformation and decadence. It is precisely with a view to meeting these objectives that the revered Swamiji brought into being institutes like “ Aditya Vahinee” and “ Ananda Vahinee”.

Even a cursory review of the highly venerable sage should suffice to reveal that each one of his multifarious activities stands as a living , irrefutable proof of his unique and matchless patriotic fervor. There are proofs galore of how this pontiff has been realizing Bhagavatpada Adi Sankaracharya’s objective of founding an exploitation – free, welfare state administering universal, all – round welfare of its citizens without partisanship and discrimination.

Adi shankaracharya

Around 507 B.C. there descended on the sacred, deeply adorable soil of this holy land a personality extraordinary who by the sheer force of his matchless erudition, enlightened the whole world. He was none other than Acharya Adi Shankara, a very embodiment of Lord Shiva, tenth in the line of Guru traceable back to Sriman Narayana himself. He had dispelled one for all the thousand and one dark force that were hitting hard at the very foundation of Sanatana Dharma and flew aloft unshakably the banner of Sanatana Dharma, thus establishing its invulnerability once for all. As is anybody’s guess, all this he accomplished solely by his all-too-rare spiritual wisdom, luster and strength, in short, his spiritual process.

His holiness Adi Shankaracharya was born in Kaladi villege of Kerala.His father’s name was Shivaguru and mother’s name was Sati Aryamba. He was by cast Nambudaripad Brahmin. He was born on Yudhisthir Sambat 2631 in 507 B.C. on Vaishakha Sukla Panchami on Sunday. His thread ceremony took place at the age of 5 years. Taking his mother’s  blessings, he left hearth and home as a body  to take a life of Sanyasa initiated by Shree Govindapadacharya on the auspicious day in the Kartik month on Devothana Ekadashi. From the age of 5 to 8 years Acharya Shankara learnt deep studies on the Vedas, Vedanga, Dharma Shastra, Purana, History and Budhagama etc. According to Sanatana Dharma and Shiva Purana, Hindus call Adi Shankaracharya as reincarnation of Lord Shiva. According to Adi Shankaracharya philosophy all the four Peeth’s Acharya are known as Shankaracharya.

Acharya Shankara within a short span of sixteen years re-established Sanatana Dharma after overcoming not only Budhism and other directionless religions but also climes and languages and incarnation (Tantra Mantra). His holy body left in demise at the age of 32 years in the year 2663 says 475 B.C. on the holy day of Kartika Poornima.

Veda Vidyalaya

Sanskrit is the most ancient and perfect among the languages of the World. Its storehouse of knowledge is an unsurpassed and the most invaluable treasure of the world. This language is a symbol of peculiar Indian tradition and thought, which has exhibited full freedom in the search of truth. Keeping this in mind a sanskrit vidyalaya and chatrabash is running in Puri peeth where large number of brahmacharis and sants live in quest of knowledge. Jagatguruji himself teach vedant to the students and to those willing to learn. Goverdhan Maath Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya which has been an internationally reputed institution of the traditional Sanskrit studies, which also accomodate brahmacharis and learners with Hostel and fooding facilities. Recently, the institute has undertaken some educational experiments to modernize Sanskrit education and thereby to satisfy the cultural needs of the community at large, under the programme of popularization of Sanskrit learning. There is a good response from the community to these courses..

Adi Shankaracharya’s Successors of Govardhan Matha , Puri

  1. Padmapada(First Matha In Charge Appointed By Adi Shankaracharya)
  2. Ananta Shree Sula Pani
  3. Narayana
  4. Bidyaranya
  5. Vamdev
  6. Padmanabh
  7. Jagannath
  8. Madhureswar
  9. Govinda
  10. Sridhara
  11. Madhavananda
  12. Krishna Brahmananda
  13. Ramananda
  14. Vagiswara
  15. Parameswar
  16. Gopala
  17. Janardana
  18. Jnanananda
  19. Brihadaranya
  20. Mahadeva
  21. Parama Brahmananda
  22. Ramananda
  23. Sadashiva
  24. Harishvarananda
  25. Bodhananda
  26. Ramakrishna
  27. Chit Bodhatma
  28. Tattwaksavara
  29. Sankara
  30. Vasudeva
  31. Hayagriva
  32. Smritiswara
  33. Vidyananda
  34. Mukundananda
  35. Hiranyagarbha
  36. Nityananda
  37. Sivananda
  38. Yogiswara
  39. Sudarshan
  40. Vyomakesha
  41. Damodar
  42. Yogananda
  43. Golakesha
  44. Krishnananda
  45. Devananda
  46. Chandrachurha
  47. Halayudha
  48. Sidhya Sevya
  49. Tarakatma
  50. Bodhayana
  51. Sridhara
  52. Narayana
  53. Sadashiva
  54. Jayakrishna
  55. Virupaksha
  56. Vidyaranya
  57. Viseshwara
  58. Vibodheshwara
  59. Maheswara
  60. Madhusudana
  61. Raghuttama
  62. Ramachandra
  63. Yogindra
  64. Moheswara
  65. Omara
  66. Narayam
  67. Jagannatha
  68. Sridhara
  69. Ramachandra
  70. Tamrakh
  71. Ugreswara
  72. Uddanda
  73. Sankarshana
  74. Janardana
  75. Akhandatma
  76. Damodara
  77. Sivananda
  78. Gaddadhara
  79. Vidyadhara
  80. Vamana
  81. Shankara
  82. Nilakantha
  83. Ramakrishna
  84. Raghuttama
  85. Samodara
  86. Gopala
  87. Mrityunjaya
  88. Govinda
  89. Vasudeva
  90. Gangadhara
  91. Sadashiva
  92. Vamadeva
  93. Upamanyu
  94. Hayagriva
  95. Hari
  96. Raghuttama
  97. Pundarikakshya
  98. Parashankara Tirtha
  99. Vedagarbha
  100. Vedanta Bhaskara
  101. Vinanatma
  102. Sivananda
  103. Maheswara
  104. Ramakrishna
  105. Vrisadhwaja
  106. Sudhabodha
  107. Someswara
  108. Gopadeva
  109. Sambhu Tirtha
  110. Bhrigu
  111. Keshavananda
  112. Vidyananda
  113. Vedananda
  114. Bodhananda
  115. Sutapananda
  116. Sridhara
  117. Janardana
  118. Kamanasanananda
  119. Hariharananda
  120. Gopala
  121. Krishnananda
  122. Madhavananda
  123. Madhusudana
  124. Govinda
  125. Raghuttama
  126. Vamadeva
  127. Hrishikesha
  128. Damodara
  129. Gopalananda
  130. Govinda
  131. Raghunatha
  132. Ramachandra
  133. Govinda
  134. Raghunatha
  135. Ramakrishna
  136. Madhusudana
  137. Damodara
  138. Raghuttama
  139. Siva(1849-1870)
  140. Lokanatha(1870-1883)
  141. Damodara Tirtha(1883-1898)
  142. Madhusudana Tirtha(1898-1926)
  143. Bharati Krishna Tirtha(1926-1960)
  144. Shree Niranjana Deva Tirtha(1.7.64-8.2.92)
  145. Shree Nishchalananda Saraswati(9.2.92) Acharya: Jagadguru Shankaracharya Sri Nischalananda Saraswati


Govardhan Math

Bhagvatpada Adi Shankaracharya established four monasteries in the four corners  of India.  2500 years ago, on the auspicious tenth day of the bright fortnight of the month of vasisakh, Bhagvatpada Adi Shankaracharya established the eastern monastery associated with Rigved called as “Poorvamnaya Sri Govardhan Math- Bhogavardhan Peetham”. Acharya Padmapada was ceremonDSC02970iously installed as the first Sankaracharya of Govardhan Math, . That very day- which goes down as a doubly significant day in the annually of this math for that had been hurried underground for fear of vandalisation by iconoclasts, got fresh  bodies made for them and consummated the process by installing them on the highly sacred Ratna simhasan ( a throne bedecked with precious jewels). He also ruled authoritatively that Shri  Jagannath Mahaprabhu and Goddess Vimala Devi be the male and female presiding  deities of Govardhan math respectively. More importantly, he revives the age old rituals and modes of worship that had long ceased to be. Not merely that, he also put in place a Bhoga mandapa right within the Jagannath temple to ensure easy access of devotees to Mahaprasad. Since that day right down to this day, the Shankarcharya of Govardhan math, Puri have been religiously handling their onerous responsibilities in respect of the unbroken maintenance of this great tradition.

The whole of the Eastern India viz. Bihar, Jharkhand, Chittasgarh, Andhra till Rajmahendri, Orissa, Bengal, Nepal, Bangladesh (Undivided India), Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Sikkim, Bhutan, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, Uttarapradesh till Prayaga including Gaya and Varanasi are considered as the territory of Sri Govardhan Peetham.

This math is situated in the region called Swargadwar, which is one of the main attractions of the town of Puri.