Revered monk of the Hindu monastic order, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, died on 23 September 2015 in his ashram in Rishikesh. He was 85 years old.
He was a renowned traditional teacher of Advaita Vedanta and also the founder of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam.
Swami Dayanand Saraswati was born as Natarajan Gopala Iyer on 15 August 1930 in Thiruvarur in Tamil Nadu. He completed his early schooling from the District Board School at Kodavasal. Later, he moved to Chennai and started his career as a journalist for the weekly magazine Dharmika Hindu.
In 1952-53, the public talks of Swami Chinmayanand ignited Saraswati’s interest in Vedanta. Thereafter, Saraswati attached himself to the newly formed Chinmaya Mission. Within the first year of the inception of the mission, he was made its secretary.
Swami Dayanand Saraswati also set up the Acharya Sabha. The Sabha brought together the pontiffs from all over the globe on a common platform to take up the cause of Hinduism and discuss the challenges that it faced.