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Birth and Childhood

Avadhoota Datta Peethadhipati Jagadguru Parama Pujya Dr. Sri Sri Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji was born at Mekedatu in southern India on May 26, 1942. A Muslim saint had predicted to Sri Swamiji’s parents (Sri Narasimha Sastry and Sri Jaya Lakshmi Mata) that their child would have supreme wisdom and knowledge and was destined to uplift mankind.

Sri Swamiji’s actual birth occurred on a rock in the Kaveri river at the holy sangam in Mekedatu.  His mother, Jayalakshmi Mata, was in deep meditation and the baby boy was born covered with holy ash, and wearing a shaligrama necklace around his neck.  The child was named Satyanarayana. Sri Swamiji’s mother, whom His Holiness calls his first Guru, initiated Him into spiritual life before her passing away in 1951.  Satyanarayana completed His education like other children, but found that school had nothing to offer to Him.  Endowed at birth with great knowledge and power, even as a child, Sri Swamiji organized satsangs and taught bhajans to His friends.  


Sri Swamiji had been serving fellow humans, helping them with their problems since childhood. Through miraculous powers, He was able to understand their situations, knew their past, present, and future and helped them to overcome difficulties.  Some of them became Sri Swamiji’s first disciples who were soon to be followed by more. Sri Swamiji sang bhajans and kirtans for them and started giving yoga classes in small village huts or on river banks, while wandering the countryside as a young sannyasi or monk. Sri Swamiji acquired a large following, which demanded all of his time and attention.

Mysore Ashrama

In 1966 Sri Swamiji moved to the present site of the Mysore Ashram on Ooty Road, which in the early days was only a straw hut in a field. It was there, at Mysore, that Sri Swamiji became Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, and officially founded His Ashram in 1966, renovating it several times since then, and expanding it to the present beautiful, serene uplifting abode of peace and spirituality that transcends worldly boundaries of caste, creed, race or nationality!  Since then Sri Swamiji has been helping people in His unique way. People come to His Holiness for help with their worldly affairs, or to get healed of physical afflictions, or for guidance in their spiritual practice. Many come to hear Sri Swamiji’s beautiful and powerful bhajans, which draw the heart and mind to God or to celebrate the special festivals in the ancient and eternal vedic traditions.  Among the unique features of Mysore Ashram are the special concert hall, Nada Mantapa, the Vishwam Museum, featuring special objects from all over the world, Shuka Vana, the largest parrot hospital and re-habilitation centre, Kishkindha Moolika Bonsai Garden, the largest collection of Bonsai, and a free Hospital for the poor and needy.

His main mission

“Transformation of the mind is the greatest miracle,” Sri Swamiji says.  Innumerable devotees from all walks of life ranging from a peasant or a daily wage labourer to Heads of States and Government follow His Holiness and look forward to Sri Swamiji’s spiritual guidance for peace. Pujya Sri Swamiji has inspired and encouraged thousands of devotees to start various socially beneficial activities such as educational institutions, relief to poor and Annadanam across the Globe. It is a matter of pride that such relief centres are functioning in Trinidad, Venezuela, Peru, Europe and of course in India.

Sri Swamiji-living Nada Brahma

Sri Swamiji is a great composer of Bhajans/songs.  He has written more than 2000 bhajans in Samskrit, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi in praise of various deities.  Endowed with a gifted voice, Sri Swamiji’s bhajan session enthralls a layman and a scholar alike.  His collection of poems, Sachchidananda Neeti Mala, Chutuku Sahitya, Vedanta Geetalu in Sanskrit, Kannada and Telugu have been a beacon of light for seekers. They illustrate the essence of life in a very simple and lucid language.  Thousands of CDs containing speeches and Bhajans of Sri Swamiji have been published so far.  Many Healing and Meditation Concerts  using the ancient Raga Ragini Vidya, have been held by Him in world renowned music halls such as Lincoln Centre, Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, etc.  He constantly travels to uplift mankind and bless various communities and nations with such musical healing sessions worldwide, or to conduct Hanuman Chalisa sessions for universal peace!  

Dharma Prachaara

Dharma is the eternal principle, which differentiates humans from other creatures and Dharma alone upholds the peaceful coexistence of various beings in the creation of God. Though many pantheons (different from each other) prevail universally, the principle remains the same. Sri Swamiji was born in the lineage of Sri Dattatreya, and is considered an Avadhoota of Lord Dattatreya, the Trinity (viz. Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva in One form). Thus He preaches the essence of Universal Brotherhood - in the following simple sentences. “Do all such deeds to others, which you expect from others.” “Try to identify divinity in every being”. “Observe any object or creature, try to emulate the good in them or shun the evil aspects evident; you can always add value to your life”.  His online Facebook pages  and  Apps such as Avadhoota Datta Peetham, SGS Posts, Puttu Gam, Sgs Swamiji, with countless photos and videos are proof of His boundless compassion to ensure that devotees worldwide practise Dharmic living in their daily lives.

Espousing this great philosophy of our Sanatana Dharma, as preached by Adi Guru (the first teacher of the universe), Lord Dattatreya, His Holiness Sri Swamiji has relentlessly toured the length and breadth of India, establishing various Ashramas (Branches of Datta Peetham also called as Gnana Bodha Sabhas) in many states. Each Ashrama consists of a temple for Lord Dattatreya, Annapoorna Mandira (Free Feeding Hall), Community Hall for bhajans, prayers, meditation; a charitable clinic and important public utility activities. To date, Pujya Swamiji has consecrated more than 80 branches in India including 16 Ashramas dedicated to the 16 incarnations of Lord Dattatreya; Datta Kasi; Datta Rameshwaram; 9 Kshetras dedicated to Navanathas; Sripadavallabha Anagha Datta Kshetram in Pithapuram (AP) dedicated to Sripadavallabha Swamy, the first incarnation of Datta in Kaliyuga and   Sri Narasimha Saraswati Guru Paduka Kshetram dedicated to Swamy Narasimha Saraswati in Ganagapura (KA).

Vishwa Manava Dharma

Sri Swamiji’s mission has required him to undertake more than one hundred foreign trips to many countries. In due course of time, His Holiness has established 15 centers abroad in UK, USA, Malaysia, Europe, Trinidad, Canada and Australia and New Zealand.  A most important feature of Sri Swamiji’s mission is to preach and make people realize the Oneness in them. Thus Sri Swamiji always emphasizes the sentence – Practising Humanity (Maanavataa) should be our motto.  “Be good, do good.” Accordingly, Sri Swamiji’s message has been widely appreciated in many communities of both eastern and western hemispheres. Therefore, all community leaders, including High priests of Roman Catholic order, Granthis of various Gurudwaras, Imams, Jain Monks, Scholars and Intellectuals have welcomed His Holiness to their respective places, for satsanghs and discourses. Sessions of Music for Meditation and Healing, Yoga classes and other beneficial activities have been conducted in countries such as Holland, Romania, England, USA, Trinidad etc. His latest project is the spreading of Bhagavad Gita, encouraging all to memorise, study, chant, and practise the teachings of Bhagavad Gita in their daily lives!

Social and Charitable projects

Sri Swamiji’s generosity too has transcended all limitations of language, faith or region. Sri Swamiji is equally at ease while raising donations for the renovation of a cathedral in Romania, or for free feeding hurricane ravaged localities in US, or to rebuild ancient temples, or to provide stipend to impoverished students among Moslem brethren or to organize Orphanages in Peru and Trinidad. Sarva Dharma Samanvaya seminars and prayers by various communities in Datta Peetham, Annadana in all Ashrams and Centres - are regular features of Sri Swamiji’s activities.

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Pujya Sri Datta Vijayananda Teertha Swamiji, the junior Pontiff of Datta Peetham, fondly referred as Bala Swamiji by devotees, is born in a traditional family to Smt. Saraswati and Sri Subramanyam on 14th January, 1977 in Mysore. The boy was named Sri Harsha Sharma. Harsha had his Vedic education in Sri Ganapathy Sachidananda Veda patashala.

His Holiness Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji had identified the good qualities in Sri.Harsha Sharma and kept him under His spiritual observance, tutelage, and guidance. On 27th May, 2004, Sri Harsha Sharma was annointed as a junior pontiff of Avadoota Datta Peetham in presence of erudite scholars. He was given the Sannyasa Deeksha name as "Sri Datta Vijayananda Teertha". Through this sacred initiation, Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji has infused into Sri Bala Swamiji, the rich, spiritual, and ritualistic Datta heritage.

Sri Bala Swamiji is admired for oration in various fields like Shastras, Upanishads and many more.  He is an extraordinary translator of the Vedas into simple language. Sri Bala Swamiji observes Chaaturmasya Deekshas every year. His discourses during this time disseminate knowledge. Many learned scholars of the world look at Sri Bala Swamiji as the ideal student, ideal disciple and a personification of ascetic embodiment.

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