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Bapu’s Biography

Pujya Muktanandji was born on 17th May 1959 in a small village called Sarsai in Visavadar Taluka, Junagadh District. He studied at Sarsai Primary School. Whilst at school, he started visiting an ashram in Chaparda called Surevdham Ashram which was 4 km away from Sarsai. The Ashram was located between Ambajal River and Drafad River. Due to the beautiful location and peaceful nature of the Ashram, Pujya Muktanandji was attracted towards the Ashram. As he had no interest in book knowledge, he dropped out of the school at the age of thirteen after completing Standard 8. He came and lived in the Ashram with Bhagvatinandji Bapu. He started developing special interest in observing the natural environment around him like the rivers, forest, hills, stars etc. Bhagavatinandji Bapu, already a realized soul, living very simply in this Ashram, realized that this young boy had a special gift in observing the nature and so took him as his disciple from the age of 14. They spent countless days and nights sitting under the cloudless skies observing stars, moon and the sun and all the wonders of the nature. They spent 3 years together and in that time, Bhagvatinandji Bapu taught / passed the spiritual knowledge to Pujya Muktanandji.

Bhagvatinandji Bapu passed away in 1976 and the Ashram was handed over to Pujya Muktanandji. As Pujya Muktanandji was only seventeen years old, he came under the guidance of Gopalanadji Bapu who was Bhagvatinandji Bapu’s guru. Gopalanadji Bapu, who is still living and is over 100 years old, is fondly known as Dadaji, He is the President of the Panch Agni Akhada and is very much involved in running and maintaining the many institutes that are part of this organization. Pujya Muktanandji learnt how to do disaster relief work at this young age from Dadaji. Whenever there was a natural disaster like drought, flood, cyclone or earthquake, Dadaji would instruct Pujya Muktanandji to go to the disaster area and carry out relief work by providing free shelter, food, water, clothes, medicines etc.

After holding eye camps he realized that there was a lot of suffering amongst the elderly so he started an old people’s home in Mehendarda for about 50 people. These old people’s homes were also started in Gandhinagar, Chaparda and Gupt Prayag. Also seeing the suffering of the animals during the Animal camps that were held in Chaparda, he started Gaushalas in all these places.
In 1989, Bhagvatinandji Education Trust was established to carry out humanitarian work. It has now established educational institutes in Chaparda and in Adhoi, Kutchh.
In 2007, Pujya Muktanandji was awarded ‘The Devarshi award’ by Sandipani Vidyaniketan which is given to the saint who has devoted himself for the upliftment of society besides his spiritual teachings.

In 2009 his 50th Birthday celebration was celebrated by ‘Gyan Tulla’. Gijubhai Bharad, one of the most important pillars of Pujya Muktanandji’s vision came up with a novel idea to celebrate this momentous occasion. Understanding the importance of resource materials in the villages which could be promoted through libraries, he approached Pujya Muktanandji and requested him to be weighed in books. 700 titles equaled Pujya Muktanadji’s weight. Following this idea, Gijubhai authorized many authors to write Pujya Muktanandji’s thoughts into 700 titles and printed 1000 copies each which were then distributed into 1000 villages.

In 2011, Dashabdi celebration was held in Chaparda to celebrate 10 years since start of the Educational Institute. The highlight of this celebration was the visit of Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendrabhai Modi.