H.D. Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati is a God-realized
Saint, Mystic, Sage, Philosopher and Writer.
Already at the age of thirteen and fourteen his life was
flooded with numerous spiritual experiences of the
omnipresent and omniscient God. Under the dictates of these
experiences, he left his home city in South India for the
Himalayas, where the world-renowned Sage Sri Swami Sivananda
recognized in him an embodiment of the high spirit of
renunciation, profound divine wisdom, touching purity of
heart, made him known as Bala Yogi, Bala Jnani, titled him
as Adhyatma Kavita-Bhaskara and crowned him with
Sannyasa-Diksha at the age of seventeen.
The activities of Sage and Philosopher Swami Omkarananda
embrace spiritual, cultural, educational, scientific and
social fields. One of the significant achievements in these
fields is the unique work he has done for the upliftment of
the backward regions in the hills of the Himalayan Garhwal
area. In recognition of his extraordinary services he has
received several prestigious honours like Mother India
Award, Bharat Nirman Award and Hind Rattan Award.
The Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas at Rishikesh, set on one
of the foot-hills of the Himalayas, is one of the main
branches of his international Institution. It aims at the
realization of educational, social, cultural and spiritual
projects. Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas carries on its
activities through its registered Trusts - Swami Omkarananda
Dharma Samsthan, Swami Omkarananda Saraswati Charitable
Trust, Omkarananda Educational Society, Omkarananda
Saraswati Natya Kala Academy and other educational and
Swami Omkarananda has established 74 Institutions, among
them 56 Basic- and Junior-High-Schools, Degree- and
Inter-Colleges, an Institute for Management and Technology,
an Institute for Indian Classical Dance and Music, several
Public Libraries, etc. in the beautiful hilly regions of the
Garhwal Himalayas in Uttarakhand, where education was needed
Many beautiful Temples have been established by Shri Swami
Omkarananda Saraswati in the Garhwal area, out of which the
"Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir", in typical
South-Indian style, is absolutely outstanding in its beauty
and purity and constitutes a landmark in whole Uttarakhand.
This Temple and other lovely Temples of Omkarananda Ashram,
situated in Omkarananda Nagar, Muni-ki-Reti, Rishikesh, and
other places, are a center of attraction.
Swami Omkarananda is Author of many books on the subjects of
Philosophy, Spirituality and Science, and his books are
available in many languages, all over the world.