Swami Nardanand was born in 1958 in a small farming village of Uttar Pradesh state in North India. As a specially gifted boy of 10, and with the blessings of his family, this eldest son moved to the banks of the Ganges at the holy city of Haridwar to attend gurukul, which is the ancient way of training in Sanskrit and spiritual matters.

The course of study was 12 years, 24 hours per day. The name of the school is Gurukul Kangri, which is one of the finest such schools in India. When Swami Nardanand was graduated, he not only was the leading student of his class, but also was given a special award for his accomplishments and expertise, presented in person by the President of India.


At the age of 14, Swami Nardanand was initiated as a monk by his teacher, Paramahansa Lakshmananda, who now resides in the city of Vrindivan.

Later, Swami Nardanand met and was initiated into the more esoteric spiritual teachings by his teacher, Swami Shivom Tirtha, a widely recognized adept who left his physical body in 2008 (In his later years Swami Shivom Tirtha gave up his public life, left the ashram and started living in a isolated place near Indore, with two celibate disciples, writing many books. He left his body on 06/04/ 2008 at coimbatore: his ashes were offered to the Ganges at Rishikesh)

In 1990, Swami Nardanand founded Siddha Ashram along the banks of the Shipra River in Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, India, one of the four major Kumbha Mela sites.  

During the 2004 Kumbha Mela at Ujjain, Swami Nardanand was appointed as Mahamandaleshwara of Akhand Akhara. 

Swami Nardanand teaches Yoga, Vedanta, and Tantra in India, Europe, North America, and South America.

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