Syamanand Ji Maharaj
Swami Syamanandji Maaharaj
Maaharaj was born at Ganpatyar, Srinagar in the
Jattu family with the Gotra Dev Bardwaj. His
original name was Som Nath. He lost his father Sh.
Mahadev Jattoo at a very young age. Being the
elder son of the family he took all the
responsibilities of his family and worked hard to
fulfill their needs.
He worked in the forest department for his
livelihood. Once in the forest he met a sage who
changed his vision about the life. He got totally
reformed from a smoker and a meat-eater to a
vegetarian and a non-smoker. He used to get up in
the Bram muhurat early in the morning and start
chanting the mantras. He used to carry a tumbler (Gagar)
of water to Shankracharya temple from the
Ganpatyar temple and offer the water to the Shiv
Lingam there daily. This was carried out for the
several years for the purification of his soul.
There is a historical village lying in the east of
Achabal garden. This village was known as Brari
Angan. Goddess Uma is said to have abode here in
the lap of Himalayas. Swami ji developed a shrine
for Mata Uma Bhagwati at this place. It is due to
his efforts that this village is called Uma Nagri.
Every year an annual yagya was performed here on
Badra Sukla Paksh Astami.
After the exile of Hindus from Kashmir the shrine
was destructed by the militants. Swami ji was
disappointed due to this as he had spent several
years of his life for the construction of this
temple but he did not lose heart.
As a true karamyogi Swami ji gathered his strength
and started a mission for the construction of
another shrine at Jammu. Muthi was the place
selected for the shrine. All the Ashram members
joint hands and under the guidance of Swamiji a
temple has been constructed. Annual yagna is being
performed here every year on badra shukla pakh
Swami ji lived in the Ashram for many years and on
marg krishna pakh triyodashi 2005 Swamiji left us
for heaven. Up to the end of the life Swamiji used
to make a parthishwar and prayed to it everyday.
The Ashram people have made a statue of Swami ji
so that he is remembered for ever for his
virtues and values. Every year on his sharda a
fast is kept by his disciples.
Om shanti shanti shanti!!!
Courtesy: Umang Raina, and Priya Kaul