Shraddhanjali to PP Mahamandaleshwar Swami Satyamitranand Giriji Maharaj (1932-2019)
It is with very sad heart that we learnt the passing away of Param Pujaniya Swami Satyamitranand Giriji Maharaj from this mortal world and entered the status of Brahmaleen (eternal bliss) on Tuesday, 25 June 2019 at Hardwar.
Swamiji was a spiritual giant of the modern times. He was a social guide par excellence to the whole global Hindu diaspora with his wisdom and farsight encompassing the past, present and future of the Hindu Dharma and Sanskriti (culture).
From very young age he was attracted to spiritual life and at the age of 27, he was endowed with the status of Jagadguru Shankaracharya of Jyotirmath Upapeeth of Bhanpura which he relinquished in 1969 in order to devote his life to worldwide propagation and promotion of Sanatan Dharma. He started his overseas trips in early 1960s with first visit to Kenya. His magnetic personality and powerful oratory attracted thousands of committed followers across the globe which led to the founding of Samanvay Parivaar and its branches in various countries.
In his ceaseless work of promotion and spread of Sanatan Dharma, he became instrumental and guide in establishing numerous organisations which worked for the unity of Hindus. He was a senior member of Margdarshak Mandal of VHP (Bharat) and very close to RSS leadership. He was Patron of VHP (UK) and graced many functions of HSS(UK).
At the suggestion and guidance of PP Swamiji, VHP(UK) with support of over 300 Hindu associations organised the historic two day Virat Hindu Sammelan (VHS) in 1989 at Milton Keynes Bowl, the largest gathering of Hindus outside Bharat, attended by over 100,000 Hindus from across the world. The event was presided by Swamiji and addressed by 35 Dharmacharyas (Hindu Spiritual leaders), representing all major branches of Sanatan Dharma, including Jains, Sikhs, Bauddha.
Swamiji frequently visited UK and addressed meetings across the country, attended by thousands who looked upon him with deep reverence. He specially made a point to meet senior adhikaris (office bearers) of HSS(UK) during his stay in the UK. His interest in the work of HSS (UK) and guidance will always be cherished by HSS (UK).
His departure will be a great loss to the spiritual world and a great vacuum in the lives of countless devotees. His teachings and guidance will always be an inspiring legacy for future generations.
We pray to the Almighty to grant eternal bliss to the departed soul and may it continue to guide and inspire us in spirit. Our Shat Shat Vandan (obeisance) to PP Swamiji.
With heartfelt and deep reverence to PP Swamiji, Aum Shantih! Shantih! Shantih!
On behalf of HSS(UK)
Dhiraj D Shah