Pujyasri Omkarananda reached the abode of Lord Shiva


(Thanks to Indian Express for the photo and the article)

It is truly shocking to hear that Swamiji has succumbed to COVID yesterday. Swamiji was not just a Vedic scholar but He lived like a true vedantist and a fierce defender of sanatana dharma, He never kept quiet when evil forces attacked sanatana dharma’s beliefs and traditions. Millions of devotees enjoyed and will enjoy His lectures and His ability to explain in Tamil is unparalleled.

We will very dearly miss His lectures, His support for Tamil and sanatana dharma.

Our Namaskarams to this Mahan!



Vedic scholar Swami Omkarananda (64), the authority on Thirukkural and many other Tamil scriptures and founder of Sri Swami Chidbhavananda Ashramam, Theni, passed away on Monday at a private hospital at Madurai.  He was undergoing treatment for coronavirus infection. Swami Omkarananda has also been the pontiff of Sri Bhuvaneswari Avadhuta Vidyapitham at Pudukottai.

Swami’s mortal remains were laid to rest in front of his Ashramam at Theni according to Sastras on Monday night itself due to Covid-19 restrictions. According to the Ashramam sources, Swami Omkarananda, when he was alive, chose the place for his Samadhi and gave directions to his disciples on how he should be laid to rest. Special poojas and other rituals will be arranged in the coming 10 days, they said.  Due to Covid situation, the Ashramam has requested the followers of the Swami not to visit the Theni Ashramam but pray from their homes.

Born as Manoharan alias Goshteswara Sharma to Vaidyanatha Ganapadi and Alamelu Ammal near Porur, Coimbatore in 1956, he was attracted to the works of Swami Vivekananda, Bhagavad Gita, Upanishads and other scriptures at a very young age. Born in a family steeped in tradition and culture, he adopted the Vedic lifestyle from an early age. An erudite scholar par excellence, he was well versed in both the Vedas. His eloquence and mastery, both in Tamil and Sanskrit, have earned accolades and words of praise, from learned Pandits across the country.

In 1979, he left home and remained in meditation for 21 days in a hillock near Karamadai near Coimbatore. During this period, he took a firm decision to become a monk. Swami had the Sanyasa Diksha (initiation into spiritual life) from Swami Chidbhavananda,  founder of the Sri Ramakrishna Tapovanam, Thirupparaithurai who gave him the name Swami Omkarananda.

Later, Swami Omkarananda studied Vedanta under Pujyasri Swami Paramarthananda, one of the foremost disciples of Swami Dayananda Saraswati. For over the past 30 years, he has been spreading the Vedantic teachings, in spiritual camps held across the globe.

Swami has established Vedanta Sasthra Prachara Trust, through which he trains his students and devotees, on the spiritual ways of life. He expounded the essence of some of the sacred texts in Tamil, such as Thevaram, Thiruvachakam, Thirumandiram, Thayumanavar’s hymns, Bharatiyar’s songs and Thirukkural, in particular.

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14 replies

  1. Swamiji Speeches on sanatana Dharma, tirukkural, mahanarayana upanishad were fantastic. Swamiji is a great vedantist. It’s a loss for sanatanadharma.
    Om shanthi shanti shanti.

  2. we had listened to his talks on Gita and explanations to thirukkural. his talks are well appreciated by all., a great scholar with depth in knowledge of vedas. a strong believer in Advaita and sanathana dharma. we are bound to miss him and his excellent lectures. om shanti

  3. It is very very tragic and a profound loss that Svamiji Sri Sri Omkarananda Ji left us!
    At times we mere humans are unable to comprehend the ways of Bhagavan!
    We just have to do Samarpanam at the feet of Sri Narayanaa!

    He was indeed a Great Mahaatman who was guiding so many young and old on the Path of
    Sanatana Dharma. Svamiji was an erudite scholar and all his talks were inspirational .
    He was involved in so many projects for the propagation of Sanatana Dharma.
    Listening to his vibrant voice in the numerous videos regularly transmitted will live on and eternally inspire Hindu aspirants over Time.

    Svamiji’s physical form is not here among us but his voice and message will guide us as long as Bharatavarsham & Sanatana Dharma are alive!

    May his ATMAN protect our Punyabhoomi and Sanatanis!

    Koti-koti Shraddheya Namaskarams at his sacred feet!

    Om Shanti, Shanti, Shantihi !!!

  4. He only died of Heart related problems reports Dinamalar….better to be careful when you mention it as Covid

  5. Om Shanthi…Om Shanthi

  6. A great loss to Sanatana Dharma indeed. Swamiji’s lectures were showing like a torch for so many people to find and follow Dharmic path. Om Shanti Om Shanti Om Shanti…..🙏🙏🙏

  7. An erudite scholar of excellence in Samskritham and Tamil and a great orator on Baghavat Gita,THIRUKURAL,Sanathana Dharmam ,Thirumandaram and Vedananda .
    Spiritual world will miss HIM.HIS contribution to Hindu Dharmam is immense.
    OM Shanthi Om Shanthi, Om Shanthi !

  8. Om Shanthi. Swamiji always delivered his lectures like thunder and lighting. Enlightenment so fast and quickly from his authentic and authoritative lectures, bhashanas and satsanghs. A courageous real yogi.

  9. Vaak yajnena kalpatām 🙏🏼 Tamaso mā jyotirgamaya 🙏🏼 A great loss for Atmavidya. Prayers to the Almighty for Pujya Swamiji’s ātma to attain sadgati and to give strength to the bereaved — so many of Pujya Swamiji’s Sishyās & followers to bear the irreplaceable loss & follow the path of Dharma that Swamiji taught to all of us! 🙏🙏🙏🙏

  10. Om shanti Shanti Shanti

  11. It is indeed sad that Covid_19 sucked the life of great Vedic scholar Swami Omkaranandaji yesterday. May the departed soul rest in eternal peace and his teachings and guidance continue to lead his disciples on the way to Dharma.OM SHANTI.

  12. Swamiji Omkaranada left his mortal due to heart attack, not Covid-19.


  13. My satha koti pranAms to Swamiji. Had the fortune of listening to him personally and interact with him closely. He had blessed our home for biksha during his first visit in the place we stayed He used to teach KatOpanishad one week an year in . In the 2nd visit, he asked the organisers “எனக்கு இடது பக்கம் உத்காண்டுண்டு நோட்ஸ் எடுப்பாரே , அவரை போன வருஷம் எந்த ஸ்லோகத்தில் நிறுத்தினேன் என்று கேள்” . Gained immense knowledge from him. His intrepretation of THIRUKKURAL from spiritual perspective was par excellence and even attracted the proiase of parading atheist leaders. May HE bless the mankind with piece from whichever abode he resides now,

  14. Namasthe I’m shanti shantihi shanti..

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