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SADGURU NISHKULANAND SWAMI

Nishkulanand Swami was born near Jamnagar in Vikram Samvat 1822, as Lalji Suthar. His father’s name was Rambhai Suthar and mother’s name was Amritba. From childhood it was obvious that Lalji Suthar was a true devotee. His parents married him off at an early age hoping to tie him in the life of householders. He accepted the family business of carpentry and lived a happy life. He became a father of two sons; Madhavji and Kanji. He still continued to pay attention to religion and devotion for the glory of God. Being a disciple of Ramanand Swami, he had met and heard about the leela of Nilkanth Varni.

During one of Maharaj’s journeys to Kutch, Lalji Suthar accepted to become His guide. This is when Lalji Suthar experienced the true spirituality of Maharaj and thus decided to forsake his married life and dedicate his life in the service of Maharaj. He got initiated as a saint and was named Nishkulanand Swami. He was known as ‘Vairagya ni murti’ because of his strong character of non-attachment. He clearly expressed this through the poetic kirtans he composed. He possessed strong attachment to Lord Swaminarayan and has expressed this particularly in the Bhaktachintami scripture. He was also an excellent preacher of the Swaminarayan Sampraday. He convinced his older son Madhavji to dedicate his life in the service of Maharaj. Madhavji became a saint and was named Govindanand Swami. Since Nishkulanand Swami had the skills of art and craft aswell, Maharaj put Nishkulanand Swami in charge of building a beautiful temple in Dholera. The dome-arches and the frame work of the temple doors at Dholera are really beautiful! At the age of 82, in Vikram Samvat 1904, Nishkulanand Swami left for Akshardham.