Premanand Swami was born in Vikram Samvat 1840, in the town Dora Bharuch. Owing to slandering by the villagers and risking the death of a child, his mother had to abandon him with a broken heart. Dosa Tai, who was a Muslim, found him and raised him. He learnt and mastered the art of music in Vadodara. At the age of eleven, he went to see the inauguration of Lord Swaminarayan at Jetpur with his foster father. He saw Maharaj riding the horse and immediately ran towards Maharaj and held the stirrup of the horse while walking alongside the horse till the end of the procession at Unnad Khatchar’s Darbar. Since then he remained at Maharaj’s service. Later on Maharaj sent him to Ujjain to a school of Music where he gained excellence in singing and instrumental music. Maharaj initiated him and named him Nijabhojdhanand Swami.
Once, Maharaj called Nijabhojdhanand Swami and asked him to compose a hymn. Even though he did not study in this field, he stood in front of Maharaj and observed His image minutely and started to describe Maharaj’s body in a hymn form. However his own name did not rhyme properly with the hymn so Maharaj renamed him as Premanand Swami. This name reflects his love for Maharaj, hence is also referred to as Premsakhi. Premanand Swami is known for his poetic contribution to the Swaminarayan Sampraday. His kirtan expressed strong love for Swaminarayan Bhagwan and described Him as Pratakshya Purshottam (Almighty God Himself). Maharaj and the devotees were completely engulfed by the songs composed by Premanand Swami. He composed kirtans for all times, starting from Prabhatya (morning kirtans) to the Chesta, which summarises the life of Lord Swaminarayan. One of the famous kirtan’s he wrote was ‘Aaj mare orade re…’. He left his physical body on the bright half of the month of Magshar, Vikram Samvat 1911.