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Swami Saraswati

June 5, 1937 — March 16, 2023


Swami Adyananda Saraswati (formerly known as Dr. Bishnu Joshi), founder of the Siva Shakti Siddha Yoga Ashram attained maha-samadhi on March 16, 2023. He took sanyas at the age of 68 from his spiritual guru Swami Jyotirmayananda Saraswati, a direct disciple of Swami Sivanandaji Maharaj. During his sanyas phase of life, Swamiji primarily split his residence between his ashrams located in Nashville, TN and Cuttack, Odisha. Swamiji was an ardent practitioner and a proponent of Integral Yoga, a combination of karma, jnana, raja, and bhakti systems of yoga. Through karma yoga, he served the less fortunate of the society and inspired many of his followers. As part of the jnana yoga practice, h e published many books on the Bhagavad Gita and gave numerous discourses on the Gita and Advaita Vedanta. Japa and kundalini yoga were part of his raj yoga practices. He passionately propagated the Jagannath culture as part of the bhakti yoga practice. The final project that he was tirelessly working on was to establish a Jagannath Temple in his birth village for the benefit of the people.

Swamiji was born in the village of Shashana Pada of Cuttack District in the state of Odisha, India and came to USA in 1968 after graduating with a DVM degree from OUAT, Bhubaneswar, to pursue further studies. He received his M.S. from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and subsequently, Ph.D. in hematopathology from the University of California, Davis. He worked as a professor at Meharry Medical College, and subsequently as one of the first foreign veterinary as well as pathology license holders in the state of Tennessee, established his own small animal clinic, and practiced there until he took retirement from the householder phase of life.

His journey to the heavenly abode was preceded by his parents Ramachandra and Tilottama Joshi and his dear wife late Premanandamayi Saraswati (Pravabati Joshi) in 2015, and his younger sister Anu Mahapatra and younger brother Nrusingha Joshi.

He is survived by his children Rashmi, Smriti, and Prashant, and grand children Raj, Suneeta, Suman, Poonam, Saurav, Sohan, Sachin, and Sabina, and great grand children Sahana and Siya. He is also survived by his brothers Pravat, Bijoy, Ajoy, Akshay, and their children and grand children.

Visitation will be held from 1:00PM until 2:30PM on Sunday, March 19, 2023, in the Chapel at West Harpeth Funeral Home located at 6962 Charlotte Pike in Nashville.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating towards the build of the Jagannath Temple by following the link.

Beginning at 11:30AM Central Standard Time, on Sunday, March 19, 2023, please click the following link to view the live stream of the services.

Meeting ID: 994 6858 7359
Passcode: 886551

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Sunday, March 19, 2023

1:00 - 2:30 pm (Central time)

West Harpeth Funeral Home and Crematory

6962 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209

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