Attracted by the spiritual charisma and selfless love of Brahmswarup Yogiji Maharaj, he accepted monastic initiation in 1961 and was named Keshavjivandas Swami. Having served Yogiji Maharaj with all his heart, he was appointed as ‘mahant’, the head, of BAPS Mandir in Mumbai. Over time, he became fondly known as Mahant Swami.
After Yogiji Maharaj’s passing in 1971, Mahant Swami Maharaj continued to serve devoutly, under the guruship of Brahmswarup Pramukh Swami Maharaj, travelling relentlessly throughout the world to inspire countless individuals through his profound and thought-provoking spiritual discourses. He has also offered his deep insight and guidance in many social and spiritual activities of the BAPS.
On 20 July 2012, in the presence of senior sadhus in Ahmedabad, Pramukh Swami Maharaj revealed Mahant Swami as his spiritual successor. Following the earthly departure of Pramukh Swami Maharaj on 13 August 2016, Mahant Swami became the sixth guru in the Gunatit Guru Parampara of Bhagwan Swaminarayan. Mahant Swami Maharaj now presides as the guru and spiritual guide of countless devotees and helms the worldwide spiritual and humanitarian activities of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj’s Janma Jayanti Tithi Sabha will be celebrated on Friday, September 11, 2020 from 6:00 pm onwards.