SWAMI SIVANANDA SARASWATI
Swami Shivananda was born at Pattamadai, Tamil Nadu, in 1887.
After serving as a medical doctor in Malasya, he stopped practising, went to Rishikesh and was initiated into Dashnami Sannyasa in 1924 by Swami Vishwananda Saraswati.
He toured extensively throughout India, inspiring people to practise yoga and lead a spiritually devoted life.
He founded the Divine Life Society at Rishikesh in 1936, the Shivananda Ayurvedic Pharmacy in 1945, the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in 1948 and the Shivananda Eye Hospital in 1957.
During his lifetime he guided thousands of disciples and aspirants all over the world and authored over 200 books.