The advent of His Holiness, Acharya Srimat Swami Pranavananda ji Maharaj was in 1896, in the village Bajitpur (Bangladesh) of undivided India. ‘BINOD’, as was called in his childhood days, was often found to be immersed in serious thoughts that culminated into deep meditation, aimed at ‘Self Emancipation’ and ‘Upliftment of Human Beings’, through spiritual development and selfless Services. As a brahmachari, he spent countless hours in meditation, spiritual trances and Seva (Service to people)
The Acharya, as believed by millions was an incarnation of Lord Shiva. His parents were undergoing untold miseries in a remote corner of rural Bengal. As an Ardent devotees of Lord Shiva, they undertook hard penance and rigorous austerities to propitiate the Lord who in a dream, conferred upon them a great boon by incarnating Himself as their son.
He became the disciple of Baba Gambhiranathji and eventually attained the Divine Power, which illuminated His life. Those who wounded him were also endued with the same. Gradually, many people influenced by the ideologies of the Acharya, continued to extend and hold aloft His banner “BHARAT SEVASHRAM SANGHA”, (the Ashram founded in 1917) as His disciples, (irrespective of caste, colour or religion). The Sangha is dedicated for the all round well being of people indulged in raising them to the Level of Divine Standard.