H.H. Swami Tejomayananda Saraswati (Pujya Guruji)
Sudhakar Kaitwade

(1950-06-30) 30 June 1950 (age 73)
Religious career
GuruChinmayananda Saraswati

Swami Tejomayananda Saraswati (born 30 June 1950), also known as Pujya Guruji and born Sudhakar Kaitwade, is an Indian spiritual leader. He was head of Chinmaya Mission from 1994 to 2017, until he was succeeded by Swami Swaroopananda in 2017.[1]

Initiation and disciplehood

In 1970, Sudhakar Kaitwade was a physics student at Bhopal, when he was about to complete his master's degree in physics. After attending couple of talks of Swami Chinmayananda on Bhagavad Gita, Sudhakar Kaitwade was inspired to join Chinmaya Mission's residential Vedanta course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai. Upon completing the course in 1975, he was initiated as Brahmachari Vivek Chaitanya and also studied under Swami Dayananda Saraswati (Arsha Vidya) who was conducting the long-term resident course.[2][1]

On 21 October 1983, Swami Chinmayananda initiated him into sannyasa, bestowing upon him the name Swami Tejomayananda.[1]

Missionary work

The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presenting the Padma Bhushan Award to Swami Tejomayananda, on April 12, 2016

As the Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, Swami Tejomayananda – known in the Mission as Pujya Guruji – has been involved in several projects, including the Chinmaya International Residential School in Coimbatore, the Chinmaya Centre of World Understanding in New Delhi, the Chinmaya International Foundation near Cochin, the Chinmaya Heritage Centre in Chennai, the expansion of the Chinmaya Mission Hospital in Bangalore and the Chinmaya Vibhooti Vision Centre near Pune.

He has travelled internationally extensively. Throughout his travels, he conducts jnana yajnas (3-7 day Vedanta lecture series) in different cities and various countries every week.


Swami Tejomayananda has served several roles in Chinmaya Mission, including



Swami Tejomayananda has published more than 100 books on Vedanta. [4] He is also a prolific composer and poet, amidst his fluency in four languages - English, Hindi, Marathi, and Sanskrit. His poetry describing Vedantic concepts are also renowned.


  1. ^ a b c "Swami Tejomayananda". Chinamaya Mission. Archived from the original on 31 May 2008. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). www.arshavidya.in. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2022.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "This Year's Padma Awards announced" (Press release). Ministry of Home Affairs. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 25 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Books written by Tejomayananda". Retrieved 17 June 2013.