Paramahamsa Prajnanananda

Paramahamsa Prajnanananda was born as Triloki Dash in the village of Pattamundai in Orissa, India. Raised in a pious and spiritual atmosphere, he began searching for a spiritual mentor in early childhood. In 1980, while still a student in college, he met his Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda, who initiated him into Kriya Yoga. Unlike his peers, Triloki Dash spent much of his time in prayer, puja, and meditation. He frequently retreated to the solitude of remote Himalayan caves to be in the company of sages and saints seeking ultimate Truth. He kept up a rigorous spiritual practice under the tutelage of his beloved Gurudev while working as a professor of Economics at Ravenshaw College in Cuttack.


In 1995, Brahmachari Triloki Dash was initiated as a sannyasi, monk, by Paramahamsa Hariharananda. Receiving the name Swami Prajnanananda Giri, he was directed by his Gurudev the next day to travel to Europe, the USA, and other countries in order to propagate Kriya Yoga through public lectures, seminars, retreats, and meditation. Long before Triloki Dash became a monk, Paramahamsa Hariharananda predicted, “Whatever is started by me has to be completed by him.”


Three years later, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda was given the title of Paramahamsa, the highest title given to monks and saints who attain the apogee of God-realization, by his Gurudev on August 10, 1998, on his birthday.

Aglow with radiant wisdom, ever joyful, and reveling in the selfless sacrifice of a silent and secluded monk’s life, Prajnananada has ceaselessly traveled around the world to promote the message of Kriya Yoga to all who seek liberation. He has written and translated numerous books on spiritual topics, skillfully interpreting ageless philosophies in the light of modern science and technology. Using a simple, succinct, candid style, he demonstrates a broad scriptural knowledge, profound wisdom, and a delightful way with words. Able to focus on multiple tasks at one time with perfect precision and mastery, Prajnananandaji projects a buoyant, energetic God-intoxication.


In 1999, Prajnananandaji became the third Indian monk, following Swami Vivekananda and Shri Ravi Sankar, to address the Parliament of World Religions. As the president of Prajnana Mission, he has undertaken projects that promote spiritual education, social and health services, and philanthropic works around the world. He established Hariharananda Balashram, a residential school for poor and orphan children in Arua near his own birthplace, Pattamundai. Following his master's vision, Prajnananandaji created a beautiful ashram with international repute at Balighai, in Orissa, called Hariharananda Gurukulum, and its latest addition, a majestic samadhi temple commemorating his Gurudev.

This world-revered master of Kriya Yoga is the epitome of boundless love, wisdom, and action, representing a combination of Swami Vivekananda, Shri Shankara, and Shri Chaitanya. What Swami Vivekananda was to Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, Arjuna to Shri Krishna, Prajnananandaji is to his Gurudev Paramahamsa Hariharananda. Paramahamsa Prajnanananda stands distinguished and unique among saints and sages of India.

Upcoming Events
Apr 17 - Apr 17 2024
Public Talk by Shri Guruji @ Los Angeles, CA Lecture - Los Angeles, CA, USA
Apr 18 - Apr 22 2024
Apr 23 - Apr 24 2024
Kriyavan ONLY Program with Shri Guruji Special Event - Phoenix - East Valley, AZ, USA
Apr 24 - Apr 24 2024
Apr 27 - Apr 27 2024
Public Talk : Values to cultivate for a happy family life @ Lakewood, CO Special Event - Temple of Peace, Lakewood, CO, USA
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Spring Retreat w/ Shri Guruji Retreat - Temple of Peace, Lakewood, CO, USA
Apr 30 - Apr 30 2024
May 01 - May 01 2024
Darshan and Satsang with Shree Guruji @ Columbus, OH Special Event - Columbus, OH, USA
May 04 - May 04 2024
Public talk - Mindfulness and Mental Health @ Palatine, IL Lecture - Kriya Vedanta Gurukulam - Temple of Harmony
May 02 - May 07 2024
Darshan and Retreat with Shree Guruji Special Event - Kriya Vedanta Gurukulam - Temple of Harmony
May 08 - May 08 2024
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Live Life with Hope, Joy, and Love - A discourse by Shri Guru ji Lecture - Kriya Dhyana Mandir - Temple of Meditation
May 11 - May 15 2024
Kriya Dhyana Mandir - Temple Of Meditation Foundation Day Retreat Retreat - Kriya Dhyana Mandir - Temple of Meditation
May 18 - May 19 2024
Shri Guruji's Visit to Temple of Compassion Retreat - Temple of Compassion, Burton, TX, USA
May 25 - May 25 2024
Public Talk: Mind Body Wellness @ Shalala Student Center Special Event - Kriya Yoga Institute, Homestead, FL, USA
May 21 - May 27 2024
Shri Gurudev's Birthday Program Retreat - Kriya Yoga Institute, Homestead, FL, USA
Aug 23 - Aug 27 2024
Sterksel, Netherlands - lang. Engl. Retreat - Kriya Yoga Centrum, Sterksel, Netherlands
Aug 31 - Aug 31 2024
NEW ASHRAM - Inauguration, Krakow/Tluczan, Pl Special Event - Krakow, Poland
Aug 27 - Sep 02 2024
Sep 06 - Sep 06 2024
26th Ashram Foundation Day Celebration Initiation - Kriya Yoga Centre - Vienna, Tattendorf, Austria
Sep 03 - Sep 09 2024
Ashram Foundation Seminar, Kriya Yoga Centre Vienna (Tattendorf) Retreat - Kriya Yoga Centre - Vienna, Tattendorf, Austria
Sep 16 - Sep 22 2024
Foundation Day Program Retreat - Kriya Yoga Institute, Homestead, FL, USA
Sep 23 - Sep 26 2024
Foundation Day Program Retreat - Temple of Compassion, Burton, TX, USA