Known as the mother of sampraday
Sadguru Shri Muktanand Swami
Mahamukt Sadguru Shri Muktanand Swami was born to his mother Radhadevi at the house of Anandram on Posh Vad 7 Samvat 1814 at Village Amrapur near Amreli. In his childhood he was known as Mukunddas. He learnt Sanskrit and Music from his brilliant father. To tie him into temporal affairs they arranged the marriage of Mukunddas at childish age.
One day he began acting mentally deranged to invoke a sense of dislike from his family members. Thus, acting like a madman he posed himself as a great nuisance. Thus, in such self generated circumstance he left the home under the cover of night in search of right Guru. He visited many villages and towns like Dhrangadhra, Morbi, Wankaner in his countrywide search, then finally he reached to Sardhar and met Mahant Tulsidasji to stay in Ramji Mandir. Meanwhile Shri Ramananda Swami came Sardhar,
Mukunddas met Swamiji and impress by his pious words, He felt a state of total bliss in the presence of the Swami.
One day Mukunddas took Diksha from Shri Ramanand Swami on Vasant Panchami, Vikram Samvat 1842. He became Muktanand Swami, in a very short time, he emerged as a leading disciple of Shri Ramanand Swami.
Later he appointed as a Mahant of Loj Ashram. In Samvat 1856 Lord Shri Swaminarayan graced the Ashram of Loj in the form of Nilkanth Varni. By attracting the sainthood and meekness of Shri Muktanand Swami Shri Hari stayed in the Ashram for nine months under the leadership of Swamiji.
Thereafter the reigns of the Sampradaya came in the hands of Sahajanand Swami, Shree Muktanand Swami who had attained the status of a Guru, remained and served throughout his life as a disciple.
Sadguru Shri Muktanand Swami was an unique multidisciplinary saint, his leadership skills, administration skill was incomparable at the same time
He created of commentary on Brahma Sutra Bhashya and erudition of a stature like defeating the stalwarts of knowledge of Vadodara and classical dance capable of defeating the Gavaiya (singers) of Gwalior.
Muktanand Swami was equally at ease with poetry too. He composed poems spontaneously. His creations are abstract and meaningful. He has written 28 books on several subjects. ‘Muktanand Kavya’ is the collection of his works. His very famous creation “Jay Sadguru Swami” consider as Aarti of Swaminarayan Sampraday.
His compassion and affection gave him the status which was not achieved by any of five hundred Paramhansas. Gidhubhai Badheka is known as ‘Muchhali Maa’ (Mother with a moustache) in Gujarati literature; similarly Lord Shri Swaminarayan has given him the nickname of ‘Satsang ni Maa’ (Mother of Satsang). His name is taken with great honour after Sahjanand Swami. Just after one month of Shree Hari’s return to Swadhaam, he left his body at Gadhpur on Ashada Vad-11 Samvat 1886 and went to Akshardham.