Sadguru Shri Nishkulanand Swami
Sadguru Shri Nishkulanand Swami glorify his placed as one the popular muse among the eight of Swaminarayan Sampraday, He is known as “Vairagya Murty”. The level of his poetry at the trance and many aspirants have left the worldly affection and moved to Sahajanadi Fauj.
He was born to mother Amrutba in the house of Ramjibhai at Shekhpat village near Jamnagar on Vasant Panchmi of Vikram Samvat 1822. His childhood name was Lalji Suthar, from his childhood he was blessed with the quality of renunciation, but his parents made his marriage at very early age so Lalji Suthar have 2 kids too.
Once Shri Hari took Lalji Suthar as his guide for his pilgrimage to Kachchh region. On the way, where village Aghoi of his father in law came, Shri Hari made him leave the worldly affairs, granted him Diksha and he was named as Nishkulanand.
Unique quality of Shri Nishkulanand Swami was that though he was illiterate, he could write with pen and could create poems. The lines of his poetry could pierce through the darkness like a sword of light. His intense sense of renunciation can also be found in his poems. While listening to his poems who feels like renouncing this world. His very popular creation named Chosath Padi is like an ornament of the pilgrimage of renunciation.
He has created thousands of Kirtans, collections of his poetry creations are available as Nishkulanand Kavya. Apart from poetry he created Bhakta Chintamani, whis is his one of the popular creation of sampraday. He has adored himself by writing Purushottam Prakash, book after knowing about the noble and gigantic task of Shri Hari.
In spite of his poetry, He was an expert sculptor of stones and the wood. He himself had prepared Hindola of 12 doors on the occasion of Vadtal Festival, Shri Hari swung to that Hindola. The bow like curve sculptured in the temple of Dholera bears witness to his expertise in the art of sculpture.
His son Madhav also became saint, after he took diksha he was named as Govindanand Swami, Later Sadguru Gopalanand Swami offered his the very first worship and Aarti of Kashtbhanjan Hanumanji at Salangpur.
Gandhiji liked his very popular creation “Tyag na take vairagya vina” very much and he placed this to his “Ashram Bhajanavali”. While rendering his services as a Mahant of Dholera temple, Swami went to Akshardham on Ashadh Vad 9, Samvat 1904.