Known as right hand of Shriji Maharaj
Sadguru Shri Shukanand Swami
Shri Shukanand Swami was one of the endeared saints of Shri Hari, who lived a documentary life of an expert writer and as a right hand of Shriji Maharaj in the history of Swaminarayan Sampraday.
He was born in a pious Audichya Brahmin family of village Dabhan in Vikram Samvat 1855. In his childhood he was known as Jagannath. Due to his brilliance he had progressed a lot in his studies. Following the instructions of Shri Hari he stayed in Dabhan for further studies in Sanskrit; there he had satsang with the saints. Thereafter he went to Gadhpur to render himself in services to Shri Hari. He took Diksha and named as ‘Shukanand Swami’. At that time Shriji Maharaj stated he is Shukdevji himself.
Shri Hari was very much pleased with knowledge, nobility and art of writing of Shri Shukanand Swami, He usually wrote the letter to aspirants for Shri Hari and Shri Hari self attest the letter, Collection of his handwritten letters published as “Prasadina Patro”. Shri Shukanand Swami was one of the key writer to scribed Vachnamrut, which is very key documentation of collective spiritual discourse of Shri Hari with the special audience.
Along with this noble services, Shri Shukanand Swami has written 7 books in Sanskrit and 9 books in Gujarati. Sometimes in his intense pleasure Maharaj used to tell that he likes three things very much, 1) Saint from Dabhan, 2) Mango tree of Dabhan and 3) Bullock of Dabhan.
Shri Shukanand Swami was Brahmin by born and he was having too much of affection to his body, so to get out of this affection he seek for illness from Shri Hari. for about 12 years illness, at last on Magsar Vad 5 in Samvat 1925 he left his worldly body at Vadtal and went to Akshardhaam.