Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, A Man with a Mission

Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, A Man with a Mission
Orissa News Online
News of Orissa and Oriya People
Monday, August 25, 2008

Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, who was killed by unknown assailants at Jaleshpata Kanya Ashram on Saturday night, was a man of strong determination and ideology. His message was loud and clear – “Believe in your religion, don’t disband it”. He never used double standards. He preached what he believed and always stuck to that.

Swami Laxmanananda (80) was a native of Gurujanga village in Talcher. Over four decades ago, he denounced marital life and became a saint. He left his wife and son (who was just one year old) and moved to Kandhamal, which became his “Karma Bhumi”. Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati set up an Ashram at Chakapada in 1960s. He had chosen Kandhamal, as the tribal-dominated district was under attack from Christian missionaries, who were allegedly indulged in mass conversion of tribals and scheduled caste people by luring them with money and other facilities.

The situation was so bad in Kandhamal (then Phulbani) district that Orissa government had to enact the Orissa Freedom of Religion Act to prevent rampant religious conversions. Laxamanananda worked hard for the upliftment of tribals and scheduled caste people in that area. He established several Ashrams and promoted education among the poor. He also set up orphanages and educational institutions.

Since he successfully stopped the conversion among tribals and poor and vehemently opposed cow-slaughter, the Christian extremists always targeted him. He had survived at least nine attempts on his life including a murderous attempt in December 2007. The district administration failed to provide adequate security to Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, even though there was always a threat to his life.

While we pay tearful homage to Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, we hope that his work and belief will continue to show right path to people in Kandhamal and other parts of the state. Long live Swami Laxmananada Saraswati!


3 Responses to “Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, A Man with a Mission”


  1. 1 JYOTIRMAYA PANIGRAHI November 17, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    THIS IS VERY BAD THAT SOME EXTRIMIST MURDERED SWAMI LAXMANANANDA SARASWATI. SWANIJI WAS A REAL MONUMENT OF THE HINDU SANGATHAKA. HE WAS NOT THERE, BUT MOW ALSO IN THE HEARTS OF EVERY HINDU IN KANDHAMAL.
    JAY BHARAT

  2. 2 JYOTIRMYA PANIGRAHI November 29, 2008 at 11:50 am

    SWAMIJI IS KILLED BY THE EXTRIMIST, WHO DON’T MEANING THE RELIGEON CORECTLY. THEY THINK THAT AFTER THE ASSASINATION OF SWAMIJI, THEY CONVERTED THE PEOPLES WITHOUT ANY OBSTACLES. BUT THEY DON’T KNOW THAT WHEN U KILL A PERSON,
    AFTER HIS ASSASINATION HIS IDEAS ARE WIDESPREAD.

    JAY BHARAT

  3. 3 liza December 20, 2008 at 1:38 pm

    the missionaries want to enjoy poor tribal girls at very young age itself. thats why they killed swamy


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