About Swami Atamanand ji
Swami Aatmanand ji is revered as one of the greatest social transformation leaders of Chhattisgarh who spent his entire life in the service of humanity. He lit the flame of knowledge in the young minds making them learn about compassion and serving the society.
Swami Atmanand ji also fondly called as Tulendra as a child, was born on 06 October 1929 in Barbanda village of Raipur District. His Father Dhaniram Verma was a School teacher and his mother Bhagyavati Devi was a housewife. To get well trained in the field of education and teaching, Dhaniram ji enrolled himself in the Training center located at Wardha and shifted there with his family. Dhaniram ji used to frequently visit Gandhi ji's Sevagram ashram which was nearby. Tulendra used to visit Sevagram alongside his father. Boy Tulendra used to sing and hymn Bhajans in a very melodious voice. Gandhi Ji used to admire him for his beautiful voice, he used to listen to him with utmost interest.
As time passed, Tulendra became Chaitanya ji and adopted the life of a saint. In 1960, Chaitanya ji took sanyas and later came to be known Swami Atmanand ji. He would spend the evenings singing hymns and reading philosophical discourses from religious texts. People attending his discourses started to donate and contribute financially so that he could serve more people. In Jan 1961, the state government granted him 93,098 sqft land for construction of an ashram. On 13 April 1962, this ashram was inaugurated.
The beautiful Swami Vivekananda Aashram of Raipur that we witness today is the result of his hardwork. Swami ji was selflessly dedicated towards the people of Chhattisgarh that whatever amount of money he had for building the temple, he distributed it to the needy people. He worked very hard to provide food, shelter and education to the refugees that came to Chhattisgarh. On government's special request he inaugurated the school of spiritual and moral education in Narayanpur. He was popular in Chhattisgarh for his dynamic work towards youth empowerment and moral education.