His Holiness Swami Tapovan Maharaj
Gurureva param Brahma tasmai shri gurave namah
Salutations to the Guru who alone is the Supreme Brahman
Pujya Swami Tapovan Maharaj was the very embodiment of the ideals of sannyasa, endowed with supreme renunciation, deep wisdom, saintliness, austerity, and compassion, a true virakta mahatma.
Swamiji was born in 1886, in the village of Mudappalur in Palghat district to Balamba and Achutan Nair. His parents named him Subramanyan, but they lovingly called him Chippu Kutty. After the untimely death of his father, Swamiji left his home at the age of 28 to heed the call of the divine, eventually taking up residence in a one-room thatched hut in Uttarkashi, which came to be known as Tapovan Kutir. It was here that Gurudev sat at the feet of the great master for a total of seven years absorbing Vedantic knowledge.
Swamiji attained mahasamadhi on the 16th of January 1957 on the full moon day in the Brahma-muhurta at 4:30 a.m. He came from nowhere, existed everywhere, and ultimately went to be everywhere.