Our Resident Acharya

Acharya Swapnaji Nayar

Smt. Swapnaji was born and raised in a zamindar family in West Bengal, India. Being raised in a religious family with their own temples and shrines, she has had an inclination towards spirituality since childhood. After graduating in Arts from University of Calcutta, she spent the next twenty years in raising her daughters with her husband Shri Jetindra K. Nayar.

Acharya Swapnaji started Vedantic studies in 1995 at Chinmaya Mission Kolkata. This pursuit of knowledge continued for the next 16 years under the guidance of different Acharyas and Swamijis and Param Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayanandaji at the Mission. Swami Advaitanandji created a great urge for knowledge of self in Acharyas during his residence at the Kolkata Mission from 2000 to 2007. Smt. Swapnaji was the Sevak for multiple study classes. Having received formal training in Hindustani Classical Music since childhood, she also enjoyed singing Bhajans at different occasions/celebrations in the Mission.

With the grace of the Lord and entire Guru Parampara, Acharya Swapnaji and Acharya Jetindraji completed the residential 2 year Vedanta course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai in 2013 and have been appointed by Param Pujya Guruji to be the resident Acharyas at Chinmaya Mission Chicago, Yamunotri.