Swami Shree Swaroopananda Saraswati ji was born Pothiram Upadhyay in 1924, in Dist. Seoni and village Dighori area of Madhya Pradesh. At nine years old he left home to visit the holy places of India, including Varanasi where he eventually studied with Swami Karpatri (aka Hariharananda Saraswati), a disciple of Guru Dev Swami Brahmananda Saraswati. At 19 years old he became a freedom fighter in the 'Quit India' movement (1942) and was known as 'Revolutionary Sadhu' (serving two prison sentences for same of 9 months & 6 months). In 1950 Guru Dev made him a dandi sannyasi. After Guru Dev's passing in 1953, Swarupanandji took up with a new guru, Swami Krishnabhodashram ji Maharaj. Krishnabhodashramji was established as Guru Dev's successor by Swami Karpatri Swami Swarupanandji became president of the 'Ramrajya Parishad Party' (set up by Swami Karpatri), and on Krishnabhodashram's demise the post of Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math passed to Swami Swarupanandji. There were now two Shankaracharya ashrams in Joshimath, Swami Swaroopanand's being on the site of Trotakacharya's cave, just below the ashram that Guru Dev Swami Brahmanand had built in the 1940's.