Appearance: 1785 A.D
Name: Mulji Sharma
Name After Initiation: Sadhu Nirgunanand ; Gunatitand Swami
Place of Birth: Bhadara (Dist. Jamnagar, Gujarat, India)
- Built the temple in Junagadh
- Defined the theory of Sakaar Brahman
- Imbibed the theories of devotion and servitude as preferred by Sahajanand Swami
- Incarnation of Brahm
End: 1867 A.D.
According to Lord Swaminarayan's boon, "I shall grace this planet perpetually through the God-Ordained Saint who is absolutely pious and has renounced the company of women, wealth and fame", He blessed us with the legacy of saints who were and are the beacon of true faith and empathy in this fractured world.
The first saint in this legacy of welfare promulgated by Lord Swaminarayan was Anadi Mool Akshar Moorti Shri Gunatitanand Swami. He was the incarnation of Brahm and Lord Swaminarayan was the embodiment of Parbhram. He was the absolute sevak (aide) of the Lord. It was said that He moved when the Lord's eyes moved. He was the lexicon of Lord's wish. Physically, He was born in Bhadara, a tiny village on the banks of river Und on the auspicious day of Sharad-Poornima (autumn solstice Full moon) in the year 1785 A.D.
He was initiated as a saint and was named Nirgunanand - the man unbound by the three physical bodies.
He was also named as Gunatitanand Swami - man beyond the boundaries of material world and virtues. Essentially, Nirgunanand and Gunatitanand signify the same meaning. He was the embodiment of service and devotion, the crucial points to gratify Lord Swaminarayan. He was not a mythical figure. He was the model for all the devotees who aspired to be the supreme sevak of the Lord. He strode this Earth propagating the divine message of Lord Swaminarayan. He was the first natural successor of Lord Swaminarayan.