Acharya Mangalananda is an appointed spiritual Teacher (Acharya) of Ma Anandamayi Ashram in Omkareshwar/Indore, India. He first went to India in 1973 to meet and travel with his Guru, Sri Anandamayi Ma, from whom he received mantra diksha. Since that time he has been living in her ashrams in India and the US. He helped start a spiritual school in Ma’s name in 2001 in Omkareshwar and lived there for eleven years, only recently returning to the States. He yearly tours Europe and the US giving kirtan presentations and spiritual workshops.