Anand Giri is an Indian self-proclaimed spiritual leader and yoga expert, and he was the closest disciple of Mahant Narendra Giri, the national chief of Akhil Bhartiya Akhara Parishad. Swami Anand is dedicated to the service of Bade Hanuman Temple in Prayagraj. Anand Giri doing yoga at an event.Apart from being a Mahant at the Bade Hanuman temple in Uttar Pradeshs Prayagraj, he was also the Mahant of Math Baghambri Gaddi until he was expelled by Mahant Narendra Giri following a fallout between the two.Anand Giri hails from the Sareri village in the Asind tehsil of Bhilwara, Rajasthan. ABP Live.The yoga guru claims to be well-versed in Sanskrit Grammar, Ayurveda, and Vedic Philosophies, and he also regularly conducts Yoga workshops for army personnel and executives in private sector companies. Swami Anand Yoga.In 1997, the 12-year-old Swami Anand Giri, who was studying in the seventh standard, left his ancestral home for Haridwar and started training under Mahant Narendra Giri. Soon, Anand Giri set out on the path of self-realisation and joined the Sanyaas Dharma. According to Giri, his earlier years were spent at Kedar and in the Himalayas at Tungnath, Rudranath, and Kalpeshwar. Swami Anand Yoga.He was formally inducted into Narendra Giris Shri Panchayati Akhara Niranjani in 2007.Apparently, Anands family did not know that he had become the disciple of Narendra Giri, and they recognised Ashoka (Anand) when his discourse was telecasted in a program on Sanskar TV. Anand then visited his village in 2012 with Mahant Narendra Giri, where Mahant gave him Diksha in front of his family, and Ashoka took the name Anand Giri. ABP Live.The self-proclaimed swami is apparently a globe-trotter. He has travelled to the US, UK, South East Asia, Europe, Kazakhstan, and Turkey. Swami Anand Yoga Anand Giri in Paris.Anand is also known for his non-ascetic and lavish lifestyle as his social media handles are flooded with pictures of him travelling to foreign countries and enjoying rides in luxurious cars. The Times of India Anand Giri travelling in luxury cars while on foreign trips.According to Anand Giri, he has taught as a guest lecturer at around six universities, and he is also regularly invited to various educational institutions. Giri has travelled to various countries to meet his followers.