The man who believes in only one religion. That is science, the one that not many follow, yet it has been the religion of many who have made significance contributions to the world. A religion which has brought revolution in this world from its greater understandings.

Mahan Mj is also known as Mahan Maharaj or Swami Vidyanathanda is a man whose life is pretty simple yet making significant contributions to the field of mathematics and science.

Mahan Mj, a Bengali was born in April 1968. Completed high school from St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, in Calcutta. Later joined IIT, Kanpur and graduated with Masters in Mathematics from in 1992. We all could now understand that a graduate in mathematics from IIT would surely have great skills. Adding Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California, Berkely in 1997 sure did refine his work further.

Soon after his education, Mahan Mj joined Ramakrishna Mission in 1998. An organized mission which is famously known for its principles which empower a person with knowledge. Mahan consecrated as a monk in 2008.

Saffron-robed with no interest in earthly possessions, solely believing in his religion of science. Working day in day out, teaching, and learning every day. What can we call this man? An intellectual sentient? A mindful soul? Or a man whose body is itself a brain? Some even claim him to be the embodiment of the great Swami Vivekananda. No doubt, we could surely compare him. He does eat, sleep, and breathe in science. In an interview with NDTV, when asked about religion Mahan replied: “I follow no organized religion. If you asked me one and put a gun to my head I would probably say science.”

Mahan though is simple living, is a man with extraordinary brainy skills. He also won a prize at the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Award in 2011 which is one of India’s top recognition prize in the field of science. Many recognize Mahan Mj from his work where he proved Thurston’s conjecture, impressed the jury and won Infosys prize for mathematical sciences in 2015.


Mahan worked as a professor and dean for Department of Mathematics at Ramakrishna Math. Currently, Mahan Mj is working as a professor at Tata Institue of Fundamental Research. He is known as a charismatic personality and a great teacher. He relates his life to a completely spiritual being, where he is doing service to others by teaching maths and gaining knowledge by doing research in the field of mathematics.

Mahan believes that fruits of scientific discoveries or principles should be available to all. He also believes that one must work hard and the rest will follow.

People like Mahan Mj are not only great for the field of mathematics but to the whole of humanity who inspire the younger generations to work on their dreams rather than worrying about earthly possessions.