Sivananda Math is a social and charitable society registered under the Societies Registration Act, 1860, vide registration no. 253/84-45 with the Inspector General (Registrations), Patna, Bihar. It was founded by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati at Munger in 1984 in memory of his Guru, Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati of Rishikesh.
Since its inception Sivananda Math has facilitated the growth of the weaker and deprived sections of society, especially focusing on Rikhia Panchayat, in the remote areas of Santhal Parganas of Jharkhand district, so that what was once a deprived, desolate panchayat, now flourishes with vitality and prosperity.
Sivananda Math aims to uplift the impoverished in rural and underdeveloped areas, not by creating a culture of dependency, but by fostering peace, health, plenty and prosperity, and above all, self-sufficiency for one and all. The activities are not rendered as charity, rather as an aradhana or worship of God in human form based upon the highest vedantic teachings of atmabhava. The selfless service offered is an expression of the spiritual precepts of Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati whose central teachings of “Serve, love and give”, were bestowed by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati as the foundation of all activities at Rikhiapeeth.