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Ajay Zharotia was born on the night of 28th March, 1968, in a family lineage of artists. His father is a famous painter and art educator. His ancestral family has roots in Rajasthan. One of his great grandfathers was believed to be a very spiritual person, who had the Siddhi to travel great distances in no time. His grandparents were ardent devotees of the Mother Goddess Kalika, their Kula Devi.
Ajay was naturally bestowed with the inheritance of artistic talent and a spiritual inclination. Even in his childhood, he spent time reading mythological scriptures like the Mahabharata and the Vishnu Purana, while children his age were reading comic books and playing games. His spiritual pursuit became the focus of his life in 2001 with the start of his Gayatri Sadhana. Since then he has been discovering a whole new world of spirituality within himself.
Ajay’s first meeting with his Jyotish Guru, Pt. Sanjay Rath, unfolded into the auspicious event of Diksha (initiation) from the Revered Swami Gahananandaji, the 14th President of the Ramakrishna Order.
Ajay’s schooling was completed at Saraswati Bal Mandir. He cherishes the Sanskaras of the SarsawatiVandana and the Gita, which his school imparted along with the formal education. He then went on to graduate in Applied Arts from the prestigious College of Art, New Delhi in 1990. Later, he completed his Masters in Drawing & Painting. Presently, he is pursuing PhD in Social Media Marketing as a Research Scholar at the University of Delhi.
Ajay’s professional expertise led him to work with the top, reputed advertising agencies of the country, as their Creative Director. He created many advertising campaigns and launched many National and International Brands like Maruti, Dominos, Motorola, Freelook, to name a few. He is also associated with many social campaigns for UNICEF and WHO.
Ajay’s belief in knowledge sharing and his passion for teaching has made him take up various teaching assignments. He taught as Assistant Professor, in College of Art, New Delhi, University of Delhi. Presently, he is teaching as Associate Professor with FMG Group of Institutes, Mahamaya Technical University, Uttar Pradesh. He is also a member of the Academic Council for syllabus preparation for Applied Arts in the University.
Ajay has a great fervor of making paintings on mythological themes. He has participated in many Art Camps and exhibited his works all over India.
Jyotish has always been a part of Ajay’s life. But it was only in 2004 that he came across SJC groups and decided to delve deeply into this Vedic knowledge. In 2005, he was initiated into the Jyotish lineage of Shri Achyuta Dasa. He has been an active participant of Atri SJC classes in New Delhi and engaged himself in the difficult task of making transcriptions of lectures given in these classes.
Ajay was one of the fortunate few, who were chosen to study Jaimini Upadesha Sutras under the careful guidance of Pt. Sanjay Rath in 2007. Since then, after the Guru Agya, he has been practicing professional Jyotish. He has a very keen interest in Puranas and Scriptures, “Devi Bhagvatam”, being the closest to his heart. He also likes to study various commentaries on “Srimad Bhagwad Gita”.
Ajay Zharotia has successfully completed study of Jaimini Upadesha Sutras from his Jyotish Guru Pt. Sanjay Rath under a 5-year long programme (2007-11) of First Himalaya Batch of DevaguruBṛhaspati Center (DBC). Now, he is a certified Jaimini Scholar and on the directions of the DBC-Institute he is currently teaching the 2nd Himalaya Batch of the Jaimini Scholar Programme along with other fellow Jaimini Scholars.