Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj (87) was unanimously elected as the 16th president of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.

The office of the president of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission was vacant following the death of Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj on June 18.

The office of the president fell vacant and as the senior most vice-president, Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj was the natural choice. He was the interim president.With Swami Smarananandaji Maharaj taking over as the new president, the post of one vice-president fell vacant and Swami Shibamayanandaji Maharaj has been given that post.