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Baba Santoshpuri
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The Santosh Puri Ashram



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The Santosh Puri Ashram for Yog-Ganga is a humble center of Yoga near Ganga, with very little Ego around, but plenty of love, natural beauty and purity.

A spiritual way of life

  • A spiritual, academic place of retreat for learning and practicing ancient and modern yogic teachings, for fulfillment in life through self-realisation.
  • Our aim is to create a suitable environment (ashram), away from the distracting world of desires and competition, towards retreat, life in simplicity and truthfulness. "Simple living high thinking."
  • Rediscovering the forgotten ways of the art of living in yoga, Ayurveda and the holy Vedic scriptures. The lost paradise is regainable through meditation and a living according to the laws of "dharma" religion.
  • Not only classes or courses, but the chance to live through out the day in spiritual learning, practicing and transforming consciousness with equal minded aspirant


Painting of Baba Santosh Puri by Pieter WeltevredeThe Santosh Puri Ashram was founded by Baba Santosh Puri in 1978. The ashram restored the first charitable pilgrim heritage - now forsaken - on the footpath from Haridwar to Badrinath, the abode of the Gods at a height of 4000 meters.

Starting from a raw piece of land, Baba Santosh Puri gradually build up an ashram that contains various buildings for housing people, dogs and cows.

Roughly 15 people live here more or less permanently and all contribute to the farming and the running of the ashram. The farm has about 10 cows and some land for growing vegetables, pulses, etc..

After Baba Santosh Puri left his body, the ashram continued to grow.


The Santosh Puri Ashram is situated in the forested borders of the holy Ganga river at the feet of the Himalayas, 7km from Haridwar, 18 Km from Rishikesh, 225 Km north of New Delhi. It is directly adjoining the Raja National Park and surrounded by ashrams and a big mango garden.

The ashram is developing into an attractive place - not too luxurious, not too simple, with several rooms, a temple, a Homa fire stall, a meditation hall, a cow shed with 10 cows, a net land enough to grow flowers, vegetables, cow grass and fruit trees and build retreat huts.

The jungle by the Ganga River infront allows long lovely walks and quiet sittings. Ganga is nearby enough for a daily bath in its holy waters.


"SHRI SANTOSH PURI", Babaji left his body in Maha Samadhi in the Kumbha Mela. You can read more about his Samadhi on the Baba Santosh Puri Page. Currently the place is run by his disciple and son Yogacharya Ganga Puri and his two sisters (graduates in yogic science and Ayurveda) and mother, Maa NARVADA PURI, disciple of Babaji and of German origin.

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Visitors are not expected to follow any strict program or specific teaching schedules. The best way to learn something is to follow the daily routine of the ashram, which naturally involves lots of pooja, chanting, asana, pranayama, meditation, talks, fun and nature.

The Seva or service performed at the ashram is centered around taking care for people, cows and the gods. Any visitor can help in that too.

If you like to take a closer look at some pictures, visit the Santosh Puri Ashram picture gallery. There are also some video clips.


YOG-ganga Holiday seminars

They consist of 'A full time yoga life', providing an ascetic life living for better mental and physical health and happiness through yoga practice :

  1. Hatha yoga and kriya yoga
  2. Therapeutic yoga for main diseases (like mental tension, high and low blood pressure, diabetis, obesity, rheumatism, stomach problems, respiratory disorders etc...)
  3. Lectures and studies on the books of yoga (Gita, yoga darshan of patanjali) and Ayurveda.
  4. Puja (prayers), Chanting of mantas, bhajans.
  5. Meditation.

These holiday seminars may provide relaxation from stress problems, depression, mental and physical unwellness - not through increase of lazyness, overeating and luxury or indulgence in sensory pleasures, but by giving positive life energy and peace-giving food for body and mind.

These seminars are meanth for groups of five to fifteen people, lodging and dieting in the ashram. Full arangement for travelling by big cars and buses (Delhi-Haridwar and return, pilgrimage in the Himalayas). Elderly or sick people and children are also welcomed.

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All goods and bads, ups and downs are in ganga maa's hands - may god allways insure our truthfullness, sincerity, desirelesness and forgive us for our enthusiasm to spread his massage and treasury from worldly disease.

Om Shanti



Visitors are very welcome to the ashram. Basically how the ashram sees this today is that people can visit them and what happens after that can be seen. So the best way is to travel to Hardwar, stay in a hotel or guesthouse there and then visit the ashram for the day. If you like it and they feel comfortable with you, then it is possible to actually live there for some time. The divine is always there, waiting to be realised. A little effort from your side, right circumstances, holy company and a beneficial renouncement of unimportant worldliness is all what is needed.

The ashram basically offers visitors :

  • Rooms single, double , some with attached bathroom.
  • Vegetarian food with pure milk products.
  • Session in yoga and meditation.
  • Therapy through pranic healing, rekhi, accu-pressure and ayurvedic massage.
  • Introduction to Ayurveda.
  • Studies of Bhagavada Gita, Upanishad, Patanjali.
  • Medium in Hindi, English, French, and German.
  • Individual guidance and therapy.
  • A developing library.
  • Advice and arrangement of tours and travels.
  • Satsang, company of holy persons.
  • Learning of Hindi, Sanskrit languages.
  • Ayurvedic cooking.
  • Computer and Internet available.
  • Arrangements possible for works shop in painting and music and much more.

The daily diet consists of two vegetarian meals, Ayurveda tea, milk products, fruits and special diet according to fasting rules.

While we basically leave our visitors free to their own program, the time spent in the ashram should be used for bodily and mental purification. Therefore full concern is to be taken on vegetarian food (inside and out side the ashram), silence, self-control,...

The endeavor is to create an all-round inspiring atmosphere of learning and practice to self-discovery and realization, combined with acquaintance of Hindu culture and language, Vedic rituals as Homa fire and seva (selfless service) in the garden with the cows or in the kitchen or in gathering Ayurveda plants from the jungle and help in their preparation.


Please use the contact mailform to see if the ashram has room for you at the time of your choice.


Most important seems to be a tension free condition, financially and privately on the base of SANTOSH that means contentment and self-sufficiency with what there is in your present conditions. The intention of the ashram is not to charge for its spiritual ideas, all based on a special concern and love for you to share whatever we ourselves receive as a gift of god, and a sincerely concerned to try to help you in finding truth (sense) in life and light and peace. Certain Sadhana facilities for spiritual work are necessary in lodging, diet, clothing, books, surrounding company etc.

Nevertheless, as everybody will understand, one can only give freely, if one has a lot; therefore a financial support in form of donation is welcomed for visitors and participants to the yoga courses. It is required for the development of the ashram, and its charitable endeavors like free stay for orphans and saints, the cow service for increase of milk products and our main interest: to work for the benefit of our visitors, the aspirants, to spend a creative time as preparation for higher teachings; to plant a seed of divine devotion and to cultivate a budding desire for liberation.

More pages on the Santosh Puri Asram :

Baba Santoshpuri
Narmada Devi
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