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.
way of life
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
The Santosh Puri Ashram was founded
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,
After Baba Santosh Puri left his body, the ashram continued to grow.
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
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.
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 :
yoga and kriya yoga
- Therapeutic yoga for main diseases
(like mental tension, high and low blood pressure,
diabetis, obesity, rheumatism, stomach problems,
respiratory disorders etc...)
- Lectures and studies on the books
of yoga (Gita, yoga darshan of patanjali) and
- Puja (prayers), Chanting of mantas,
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.
Arrangements or inqury over
our e-mail address firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
- Session in yoga and meditation.
- Therapy through pranic healing,
rekhi, accu-pressure and ayurvedic massage.
- Introduction to Ayurveda.
- Studies of Bhagavada Gita, Upanishad,
- Medium in Hindi, English, French,
- Individual guidance and therapy.
- A developing library.
- Advice and arrangement of tours
- Satsang, company of holy persons.
- Learning of Hindi, Sanskrit
- 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.
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,
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.
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.
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