An Invitation from Swamiji

The most profound and transformative three years of my life were the ones I spent at my Guru’s Ashram in Ganeshpuri, India.


For people interested in our lineage, Ganeshpuri is Mecca, Jerusalem, Benares or maybe Heaven. In the last 15 years I’ve led pilgrimages there with hundreds of people. Every one of them received a gift of the spirit in that little village. The Shakti in Bhagavan Nityananda’s samadhi shrine and Baba Muktananda’s samadhi shrine, as well as the other holy places in and around the village, is extraordinary. That Shakti is palpable and all pervasive and immensely uplifting.


If you are interested in God, if you are interested in the Guru, if you are interested in spiritual energy, if you are interested in spiritual evolution, come to Ganeshpuri. Everyone should experience Ganeshpuri at least once in their lives. Get ready for transformation, wisdom, divine love, and spiritual bliss.


With love,

Swami Shankarananda

Swami Shankarananda Ganeshpuri

Sri Nityananda Ashram

Ganeshpuri Retreat

To be on retreat in Ganeshpuri with Guruji and Devi Ma is truly an extraordinary experience.


Ganeshpuri is a small village about 80km north of Mumbai, and it is difficult to visit there without experiencing the Shakti, or spiritual energy, which seems to permeate everything. It is a powerful place to do sadhana, spiritual practice, and to meditate.


Ganeshpuri was the home of the powerful and mysterious sage Bhagavan Nityananda, who lived there from 1936 until he left his body in 1961. His Samadhi shrine is now the focal point of the village and draws many pilgrims each year. Amongst Bhagavan’s foremost disciples was Baba Muktananda (Guruji’s teacher). Baba also made Ganeshpuri his home and established the Gurudev Siddha Peeth Ashram where Guruji studied with Baba and did sadhana.


For such a small village, Ganeshpuri holds many spiritual riches and there is always plenty to experience.

Meditation Retreat India Ganeshpuri Nityananda

Trip Highlights

Meditation Retreat India Shakti Nityananda Yoga

Highlights of the trip include:

  • Satsangs with Guruji in the magical setting of Ganeshpuri.
  • Visiting Bhagavan Nityananda’s Samadhi shrine and the daily Aratis.
  • Meditating in Kailas Nivas (Nityananda’s ashram) and Bangalore Walla.
  • Darshan at Baba Muktananda’s Samadhi shrine, Gurudev Siddha Peeth ashram.
  • Visiting the Devi temple in neighbouring Vajeshwari.
  • Bathing in the natural hot springs.
  • Lots of free time to explore Ganeshpuri and assimilate the Shakti.
  • Doing seva (spiritual service).
  • Having darshan and hanging out with Guruji on the Kothavala veranda
  • Performances from the Ganeshpuri Kirtan Group and Qawwalis
  • Yagna, or traditional Vedic fire ceremony with brahmin priests


For more information about Bhagavan’s lineage
and Ganeshpuri see


Location: Ganeshpuri, India
Retreat Dates: The retreat begins in Ganeshpuri on Thursday 10 January and finishes on Wednesday 23 January.

Duration: 14 days & 13 nights.

What’s included:

  • All daily retreat activities & special events.
  • Accommodation (double or twin share).
  • All meals & bottled water.
  • New bedding (incl. mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket, mosquito net)
  • Transport to and from Mumbai airport for the recommended flights.
  • Use of Kothavala hotel grounds and hot spring baths.
Booking Details

If you would like to be sent a copy of our official Information Booklet or have further queries, please contact The Ashram directly.


Phone: (03) 9775 2568

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