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Ganga Darshan News and Events 2014




From 31st March to 8th April, Navaratri was celebrated at the amphitheatre of Satyam Vatika at Ganga Darshan. Each evening, havan and pooja was accompanied by the chanting of the Rama Raksha Stotram, the Draupadi Krita Katyayani Stuti 108 times, the Nama Ramayana and kirtan.

Ma Durga was worshipped for the first three days and the Sri Krishnakritam Durga Stotram was chanted. The next three days were dedicated to Ma Lakshmi with the Sri Maha Lakshmi Ashtakam chanted in her honour, and Ma Saraswati was worshipped on the final two days with the chanting of Nil Saraswati Stotram.

Evening programs on 5th and 6th April were held in Satyam Udyan, the Akhara, where the Navaratri program was combined with the monthly Bhakti Yoga sadhana in memory of Sri Swamiji's attaining mahasamadhi.

Ram Navami

At 12 noon on 8th April, the birth of Sri Rama was celebrated at Satyam Udyan. The hour-long program consisted of stotras and kirtan dedicated to Sri Rama.

Swamiji spoke on Rama as the embodiment of dharma, nyaya and maryada, the three qualities of obligation or inherent duty, natural justice and appropriateness.

Health Management Course

From 3rd to 21st April, a Health Management course was held focusing on the management of diabetes. Seventeen participants between the ages of 26 and 75 attended the course, coming from Bihar, Jharkhand Madhya Pradesh, New Delhi, Tamil Nadu and UP. Under the guidance of Sannyasi Soumyashakti a team of teachers conducted the asana, pranayama, yoga nidra and theory classes: Sannyasis Atmaprabha, Karmanidhi, Mantramurti, Omtirth, Premsagar and Yogapriya.



From 8th to 14th February, Dhyan Yoga Sadhana Kendra, Kanker, organized an advanced yoga sadhana shivir for 90 participants. Swami Gorakhnath conducted the classes of meditation, the SWAN sadhana, trataka and the practice of bandhas. The evening sessions consisted of yoga nidra, kirtan and satsang.

From 16th to 19th February, a yoga sadhana shivir was held at the Satyam Yoga Kendra, Kondagaon. Swami Gorakhnath conducted classes similar to the shivir in Kanker. Also, around 1000 students of different schools were introduced to yoga and its techniques.

From 22nd to 24th March, a workshop on developing efficiency at the workplace through yoga was organized at the Hindustan Steelworks Construction Limited (HSCL), Bhilai. Swami Gorakhnath conducted the program explaining how the various components of yoga can be integrated into one's lifestyle. Over 150 participants attended.


On 2nd March, during the International Yoga Mahotsava organized by Muni Ki Reti, Rishikesh, Swami Gorakhnath represented the Bihar School of Yoga, introducing the Satyananda Yoga system, karma yoga and bhakti yoga. He spoke on the importance of awareness, discipline, yogic lifestyle and health related issues.

Madhya Pradesh

From 1st to 15th April, Satyananda Yoga Kendra, Jabalpur, organized a yoga shivir for officers, staff and family members of the Central Bureau of Investigation. The programs were conducted by Rahul Awasthi.


From 3rd to 5th April, a yoga program was organized at Notre Dame Academy, Munger. Sannyasa trainee Harishraddha conducted APMB and yoga nidra sessions for 250 students from classes 9 and 10.

On 5th April, Swami Niranjanananda inaugurated the 35th District Convention of the Lions Club. He spoke on the difference between charity and daan: charity being a temporary solution while daan is a means towards empowerment of a person in need, helping them convert their selfishness into a selfless and caring nature.

Bharat Yoga Yatra

From 10th to 15th April, Swami Niranjanananda was in Mumbai initiating his 2014 Bharat Yoga Yatra with the theme 'Know Yourself and Find Divinity in Life'.

For the first three days, the program took place at NSCI (National Sports Club India) Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel Stadium, Worli. The morning sessions included asana, pranayama, yoga nidra and ajapa japa with more than 500 participants attending the sessions.

In the mornings and afternoons, informal satsangs were held where Swamiji met with various groups of devotees. Between 100-400 delegates attended. The evening sessions were attended by over 1000 delegates.

Swamiji initiated 133 aspirants into mantra, 26 into jignasu and 10 into karma sannyasa.

From 13th to 15th April, the program took place at the Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizer Grounds, Chembur.

Over 500 delegates participated in the morning sessions. The two informal satsang sessions for the general public were held at the Loreto Convent School and were attended by 200-300 delegates. In the evenings, over 800 delegates came to hear Swamiji speak.

In Chembur, Swamiji initiated 111 aspirants into mantra, 23 into jignasu and 14 into karma sannyasa.

Swami Shivadhyanam conducted the asana and pranayama components, Swami Nirmalananda and Swami Gorakhnath the yoga nidra and Swami Vigyanchaitanya the meditation component of the morning sessions. Amargeet, BYMM Munger, and Sivankari from Chennai inspired all with their joyful and uplifting kirtan. On two evenings, a group of children from a local blind school in Worli enthralled all with their soul-stirring kirtan.

In his lectures and satsangs, Swamiji developed the theme of the Bharat Yoga Yatra: Know Yourself and Find Divinity in Life. Over the six-day period, Swamiji explained that after spreading yoga for 50 years, the new chapter of Bihar Yoga is dedicated to the total development of the human personality.

All aspects of yoga and spiritual life were covered, from asana practice to kundalini, chakras and the koshas, stress and health management, the history and application of yoga, the practices of Swami Sivananda's 18 ITIES, pratipaksha bhavana and pranayama, as well as the mandates given by Sri Swamiji and his own vision of yoga for the future. Swamiji emphasized the need to change one's attitude to yoga. He gave two themes that would help everyone to make this change and shift: developing sincerity, seriousness and commitment towards one's yoga practice and managing the six enemies of desire, anger, greed, infatuation, pride and envy.

Truly, Swamiji launched a new epoch of Bihar Yoga with a thrust that awed and inspired all present.


Bihar School of Yoga, Ganga Darshan Vishwa Yogapeeth, will be closed to all visitors and guests from April 2014 onwards. After the World Yoga Convention and Golden Jubilee of the Bihar School of Yoga in 2013, a time is required to restructure, plan and implement the future development of the Bihar Yoga tradition for the coming decades. Therefore this step is necessary.

The Yoga Health Management Courses scheduled from 3-20 August and 15-30 September have been cancelled.

All other courses and programs announced earlier will continue, and participation will be limited and restricted to that event only.

No private classes, seminars, or invitations will be possible.

A special program will be conducted for overseas visitors from 11-14 December 2014. Those who are interested to participate may write to Bihar School of Yoga Ganga Darshan Vishwa Yogapeeth for more information.

Ganga Darshan Events

Date Event
Sep 8 Honouring Janmotsava of Sri Swami Sivananda
Sep 12 Honouring Sannyasa Diwas of Sri Swami Satyananda
Dec 25 Celebration of Swami Satyananda Birthday


Sannyasa Peeth Events

Sannyasa Peeth was established by Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati on 6 December 2010, to fulfil the third mission and vision of his Guru, Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati.

In the modern context sannyasa has to be interpreted in a practical, logical and systematic way. The purpose of sannyasa is to cultivate and to live the higher spiritual qualities.

Sannyasa Peeth will provide an opportunity for sincere aspirants to imbibe the right samskara, be exposed to traditional sadhanas and learn to apply teachings by adhering to an alternative spiritual lifestyle based on the principles and disciplines of sannyasa.

Sannyasa Peeth will be conducting various events and programs for the benefit of spiritual seekers, aspirants and devotees.

For more information please see the activities page.


For further details regarding the above events and courses please visit the Main Ashrams web site here>


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