In the early 1900's Sri Yukteswar Giri (known as Priyanath Karar Swami at that time) founded a small ashram in the holy city of Puri on the Bay of Bengal, Orissa. He bought the land with the intention to establish a residential school specializing in astrology, philosophical and spiritual studies. The ashram soon began to fulfill its mission by receiving the young students of Sri Yukteswar's "Sadhu Sabha", the spiritual organization he founded.
He resided at his Puri ashram for a few months every year, training young spiritual aspirants. It was there that he made his final transition in 1936. His body is buried in a marble shrine (Samadhi) in the ashram's garden.
Puri is an ancient and holy city in eastern India on the Bay of Bengal, famous for its 12th century Jagannath Temple regarded as one of the 'Char Dham' (the four sacred Hindu pilgrimage places) in India. Jagannath, the main deity worshipped here, is considered 'The Lord of the Universe', a form of Vishnu or Krishna. Millions of pilgrims attend the temple's main festivals each year.
The sacred Ganges and other holy rivers of India all flow into the Bay of Bengal.
While walking on the beaches of golden sand and gazing at magnificent skies merging into the Emerald green ocean, it is easy to imagine how Sriyukteswar became enraptured and inspired by the spiritual power of this holy place, like many other saints who, through the centuries, have established their residence and ashrams on this sacred land.