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Yogananda's Family Home in Kolkata
4 Garpar Road where Yogananda lived during his teen age years.

4 Garpar Road where Yogananda lived during his teen age years.

Attic Meditation Room

This is the attic room where Paramahansa Yogananda spent many long hours in meditation.

Sarita Ghosh at Yogananda's shrine room.
Sarita's husband, Somnath Ghosh, is Sananda Lal Ghosh's (Yogananda's young brother) grandson. Sarita is sitting at the doorstep of Yogananda's attic meditation room.

Sarita's husband, Somnath Ghosh, is Sananda Lal Ghosh's (Yogananda's young brother) grandson.
Sarita is sitting at the doorstep of Yogananda's attic meditation room.

Sarita & Hélène at the Attic Room
At the family home of Yoganadaji in Kolkata, Sarita Ghosh continues to maintain his attic room as a shrine and is a gracious host to devotees who wish to visit and meditate in Master's private sanctuary. We had the great blessing of sitting in his spiritually charged space for some time, bathed in feelings of his divine presence.

At the family home of Yoganadaji in Kolkata, Sarita Ghosh continues to maintain his attic room as a shrine and is a gracious host to devotees who wish to visit and meditate in Master's private sanctuary. We had the great blessing of sitting in his spiritually charged space for some time, bathed in feelings of his divine presence. After our meditation Sarita prepared tea and shared some stories of Yogananda's life.

Master Mahasaya's Amherst Street Home
Master Mahasaya's Amherst Street Home

. . . a dear friend and mentor to Paramahansa Yogananda in his youth.

Master Mahasaya's Amherst Street Home
50 Amherst Street where Master Mahasaya lived on the top floor.

50 Amherst Street where Master Mahasaya lived on the top floor.

Master Mahasaya's Amherst Street Home
50 Amherst Street where Master Mahasaya's school was. Yogananda's mother was renting this building for her son's wedding when she unexpectedly left this world.

50 Amherst Street where Master Mahasaya's school was. Yogananda's mother was renting this building for her son's wedding when she unexpectedly left this world.

Greer Park (now Ladies Park)
Where Mukunda Lal used to play football with his friends.

Where Mukunda Lal used to play football with his friends.

Greer Park
 Where Yogananda's team was playing soccer during his high school's years, two blocks away from Garpar Road.

Where Yogananda's team was playing soccer during his high school's years, two blocks away from Garpar Road.

Greer Park
Entrance of the park near Yogananda's home.

Entrance of the park near Yogananda's home.

Greer Park
This park, now named Ladies Park, a block away from Yoganandaji's home was where he would play football with his friends. Here, at the age of thirteen, he met his lifelong friend Manomohan Mazumdar who would later become Swami Satyananda.

This park, now named Ladies Park, a block away from Yoganandaji's home ...

Deaf & Dumb School
Deaf & Dumb School

there was a high wall along this side of the street enclosing the Deaf and Dumb School.

Deaf & Dumb School
Deaf & Dumb School

The Deaf and Dumb School across the street from Yoganandaji's home.

Nagendra Math
Nagendra Math

Sri Ramakrishna

Nagendra Math

Home of Bhaduri Mahasaya, "The Levitating Saint," . . .

Bhaduri Mahasaya's room.

Yoganandaji often visited this great saint during his college years, and took his blessings before going to America.

Nagendra Math
Nagendra Math

Bhaduri Mahasaya

Bhattacharya Lane
Bhattacharya Lane

young Mukunda (Yoganandaji) and his friends started their first ashram and later a school

YSS Meditation Center Dihika

Site of Yogananda's first formal school founded in 1917 with seven students.

Smriti Mandir (Yogananda Memorial Temple)

Built on the site where Yogananda used to meditate.

Inside the Smriti Mandir

. . . in 1935 when Yogananda revisited the site . . .

Meditation Hall

Meditation sessions are conducted every day . . .

Pond and Guest House with Dining Hall

Rooms are available for visiting devotees . . .

Pond

Where Yoganandaji would bathe and take his students swimming.

Pond and Meditation Hall

Behind the meditation hall is the dispensary . . .

Smriti Mandir and Entrance of the YSS Center

Taken from the roof of the guest house building.

Dihika Countryside

View from guest house roof looking toward the river.

Yogananda's birthplace.
House where Yogananda was born January 5, 1893 in Gorakhpur.

House where Yogananda was born January 5, 1893 in Gorakhpur.

House where Yogananda was born.
Old photo of Yogananda's family home provided by Shaikh Abdul Raheem.

Old photo of Yogananda's family home provided by Shaikh Abdul Raheem.

Shaikh Abdul Raheem
Current landlord of house, great grandson of the original landlord of the Ghosh family.

Current landlord of house, great grandson of the original landlord of the Ghosh family.

Sign next to Yogananda's birthplace.
Current landlord houses a museum of artifacts of the Ghosh family and hosts a party in memory of Yogananda's birthday every year.

Current landlord houses a museum of artifacts of the Ghosh family and hosts a party in memory of Yogananda's birthday every year.

At Landlord's in Gorakhpur
When we visited the birthplace of Yoganandaji in Gorakhpur we met the landlord of the house, who lives next door. We were invited to see newspaper articles about this devout muslim's service to pay homage to Sri Yogananda by hosting a birthday celebration in his honor every year. This practice continues and he told us that all are invited to participate.

When we visited the birthplace of Yoganandaji in Gorakhpur we met the landlord of the house, who lives next door. We were invited to see newspaper articles about this devout muslim's service to pay homage to Sri Yogananda by hosting a birthday celebration in his honor every year. This practice continues and he told us that all are invited to participate.

Yogananda's room at his Uncle Sarada's house
Where Yogananda first stayed while attending college in Serampore. Mr. Sarada Prasad Ghosh, an attorney of Serampore, was a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya and a brother-disciple of Sri Yukteswar.

Where Yogananda first stayed while attending college in Serampore. Mr. Sarada Prasad Ghosh, an attorney of Serampore, was a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya and a brother-disciple of Sri Yukteswar.

Uncle Sarada's home
The courtyard in the center of Uncle Sarada's home. Yogananda's room is through the doorway on the far right. This is where the scene with Sri Yukteswar was filmed in the movie "Awake." He was seen walking on the balcony in the upper left.

The courtyard in the center of Uncle Sarada's home. Yogananda's room is through the doorway on the far right. This is where the scene with Sri Yukteswar was filmed in the movie "Awake." He was seen walking on the balcony in the upper left.

Panthi Boarding House for students
Where Yogananda rented a room and lived for most of the time he attended college in Serampore.

Where Yogananda rented a room and lived for most of the time he attended college in Serampore.

Serampore College
Christian missionary college where Sri Yukteswar attended before transferring to medical college in Calcutta. Years later Yogananda completed his college and received his BA degree here.

Christian missionary college where Sri Yukteswar attended before transferring to medical college in Calcutta. Years later Yogananda completed his college and received his BA degree here.

Serampore College
Serampore college gave both Sri Yukteswar and Paramahansa Yogananda a firm grounding in Christian theology and bible study.

Serampore college gave both Sri Yukteswar and Paramahansa Yogananda a firm grounding in Christian theology and bible study.

Sri Yukteswar's ashram
The Karar family home which became the ashram (training school) where Sri Yukteswar taught kriya yoga to his disciples, conducting classes, spiritual discourses, and worship services.

The Karar family home which became the ashram (training school) where Sri Yukteswar taught kriya yoga to his disciples, conducting classes, spiritual discourses, and worship services.

Sri Yukteswar's home
Entry door to Sri Yukteswar's home and ashram.

Entry door to Sri Yukteswar's home and ashram.

Rai Ghat (steps for bathing) on the Ganges
Where Sri Yukteswar would bathe in the river. This is where he met Babaji Maharaj on the day he completed his book "The Holy Science."

Where Sri Yukteswar would bathe in the river. This is where he met Babaji Maharaj on the day he completed his book "The Holy Science."

The banyan tree at Rai Ghat
Babaji declined an offer to come to Sri Yukteswar's home. He said he preferred to sit here because "We are under-the-tree people. We like to sit under trees."

Babaji declined an offer to come to Sri Yukteswar's home. He said he preferred to sit here because "We are under-the-tree people. We like to sit under trees."

Entry Gate of YSS Ranchi Ashram
Site of the school founded in 1917 by Paramahansa Yogananda and headquarters of his Yogoda Satsanga organization in India.

Site of the school founded in 1917 by Paramahansa Yogananda and headquarters of his Yogoda Satsanga organization in India.

Meditation Hall
The Ranchi Meditation Hall is the center piece of the beautiful gardens.

The Ranchi Meditation Hall is the center piece of the beautiful gardens.

Litchi Tree under which Yogananda used to teach.
Paramahansa Yogananda believed in educating the children outdoors in fresh air and sunshine. The tree has been recognized as a unique variety and named Litchi Cultivar Yogananda Selection.

Paramahansa Yogananda believed in educating the children outdoors in fresh air and sunshine.
The tree has been recognized as a unique variety and named Litchi Cultivar Yogananda Selection.

Shrine in Yogananda's room
Shrine in Paramahansa Yogananda's room at the school

Shrine in Paramahansa Yogananda's room at the school

Smriti Mandir (Yogananda Memorial Temple)
Built on the site of a former storehouse where Yogananda used to go to meditate for privacy.

Built on the site of a former storehouse where Yogananda used to go to meditate for privacy.

Sitting Area in the Meditation Gardens
One of many places to relax and enjoy the extensive well-kept gardens at the Yogoda Ashram.

One of many places to relax and enjoy the extensive well-kept gardens at the Yogoda Ashram.

Meditation Gardens
The gardens cover many acres with paths for quiet meditative walks and benches beneath the trees for contemplation. Yogananda wanted his centres to be beautiful and personally oversaw planting of gardens and development of the property.

The gardens cover many acres with paths for quiet meditative walks and benches beneath the trees for contemplation.
Yogananda wanted his centers to be beautiful and personally oversaw planting of gardens and development of the property.

YSS Ranchi Ashram Bookstore and Yogananda's Shrine
The original school building were Yoganandaji and his teachers began holding classes in 1917. This is were Yogananda's bedroom has been turned into a shrine.

The original school building were Yoganandaji and his teachers began holding classes in 1917. This is were Yogananda's bedroom has been turned into a shrine.

Ranchi YSS Boys School
The current YSS boys school, a few miles from the ashram, on 20 acres, where 1000 children from poor families attend.

The current YSS boys school, a few miles from the ashram, on 20 acres, where 1000 children from poor families attend.

Ranchi YSS Boys School Administration Building
The school day begins with prayers, chanting, energization exercises and a 10 minute silent meditation. The YSS boys school has become overcrowded, so new facilities are under construction.

The school day begins with prayers, chanting, energization exercises and a 10 minute silent meditation.
The YSS boys school has become overcrowded, so new facilities are under construction.

Ranchi YSS Girls School
The YSS girls school, across the street from the ashram, where a thousand students are taught.

The YSS girls school, across the street from the ashram, where a thousand students are taught.

Ranchi YSS Girls School
Typical lessons of the day from a girls school classroom.

Typical lessons of the day from a girls school classroom.

Ranchi YSS College
The YSS college is next to the boys school.

The YSS college is next to the boys school.

Ranchi YSS Ashram Administration Building
The new Ranchi ashram administration building. The 4 YSS ashrams and nearly 200 centers in 6 asian countries are coordinated from this building.

The new Ranchi ashram administration building.
The 4 YSS ashrams and nearly 200 centers in 6 asian countries are coordinated from this building.

YSS Dwarahat Ashram
Located in the Himalayan foothills at 1500 m altitude and 25 km from Babaji's cave. Meditation hall on the left, Radha-Krishna temple on the right. In the rear is the building where medical services are offered. Two eye-camps and two medical camps each year provide free care for thousands.

Located in the Himalayan foothills at 1500 m altitude and 25 km from Babaji's cave.
Meditation hall on the left, Radha-Krishna temple on the right. In the rear is the building where medical services are offered. Two eye-camps and two medical camps each year provide free care for thousands.

YSS Dwarahat Ashram
Reception office and dormitories for devotees on retreat.

Reception office and dormitories for devotees on retreat.

YSS Dwarahat Ashram
Meditation hall where services are conducted every day.

Meditation hall where services are conducted every day.

YSS Dwarahat Ashram
Beautiful gardens in front of the Radha-Krishna temple.

Beautiful gardens in front of the Radha-Krishna temple.

YSS Dwarahat Ashram
Radha and Krishna shrine in the temple.

Radha and Krishna shrine in the temple.

YSS Dwarahat Ashram
Dining hall where three meals cooked by Bhuwan are offered and eaten in silence every day.

Dining hall where three meals cooked by Bhuwan are offered and eaten in silence every day.

YSS Dwarahat Ashram School
Taekwondo class. The ashram school teaches 150 children from poor families.

Taekwondo class.
The ashram school teaches 150 children from poor families.

YSS Dwarahat Ashram School
These beautiful children will have a better future because YSS is teaching them.

These beautiful children will have a better future because YSS is teaching them.

Pandavkholi Hill, Dunagiri Mountains, Himalayas
The view from the road just passed Kukuchina near the beginning of the trail up the mountain to Babaji's cave.

The view from the road just passed Kukuchina near the beginning of the trail up the mountain to Babaji's cave.

Pandavkholi Hill, Dunagiri Mountains, Himalayas
Himalayan foothills from the trail to Babaji's cave.

Himalayan foothills from the trail to Babaji's cave.

Sign on the Trail
In 1963 Sri Daya Mata was shown by locals at Pandavkholi, Dunagiri mountains, the cave where Babaji Maharaj was said to have spent time when he was in the area. Today SRF/YSS maintains this place as a sacred pilgrimage spot honoring Babaji. "Gufa" or "Guha" means cave in Hindi. Maybe the sign is to help Babaji find his way back...

In 1963 Sri Daya Mata was shown by locals at Pandavkholi, Dunagiri mountains, the cave where Babaji Maharaj was said to have spent time when he was in the area. Today SRF/YSS maintains this place as a sacred pilgrimage spot honoring Babaji.
"Gufa" or "Guha" means cave in Hindi. Maybe the sign is to help Babaji find his way back...

Trail Switchbacks
The trail climbs steeply up the mountain for about a kilometer through a hundred switchbacks. It takes about an hour to reach the cave.

The trail climbs steeply up the mountain for about a kilometer through a hundred switchbacks. It takes about an hour to reach the cave.

YSS Rest House
This building near the cave was built by YSS as a resting point on the trail and shrine to Babaji.

This building near the cave was built by YSS as a resting point on the trail and shrine to Babaji.

Babaji's Shrine
Inside of Babaji's shrine, pilgrims sit in meditation before completing the climb to the cave.

Inside of Babaji's shrine, pilgrims sit in meditation before completing the climb to the cave.

Trail to Babaji's Cave
The well-maintained trail up the mountain undulates through the lush jungle.

The well-maintained trail up the mountain undulates through the lush jungle.

Cave
Entrance to the cave honored by SRF/YSS as Babaji's. There are several caves in the area. Daya Mata reported another cave with a very small entrance that may have been where Babaji lived.

Entrance to the cave honored by SRF/YSS as Babaji's. There are several caves in the area. Daya Mata reported another cave with a very small entrance that may have been where Babaji lived.

Cave
Inside of the cave pilgrims sit in meditation. Entrance is by permission of YSS Dwarahat ashram.

Inside of the cave pilgrims sit in meditation. Entrance is by permission of YSS Dwarahat ashram.

Devotees in the Cave
Devotees make ceremonial devotional offerings while visiting the cave.

Devotees make ceremonial devotional offerings while visiting the cave.

Devotees Group at Babaji's Cave
We joined a group of sweet YSS devotees from Kolkata for the pilgrimage to the blessed spot. The whole trek through the majestic sacred mountains and the experience of touching Babaji's presence in his holy cave remain a treasured, sacred memory in our hearts.

Group photo at Mahavatar Babaji's cave.

Staircase to Dunagiri Temple
The ancient, sacred and highly spiritually charged Dunagiri Temple dedicated to the worship of Shakti, Divine Mother's principle, is believed by many to be a place Lahiri Mahasaya visited while he was staying in the area for his work, and that he and Babaji Maharaj met there. The way from the road to the temple is a covered staircase of some 500 steps which winds its way nearly a kilometer up to the top of the ridge. The bells are hung the entire way.

The Shakti Temple of Dunagiri at 8000 ft elevation is located in Almora district, 43 km from Ranikhet and close to Kukuchina. According to the local tradition, the area has been regularly visited by Rishi-Munis (sages) since ancient times. Dunagiri is mentioned in several Hindu Scriptures and has been bestowed the name of Brahm-parvat, Divine Mountain.

Sadhu Dunagiri
A few colorful characters are encountered along the way up to the temple, including begging sadhus offering to exchange some rudraksha seeds for a few rupees, and some with flowers for offerings to Divine Mother in the temple.

A few colorful characters are encountered along the way up to the temple, including begging sadhus offering to exchange some rudraksha seeds for a few rupees, and some with flowers for offerings to Divine Mother in the temple.

Sincere Prayer Requests
On each side of the staircase on the way to the temple, thousands of pieces of cloth are tied by pilgrims to the branches of the trees, representing their prayers laid at Divine Mother's feet.

On each side of the staircase on the way to the temple, thousands of pieces of cloth are tied by pilgrims to the branches of the trees, representing their prayers laid at Divine Mother's feet.

Dunagiri Shakti Temple
Inside of the temple devotees honor Divine Mother, give their offerings of flowers and money to the priest, receive prasad and blessings, then walk several times around the holy shrine, ringing the hanging bells as they proceed. Worship of Divine Mother can be quite a noisy business here.

Inside of the temple devotees honor Divine Mother, give their offerings of flowers and money to the priest, receive prasad and blessings, then walk several times around the holy shrine, ringing the hanging bells as they proceed. Worship of Divine Mother can be quite a noisy business here.

Dunagiri Vedic Chanting Priest
Outside, in the adjacent courtyard, a priest chants continuously in sanskrit, verses from a small well worn book, a Hindu Scripture. He only breaks his chanting routine when pilgrims sit with him for a blessing ceremony.

Outside, in the adjacent courtyard, a priest chants continuously in sanskrit, verses from a small well worn book, a Hindu Scripture. He only breaks his chanting routine when pilgrims sit with him for a blessing ceremony.

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