Ideal for a visit. The hot sprigs, Nityanand Ashram, Gurudev Ashram and the Vajreshwari Temple are some of the spots to see.
- Nearest airport is Mumbai, 60 kms.
- Nearest railheads are: Thane Kalyan on Central Railway and Vasai Road Virar on Western Railway., Mumbai Akloli 80 kms. Via Bhivandi and 88kms. Via Ghodbunder. State Transport buses ply from Thane, Kalyan, Virar and Vasai to Akloli.
Shaktipat in Ganeshpuri
- MTDC Hotel is present at Alkoli.
- Checkout Time: 10.00 a.m.
- Reservation: Mumbai and Akloli.
The small villages of Ganeshpuri, a six-hour drive northeast of Bombay, hosts one temple and one ashram. Spread over an area of 75 acres is the famous spiritual institute, Shri Gurudev Ashram or Gurudev Siddha Peeth. The renowned Swami Nityananda founded this institute in 1949 where he had three rooms built for his disciple, Swami Muktananda.
In 1956, Swami Muktananda settled there permanently and the Ashram began to grow. Swami Muktananda named it Shree Gurudev Ashram in memory of his guru who attained Mahasamadhi in August 1961. Around the Ashram is a new township set up for the resettlement of Adivasis or Warli tribe, the local inhabitants. Swami Nityananda's Samadhi, the Bhimeshwar Ganesh Temples are very close to the Ashram.
The ashram, built by Muktananda Paramahansa (1909-1982) is everything an ashram should be, and more. There is a hall with stone-grey floors lined with red cement where devotees, seated crossed-leg on thin coconut mats, take rice meals. In addition, there are dry yet comfortable bungalows, Muktananda's bedchamber in which devotees walk clockwise and kiss the floor, an outdoor marble courtyard with cultivated leafy trees to spread shade and sunlight, a small temple where blessings are dispersed, meditation halls, and two offices. Add to that a delicatessen, which serves croissants and vegetarian, delights, a sizeable swimming pool to provide relief from the 50-degree-Celsius summer heat, a productive dairy and organic garden, a health clinic, and apartment. The 600 European and American devotees celebrating New Year's eve 1983 in Ganeshpuri, therefore, had their choice--straight, laced, mix or match commitment.
Visiting hours at the Temple: 0545-1200 hrs & 1500-1830 hr.
- Gurudev Siddha Peeth
P.O Ganeshpuri, Taluka Bhiwandi, Dist.Thane Pin - 401206,
Tel: 02522 (95 2522) - 261221 / 261227
- Shree Bhimesh Sadguru Nityanand Sanstha,
Tel: 02522 (95 2522) - 261523, 261231
- Hotel Samadhan,
Tel: 95 2522 - 261241
Tariff: Dbl. Rs.150, Triple bed Rs.300/-
Prices subject to change please check before making reservations.
For advance bookings at the ashram, Contact: Rajan Jhaveri at 02522-61221
General Information & Accomdation info on Ganeshpuri city of Maharashtra