Nemmara is in the Palakkad district of Kerala, and is the birthplace of Swami Vishnudevananda. Our pilgrimage will begin here in this rural village located on the foothills of Nelliampathi surrounded by fresh green paddy fields.
7 million pilgrims per year flock to this town in Tamil Nadu to visit the Palani Murugan temple. The temple is devoted to the young Lord Subramanya, and sits atop the Sivagiri hill overlooking the town. 100km northwest of Madurai. Swami Vishnudevananda’s family were great devotees of Lord Murugan and would visit here. It is in this holy site that the first feeding ceremony and naming ceremony of Swamiji was performed
ancient temple city situated on the banks of Vagai river, Tamil Nadu. The Meenakshi Amman temple is in the heart of the city, a homage to a form of goddess Parvati, the wife of Lord Siva. Built in the 14 th Century, it attracts tens of thousands of visitors per day. Built over 14 acres of land, its four multicolored gopurams are visible throughout the city. Swamiji visited the temple and city numerous time during his visits to south India. We also have our ashram located 40 minutes from the city centre.
a town on the island of Pamban, Tamil Nadu, connected to the mainland by a bridge. One of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Hindus. Ramanathaswamy Temple, housing one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Siva, and twenty-two wells. It is believed that Lord Rama gave thanks to Lord Siva here. Sri Lanka is about 40 km from Rameswaram. Swamiji visited the temple with his disciples and students number of times.
250km southwest of Rameshwaram is Pattamadai, a small village in southern Tamil Nadu. Birthplace of Swami Sivananda. Tirunelveli district. The birth place of His Holiness Sri Sivananda Ji Maharaj. A sacred place for all Sivananda family members. Swamiji always visited Master’s ancestors home whenever he was in the south.The Swami Sivananda Centenary Charitable Hospital here provides free medical and surgical services to the poor and needy in and around Pattamadai.
The name comes from the Devi Kanya Kumari Temple in the region. Situated at the southernmost tip of India, where three seas meet—the Bay of Bengal, the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea. A place of pilgrimage, known also for its spectacular sunsets. Swamiji offered prayers at the Devi Temple during his visits here.
Swamiji started the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in 1976 at the foothills of the Sahyadri mountains (Western Ghats) facing the Neyyar Lake. The reservoir is a place of peace and tranquility, with the Murugan temple and surrouding forest and coconut palms. Swamiji’s mother and later father became a disciple of Swami Sivananda Ji. Swami Sivasarananda Mathaji lived here since its inception and attained mahasamadhi in 1990. Swamiji stayed in this ashram more than anywhere else in India and undertook pilgrimages to the Saint Agasthya mountains. The ashram is also a place of ayurvedic healing with our clinic, the Sivananda Institue of Health.
30km west of Neyyar Dam is the Kerala capital of Trivandrum, a city full of rich culture, history and tradition. Referred by Mahatma Gandhi as “Evergreen city of India”. Sree Padmanabhaswami temple, built in 8 th century dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one of the most famous temples in India is located here. In 1985 Swamiji established a SYVC and since then the centre is rendering yoga and vedanta teachings to thousands of students.
Is a major port city bordering the Laccadive Sea, known as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea” was an important spice trading centre from the 14th century onward. Kochi is also known as the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala. Chottanikkara Temple in Kochi is one of the most popular temples in Kerala when it comes to the architecture of the Hindu shrines. The presiding deity of this temple is Chottanikkara Devi. Swamiji inspired many students many students to start affiliated centres and number of them are doing great service to the yoga aspirants. During Swamiji’s visit to Kerala he visited Cochin, and the following cities (Thrissur and Calicut) conducting various programmes.
Once the capital of the Kingdom of Cochin and known as the “Cultural capital of Kerala”. Vadakkunnathan Siva temple situated in the middle of the city enriched with exquisite mural paintings and exclusive architecture is recognized as the National Monument by the Govt. of India. This temple has also won the top UNESCO prize ‘Award of Excellence’ in 2015 for the remarkable conservation efforts.
Kerala city along the Malabar Coast, famous for its sunsets on the beach. In the past dubbed as the “City of Spices”, Calicut was a large spice trading centre, as well as being renowned for its cotton weaving. 14 th Century Tali Temple situated here is known for its exclusive architecture, dedicated to Lord Siva.
500km north of Trivandrum, we visit another coastal city of Kannur, Kerala. Known for its loom industry and ritualistic folk art performed in temples, Theyyam. Kannur was an important trading center in the 12th century, with active business connections with Persia and Arabia.
Udupi is a temple city in Karnataka 150km north of Kodakkad. It is a pilgrimage centre, mainly known for its Sri Krishna temple, built in 13th Century CE.
the Kollur Sri Mookambika temple in Karnataka is dedicated to a form of goddess Lakshmi. The temple is approximately 1,200 years old, and its origin is said to be linked to Advaita Vedanta philosopher Adi Shankara. The story tells how the young monk prayed fervently to mother Lakshmi, who appeared before him and took her place in Kollur, where the riverside temple was constructed around her. Swamiji loved this place, spending weeks in the forested temple, and on his last visit he became unconscious and attained mahasamadhi a few days later.
a hill town in Karnataka, home to the first matha established by Adi Shankara in 8 th Century CE. The town lies on the banks of the river Tunga. It is also home to the Sringeri Sarada temple for mother Saraswati. Sringeri Saradampa is the central attraction. Swamiji visited the mutt temple in the South Indian yatra.
This famous Karnataka city lies in the foothills of the Chamundi hills. 150km southwest of Bangalore. It is said to be where the demon Mahisura was defeated by goddess Kali.
The capital of Karnataka, a technology hub and known as the garden city because of all its open green spaces.
Chennai lies along the Bay of Bengal and is the capital of Tamil Nadu. It is famous for its beaches and impressive landmarks. Home to a stunning Dravidain-style temple dedicated to Lord Siva, considered the Kailash of the south. Swamiji started the SYVC there in 1989, and since then hundreds of yoga students have become teachers and it continues to be a source of inspiration for the thousands of city dwellers.
36km from Srikalahasthi, Thirupathi is home to one of the holiest pilgrimage sites in India. Upon the Tirumala hill sits the Venkateswara temple (also known as Balaji) where Lord Vishnu in his form as Lord Venkateswara is worshipped. Approximately 35 million pilgrims visit here every year, with many shaving their heads and offering their hair to him. Also known for its Padmavati temple.
this is a holy town in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. Located on the banks of the Swarnamukhi river, it is home to a very important Siva temple.
It is here in Gudur, a town in the Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh, that our new ashram is located. The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre Tapaswini ashram opened in September 2017. Amidst the tropical climate and 15 acres of land, we have a large Siva temple.