Swami Brahmananda Saraswati

Shankaracharya of Jyotir Math (1941-1953)
known as
'Guru Dev'
Compiled by Paul Mason
© Paul Mason 2021

Gyan Mandir Uttarkashi
Gyan Mandir, Uttarkashi

Gyan Mandir
Uttranchal 249193

30°43'58"N 78°25'44"E


Gyan Mandir is a little ashram at Gyansu, a village just outside of Uttarkashi, on the River Bhagarathi, where Guru Dev most probably spent much of his early sadhana with his guru Dandi Swami Krishnanand Saraswati.

Gyan Mandir, Uttarkashi - 1978

In 1953, after Guru Dev's death, his secretary, Brahmachari Mahesh ji, travelled to Uttar Kashi and stayed in this ashram, and lived in isolation for many months. After this period the brahmachari travelled to the south of India, where he began lecturing and teaching meditation, then becoming known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The large sheds to the front of the ashram were erected sometime in the early 1960's, as it was envisaged by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that they would be used to house course participants attending his Spiritual Guides meditation courses. It is said that when the sheds at Uttarkashi were abandoned in favour of premises elsewhere (in Rishikesh, at Shankaracharya Nagar), the government annexed them, for the storage of sacks of grains.

Gyan Mandir - entrance o gupha
Gyan Mandir, Uttarkashi - entrance to end room and gupha (cave) - 1978
(where in 1953-4 Brahmachari Mahesh - before being known as Maharishi Mahesh Yogi - is said to have stayed

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