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About Bihar School of Yoga

Founded in 1964 by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati to impart yogic training to householders and sannyasins alike.
The Yoga techniques developed there are a synthesis of many approaches to personal development, based on traditional vedantic, tantric and yogic teachings in conjunction with contemporary physical and mental health sciences. Today, these techniques are taught by Bihar Yoga Bharati and also by Satyananda Yoga Academies in Australia and Colombia and through the programmes outlined below.
Bihar School of Yoga also guides yoga projects and medical research in association with prestigious hospitals, organisations and establishments. Programs made by Bihar School of Yoga are being used today in the education and prison Government sectors, in hospitals, by the Defence Services, private and public sector industries such as Indian Oil Corporation, Coal India Limited, National Thermal Power Corporation, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation, the Steel Authority of India, Hindusthan Paper Corporation, Hindusthan Copper Corporation and many more.

Visiting Bihar School of Yoga at Ganga Darshan
Ganga Darshan, Munger, is the karma bhumi of Sri Swamiji, chosen and declared by him to be the epicenter of the yogic renaissance in the 21st century. It was in Munger that Sri Swamiji had the revelation that he would fulfill the mandate of his Guru Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati, by creating a fellowship of yoga, and devote himself to the elevation of human consciousness by disseminating the light of yoga.

The eternal flame (akhand jyoti) that Sri Swamiji lit almost fifty years ago in Munger continues to burn bright in Jyoti Mandir and we are witnessing the flowering of Sri Swamiji’s prophecy – ‘Yoga will become the culture of tomorrow’. Ganga Darshan is a spiritual lighthouse, illuminating, revealing and teaching the ancient wisdom of yoga for the benefit of people across the globe.
Ganga Darshan is a unique place of spiritual retreat, wherein the modern aspirant or devotee can recharge and recreate his being, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Maintaining the ancient traditions and practices, the teachings of Ganga Darshan provide practical techniques and methods to bring simplicity, harmony and balance into the modern world. Yoga at Ganga Darshan is not just a practice, but a lifestyle which offers an experience of complete integration of the human personality and nature.
Ganga Darshan is home to the various institutions dedicated to the fulfillment of the vision of Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati through the propagation of yoga, such as Bihar School of Yoga, Bihar Yoga Bharati, Yoga Research Fellowship and Yoga Publications Trust. The current work of Bihar School of Yoga is taking the understanding and application of yoga to a new and higher dimension at both the classical and practical level. Current projects are delving deeper into the teachings and progressing into unexplored and undiscovered areas of human development and evolution.

How to visit Ganga Darshan

Since inception the doors of Ganga Darshan have been open for sincere spiritual seekers, students, devotees and aspirants both from India and abroad. Ganga Darshan is a spiritual place and the rules and regulations of the ashram are framed accordingly. Casual visitors who are interested only in sightseeing, tourism and who have no spiritual intention or programme are usually not encouraged to stay in the ashram. Non-vegetarian food, mobile phones, smoking or drinking are not permitted.
Guests and devotees are expected to participate in the daily regular activities and maintain the sanctity and discipline of the ashram. Guests remain within the ashram during the entire period of their visit, without access to external services, including email, banking and shopping. This allows one to withdraw temporarily from the distractions of daily life. Basic provisions and personal items can be purchased on campus. Foreign exchange is also available.
As many devotees are eager to visit Ganga Darshan, availability of accommodation should not be taken for granted. Guests, devotees and visitors are requested to obtain written permission prior to their visit which will facilitate the smooth organization and arrangement of their stay. Those who wish to visit Ganga Darshan for a short visit to participate in the yogic lifestyle should send their request by letter or fax. The application for accommodation can be downloaded here.

General Information for Visitors:
Weather: November to February can be chilly with temperature of 8-15 degree C during the day, which can drop to 5 degree C during the night. March to May is the summer season with temperatures of 40 to 45 degree C during the day and is not recommended for overseas guests. June to August is the monsoon season with moderate temperatures of 30 to 40 degrees. September to November is the autumn season with pleasant mild temperatures of 20-30 degree C.
What to bring: Guests are advised to bring loose, light clothing for summer and sufficient warm clothing for winter. Other useful items: torch, mosquito repellant, sunscreen, alarm clock, any personal medication or health requirements, asana mat or blanket for yoga practice, sleeping bag in winter.
Accommodation: The ashram accommodation is moderate, designed to meet the basic requirements of a spiritual aspirant. The residential buildings contain rooms with light, windows and fans. The rooms are clean, airy and simple, double or triple occupancy, with shared bath and toilet facilities.
Meals: The ashram diet is simple Indian style vegetarian food. Breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as tea are served in the kitchen area. Private cooking is strictly not permitted on campus.
Ashram Routine: An Ashram is not a temple or monastery, or a place for sannyasins or the guru, it is an embodiment of simple living, where one can develop a positive attitude and an understanding of selfless service. It is a place of inspiration because it does not teach or preach; it exhibits and you imbibe what is applicable to you.
Countless people have been inspired at Ganga Darshan Yogashram through the medium of yoga, sannyasa, guru’s grace or heavenly blessings and through contact with this hallowed place. Today Ganga Darshan Yogashram is a modern day gurukul, embodying yoga, the essence of spiritual life. Events held at Ganga Darshan Yogashram on a regular basis throughout the year for all sadhakas, devotees and well-wishers include chanting of:

Ashram Routine

Every Saturday                   Mahamrityunjaya Havan
Every Ekadashi                   Bhagavad Gita Path
Every Poornima                  Sundarkand Path
Every 5th of the Month       Rudrabhishek
Every 6th of the Month      Sri Chakra Abhishek / Aradhana
Below is the current ashram timetable.
4.00 am:         Wake up and personal sadhana
5.00 am:         Classes start at 5 am. Timings change as per winter or summer season.
6.00 am:         Breakfast
6.30 am:         Between 6:30 and 7:30 am there is seva yoga for all visitors and residents.
7.30 am:         Departmental seva yoga is assigned to individuals in administration, maintenance, publications, transcriptions, art, gardens, kitchen, etc.
11.00 am:         Lunch
12.00 am:         Time from 12.00 am to 4.30 pm is devoted to classes or departmental seva yoga.
1.30 pm:         Afternoon tea
4.30 pm:         Gardening
5.30 pm:         Dinner
6.30 pm:         Kirtans (mantra chanting and singing) and Satsangs (discourses and discussions).
7.30 pm:         Private study or sadhana in one’s own room.
8.00 pm:         Gates of residential buildings close.
8.30 pm:         Lights out.

Observance of Mauna (silence) is obligatory at all meal times and from 6 pm to 6 am.

BSY Courses & Events 2013

Due to the forthcoming Golden Jubilee Celebration of Bihar School of Yoga and the World Yoga Convention at Munger from 23rd to 27th October, 2013, the courses at Ganga Darshan will be suspended during 2013. The following courses will be conducted by Bihar School of Yoga, Munger at Rikhiapeeth in 2013:

Feb 15 – Mar 7
Yoga Health Management Course – Respiratory (Hindi)         Feb 18 – Mar 3
Yoga Teacher Training Course (Hindi)                                   Jun 20 – Jul 10
Health Management Course – Diabetes (Hindi)                     Aug 1 – Aug 15

The Gurukul Lifestyle Course will be conducted by Bihar School of Yoga from February to October, 2013 at Ganga Darshan, Munger. For which applications can be directed to Bihar School of Yoga.

Swami Satyananda Sannyasa Diwas         Sep 12
World Yoga Convention                         Oct 23 – 27

An Opportunity to Serve….
Bihar School of Yoga has undertaken an historical compilation of yogic and spiritual sciences from the scriptures, the masters and their traditions, sects and systems. You can voluntarily offer your seva (service) in this project by living in the Ganga Darshan ashram for one to six months and assist with the writing, editing, proofreading, computer or DTP work.