Visits and retreats to India


Visits and retreats to India 2014


The Silver Lining Jubilee

-25 years-

An invitation


Namo Narayan,

It is with great joy and happiness we announce that from September 2014 to December 2015, Rikhiapeeth will be celebrating the “Silver Lining Jubilee” of Sri Swamiji’s arrival in Rikhia. This is not the silver jubilee of an institution, but the celebration and commemoration of a vision, an inspiration and a divine mandate which was revealed to Sri Swamiji 25 years ago as the dawn of a new mission unfolded before him.

Sri Swamiji’s life was a life of dedication and selflessness. He lived a life totally and completely dedicated to the upliftment of humankind. When he came to Rikhia, on the 23rd September 1989, for seclusion, austerities and higher sadhana, his yearning to help others rapidly triggered an unimaginable chain reaction. A desolate, abandoned village, lacking even the most basic facilities and amenities for survival, has become a prosperous and flourishing hub of endless possibilities. This miraculous transformation came through the grace and sankalpa of Sri Swamiji, who immortalised Swami Sivananda’s teachings of Serve, Love and Give at Rikhia, as a dedication to his guru.

This Silver Lining Jubilee is our humble tribute to Pujya Gurudev, where his teachings and inspirations will be shared with one and all, in the presence of Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati and Swami Satyasangananda Saraswati, who will guide and direct the proceedings. All are welcome to participate in the activities and become part of Sri Swamiji’s sankalpa. Through Sri Swamiji’s teachings we offer this ‘silver lining’ as a ray of hope to illumine the horizon of a brighter future.
Namo Narayan.

Swami Suryaprakash Saraswati


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Visits and retreats to India 2013 

Time for expansion and transformation through Sat Chandi Maha Yajna and Yoga Poornima receiving Divine grace in your life. You are all welcome to accompany Swami Kamalavidya on these very auspicious occasions.


Bihar School of Yoga’s Golden Jubilee and World Yoga convention 2013

Program details:

 Wednesday the 23rd of October 2013 through to Sunday the 27th of October 2013


The 50th anniversary of the Bihar School of Yoga will be commemorated in 2013, culminating with the celebration of the World Yoga Convention from 23rd to 27th October 2013 in Munger.

It is a rare opportunity of a coming together of inspirational scientists, yoga masters and spiritual leaders to share their knowledge with the masses at the heart of the celebration.

The Bihar School of Yoga’s was launched 1963 and will be commemorated in this event.  Swami Niranjananada Sarswati, the spiritual successor of Sri Swami Satyananda, will be heading the proceedings and will be sharing with us the next stage of vision in the progress of spiritual awareness.

For further information on the above event:

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Swami Kamalavidya arriving at the Ashram gates in 2011

The Sat Chandi Maha Yajna/Sita Kalyanam- Rikhiapeeth 2013

Program details:

 Sat Chandi Mahajayna/Sita Kalyanam                               03rd – 07th December 2013

Yoga Poornima                                                                        13th – 17th December 2013


Sat Chandi Mahajayna/Sita Kalyanam

03rd – 07th December 2013

The Sat Chandi Maha Yajna festivities attract thousands of people from all parts of the world. The multitudes of people, the profundity of the sacred rituals, the participation of people from so many different nationalities, religions, diverse classes, colours and creeds, the enrapturing melodies and mantras all blend perfectly with each other, with a common interest to serve, give and receive. The spiritual presence of Sri Swami Satyananda and physical presence Swami Niranjanananda and Swami Satsangananda add the final touch to this event by giving it a spiritual vibrancy. Apart from attracting thousands of people the Yajna (fire ceremony) also attracts the Divine forces to grace the occasion. Yajna deals with that hidden part of you that you do not know. It is a pure experience beyond words– transformation takes place.  Fire ceremonies are performed by Pandits (high priests) from Varanasi. Their very presence pours life into the Yajna which makes it very powerful! This Yajna is an act of pure devotion, universal love and compassion to remind us of the Divine who gave us life.  Ingredients offered into the fire are all pure and from Mother Nature herself.

Swami Satyananda says The fire’ (quoted in his invitation to Sat Chandi Maha Yajna 2004): “What Moses saw was no ordinary fire, the Cosmic light born out of the divine vibration. An experience which Tantra developed through the ritual of Yajna, highlighting how an exoteric act can become an uplifting esoteric experience. The Yajna being held at Rikhiapeeth is a celebration of man’s first awakening. If that had not happened we may still be living in the dark ages in caves and treetops like savages.”


Yoga Poornima

13th – 17th December 2013

Yoga Poornima is the celebration of yoga. It is a tribute to Swami Satyananda Saraswati whose birth fell on this moon at midnight during the month of Marga Sheersha in the year 1923 at Almora. Swami Satyananda has spread yoga from shore to shore as per the mandate of his Guru Swami Sivananda Saraswati. These five days of celebration culminate on the full moon night of his birth 85 years ago. It is a dedication to Swami Satyananda who has inspired countless lives through the path of yoga. In honour of the first Yogi, Lord Siva, known as Mrityunjaya, is Swami Satyananda Ishta Devata, we chant the powerful Maha Mrityunjaya mantra to remove all ills and difficulties of every kind during the Yoga Poornima.

“Yajna is the cure, the remedy, which all lovers of the environment have been searching for. Yajna purifies the akashic atmosphere. All those who believe that the environment must be purified of greenhouse gases and toxic emissions must practice Yajna. Not only on the scale that we practice at the Sat Chandi Mahayajna, but also on an individual scale, sitting at home, wherever one lives. It will work wonders.” – Swami Satyananda Saraswati, 2000

Swami Kamalavidya has been attending the Rajasooya Yajna at Paramahamsa’s Alakh Bara at Rikhiapeeth, Jarkhand, India for the past 17 years. Students of the School have all been contributing a percentage of their yoga fees which goes towards the Sivananda Math (charitable organization) which Swami Kamalavidya personally donates on behalf of us all.  This is a time of giving, contributing and uplifting the lives of others. Swami Kamalavidya feels inspired each time she visits. We spread this light to our local abused ‘Childline’ children in South Africa in troubled times – it is an esoteric act.

Swami Satyananda said “Two thirds of the human population is impoverished”. He mentioned Africa, South East Asia and other countries too.” He also said, it is important that the “other third of humanity shares the responsibility. If not, two thirds will increase, and will become insecure and the other third will be in danger. Therefore, the “two thirds of humanity must know that they have their well-wishers among us, that there are some people that think about them. Millions of families in this world whose children do not have two square meals a day —— these are children not adults! “

You are most welcome to join Swami Kamalavidya (Director of The South African School of yoga), on her annual trip to participate in these programs, at the Akara (Sri Swamiji’s home), where nobody leaves empty – on all levels.

With these two celebrations Sat Chandi Maha Yajna and Yoga Poornima we have the blessings of both the cosmic mother and father.

Namo Narayan.


Highlights are the Kanyas (young girls) that Swami calls Balsundaris- beautiful children that run the Festival with their uplifting voices singing kirtan for the full duration of the five days.