DWARAHAT – 263653
Dist. Almora, Uttarakhand
Phones: (05966) 244271, 244671
Dwarahat is a small town in Almora district in the Kumaon region of Uttrakhand State. It has an average altitude of 5000 ft (1500 m). The climate is cool all round the year and is especially cold in the winter months (November-February).
The YSS Ashram is located about 1.5 km from the Dwarahat town and is surrounded by pine forest on all sides. On the way from town to the Ashram, to the right is the Government Rest House where Sri Daya Mataji had stayed during her visit to the cave in 1963-64 as the YSS ashram had not been built then.
To understand the historical Significance of the cave, it is suggested that devotees read Chapter 34 "Materialising a Palace in the Himalayas" from the Autobiography of a Yogi, and "A Blessing from Mahavatar Babaji" from Only Love by Sri Sri Daya Mata.
Babaji's Cave area is the place where Babaji initiated Lahiri Mahasaya in 1861 and is the birth of Kriya Yoga in this Dwapara Yuga. All the Kriyabans in the world can trace their lineage to this event. (2011 - The 150th Anniversary of Kriya Yoga)
The cave is on the Pandukholi Mountain beyond the hamlet of Kukuchina (25 km from Dwarahat).
The mountain path to the cave has been renovated. The climb to the cave takes about one hour for the average person. During the rains there are a few streams along the way which feed the Gogash River mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi.
The journey to the cave and back from the Ashram takes about Six to Eight hours.
Please contact Dwarahat Ashram for more details.
YSS/SRF Lesson students who practice daily meditation as taught in the lessons are welcome to stay in the ashram for spiritual renewal by participating in daily routine of the ashram.
Each year the Ashram conducts 2 eye camps (March and October), 2 medical camps (April and November), a Pada Yatra to Babaji's Cave, a Conducted Retreat in March, a Sadhana Sangam with Kriya Yoga Diksha during September 26-30, Mahavatar Babaji Smriti Divas Procession to the Babaji's Cave on July 25, and Guruji's birthday with a procession to town with YSS Dwarahat School students and devotees in the morning, bhajans by local people at the Ashram in the evening and the commemoration service at night on January 5.
Doctors and YSS volunteers are welcome to participate in the Eye Camps and Medical Camps. Interested devotees may contact Swami ji in charge at Dwarahat by phone or email.