Last updated: December 21, 2023

What Does Maharashtra Mean?

Maharashtra is one of the wealthiest and most developed of India’s 29 states. Located on the west coast of India, its higher standard of living attracts people from all over. The state is home to several Hindu places of pilgrimage including Pandharpur, Alandi and Dehu.

As home to the first Siddha yoga ashram and some samadhi shrines, Maharashtra is an ideal destination for yoga practitioners.


Yogapedia Explains Maharashtra

Maharashtra was home to many of the poet saints. The samadhi shrines of Bhagavan Nityananda, one of the most revered yogi gurus of the 20th century, and Swami Muktananda, founder of the Siddha yoga spiritual path, are both located here.

Before he died in 1961, Nityananda directed Muktananda to build an ashram in Maharashtra’s Tansa Valley. Now known as Gurudev Sidha Peeth, that ashram became the birthplace of Siddha yoga and the first ashram of it’s kind. The mother ashram is still an education and retreat center for devotees of Siddha yoga today.

In Siddha yoga, the student works with a yoga master on a spiritual path to inner transformation and divinity.

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