Believed to have the power to transmit spiritual energy, Bhagavan Nityananda began to gather devotees in the 1920s and eventually the humble hut that he resided in became an ashram. Affectionately known as Bade Baba by some Siddha yoga devotees, his central teaching was, "The heart is the hub of all sacred places. Go there and roam." This teaching has continued to be a core concept of the Siddha yoga path.
Bhagavan Nityananda was known to have a fiery spirit and, on occasion, threw rocks to deter people who attempted to come to him with false or negative motives. He's also said to have built his first ashram with money he obtained from diving to the bottom of a crocodile-infested pool.