We love traveling so much and at the drop of a hat we can plan a trip and get out. At the same time many trips are planned to the minutest detail too. During every trip within
India, I was on the look out for a
place where one could just relax and get in touch with the inner self, and
where we could go again.
This continued for many years and at last this February (2015) I found a serene place where I could sit and meditate peacefully. I joked to my husband that we searched all over
India, to finally find it in my
During our recent road trip to Kerala, my husband searched for places of interest near Kasargod and he tumbled upon Nityananda Ashram.
Located on a hillock in Kanhangad is the holy ashram built by Swami Nityananda.. A place for relaxation, the place was part of a forest area and here Swami Nityananda constructed 43 guhas (holy caves) in a mountain slope. These caves are considered to be an engineering marvel even to this day and attract thousands of people from all over the world.
Nityananda’s work on the Kanhangad fort started around 1927. For more details, go to http://www.nityananda.us/stories5.htm Nityananda attained Samadhi on August 8, 1961. His samadhi is located in Ganeshpuri at the Samadhi Mandir.
We reached there by about eleven in the morning and a person described to us about the ashram and Swami Nityananda. He told me to go and have a look at the meditation caves. I went inside, had a look and ran out to tell my husband, ‘I want to sit inside there and meditate for at least an hour.’
We were told that the noon puja will start at 12.30. We decided to have a look at the Guruvan, attend the puja, finish lunch and go in for meditation. Guruvan is the place was Swami Nithyananda did Tapas (meditation) inside a cave for several years. It is located around 5 km east of Kanhangad town in Kasaragod district, Kerala, India, It is said that Swami had once struck the rocky hills to form a holy stream and it has been flowing ever since and is called the holy stream Papanasini Ganga. There we also saw the round table where Swami Nityananda sat and spoke about future events to public that surprised everyone as it appeared in the next day's newspaper.
On coming back it was puja time and then we had the Prasad lunch. Then we entered the meditation cave and spent an hour in bliss. We were informed that if we preferred to spend the night there, room was available. We accepted the offer and went to have a look at the room. It was a big room with two double beds, clean sheets and pillows and bath attached. After having the Prasad dinner, we retired to the room, read the book about Swami Nityananda and slept peacefully. At last I found a place where we can visit again to spend time in meditation.