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Himalayan Yogis, myths, and facts of 6 great spiritual masters of the majestic mountain.

The Himalayan Yogis are the sadhus(saints) living in the majestic mountains of India for hundreds and thousands of years. There are caves in the Himalayas which give excellent life experiences to spiritual practitioners. Spiritual secrets start unfolding and a Yogi becomes a Spiritual Guru with supernatural abilities. Various books like Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Puranas mention Siddhashrama or/and Gyanjgunj, a secret place where great Yogis practice meditation.

The high-level spiritual gurus of the Himalayas help the practitioners gain the spiritual powers for living a great life. You can click here to read about the supernatural powers of the yogis. Also, you can see the video of super resistance from the Himalayan Yogi below.

There are famous Himalayan Yogis and Himalayan Saints, the leader of all is Adiyogi or Shiva. He is regarded as the first Yogi of the world. His abode is Kailash mountain in Tibet.  Kailash is said to be one of the most secret ashrams in the Himalayas. It is sacred for all the Indian religions including Buddhism and Jainism.

Let’s explore about 6 of the most powerful Himalayan Yogis who meditated in the Himalayas. The last in the list has more mysteries than others.

Nar and Narayana.

The twin brothers, Nar and Narayana born to Dharma were two of the greatest Himalayan Yogis of all time. One of the Char Dham ( four sacred places for seekers) namely Badrinath Dham is the place where they practiced Yoga in past. These two great Himalayan Yogis took rebirth as Arjuna and Krishna respectively in Dvapara Yuga to establish ‘Dharma’. In some of the Puranas, sage Narayana is shown as greater than Lord Shiva. The Puranas depict them to be the reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, the preserver deity in Hinduism.

Superpowers: Eight Siddhis, Talking With celestials, Sage Narayana holds the title of Deva Rishi or the great Philosophers among the Devtas.

nar and narayana
Nar and Narayan idols in Swaminarayan Temple, Ahmedabad

Shiva, the eternal Himalayan Yogi.

The Yogi who married the daughter of the Himalayas is the great Lord Shiva. The birth of Shiva is unknown. He is also known as Mahadeva or the greatest of the Deities. The Puranas consider him to be the eldest among the great celestial beings. The image described in the Puranas always shows him in the meditation posture. Although, he is a married being but always lives in the ecstasy of meditation. His superpowers are no more than miracles for a common person. However, he is always depicted as a controller of his powers.

Superpowers: Supreme status of the trinity, Controller of all supernatural beings, giver of boons.

statue of shiva, leader of Himalayan Yogis
Statue of Lord Shiva in Sikkim.

Parvati, the daughter of the Himalayas.

There is no doubt that female power has a great significance in the ancient Indian scriptures. Parvati, the daughter of the Himalaya is a great Himalayan Yogini. She had achieved all the Siddhis through immense meditation. The sacred place where she achieved the feat is Amarnath in Jammu and Kashmir. She has the status of the Mother Goddess in Hinduism because of her great accomplishments. She is an example of a perfect lady who knows both compassion and a fierce attitude.

Superpowers: Giver of the Siddhis to the devotees, Can adapt to any situation by changing the form.

Goddess Parvati, the great Yogin
Parvati with her son, Ganesha.

Vaishno Devi, the most powerful Yogini of the Earth.

Vaishnodevi is also known as Vaishnavi or Trikuta. She took birth in the house of Ratnakar and Samridhi at Jammu. Vaishnavi was inclined towards meditation, so she renounced it in an early stage of her life. Later on, she knew her destiny, which was to help the people in ‘sufferings’. By that time she had acquired a lot of powers. The stories from the Puranas suggest, she also had a meeting with Lord Rama in the Treta Yuga.

Superpowers: Could fight with the demons and celestials, many Siddhis including understanding of the mind.

Vaishno Devi temple in Jammu.
Vaishno Devi Temple in Jammu

Mahavatar Babaji.

There is a great mystery of Mahavatar Babaji. He was first mentioned by Paramhamsha Yogananda in the book Autobiography of a Yogi. He is also mentioned in the memoir of Shri M namely Apprenticed to a Himalayan Master: A Yogi’s Autobiography. Babaji was the guru of Lahiri Mahasaya and various other great saints. There have been various reports where he gave ‘Darshana’ to the Yogis. Certainly, he is one of the greatest Himalayan Yogis of the present. He is the great Yogi alive today as per various books. However, there is no modern scientific understanding of this.

Superpowers: Majorly Unknown, however, as reported by Yogananda, he could control the basic elementary particles to manifest desired stuff.

babaji, a great himalayan yogi

How to meet Himalayan Yogis?

To meet Himalayan Yogis and Himalayan Saints is really tough. One needs to put all the efforts to get a perfect master for themselves. The efforts include, travel through the rugged terrains followed by the examination from the master. Luckiest people might get a glimpse of perfect Yogis of the Himalayas during the time of full Kumbh Mela which comes in every 12 years in few places across India.

We have described this in many of our posts, you can visit the homepage to read more. This festival has its own astrological significance, so anyone can try their luck. However, the only way to get a perfect Himalayan Yogi is to travel to the Himalayas first. Later on, destiny will show the path automatically, if the desire for enlightenment is high.

Caves in Himalayas for meditation.

People often think in the influence of the stories that Himalayan Yogis do meditation in the caves. This is a fact for Buddhists and Jain monks too. The meditation in the cave is for the isolation of senses of attraction. Goddess Parvati meditated in the Amarnath cave to perfect the meditation practices. If you are looking for a cave for meditation, I am afraid, there are no perfectly named caves. Himalayan Yogis find one on their own. You can get thousands of caves in the Himalayas for perfect meditation.

Siddhashrama/ Gyangunj.

There is a mysterious place for the Yogis in the Himalayas named Siddhashrama. It Is also known as Gyangunj. This place has been mentioned in various scriptures like Ramayana, Mahabharata, and Puranas. However, the exact location is unknown. Great Yogis like Vamana and Vishwamitra were trained in the Siddhashrama. They possessed great spiritual and supernatural powers.

People often ask Do I need to get a place like Siddhashrama to get Spiritual Enlightenment? The answer is ‘no’ because, in reality, enlightenment is merely knowing a subject to the deepest. So basically, if you understand your ‘true self’ perfectly, the place itself becomes ‘Siddhashrama’ or the Gyangunj. You become spiritually enlightened.

Kaudinya Arpan

Kaudinya Arpan is a Himalayan Karma Yogi and founder of Scientific Monk. He is practicing Raja Yoga for the last 12 Years. He is also a researcher based on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.

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