Property Background

Shuklacharya's Retreat & Spiritual Centre
Bheemeshwar Mahadeva Temple

Founded by yogis in 2003′, Shuklacharya’s Retreat Centre, is the only retreat in the world built on seven step terraces for the seven chakras!! An inspired space that is designed according to specifications in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, Ayurveda texts and ancient Vaastu design principles, it is a registered tourism facility since 2004′ under Govt. of Uttarakhand’s Sarai Act & has been well received by westerners over the years.  Shuklacharya’s Retreat Center is located near the hermitages of Himalayan Masters and is connected to the highly vibrant surrounding mountains.

Shuklacharya’s Retreat Centre, designed to nurture body, mind and a traditional ethnic Vedic wellness retreat allowing for modern comforts, in Himalayas at a height  of 4,700 feet.above sea level, just outside the lake town of Bhimtal.

Shukl’acharya’s retreat is about a kilometer from Bheemeshwar Mahadeva Temple, considered one of the 12 Shiva jyotirlings of India.  Jyotirlings are revered as high concentration zones of divine consciousness and are believed to be self manifest. Shiva, as is well known, is worshipped as the supreme deity of all yogis.

Situated at the legendary ashram of a renowned sage Chyawan Rishi, (to whom the famous Ayurvedic rejuvenative jelly Chywanprash is attributed)  our retreat offers a stunning panoramic view of the mountains of Karkotak in the North, the ancient Gargi River in the south, and the majestic pyramid mount Haidakhand Kailash in  the east. Thus making for a spectacular view, with the vibrations enthralling the spiritual seeker .We invite you to relax, rejuvenate and  enjoy a vedic retreat away from the pressures of modern life. For one well versed with Yogic & Vedic traditions, the supreme significance of the location would be clear.

Kumaon region of Himalayas in which Bhimtal is located, is believed to be the seat and birth place of Vedic spirituality and yoga. Though our retreat Shuklacharya’s Retreat Centre, is easy to access being on the road leading to Bhimtal, the strong vibrations present here have facilitated the progress of many aspirants.

Shukl’acharya, was recognized as a spiritual leader in India at Guru Sangamam (confluence of Indian spiritual leaders) in New Delhi in April 2012 . He designed, built and ran this retreat as a yoga and spiritual learning center for fifteen years before deciding to retire as the teacher here and now provides the space for those who wish to come and take advantage of the space and vibrations that are present.

This retreat space provides the missing gap to those of you who have heard of India’s rich cultural and spiritual heritage, but are at a loss as to how to find this type of experience for themselves. One can wander for a lifetime before encountering such a place. Many retreat spaces available today are targeted toward a volume business and quick turnover, in which the experience and the seeker suffers in the process. This space is authentically developed and has maintained its integrity through careful and diligent efforts on the part of the owners to stay true to the ancient ways or sharing knowledge, wisdom and authenticity.

Some other points to consider:

1 – Meaningful and Conscious Construction –

Shuklacharya’s Retreat has been built on seven step terraces .Each terrace is named after a corresponding chakra.of human body.

Level one referred as the Muladhar is the entry point from where one goes to level two.

Level two referred as the Swadishthan houses the office and reception.

Level three referred as the Manipur, houses the kitchen and The Satvik Restaurant offering delicious authentic Indian vegetarian cuisine and conforms to the Ayurveda texts on the art of eating. This helps facilitate an understanding of food and the act of eating as a sacred and spiritual experience. The seating is on chowkis. The restaurant serves food in the Ayurvedic tradition, known as Satvik food, which is clean, light, delicious and nourishing. Eating this way is an ancient tradition for yogis which promotes good digestion and allows one to cleanse the mind and body, thus facilitating higher levels of consciousness if one is open to experiencing it.

Level four five and six are called Anahatha, Vishuddha and Aagnya respectively. Each of these levels has four rooms with individual spacious balcony,  ordered with pottted plants, which section off the balconies of different rooms.

There are twelve guest rooms total. Each room, named after a particular asana of Surya Namaskaar, has a spacious balcony with a beautiful view. Watching the sun rise over the Himalayan  mountains and observing the expansive night skies gives one the feeling of oneness with nature that is palpable.The back walls have a wide air and light protected opening between them and the mural finish retention walls behind, allowing for sufficient fresh air and light. All rooms have telephone with intercom connections and have modern bathrooms.

Level seven is Sahasrara, or crown chakra and houses the yoga hall and its spacious outdoor balcony. The dimensions and materials used, in particular the earthen floor, conform to the specifications set out in yogic texts like the Hatha Yoga Pradeepika.

Common spaces include terraced gardens and benches that further solidify the serene and natural experience.

It is important to note that the location of this retreat as well as it’s construction conforms to the ancient Vedic science of architecture known as Vaastu Shastra. Some examples of this retreats conformity to these specifications can be seen in the fact that all rooms, both private and shared, are facing and open to the east with wide outdoor balcony space. To the northeast there is a lake with streams flowing down and crossing from the north to the south

in the valley below the property. Built on the side of the mountain, the retreat is nestled into the mountain and is blocked from the late afternoon sun to the south and west. Visible from to the east from all rooms is Mt. Haidakhand Kailash. Known as the seat of Lord Shiva, where he resides, this is a sacred mountain since ancient times and an important place of pilgrimage. The significance of this is not only seen but felt. Great care has also been taken to cultivate and maintain an authentic spiritual learning vibration which makes this property very unique and all of these things combined make this not just an ordinary retreat space but a once in a lifetime experience.

Surrounding points of interest:

Bhimtal, the gateway to Kumaon, situated at a height of 1470 mtrs is only 270 kms.from Delhi and 22 kms from Nainital; making it an ideal place for a rejuvenating vacation. The temperature is just 2*C higher than Nainital as the height difference is app. 330 mtrs.

Bhimtal, and its vicinity, have many scenic spots, besides being in the proximity of the famous tourist towns of Kumaon and spiritual centers of renowned saints.

The noted places to visit amongst ashrams are those of Haidakhan Babaji, Somvari Baba, Nantin Baba and Neem Karoli Baba

Haidakhan Babaji’s ashrams in

  1. Haidakhan village as the base of old Kailash mountain, near Kathgodam. – 54 kms south east from here.
  2. Anandpuri Chilia Naula, near Ranikhet. 61 kms north west from here
  3. Siddhashram in Sitlakhet, between Almora and Ranikhet. 108 kms north from here
  4. Kathgarhia – 36 kms south west from here.

Somvari Baba’s ashrams in Padampuri and Kakrighat, both 40 kms from here.

Nantin Baba’s ashram in Shyamkhet – 15 kms from here. Swami Shankaranand Giri, Nantin Baba’s disciple is mostly at this ashram.

Bankhandi Baba’s ashram at Sattal Hidimba – 15 kms from here

Neem Karoli Baba’s ashram in Kainchi – 18 kms from here and Hanuman Garhi temple in Nainital 24 kms from here.

Anandmayi Ma’s ashram in Almora – 72 kms from here

Shiva temple at Haidakhand Kailash peak , driving and walking can take about six hours back and forth.

Nag temple at Kharkotak peak, driving and walking can take about five hours back and forth.

Naina Devi and Pashan Devi temple in Nainital – 22 kms from here.

Sheetla Mata Temple and Chitrashila ghat, both at Ranibagh, 15 kms from here.

Golju temple in Ghorakhal 18 kms from here

Golju temple in Chitai 72 kms from here.

Shiva temple in Jageshwar 125 kms from here

We can guide a person for him to cover one or two ashrams and the connected temples daily.

Though In a week one can cover all the above mentioned ashrams, but a fortnight is preferable to do this pilgrimage.

Himalayan Masters and their ashrams in the vicinity of Shuklacharya’s Retreat & Spiritual Centre
Those desirous of visiting ashrams and temples of Himalayan Masters
Haidakhan Babaji Somvari Baba Neeb Karori Baba Nantin Baba
Considered by many to be a manifestation of Lord Shiva as well as Mahavtar Babaji mentioned in the famous book ‘Autobiograpghy of a Yogi’ by Parmahansa Yogananda.

His physical presence was seen from July 1970 to Feb 1984.

A trust looks after a couple of ashrams and associated charitable activities.

Babaji’s better known ashrams are in

1. Haidakhan village as the base of old Kailash mountain, near Kathgodam. – 54 kms south east from here.

2. Anandpuri Chilia Naula, near Ranikhet. 81 kms north west from here

3. Siddhashram in Sitlakhet, between Almora and Ranikhet. 108 kms north from here

4. Kathgarhia – 36 kms south west from here.

Came from Punjab, in the 19th century at place Padmapuri 40 kms north east from here.

He also has another ashram in Kakrighat, among other places.This place is located 22 kms. from Kainchi and again 40 kms fom here. It was the place where Somvari Baba lived and performed tapasya. Swami Vivekananda also performed tapasya at this place.

His simple spirituality attracted many followers from near and far. Many mysterious miracles are attributed to him.

As he would do a ‘bhandara’ (distributing of divine blessed food, i.e prasad) on Mondays, known as Somvar in Hindi,he came to be known as Somvari Baba

He and Haidakhan Babaji are considered to be closely associated.

While Haidkhan Babaji is considered manifestation of Lord Shiva, Somvari Baba is considered a manifestation of Lord Vishnu

In his Padampuri ashram, which falls on the way to Mukteshwar from here, an elderly saint held in high respect and aged 124 years, by the name of Swami Parmanand resides.(at the time of writing this in 2012)

Also known as Neem Karoli Baba, came to be known thus due to a station near his home town in Uttar Pradesh

Baba is considered by his devotees to be an incarnation of Lord Hanuman

Despite his obvious holiness, he was ordered out by a ticket collector for travelling without ticket. In those times, it was an unwritten rule that holy men could travel in an ordinary class without paying. Baba sat on the platform of Neeb Karori station. The train would not move, despite all possible efforts. Then someone pointed out that it is only subsequent to the holy man’s ousting that this happened. The ticket collector pleaded Baba to return and the only the train moved.

His principal ashram is in Kainchi 18 kms to our north west. There are many ashrams and temples of his which dot north India, but Kainchi enjoys the status of the main pilgrim place.

Near Bhawali, a smal town of the Indian Himalayan state Uttarakhand is a village known as Shyamkhet, 15 kms from here. Famous in near and far is the healing powers of the noble saint Nantin Baba, who hailed from Madhya Pradesh

After Nantin Baba drew curtains on the mortal drama, his successor Shankar Baba has continued the noble work as also spread awareness of the rich Vedic knowledge, spiritual as well as of the healing Ayurveda.

Many throng Shankar Baba, whether in his ashram in Shyamkhet or Niliyam Colony Haldwani, to seek counsel and advice on matters pertainng to spirituality, health or mundane.

In February 2009′, His Holiness the Shankarachrya ofJoshimath (Badrinarayan), invested Shankar Baba with the title of Dandi Swami Shankaranand Giri. This honour announes to the Hindu religious order Shankar Baba’s being considered at the pinnacle of Sanatan Dharma..

Another close associate of Nantin Baba is Bankhandi Baba or Vankhandi Maharaaj as he is referred to also.

His ashram is at Hidimba Dham at Sattal Nainital Uttarakhand Indian Himalayas.

He has guided many spiritual aspirants.

He has also played a crucial role in preserving rare herbs as well as increased awareness of the environment in the vicinity.