Adivarapupeta is where Shivabalayogi was born, where he attained
enlightenment and sat in tapas for twelve years, and the site of his first
ashram. After he attained mahasamadhi in 1994, his physical body was
interred in the Samadhi at his ashram in Adivarapupeta. Those who seek the
blessings of being in the masterís physical presence can have that darshan
at the Samadhi.
Adivarapupeta is a small village nestled in the lush, rice paddy country of
the Godavari River delta. It consists of the houses of mostly weavers who
weave cotton sarees and menís dhoties on handlooms. The village has no shops
and no businesses other than weaving. It is a peaceful and beautiful place
after he completed tapas, Shivabalayogi consecrated a Shiva linga and a
statue of Parvati Devi in the dhyana mandir. Another, small ashram
building was constructed for Shri Swamijiís living quarters, a place where
he would give public darshan, and some other rooms for the ashram use. That
darshan room is now the samadhi, and to this day, his living quarters are
kept set aside for his exclusive use and food is offered to him there daily.
March 19th, 1994, about two weeks before his mahasamadhi, Shivabalayogi
consecrated the foundation for a new temple to replace the dhyana mandir.
It measures 86 feet long and 46 feet wide with a 45 foot high dome. The
ashram trust also constructed a large, three story, modern building with
eighteen guest rooms each with its own bathroom plus a dining hall, offices,
living quarters for caretakers, and store rooms.
Work has begun to dismantle the old ashram
building to construct a new and large building to protect the Samadhi and
provide a place for meditation and worship.
All this was
made possible and accomplished through the continuous guidance and specific
directions of Shivabalayogi since the mahasamadhi, including the design and
engineering details for construction.
main celebration in Adivarapupeta, when devotees from around India and the
world gather and thousands are fed blessed food, is Mahashivaratri, the
annual great night of Shiva that occurs in February or March depending upon
the lunar calendar. Shivabalayogi returned to his native place every year to
attend this celebration in honor of his divine guru.
Adivarapupeta ashram is a spiritually important site which belongs not only
to the devotees of Shri Shivabalayogi Maharaj, but to all those who seek God
and spiritual development. Shri Swamiji assures us that it is from his
sacred samadhi in Adivarapupeta that he is radiating his blessings
throughout the world to all who would take them.
Visitors and devotees are welcome to visit the Adivarapupeta ashram,
located about one kilometer from Draksharam. Most visitors take a
train to either Rajamundry or Kakinada and either arrange for a car or
take one of many busses that run to Draksharam. There is a local bus
every hour that connects Adivarapupeta to Draksharam and nearby
Visitors traveling from abroad may find the most convenient route from
the coastal city of Vishakapatnam which has a domestic airport and a
good choice of accommodations. Hotel staff can assist with the hiring
of a car and driver for the three-hour drive to the ashram.
general information, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org. To make
arrangements to stay at the ashram (there are no other accommodations
in Adivarapupeta and nothing suitable for Westerners in nearby
Draksharam), please contact the ashram at telephone +91-80-8857-252412
or the trustee Mr. K. Gopanna in Kakinada at +91-884-2378303.
For details please
contact Dasari Jagadish Kumar at
or.+91(country code) -80 (city code)
5133 6200 during the
-80 (city code)
2552 3575 and 2222 5142