Swami Vashistananda comes from the Namboodri lineage in Southern India, Kerala which is one of the oldest and traditional priest lineages in all of India. He was the personal priest of Swami Vishnudevananda, the great yoga master from India that started the International Sivananda Yoga Organization and has been a long-time teacher of bhakti and vedanta in the Sivananda organization ever since. He has studied the vedic rituals and mantras since he was a young boy and graduated from vedanta school and was personally initiated by Swami Vishnudevananda. He conducts daily rituals at the ashram to all the temples, shrines, and altars and does the arati every morning and evening at satsang. He has been at the Yoga farm since October 2014.
Pujas will be done at one of the temples at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm following the rules of vedic and tantric rituals. Please specify the occasion and ask for advice when to perform the ritual to get the maximum benefit. Occasions can be: rituals for the departed, wedding rituals, birthday pujas, 60th birthday rituals, peace pujas, prayers for the sick. The participant is required to provide or sponsor the items needed for the pujas as well as cover the dakshina for the priest and ashram. If you would like a Puja done please contact us. If you would like a special Homa, fire ceremony, please contact us.