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BIHAR Bihar Yoga Bharati Ganga Darshan
Bihar Yoga Bharati Ganga Darshan, Munger (Deemed University)

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Established in Year: 2000

Bihar Yoga Bharati (BYB), an Institute for Advanced Studies in Yogic Sciences, was established by Swami Niranjanananda at Munger in 1994 to preserve and regenerate the yogic sciences by combining academic and scientific methodology with a spiritual vision. Bihar Yoga Bharati (BYB) is dedicated to the study of yoga in a gurukul environment, providing a spiritual oasis in the technological desert of the 21st century.

The culmination of the vision of Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati and Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati, this gurukul based institute is the first of its kind in the world wholly devoted to the subject of yoga. BYB has been established along the lines of Nalanda and Vikramshila, two great spiritual centres of learning. It continues the work started by these ancient centres, as a pathfinder for the current and future spiritual awakening of people, in the spheres of Yoga, Vedanta, Tantra and other allied subjects.

BYB offers scholars, scientists, doctors and yoga aspirants from all parts of the world a golden opportunity to work together to formulate a scientific basis for the growth, expansion and rapid integration of yoga into modern society.

Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati originally had the vision of a yoga institute when he established the Yoga Vedanta Forest Academy in Rishikesh in 1950. This inspiration was carried forward by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati, who established Bihar School of Yoga in 1963, followed by the Ganga Darshan complex in Munger. Swami Niranjanananda, with the blessings of his predecessors, founded Bihar Yoga Bharati in 1994 as an Institute for Advanced Studies in Yogic Sciences.

Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati founded Bihar School of Yoga in order to carry out the mission given to him by his guru to spread the message of yoga from door to door and from shore to shore. Under the banner of BSY, he propagated yoga for people of all ages from all countries, races, religions and cultures. Under his guidance, the ancient science of yoga was taught on a scientific basis with clarity and vision. Thousands of people were and continue to be trained and educated in yogic subjects. Bihar Yoga Bharati is thus a natural continuation of the teaching activities of BSY.
This gurukul based institute, the first of its kind in the world to impart a comprehensive yogic education, is currently undergoing course restructuring and presently offers fully residential courses in Yogic Studies, of four months duration and in Yogic Science and Lifestyle of three months duration.

Location and History

Bihar Yoga Bharati is located at Ganga Darshan in Munger, Bihar, 175 km from Patna, the state capital, and 500 km from Calcutta. Ganga Darshan is situated on a hill which commands a majestic view of Mother Ganga as she sweeps through green paddies, fertilizing, energizing and purifying the surrounding areas. The river Ganga is the symbol of yoga, the soul's journey to unite again with the supreme.

The campus itself is located on an historical energy centre, Karna Chaura, now named Ganga Darshan, which is spread over an area of 5.5 hectares

Even before the establishment of Ganga Darshan, this hill was steeped in spiritual lore. Previously known as Karna Chaura, it was the seat of Danaveer Mahayogi Karna of Mahabharata fame. Bihar's soil has been touched by the feet of Gautama Buddha, Mahavir and here Mother Ganga herself bathed and caressed the shining bodies of Rama and other holy ones.

'Bihar' comes from the word vihara, which means 'monastery'; it also means 'to roam joyfully', and indeed Bihar was once a place where many sadhus and saints roamed, immersed in spiritual consciousness.

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Yogic Studies - Four Months

The four-month course in Yogic Studies is conducted twice a year, once in English and once in Hindi. BYB seeks to admit a diversity of students with a broad range of interests and backgrounds.

Combining academic studies with the gurukul lifestyle and discipline can be challenging and all aspirants must be prepared for this approach to yogic studies. The gurukul disciplines are designed to create an atmosphere in which the yogic life and spirit can be experienced at a subtle level. Alongside yogic education, the life and spirit of seva (selfless service), samarpan (dedication) and karuna (compassion) will be imbibed by the students (shataks).

Completion of the course does not entitle one to teach yoga. It provides a foundation for further study and learning, and develops the inspiration to pursue and deepen ones own practice.

Course overview
A residential course to provide basic training in the practical and theoretical aspects of yoga and ashram life based on the ancient gurukul system.

Course completion
A Certificate in Yogic Studies is awarded to those who demonstrate the required competencies in the course assessment.

Yogic Science & Lifestyle - Three Months

The three-month course in Yogic Science and Lifestyle is conducted once a year in Hindi. This fully residential course integrates both formal classes and practical participation in the system, disciplines and routines of the yogic lifestyle.

Intended for those who are already practising or teaching yoga, this experiential training gives participants the opportunity to develop a yogic attitude, understanding and approach to life, while simultaneously deepening awareness of the yogic practices and their application.

Course details
Minimum educational qualifications and eligibility:
Open to all – no prior educational qualifications required. However, preference will be given to yoga practitioners, yoga teachers and those with previous ashram experience.
Competency in Hindi language is essential. Applicants will be assessed upon arrival.

Course Completion
On successful completion of the course, a certificate of participation in Yogic Science and Lifestyle will be issued to the participants.

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Bihar Yoga Bharati (Yoga Institute)

For enquiries about BYB and the courses it offers please write to:

Bihar Yoga Bharati,
Ganga Darshan, Fort, Munger,
Bihar 811201, India

Tel: +91 (0)6344 222430
Tel: +91 (0) 9304799615
Fax: +91 (0)6344 220169

Bihar School of Yoga (Munger Ashram)

To find out about BSY courses, books, tapes and magazines, and for further information about the various organisations and activities referred to in this site please write to:

Bihar School of Yoga,
Ganga Darshan, Fort, Munger,
Bihar 811201, India

Tel: +91 (0)6344 222430
Tel: +91 (0) 9304799615
Fax: +91 (0)6344 220169

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