Shree Peetha Nilaya
Shree Peetha Nilaya (SPN) is the home and main Ashram of Paramahamsa Vishwananda. Located in the heart of the German countryside in Heidenrod-Springen, Germany, the Ashram is just a one hour drive from Frankfurt International Airport.
Shree Peetha Nilaya means ‘Abode of Maha Lakshmi’. Maha means ‘great’ in Hindi. Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of spiritual fortune, prosperity and health. SPN is therefore said to be a manifestation of the Divine Mother.
The Ashram is the center of Paramahamsa Vishwananda’s teachings and mission, it’s incredible Temples filled with lively prayers, devotional music and dancing, natural beauty, and authentic loving people. Devotees and spiritual seekers from around the world visit the ashram to meet Paramahamsa Vishwananda and go deeper into His teachings and the path of Devotion.
What is there to do at the Shree Peetha Nilaya?
Bhakti Marga has developed a wide range of activities for visitors to the Ashram. While visiting, you may join in Bhakti Marga Academy courses and activities, learn Bhakti Marga Sadhana, attend daily prayers and special events, engage in seva (selfless service), as well as gain a deeper understanding of your own spiritual potential and receive direct experiences of Divine Love in action.
Thousands of visitors travel to SPN throughout the year to participate in the myriad of events, festivals, courses, and worship gatherings. The majority of events are Hindu in orientation. However, the key Christian festivals are an important part of the year at Shree Peetha Nilaya.
Experience the Temples
The Bhutabhrteshwarnath Mandir is the most beautiful Hindu temple in all of Europe. The temple is a living celebration of Bhakti: heartfelt devotion to God.
Learn more about the main temple at Shree Peetha Nilaya here.
Bhakti Marga Academy
Paramahamsa Vishwananda founded the Bhakti Marga Academy in 2016. The Academy offers an extensive curriculum of both introductory and advanced courses on Hindu philosophy.
Bhakti Marga Music offers courses in Hindu devotional singing and music (Bhajans and Kirtan). Bhakti Marga Art offers courses in devotional, spiritual and icon painting. Visitors can take part in courses led by highly skilled teachers designed for people of different capability levels.
Seva at Shree Peetha Nilaya
Seva is voluntary work done as ‘selfless service’ and is an integral part of ashram life. It is an offering of every action to the Divine, and it is especially auspicious to do seva in the Home of the Divine Mother and Paramahamsa Vishwananda. Visitors who stay in the Ashram can take part in the daily seva program. This helps to experience the joys of spiritual service.
Learn more about seva at Shree Peetha Nilaya here.
Visiting Shree Peetha Nilaya
Bhakti Marga welcomes visitors from all faith traditions and those who have yet to follow a specific spiritual path. Visitors do not need to have knowledge or experience in spirituality to visit SPN. The Ashram has a limited number of guest rooms, so please call ahead if you would like to reserve a room, especially during large events and darshans.
Visitors interested in traveling to the Ashram for the first time should contact Swami Tulsidas. Swamiji will be glad to give you advice on how to plan your visit to ensure you have the best possible experience.
Find out more about visiting the Ashram here.
When is the best time to visit Shree Peetha Nilaya?
When Paramahamsa Vishwananda is not traveling the world giving Darshans and Satsangs, He is frequently at SPN. Several times a year He also leads groups of devotees on pilgrimages to holy places around the world.
Paramahamsa Vishwananda is normally at SPN during the main spiritual festivals and events during the year. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you always check Paramahamsa Vishwananda’s calendar before booking travel arrangements to visit Shree Peetha Nilaya.