|| Om Namah Shivaya ||
Shivalayaa is derived from 'Shiva' - The Lord of Cosmic Dance & 'alayaa' - His abode, hence the abode of Lord Shiva.
Lord Shiva being the first teacher and Goddess Shakti being the first student, together united their divine grace to give to us the boon of Yoga.
Adi Guru Shankaracharya
Adi Shankaracharya Ji was a great Indian philosopher whose scholarly aptitude and authentic Vedantic knowledge re-established Advaita Vedanta and Vedic Sanatan Dharma when it was being torn apart by mis-guidance of other spiritual leaders and religion. He defeated many such scholars and leaders through philosophical debates with ease and simplicity. By the strength of his penance, Adi Shankaracharya Ji, travelled across India transmitting transcendental wisdom on truths of Advaita Vedanta. Many visionaries and rulers preached and professed extensively the work of Adi Shankaracharya Ji.
At his time travelling was difficult and communication was limited and in order for Dharma to continue to grow and progress and reach common people, he established four Dharmic institutions also called as Mathas or Peethas.
In the east is the Govardhan Math at Puri whose presiding deity is Purushottam to deal with the knowledge of Rigveda.
In the West is Dwarka Peeth in Gujarat whose presiding deity is Dwarakadheesh and is dedicated to the knowledge of Sam Veda in Dwarka.
In the south is the Sharda Peeth in Karnataka dedicated to the teachings of Yajur Veda and the preceding deity is Goddess Sharda.
In the north is Jyoti Math in Badrinath and is dedicated to the teachings of Atharva Veda.
These Dharmic institutions are responsible to spread valuable spiritual knowledge. These maths were established with a vision to teach, spread and re establish the vedic social order that is impartial, free of exploitation and driven by only Dharma (Scriptures).
At these Peethas, Adi Shankaracharya Ji initiated that the head pontiff would be considered his image. This unbroken Guru parampara has continued so far.
Adi Shankaracharya Ji’s words and works have been instrumental in the re establishment and foundation of Sanatan Dharma for ages to come. His eternal and impartial teachings glorified true Advaita Vedanta.
H.H. Swami Sivananda
A place to bond with the soul and embrace your Spiritual Journey
Shivalayaa was created as a dream come true for both of us. I had lived in cities for long to realise that I need to centre myself somewhere and needed to touch that silence to carry it with me every where I go. So Shivalayaa is that sanctuary for me where I explore my self and bond with myself to create a balance for when I step out. We have beginners, practitioners and Sadhaks visiting us from across the globe .. with a common goal of Yoga (union of creation with the creator). They come inspired to understand the philosophy and inculcate the various practices as mentioned in the sutras and texts to understand better the mind body and soul, and in this process connect with the divine through the 4 paths of Yoga. " - Diksha