Adi Shankara Brahma Vidya Peeth,
Somashram, Uttarkashi (Himalayas)




Posted on Jan 2, 2014

Brihadaranyaka Satram, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
(Himalaya Rishi Sangamam 2013), November 15-19, 2013

This five day Satra (meaning 'a great sacrifice') was recently held at the Vailoppilli Sanskriti Bhavanam, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. This aesthetic venue was once part of the Travancore King's palace and is an architectural and cultural marvel. It provided
an appropriate setting for the Satram. The topic for discussion  was the bRhadAraNyaka upaniShad of the shukla-yajur-veda with the shAnkara bhAShyam.



The program was organised by several Vedanta students led by Dr.Saju Kaushik and other devotees who are part of Sadhu Gopalaswami Students' Circle, Vattiyoorkavu Ashram. The audience too was given lunch every noon. An average of eighty regular students were thus able to attend the the day-long program from morning till evening.

The mUla pArAyaNam of the prasthAna-trayI and discourses on the six chapters of the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad were well-attended. The Swamijis and Sadhus from Uttarkashi and Rishikesh with Swami Medhanandaji of Kailash Ashram as the adhyaksha (President) participated in this event. The topics of the Brihadaranyaka are both deep and at times abstruse ; sincere efforts were made by the revered sadhus to explain these topics in Vedanta to the audience in an accessible manner. There were also interactive question and answer sessions with the audience.

During this Satram, the malayalam book 'PAtanjala yoga sUtram - vyAsa bhAShyam' by Acharya Swami Haribrahmendrananda ji and Swami Hariomananda, published by 'The Heritage' publishers was also released. This book is a unique Malayalam book being the only available translation of the original Sanskrit work - PAtanjala Yoga Sutra with Vyasa's commentary. The learned Acharya and Swamiji have collated many valuable ideas on the Yoga Sutras from other sanskrit commentaries like the Tattva Vaisharadi etc. too and have made this book a very complete and deep work on Yoga philosophy. All students of Yoga and Vedanta who can read Malayalam will greatly benefit from this work.


After the Satram was concluded, a visit to the Travancore King's Palace with a bhiksha for all the sadhus was organised.




Visit to Travancore King's Home by Sadhus of Himalaya Rishi Sangamam



Posted on July 2, 2013

Uttarakhand Floods 2013

The recent tragedy of extensive floods and landslips affecting Uttarakhand Himalayas has been covered extensively on media and the news. A survey on the ground was done by the Swamiji and Acharyas of ASBP. Some images recorded are shown below. A meeting of ASBP was held and it was resolved to initiate relief and rehabilitation efforts to help the affected villagers especially the affected children. These efforts by ASBP to help the villages would be for the longer-term for the next five or more years  and not just immediate relief. All devotees are requested to contribute as best as they can in these efforts being led by the Acharyas and Swamijis of ASBP. All well-wishers may please note that ABSP has been granted IT exemption under 80G of the Income Tax Act for all donations received by it.

  Click here for the more detailed report on this and more photos about the relief work


Acharyas and Swamijis of ABSP surveying the extensive damage by the floods


School Classrooms damaged extensively by the floods and rubble





Posted on March 17, 2013


Adi Shankara Jayanthi was celebrated on 15th May, 2013. The prathiShThaa ceremony (installation) of Adi Shankara Statue in panchaloha at the newly constructed Sankara Hall was completed by the grace of Bhagavan. This image which will adorn the altar at the peetham has been especially sculpted by master craftsmen of Kerala.  The three day ‘PaaraayaNa-pratiShThaa’ programme went off as planned, from 13th May, i.e., Akshaya Tritiya, till the conclusion on 15th  May  with a Sadhu Bhandara. A few photos are shown below.


The sacred altar of Sri Adi Shankara at ABSP


The new building of ABSP with Adi Shankara Hall on the top floor



Newly Inaugurated Altar to Sri Adi Shankara at Somashram

Acharya Swami Sharvanandaji (centre) looking on



Abhishekam to Sri Adi Shankara by Acharya Swami Haribrahmendrananda ji

Posted on March 17, 2013


15 to 20 November 2013 – At Sadhu Gopalaswamy Ashram, Vattiyoorkavu, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, there is a 6 day program of mUla pArAyaNam of the prasthana-trayI followed by daily pravachans and discussion on bRhadAraNyaka upaniShad. Please contact Dr.Saju (Phone:+919447802200) for details.

22 to 27 November  2013 At SWARNA CHINMAYAM, Sarada-priyananda-nagar, Thurpukamapalem, Ongole, Andhra Pradesh, there is a 6 days mUla pArAyaNam program. For details call Swami Satyatmanandaji on phone number +919849140653.

9 to 20 January 2014 – At Shanti Ashramam, Thotapalli Hills, Annavaram, Andhra Pradesh, a 12 day program of shAnkara-bhAShya-pArAyaNam with evening satsang. Contact phone numbers: +918868244266 (office) or call Br . Suryabhaskara - +919989057245

22 to 30 January 2014 – Near Kota, Rajasthan there is a 9-day mUla pArAyaNam and evening satsang program.



Posted  on November 4, 2012

Sivananda Ashram Rishikesh Bhashya Parayanam Program

This program was concluded successfully by all the Swamis who came from Uttarkashi etc and the local Swamjis of Sivananda Ashram and Kailash Ashram, Rishikesh.


Mula Prasthanatraya Parayanam at DLS, Rishikesh

The Parayanam Program at DLS, Rishikesh - view of stage and Acharyas


swamis doing parayanam

Swamis doing parayanam at DLS, Rishikesh (September 2012)


Swami Haribrahmendranandaji being felicitated by Swami Padmanabhanandaji at DLS, Rishikesh


Swami Sharvanandaji Invited to grace Somashram as a resident Acharya

The executive body of Adi Shankara Brahma Vidya Peeth decided to invite Sri Swami Sharvanandaji to come, stay and teach Brahma Vidya at the Peeth. Swamiji has kindly consented to come and reside as Acharya, after the Navaratra is completed on October 23, 2012. This is indeed a blessed day for the Peetham with Acharyas Swami Haribrahmendranandaji and Acharya Swami Sharvanandaji being both resident and teaching here. Their synergy is a great asset to the Peetham.

 The executive body also has invited Sri Swami Vishnu Thirthaji to the Peetham along similar lines. Acharyaji is currently on tour away from Uttarkashi and he said he would inform the Peetham of his decision after his return.

The latest news as on October 24, 2012 is that Acharya Swami Sharvanandaji has shifted to the Adi Shankara Brahma Vidya Peeth, Somashram and is lodged in the new cottage room built for Acharyas.


Posted on June 16,2012

mUla-pArAyaNam at DLS Rishikesh from 2-5 September, 2012

After the successful completion of the 14 day program of bhAShya-pArAyaNam at Sringeri in April 2012 (see gallery for photos of the Sringeri program) , there is another program to be held in Rishikesh between 2 September, 2012 and 5 September, 2012. This time only the original texts (the mUla shlokas and sUtra-s) will be recited and not the shAnkara-bhAShyam (commentary).

The Bhagavatpada Bhakta Mandali will conduct this Prasthana-traya-mUla-pArAyANam - a recitation of the three canonical texts of Vedanta. The venue will be Sivananda Ashram, Divine Life Society, Rishikesh. Those who wish to attend the program may kindly contact Swami Padmanabhananda ji Maharaj, Sivananda Ashram (Divine Life Society), Rishikesh for accommodation.


Posted on March 30, 2012

Sringeri Sri Sarada Math hosts Prasthanatraya bhashya parayanam and pravachanam


A group of about 40 sadhus from Uttarkashi, Rishikesh and other parts ofIndia are being hosted by the Sarada Math, the sacred Dakshinaamnaaya Peetham (the Southern Math established by Sri Adi Shankaracharya). The program is from April 14 to April 25 and its conclusion coincides with Shankara Jayanti Day. Those who are interested in participating in the program are requested to kindly makes their own boarding and lodging arrangements by contacting the Sarada Math. Each day there will be discourses on Shaankara Vedanta in the evenings by respected Acharyas and Vidvaans.






Posted after the Kerala program in December 2011

Prasthanatraya parayanam and pravachanam concluded successfully at Kerala, India and other programs at Andhra Pradesh in December 2011


Program dates : 9 December to 12 December 2011

(Readings from the the three commentaries of Adi Shankaracharya and lectures on related topics of Advaita Vedanta.) This program was held under the aegis of the Bhagavadpada Bhaktha Mandali, Uttarkashi, India, under the guidance of Acharya Swami Medhanandaji, Kailash Brahmavidyapeeth, Rishikesh.
Venue .. Sadhu Gopala Swami Ashram , Vattiyurkavu , Trivandrum , Kerala
Around twenty-five swamis from Uttarkashi and Rishikesh were amongst the main participants.
For details please contact - Dr Saju (Phone number:+91-9447802200)


14 December 2011 - Brahma sutra parayanam is being organized at SWARNA CHINMAYAM , Sarada priyananda nagar , Thurupukamapalem , Ongole, Andhra Pradesh.  For details call Swami Satyatmanandaji on phone number  +91-9849140653


15 and 16 December 2011

Prasthanatrayam moola parayanam program and satsang is at Santhi Ashram , Annavaram , Thottapalli hills ,

East Godavari District, Andhra Pradesh. For details of this additional program contact  Ashram office .. +91-8868-244266 or  call Br . Surya bhaskara - +91-9989-057245

(Posted on 18 July 2011)

Somashram Inauguration done

The formal inauguration of Somashram as the Adi Shankara Brahma Vidya Peeth commenced with traditional pooja and vedanta bhashya parayanam on July 14, 2011. A ceremonial lamp was lit by the senior sannyasi-mahatmas of Uttarkashi. Many other devotees and sadhus participated in the pooja and subsequent bhandara organized at Kailash ashram, Uttarkashi.

Lighting of the Lamp during the inaugural function




Newly painted Somashram with refurbished roof (pre-existing heritage building)



For more photos of the inauguration, view the gallery .....




(Posted on 30 June, 2011)

 The inauguration of the Vedanta classes at the Ashram is scheduled for 14 July, 2011which happens to be one day prior to Guru Poornima. The regular classes by Acharya Swami Haribrahmendranandaji at Somashram,  will comprise of three classes a day - one class of Vedanta (Upanishads etc.), Nyaya (Logic - Tarka Sangraha with Pada-kritya commentary) and one on Sanskrit Grammar (Laghu Siddhanta Kaumudi). 

On the inaugural day i.e., 14 July, , the lighting of a lamp and a brief pooja will be followed by one hour of Bhashya Parayanam - reading from the Shankara Bhashya. Then there is samashti bhandara which has been arranged for the sadhus and sannyasis of Uttarkashi at Kailash Ashram, Ujaili, Uttarkashi since renovation is still on at Somashram. All devotees and sadhus are welcome to attend the pooja and bhandara.

It is also proposed to release a new publication on this day. viz., the hindi translation of the autobiography of Swami Chaitanyanandaji, the great Himalayan sage and disciple of Swami Sivanandaji. This book was originally in English titled,  "A saga of spiritual unfoldment" and contains valuable reminiscences of Rishikesh, Uttarkashi, Swami Sivanandaji etc, from the 1950's to recent events and experiences. For details about how to order this book contact us by email or phone. This book is also available in Telugu.


Posted on 30 June, 2011
Renovation work at the Ashram : Status report 

A master plan for the entire site has been prepared and approved for the ashram.
The construction and repair work on has proceeding steadily up to 30 June, 2011. The large retention wall to protect the existing structures has been completed. The existing building which is about 100 years old is still being renovated. The roof has been completely overhauled and many of the wooden reapers have been replaced. The heritage look of the building has been retained even after renovation. The new toilets and bathrooms have also been completed.

The next phase is going to see work on the gate, pathway from the gate to the buildings, and completion of repairs to the older building.


The monsoons have started and so the next 2 months of July and August 2011 is going to see a slower pace of construction/repair.


(Posted on Feb 10, 2011) A Vedanta vidwat-goshthi ("Conference of Scholars")  

A Vedanta vidwat-goshthi ("Conference of Scholars") was organized by the Adhyatma Prakasha Karyalaya, Holenarsipur, Karnataka, India between March 5th and March 8th, 2011.

Acharya Swami Haribrahmendranandaji andAcharya Swami Sharvanandaji who are governing body members of the Adi Shankara Brahma Vidya Peeth, Somashram are participating in the vidvat-goshthi and they have also submitted a paper presenting Vedanta topics of importance from the Shankara Bhashya.

The list of topics and other details about the conference are available in a scanned format on the links below. Also check the Adhyatma Prakasha Karyalaya wbsite

Invitation to the Conference (Part 1)

Invitation to Conference (Part 2)

Vedanta topics to be discussed at the conference (page 1)

Vedanta topics to be discussed at the conference (page 2)

Vedanta topics to be discussed at the conference (page 3)

Vedanta topics to be discussed at the conference (page 4)




Bhashya Parayananjali 2010 program at Badrinath  (Posted on September 1, 2010)

A program called the Bhasya Parayananjali was conducted by the Adi Shankara Brahma Vidya Peeth at Badrinath, Uttarakhand, India between 15 September, 2010 and 27 September 2010. This sacred place of pilgrimage in the Himalayas was where Sri Shankaracharya wrote his famous commentaries on the Vedanta scriptures. A group of about 100 participants, mainly sannyasis, participated in recitation of the entire Sanskrit commentaries of Sri Shankaracharya. In spite of inclement weather and road conditions, the entire program was a memorable success. The details are at the website