Swami Satyananda Saraswati left the Bihar School of Yoga in 1988 in order to free himself of all institutional duties. After spending some time as a pilgrim he settled in 1989 in Rikhia to live the life of a paramahamsa and started intense sadhana.

The first few years he lived in total seclusion with only a few sannyasins and received no visitors. After some time, he gave in to the demands of his devotees to see him and opened the doors at specified occasions.

An ashram grew, which he named Rikhiapeeth in 2006, appointing Swami Satyasangananda as the first Peethadishwari.

Today, Rikhiapeeth is a unique and pulsating centre. It combines programs, events and seminars with the spiritual atmosphere of Swami Satyanandas' Tapobhumi (place of intense austerity).

Rikhiapeeth is a modern gurukul institution (students and teachers live in a community) with the aim of teaching the original wisdom of the Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas. All activities of Sivananda Math and Sivananda Ashram are under the management of Rikhiapeeth.

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