Bihar School of Yoga: The Pride of Munger

Bihar School of Yoga: The Pride of Munger

”Welcome to The city of Yoga, Munger. We are proud to be the part of an intangible cultural heritage listed by  UNESCO. ”

Munger ” The city of Yoga ” is a dream destination for many yogis not only from the different corner of our country but from all over the world. The sprawling campus of Bihar School of Yoga is among the top five yoga destinations in India for providing Yoga science and spirituality. 

Situated in the fort area of the Munger city in the Indian state of Bihar. Bihar School of Yoga is famous with the name of ”Ganga Darshan” and ”Satyananda Yoga centre”. The BSY Munger was established in 1964 by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati. The sprawling campus is set in stunning surroundings, with nature and view on the holy Ganga River on a top of hillock inside the fort area.

About Bihar School of Yoga

In ancient days, Takshashila, Nalanda and Vikramshila, the oldest institutes of knowledge, existed in Bihar and spread their knowledge throughout the world. Perhaps the same tradition is being maintained and continued by Bihar Yoga Bharati, a part of BSY. Hence the Central Government has allotted the status of university to this world-renowned institute. Bihar Yoga Bharati has not only preserved the ancient discipline of yoga but propagated yogic knowledge from shore to shore and from door to door and has become our nation’s pride.

Campus of Bihar school of yoga or Ganga Darshan
©Copyright image →Campus of Bihar school of yoga or Ganga Darshan

Ganga Darshan is a unique place of spiritual retreat, wherein the modern aspirant or devotee can recharge and recreate, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Maintaining the ancient traditions and practices, the teachings of Ganga Darshan provide practical techniques and methods to bring simplicity, harmony and balance into the modern world. 

©Copyright image →Main entrance of Bihar school of yoga or Ganga Darshan
©Copyright image →Top of the Bihar school of yoga at Ganga Darshan

Ganga Darshan is home to the various institutions dedicated to the fulfilment of the vision of Sri Swami Satyananda through the propagation of yoga. The following institutions of Bihar Yoga/Satyananda Yoga are located in Munger:

  • Bihar School of Yoga (Munger Ashram)
  • Bihar Yoga Bharati (Yoga Institute)
  • Yoga Research Foundation
  • Yoga Publications Trust
  • SannyasaPeeth at Paduka Darshan

    Paduka Darshan at Sannyasa Peeth (part of Bihar School of Yoga, Munger)
    ©Copyright image →Paduka Darshan at Sannyasa Peeth (part of Bihar School of Yoga, Munger)

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Inspiration by Swami Sivananda Saraswati

Sri Swami Sivananda Saraswati first 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 Munger in 1964, followed by the Ganga Darshan complex. Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati, with the blessings of his predecessors, founded Bihar Yoga Bharati in 1994, to preserve and regenerate the total scope of yogic science by combining academic and scientific methodology with a spiritual vision. Sannyasa Peeth came into existence on 6th December 2010. It has been established at Paduka Darshan Gurukul on the holy bank of  Kashtaharni ( A bank of Ganga at Munger).

©Copyright image →A session of Sannyasa by Swami ji  at Sannyasa Peeth 

This is a centre dedicated to safeguarding and propagating the lofty ideals of sannyasa ( stage in a person’s life), a place where people from all walks of life can come to learn the art of imbibing Sanskriti into their lives.

”In 2004 Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, President of India (2002-2007) named Munger the ‘City of Yoga’ during his visit to Munger ”

Kalam interacts with children of Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal at Bihar School of Yoga in 2003. Picture by Pravez Akhtar
©Copyright image by Pravez Akhtar → Kalam interacts with children of Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal at Bihar School of Yoga in 2003.

Know about Yoga

Yoga has been a part of India’s ethos and daily practice for over 5,000 years. Swami Sivananda Saraswati explains about Yoga in his latest edition of YOGA magazine as ”Yoga is the discipline of the mind, senses and physical body. Yoga helps in the coordination and control of the subtle forces within the body. Yoga brings in perfection, peace and everlasting happiness. Yoga can help you in your business and in your daily life. You can have calmness of mind at all times by the practice of yoga. You can have restful sleep. You can have increased energy, vigour, vitality, longevity and a high standard of health. Yoga transmutes the animal nature into divine nature and raises you to the pinnacle of divine glory and splendour.

©Copyright image by Coni Hörler Photography → Aspirants practising yoga at BSY, Munger
©Copyright image by Coni Hörler Photography →A session of spirituality by swami ji at BSY, Munger

1st International Day of Yoga Celebration in BSY

All eyes were upon our city of Munger when the preparations for the 1st International Day of Yoga celebrations was about to commence all over the world. Everyone was wondering how it would be observed here at BSY in Munger.

On 21 June 2015, BSY venues that seemed capable of accommodating about 30 participants were packed to the limit and people were seen practising outside as well. Rooftops were full and maidens were packed with people practising yoga. In over 108 centres there were more than 7,500 participants, in almost 2,000 homes yoga was being practised by the whole family. Everywhere the same yoga practices were conducted – from Paduka Darshan to the many centres and innumerable homes of people who are associated with the ashram through BYMM, YYMM and other groups.

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Know about ”YOGA” magazine

The YOGA is a monthly magazine published by Yoga Publications Trust, a unit of Bihar School of Yoga, Munger.YOGA is compiled, composed and published by the sannyasin disciples of Swami Satyananda Saraswati for the benefit of all people who seek health, happiness and enlightenment. It contains information about the activities of Bihar School of Yoga, Bihar Yoga Bharati, Yoga Publications Trust and Yoga Research Fellowship. To get more details about the magazine you can visit this website:

”YOGA has been published for more than fifty years. During this time it has covered a huge range of topics, and featured numerous authors.”

Beauty and attraction of BSY campus

one could not stop oneself to describe the majesty of BSY campus at Ganga Darshan. Its looks amazing form different corner of the town. The sprawling campus of BSY is known for peace, tranquillity and silence. The natural beauty and greenery around the campus always give you the best experience along with all the universities and schools of Munger. Majestic 180-degree panoramic view of the holy Ganga from Paduka Darshan energizes aspirants and devotees coming to Ashram.

Bihar school of yoga campus
©Copyright image →Campus of Bihar school of yoga at Ganga Darshan
Paduka Darshan at Sannyasa Peeth (part of Bihar School of Yoga, Munger) near to Ganga Ghat
©Copyright image → Campus of Sannyasa Peeth at Paduka Darshan (part of Bihar School of Yoga, Munger) near to Ganga Ghat

Tourist and foreigners connections

No doubt BSY attracts the maximum number of tourist and foreigners into its campus among all the other tourist attractions of Munger. Many tourists come to Munger to see the majestic yogic campus of BSY and Ganga Dashan. Yoga aspirants come here to join Yogic Studies Course and to get the lesson of spirituality from all over the world. Aspirants or trainees are offered with irresistible packages of yoga training, pranayama, satsangs, kirtans and discussions on spirituality and Sannyasa.  

Visiting procedures to BSY, Munger 

If you would like to visit Ganga Darshan for an event or to experience the yogic lifestyle, You can inform or book at least one month in advance prior your visit by writing to address given. The admission policy is selective and a personal introduction is preferred when accepting applications. Bihar School of Yoga reserves the right of admission to any training, program or event. Click here for more details.

Things to know about Bihar School of Yoga

  • BSY is one of the oldest yoga schools in the world providing world class yogic science by combining academic and scientific methodology with a spiritual vision.
  • Bal Yoga Mitra Mandal(BYMM) is an organisation of BSY to impart yoga education and practice for the children.
  • The second campus of Bihar School of Yoga Ashram is located in Rikhia, Jharkhand, India.
  • Satyananda Yoga is a system of yoga developed by Sri Swami Satyananda Saraswati and his lineage in BSY campus, which incorporates practices derived from ancient and traditional sources is followed and practised by world-class yoga university all over the globe.
  • Sannyasa Peeth has been established at Paduka Darshan Gurukul ( a part of BSY, Munger ) in 2010 on the holy banks of the Ganga in the historic city of Munger.
  • On December 1, 2016, yoga was listed by UNESCO as an Intangible cultural heritage. 

    ©Copyright image → Sannyasa Peeth  at Paduka Darshan  (Part of Bihar School of Yoga, Munger)

 Contact information:

For any query about BSY or Ganga Darshan, you can write to following address:

Bihar School of Yoga, Ganga Darshan
Munger Bihar 811 201, India
Contact Information : + 91 (0)6344 222430

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