Sri Kambaliswami Madam

Yogamaharishi Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj

Yogamaharishi Swami Gitananda Giri Guru Maharaj

The Samadhi of the great Guru Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri is located at Sri Kambaliswami Madam, an ancient Hindu holy site which is the spiritual base of the ICYER and its work. Pujas and other cultural and religious festivals are held here.

The Samadhi is cored by the shrine of Srila Sri Kambliswami, an ancient Master of Ashtanga Yoga who left his body in 1873. The Samadhis of eight Gurus of the lineage are also located on this five-acre property. They are:

  1. Srila Sri Kambaliswami Swamigal
  2. Srila Sri Ambalavana Swamigal
  3. Srila Sri Manikka Swamigal
  4. Srila Sri Shanmuga Swamigal
  5. Srila Sri Velu Swamigal
  6. Srila Sri Subramaniya Swamigal
  7. Srila Sri Shankara Giri Swamigal
  8. Srila Sri Gitananda Giri Swamigal

The land at the Madam Samadhi is a private property passed by means of notarized will from Swamiji to Swamiji from that time to present date. The present Guru is Yogacharya Dr. Ananda Balayogi Giri, the Present Chief of the Samadhi site. Yogacharini Meenakshi Devi Bhavanani is the General Secretary and spiritual guide. The Guru Pujas and simple duties have been performed continuously for more than 141 years without any break by the Swamijis and their disciples.


The Sri Kambaliswami Madam court case regarding the take over by the Pondicherry government in the middle eighties has come for final hearing in the Supreme Court of India (New Delhi Jan, Feb 2013). The ICYER is eager to hear the apex court´s verdict on the matter, but even if the ICYER wins the case, the Government of Pondicherry may try to take over Sri Kambaliswami Madam land under other laws, leading to more court battles. The five acres of empty land that belong to Kambali Swam Madam lay in the center of Pondicherry, a booming city on the coast of Tamil Nadu (South India).

It doesn’t need much fantasy to understand that there are plenty of options for this land. The most horrible but probable option to think of would be the conversion into an industrial zone. This would destroy not only an ancient Hindu site but also the Samadhi site of many great gurus the latest being Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri.

The ICYER is trying to work out a compromise solution with the Pondicherry Government. The compromise foresees to set up a Yoga University at Kambliswami Madam in the framework of a public-private partnership. The idea of a Yoga University would have more weight if backed up by a large number of yogic minded people. This would also reassure the Pondicherry government that a Yoga University would add more to the value of a city than any industrial zone ever can.


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Please sign this online petition that will allow you to show your support for the Yoga University encouraging the Chief Minister of Pondicherry to enter in a constructive dialogue to reach an amicable solution for Kambali Swami Madam.

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