Himalayan Institute India

Our Mission

The mission of Himalayan Institute India is to promote the wisdom of the Himalayan Tradition through publication of a wide range of titles on yoga, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health. The Institute is headquartered at our 30-acre spiritual retreat center in Allahabad (U.P.) on the banks of the Ganga. Himalayan Institute India also undertakes several humanitarian projects, including supporting village schools and a traditional Sanskrit college in Uttar Pradesh, educational scholarships, organic farming training, and community tree plantation and environmental regeneration projects in Karnataka.

Founder & Leadership

The Himalayan Institute is a leader in the field of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health, and was founded by Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas.

Swami Rama

Swami Rama

One of the greatest adepts, teachers, writers, and humanitarians of the 20th century, Swami Rama (1925–1996) is the founder of the Himalayan Institute. Born in northern India, he was raised from early childhood by the Himalayan sage, Bengali Baba. Under the guidance of his master, he traveled from monastery to monastery and studied with a variety of Himalayan saints and sages, including his grandmaster who was living in a remote region of Tibet.

In addition to this intense spiritual training, Swami Rama received higher education in both India and Europe. From 1949 to 1952, he held the prestigious position of Shankaracharya of Karvirpitham in South India. Thereafter, he returned to his master to receive further training at his cave monastery, and finally in 1969, came to the United States where he founded the Himalayan Institute.

His best known work, Living With the Himalayan Masters, reveals the many facets of this singular adept and demonstrates his embodiment of the living tradition of the East.

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Chairman, Spiritual Head
Spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute, Pandit Tigunait is the successor of Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Lecturing and teaching worldwide for more than a quarter of a century, he is the author of fourteen books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, the bestselling At the Eleventh Hour: The Biography of Swami Rama of the Himalayas and is a regular contributor to the Himalayan Institute’s Amrit Blog.

Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral traditions. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India, as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jain, and Zoroastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters.


The Himalayan Institute Press has long been regarded as the resource for holistic living. We publish books that offer practical methods for living harmoniously and achieving inner balance.

Living With The Himalayan Masters
Swami Rama
Rs. 499
The Art Of Joyful Living
Swami Rama
Rs. 295
Himalaye Ke Santho Ke Sang Niwas
Swami Rama
Rs. 399

Contact Us

The Himalayan Institute is a leader in the field of yoga, meditation, spirituality, and holistic health, and was founded by Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas.

Himalayan Institute Allahabad

Near Nageshwar Mandir
Chatnag, Jhunsi
Allahabad – 211019 (U.P.)

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