Shanti Mandir was established in 1987 by Mahamandaleshwar Swami Nityananda. The organisation continues the spiritual work of his Guru, the renowned sage, Baba Muktananda, whom he succeeded in 1982.
Shanti Mandir focuses on:
- Providing access to the teachings and practices of the great sages of India, in particular those of the lineage of represented by Swami Nityananda, Baba Muktananda and his Guru, Bhagwan Nityananda.
- Guiding seekers to the direct experience of divinity through Sanskrit chanting, silent meditation, study of sacred works, the offering of service and the participation in sacred rituals.
- Continuing the Vedic tradition - teaching the Vedic way of life and the philosophy of Vedanta, and performing the ancient, sacred rituals of the tradition.
- Through its Sanskrit school - Shri Muktananda Sanskrit Mahavidyalaya, at the ashram in Magod, India - providing people with the opportunity to study and learn the Sanskrit language in which all the sacred texts of India were originally written .
- Conducting charitable works to help the impoverished in rural India..
Two of the three ashrams of Shanti Mandir - in Magod, India and in Walden, USA - are located in beautiful and serene natural settings while the third ashram - in Kankhal, India on the river Ganges - is in a street full of old ashrams adjoining ancient temples and the revered pilgrimage centre of Haridwar at the foothills of the Himalayas.
Each ashram provides an ideal environment for seekers to immerse themselves in a traditional way of spiritual life, as passed down from the ancient sages.