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| Last Updated:: 13/09/2023

Mahavatar Babaji Cave









Mahavatar Babaji cave is located in Kukuchina, Dunagiri mountain, 25 kms from Dwarahat. Mahavatar Babaji cave is one of the most spiritual cave in Himalayan region, which is the origin of Kriya yoga and Where Yoga Guru Lahiri Mahasaya got Kriya Yoga teachings directly from Mahaavatar Baba Ji.  To understand the historical significance of the cave, it is suggested that devotees read Chapter 34 "Materialising a Palace in the Himalayas" from the Autobiography of a Yogi, and " " from Only Love by Sri Sri Daya Mata.





Mahavatar Babaji was first mentioned by Paramahansa Yogananda in his book Autobiography of a Yogi (1946). Mahavatar Babaji in 1861, met Lahiri Mahasaya who was posted to Ranikhet in his work as an accountant for the British government. One day while walking in the hills of Dunagiri above Ranikhet, he heard a voice calling his name. Following the voice up the mountain, he met a “tall, divinely radiant sadhu”. He was amazed to find that the sadhu knew his name. This sadhu was Mahavatar Babaji.






Mahavatar Babaji told Lahiri Mahasaya that he was his guru from the past and then initiated him into Kriya Yoga and instructed Lahiri to initiate others. Lahiri wanted to remain with Mahavatar Babaji, who told him instead that he must return to the world to teach Kriya Yoga and that “Kriya Yoga sadhana would spread through the people of the world through his (Lahiri’s) presence in the world. Babaji’s cave in Kukuchina is the spot where he gave Kriya initiation to Lahiri Mahasaya.