Just as Ganga has been flowing for thousands of years, the parampara or tradition of yogis also has been flowing for thousands of years from heaven to the planet Earth. Tradition is the flow of knowledge or customs, from generation to generation, from the masters to the disciples. The Sivananda tradition started with Swami Sivananda but informally it is connected to the Dasanami Sanayasa (a 2000 year-old order).
Who is Swami Sivananda ?
He is one of the important saints of the 20th century who propagated yoga throughout the globe through well-skilled disciples. His story is as follows
In 1930s Kuppu Swami Ayer was working as a doctor in Malaysia. Following a deep calling he gave it all up and left for the Himalayas where he reached Rishikesh, a holy place on the Banks of Ganga. He shaved his head and took sanayasa (monastic vows) from a traditional monk in Kailash ashram and became Swami Sivananda. This medical doctor reached enlightened and started to heal thousands of people throughout the world, using yoga as a powerful tool.
Swami Sivananda lived here from the 1920s to 1963. During this time he prepared and sent numerous apostles of yoga and vedanta into the world, among whom swami Vishnudevananda, swami Satyananda , swami Satchidananda, swami Jyothirmayanada , swami Chidananda, swami Omkarananda, swami Kailasananda. Though this tradition is known as the sivananda tradition, its root go back to Kailash ashram and from there it dates back to the ancient monks order founded by Adi Shankaracharya. Thus swami Premanand belongs to the tradition of the ancient Dasanami Sanayasa system founded by Sankaracharya.
Swami Chidananda built a house in uttarkashi inside swami Premananda's ashram to live a solitary life in his late years.This house was donated by a devotee of Chidananda from Bombay and constructed under the supervision of his personal assistant swami Ramswaroopananda in 1993. From then onwards, until his Samadhi (death) in 2008, Chidananda occasionally came and stayed inside the sivanandashram of Ganeshpur. Swami Premananda gave his valuable service to him in all possible ways. After he left his body, the building complex was turned into the Chidananda memorial mandir as well as a library and chanting hall (satsangh bhavan).
Swami Chidananda was always involved in the main events of the Ganeshpur sivanandashram. During the 1991 earthquake he brought immense help from Rishikesh and always attended to any disasters or tragedies in Uttarkashi. It is impossible to relate the history of the Ganeshpur sivanandashram without mentioning the name of swami Chidananda.
Swami Chidananda was always involved in the main events of the Ganeshpur sivanandashram. During the 1991 earthquake he brought immense help from Rishikesh and always attended to any disasters or tragedies in Uttarkashi.