Return to Adivarapupeta



Shivabalayogi Returns to Adivarapupeta for the Last Time
March of 1994


Return to Adivarapupeta

Video of Shivabalayogi on the overnight train from Hyderabad arriving in Kakinada in the morning of March 9, 1994, where he is received in the home of K. Gopanna. That afternoon, Swamiji arrives in his native village of Adivarapupeta where a crowd lines the village street to welcome him arrive at the ashram.


In 1994, Mahashivaratri (the "Great Night of Shiva") was the night of March 10-11. Each year, Shivabalayogi returned to Adivarapupeta for Mahashivaratri.

These shots were taken on Mahashivaratri day. Scenes include the homa, puja in the temple, as the mass feeding.

Bathing in the Ocean at Kakinada

On Mahashivaratri day, Friday March 11, 1994, Swamiji returned to Kakinada for dialysis. He almost died that night, but recovered the following day.  This video was taken on Sunday, March 13, 1994, when he went with devotees to the beach near Kakinada to bathe in the waters of the Bay of Bengal.

Foundation for the Weavers Society

March 15, Swamiji returned to Adivarapupeta and consecrated the foundation of a new office and warehouse building for the Shivabalayogi Weavers Society, a cooperative of weavers.  The video of this occasion concludes with photos of Swamiji taking rest in the old Society building surrounded by weavers.


Shivabalayogi is hosted at a devotee's house in Kakinada for tiffin (lunch). 

Bathing in the Godavari River

On March 16, 1994, Shivabalayogi arranged for devotees to go bathing with him in the Godavari River.


On March 28, 1994, Shivabalayogi entered mahasamadhi, the great or final samadhi in which a yogi sheds the physical form.

On March 19, Swamiji consecrated the foundation for a new temple at the Adivarapupeta ashram that would replace the Dhyana Mandir (meditation temple) in which he had sat for ten of his twelve years of tapas.

A little over a week later, he dropped his body. The scenes in this video include the burial of his body inside what was the Adivarapupeta ashram building and now is the Samadhi, his tomb.

Scenes of Adivarapupeta Village

Video of Adivarapupeta recorded in 1994 shows the village and the ashram.

We see the villagers weaving cloth, and children swimming in the Godavari canal, just like Swamiji did when he was a boy.

Also shown are the place by the canal where Shivabalayogi was initiated into tapas, and the meditation temple (Dhyana Mandir) where he sat for almost ten of his twelve-year meditation.