Swarved Mahamandir
Swarved Mahamandir

A First-Timer’s Guide to Swarved Mahamandir, Varanasi

Varanasi, the ancient city bathed in the spiritual glow of the Ganges, beckons travellers seeking profound experiences. Nestled amidst its labyrinthine alleys and sacred temples lies a unique architectural marvel – the Swarved Mahamandir. Unlike traditional temples, this colossal structure isn’t dedicated to a specific deity, but to the pursuit of self-knowledge and inner peace through yoga and meditation.

Intrigued? If you’re planning a visit to this one-of-a-kind centre, this comprehensive guide will equip you with everything you need to know.

The Swarved Mahamandir, also known as Swarved Mahamandir Dham, translates to “the Grand Abode of Self-Knowledge.” Built by the Vihangam Yoga Sansthan, it’s touted as the world’s largest meditation centre, boasting a sprawling 200-acre campus and a capacity to accommodate a staggering 20,000 yoga and meditation practitioners simultaneously.

Here’s a glimpse into what sets this place apart:

Unlike traditional Hindu temples, the Swarved Mahamandir doesn’t house idols or deities. Its focus is on the inward journey – the exploration of the self through yoga and meditation.


This lotus-shaped, seven-story structure is a captivating blend of modern architecture and spiritual symbolism. The intricate carvings adorning its walls are said to depict verses from the “Swarveda,” a sacred text promoting self-realization.

Varanasi, a millennia-old city synonymous with Hinduism, provides the perfect backdrop for the Swarved Mahamandir. The centre aims to be a universal space for spiritual seekers from all walks of life and backgrounds.

The centrepiece of the complex is the massive meditation hall, designed to accommodate a large number of practitioners.

The centre offers dedicated spaces for yoga practice, catering to various yoga styles and levels of experience.

Visitors can delve deeper into the philosophies of yoga and meditation through workshops, seminars, and lectures conducted by experienced teachers.

A well-stocked library provides access to a wealth of knowledge on yoga, meditation, and spiritual growth.

The complex offers on-site accommodation options for those seeking an immersive experience.

Swarved Temple
Swarved Temple

Situated in the Umraha village, around 18 kilometres from Varanasi city centre.

Taxis, auto-rickshaws, and cabs are readily available from Varanasi.

The nearest railway station is Varanasi Junction. From there, you can hire a cab or rickshaw to reach the centre.

The Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport in Varanasi is the closest air connectivity option. Taxis are easily available from the airport.

Opening Timings: The Swarved Mahamandir is generally open from sunrise to sunset. However, it’s advisable to double-check the timings on their official website (https://donate.swarved-mahamandir.org/) closer to your visit.

There’s no entry fee for visiting the Swarved Mahamandir. However, some activities or workshops might have associated charges.

As with most religious and spiritual places in India, modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees is recommended.

Bring comfortable clothing suitable for yoga or meditation sessions, a water bottle, and a hat for sun protection.

If you’re interested in participating in yoga sessions or workshops, check the schedule beforehand and register accordingly.

The Swarved Mahamandir’s serene atmosphere is conducive to meditation and introspection. Take some time to quiet your mind and connect with your inner self.

While the main attraction is the meditation hall, take a walk around the sprawling campus and admire the architectural details.

Remember, the Swarved Mahamandir is a place of spiritual practice. Maintain silence and respect the serenity of the environment. Also, making reels & videos is prohibited inside the premises.

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About Vishal Tiwari

Aspire to inspire before I expire. Part-time blogger, full-time learner.

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