Historical Photographs

A sampling of Sadhakas, Devotees, and Significant Locations

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(Left to Right): Swami Rajarshi Muni, Swami Kripalvananda, and Swami Vinit Muni

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Swami Rajarshi Muni as a young Sannyasi.

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Swami Vinit Muni and Swami Kripalvananda. Kayavarohan.

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Leela Bruner and Swami Vinit Muni.

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Arundhati and Swami Vinit Muni, Canada.

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Swami Vinit Muni, 1994. Mumbai.

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Swami Vinit Muni, samadhi mandir, Prasli Village 1997.

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Small temple where Swami Kripalvananda met his Guru Pranavananda in the Bhuleshwar area of Mumbai.

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Ambadevi

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Ambadevi or Shree Ambamata. Shree Jagdamba Mandir Trust (Bhuleshwar).

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Sandhurst Bridge near Chowpatty Beach. At age 19, despondent with life, he contemplates suicide by jumping off the bridge to be crushed by an electric train.

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Madhavbaug Temple, also known as Shri Laxmi Narayan Temple, in the Bhuleshwar area of Mumbai.

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Chowpatty Beach in the Girgaon area of Mumbai. In the background is the skyline of Mumbai. Swami Kripalvananda walked the beach with his Guru Pranavananda as a 19-year-old.

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Present-day home of Tarun Patel, son of Ramanbhai Patel. The exterior of the home has been partially remodeled since Swami Kripalvananda stayed here.

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Home of Tarun Patel. Swami Kripalvananda spent his remaining months with the Patel family until he flew to Ahmedabad for the last week of his life. Family: Third from left, Bipin Brambhatt, Tarun Patel, Sixth and Seventh, Nirmala and Thakor Patel and family members.

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Kashiben Patel

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Ramanbhai Patel

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Param Pujya—Shree Pagal Maharaj Samadhi

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Samadhi Mandir of Krishnalal Majmundar (Pagal Maharajah). Village of Sandhasal.

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Krishnalal Majmundar (Pagal Maharaja) – Older brother of Swami Kripalvananda

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Ramanbhai Patel. Family Home, Vadodara

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Dinesh Majmundar

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(Left to Right) Uma Maiya Udasin and Jashuben Suthar.

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Naran Bapu at the village of Tajpura.

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Devotee of Swami Kripalvananda, Bhaktrajbhai Lalbhai, Umalla Village. Died January 10, 1982.

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The Murti of Swami Kripalvananda in Ulka, his former residence in Kayavarohan. Also shown are his shoes and harmonium.

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Kokilablen had lived in a small temple in Kayavarohan as a renunciate. Her mother was Kundanben, Swami Kripalvananda's sister. 2016.

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Bharat Majmundar, Swami Kripalvananda's sister's (Kundanben) daughter's (Jayamandben) son.

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Urmila Desai with Swami Kripalvananda.

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Runamukteshwar Mahadev-Mota Fofalia Village (Shiv Temple). This is where Pujya Bapuji stayed during the initial years of the sanyasta. From this place, he traveled to Kanjeta Village where he jumped into the Narmada River and swam all through the night.

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Runamukteshwar Mahadev

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Shivjini Krupa: Sant Darshan. Elisebridge Ahmedabad • Swami Shri Krupalvanandji • Dated 15-5-1965

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Living quarters for sannyasis.

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Stayed at Dr. Kantilal Parikh's residence when visiting Rajpipla during early sannyasa time. Gave discourses on Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. His home is the center two floors.

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Large room for Satsangas. (Red wall did not exist.)

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Bapuji's bedroom.

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Om • Shri Dandi Swami's Big Matta (entrance). Shri Bapuji stayed here for several years. 1940–50.

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Bapuji stayed here as a young sannyasi.

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Shri chhu. pu. vyayam mahavidyalay. Anandbhavan 1962.

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Bapuji did group teaching here for adults and children – 1971.

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Rajpipla – Chanting Swami Kripalvananda's bhajans. 2016.

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Ramyavadan Rasiklal (left) baby that is now grown. 2016. Rasiklal (father), Minaxiben (mother in red sari), and daughter (behind mother).

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Small family shop on a street in Rajpipla, December 1971. Grandfather (standing), grandmother (holding baby), father (seated).

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Present-day shop. 2016.

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Amrit Desai (left) and Swami Kripalvananda. Approximately 1950.

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Eral Village before 1960.

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Family of Vijay Sihji Thakor. Eral Village, approximately 1966.

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Bapuji stayed here at the Ori Ashram in the early 1940s.

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Ori Ashram—One of the first ashrams where Bapuji stayed as a young sannyasi.

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Takhat Singh Gohil. Eighty-eight years old and from Navapura Village. As a young boy he was with Swami Kripalvananda at Swami Shantananda's Ashram (1942). Swami Shantananda gave sannyasa diksha to Swami Kripalvananda and also gave him his sannyasa name of Kripalvananda.

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Maganlal Ambala Patel, 94 years old. Helped search for Swami Kripalvananda when he threw himself into the raging Narmada River during the monsoon, 1951. This photo was taken in 2016. He passed away in 2018.

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(Left) Thakor Patel – Sadhaka of Swami Kripalvananda since 1973. (Right) Jashuben Mansukhal Suthar, age 95 (2016), Swami Kripalvananda's cook at Kayavarohan from 1971–1977.

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Sureshbhai Chhotabhai Valand, Swami Kripalvananda's barber from 1969-1977.

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Shree Navdurga High School.

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Jayantibhai Pandya, respected journalist. 2018. He can be seen holding pillows in the previous photo of Umalla High School near Rajpipla, in January 1974.

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Lila Adelinde Ostermann

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Govardhan Parikh

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Baherharbhai

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Thakor Patel

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Jitesh Parikh

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(Left) Damayanti Purshpakant Parikh and Pushpakant Jayantilal Parikh (Right). Mother and father of Jitesh Parikh.

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(Left) Damayanti Pushpakant Parikh, mother of Jitesh Parikh. (Right) Leela Bruner, American Sadhaka.

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Swami Kripalvananda's correspondence with Jitesh Parikh, a devoted sadhaka.

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Margadarshan, a guru's guidance to a disciple, was published in 1955.

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Radhaba Panchal

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Ramanbhai Lallubhai Shah (right) in Adadra Village, 1960.

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Swami Kripalvananda and Swami Ashutosh Muni.

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Mural on the wall of "Kripalu Seva Ashram," Kanjeta Village.

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Sadhakas rooms behind wall. Kanjeta Village.

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Narmada River before monsoon near Kanjeta Village. Swami Kripalvananda, in a state of ecstatic sadhana, plunged himself into the raging river during the height of the monsoon. Struggling to survive, he eventually surrenders to the grace of God and lives.

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Narmada River during monsoon season.