Bapuji’s Final Months

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Last darshan in America – September 27, 1981
Kripalu Yoga Retreat • Summit Station, Pennsylvania

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Last Darshan, North America • Summit Station Pennsylvania, Kripalu Yoga Retreat–September 27, 1981

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Puja to Bapuji

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Departs for India on September 29, 1981

Borivali, Mumbai – Ramanbhai Patel Residence
October 1 to December 25, 1981

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Borivali, Mumbai – Ramanbhai Patel Residence

Gordhanbhai Patel with his daughter, Jyoti Desai. The family had known Swami Kripalvananda since the 1950s. This photo was taken in the home of Ramanbhai Patel in Borivali, a suburb of Mumbai, in early October 1981.

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Borivali, Mumbai – Ramanbhai Patel Residence

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Borivali, Mumbai – Ramanbhai Patel Residence

Tarun Patel (left) and Ramanbhai Patel (right) with Bapuji (center).

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Borivali, Mumbai – Ramanbhai Patel Residence

Borivali, Mumbai – Ramanbhai Patel Residence

Bharat Chandrakant Patel.

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Tarun Patel

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Narendra Joshi (left) and Ramanbhai Patel (right).

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Borivali, Mumbai – Ramanbhai Patel Residence

Borivali, Mumbai – Ramanbhai Patel Residence

Borivali, Mumbai – Ramanbhai Patel Residence

Tarun Patel (son of Ramanbhai Patel). Late fall 1981.

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Village of Malav – December 31, 1981

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Final Darshan and Burial of Bapuji, Malav – December 31, 1981

On December 29, 1981, in Ahmedabad, Bapuji transitions (Mahasamadhi): the highest final samadhi merging with the Absolute. "Send my body to Malav and bury it in any of the fields of Ambala Ishvara Patel." (left)

Final Darshan and Burial of Bapuji, Malav – December 31, 1981

On December 31, he is driven from Ahmedabad to Kayavarohan and the village of Malav. Thousands come to receive their antim-darshan with their beloved guru. Malav village.

Final Darshan and Burial of Bapuji, Malav – December 31, 1981

Village of Malav

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Ambala Ishvara Patel Family and Chimanbhai Dadubhai Desai – Trustee. Sri Kayavarohan Tirtha Seva Samaj (right). Malav Ashram.

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Swami Kripalvananda mahasamadhi arati/puja. Family of Ambala Ishvara Patel. Malav Ashram.

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Malav Ashram

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Malav Ashram

Final Darshan and Burial of Bapuji, Malav – December 31, 1981

Bapuji is carried from the Malav Ashram for burial in the field closest to the ashram. The family of Ambala Ishvara Patel owns the land. The Samadhi Temple is built over his burial site.

Final Darshan and Burial of Bapuji, Malav – December 31, 1981

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Burial scene.

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Bapuji being buried at approximately 2:15 seated in Padmasana according to Vedic tradition.

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Final Darshan and Burial of Bapuji, Malav – December 31, 1981

Celebration of Bapuji’s Life – Village of Malav
January 13, 1982

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Thousands attend the celebration of Bapuji's life.

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Swami Rajarshi Muni (left of portrait), Swami Vinit Muni (right of the portrait). Other Sadhakas/Sannyasis.

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Evolution of Kripalu Samadhi Mandir
January 1982 to Present

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Evolution of Kripalu Samadhi Mandir

Bapuji is buried below the marigold temple. January 1982.

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Krupalu Samadhi Mandir. Jayabhagwan.

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Jaybhagwan – Krupalu Samadhi Mandir – Jaybhagwan

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Jaybhagwan – Krupalu Samadhi Mandir – Jaybhagwan

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Om namo bhagavate vasudevaya. Om shri Krupalu guruve namah. Om shri Krupalu guruve namah.

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Preliminary construction. Excavation of land, leaving a small samadhi mandir where Bapuji is buried.

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Construction of Kripalu Samadhi Mandir.

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Kiritbhai Patel, son of Ambala Ishvara Patel. Swami Kripalvananda is seated in Padmasana and is buried approximately 10 feet below the floor of the dome.

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Entrance to the ground floor.

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Swami Kripalvananda is buried beneath his murti.

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View from Kripalu Samadhi Mandir. Malav Village is in the background and the Malav Ashram is in the lower right side of the photo.

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Evolution of Kripalu Samadhi Mandir

Evolution of Kripalu Samadhi Mandir