Penukonda is a sacred power spot with a long history of association with thousands of saints and divine souls. During his reign, the saint-king, Krishnadevaraya, the most powerful king in India’s history, lived in Penukonda and held court here. He and the great rishis who were part of his retinue were protectors of the ancient knowledge.
Swami Kaleshwar’s ashram is situated on this ancient holy ground, next to the king’s palace and within the walls of the ancient fort. The modern reemergence of the home of this ancient wisdom is now taking the form of a university called the: Sri Sai Kaleshwara University. It is a training ground for advanced spirituality. As a sacred power spot, the ashram itself is a unique “classroom” where the knowledge of the ancient rishis is learned and tested through "practicals"—divine processes, set forth according to the sacred formulas that demonstrate the miraculous creation energy of God available to each of us.
Swami has amplified the amazing power and natural beauty of this divine setting by building every aspect of the ashram according to Kaleshwara Vaastu™. Truly, the ashram is a Vaastu paradise: the majestic Shiva Sai Mandir which houses beautiful temples to both Shirdi Baba and Jesus; the Dwarkamai, a meditation temple that is used in divine processes to open up the higher spiritual channels; a 5-story apartment complex sits in the south and southwest; in the northeast, students meditate or walk in open gardens with a 50-foot fountain towering just inside of the main ashram gate. All of this rests beneath the backdrop of Penukonda Mountain with its dozen temples and hidden meditation caves.
From its humble beginnings as a simple hut with a thatched roof to the magnificent pilgrimage center it has now become, the ashram continues to grow to meet the increasing needs of those gaining mastery through the advanced spiritual practices offered there. Like spirituality itself, the ashram is an ever-unfolding creation.
Since 1997, students from around the world have come to experience its Divine energy and immerse themselves in the sacred knowledge of the ancient rishis, taught at the ashram. For many, the ashram has become their personal power spot, where they delve deeper into their relationship with the Divine, learning who they truly are and what it is they are on this planet to accomplish. The curriculum, which is comparable to a Ph.D. program in spirituality, is designed to awaken amazing healing abilities and enlightenment channels which are necessary to heal and serve the world. Great healing and service is needed in these times. Swami says it is his duty and his students’ duty to fulfill that need.