Mandakini was born in the Sri Santosh Puri Ashram as the eldest daughter of Baba Santosh Puri and Narvada Puri Maa. She grew up in the ashram surrounded by devotees and saints. Aside from her studies, Mandakini’s childhood was spent doing Karma Yoga, taking care of the cows and the kitchen duties of cooking and serving ashram aspirants and learned from Babaji the Art of Cooking and to serve others.
A natural teacher, by the time she was 13 she was already leading after-school study groups for the children of the Ashram and from around the village. Inspired by her parents she began to take up yoga practice more seriously by the time she was 15 years old. And at age of 18 she began teaching yoga classes to local children every Sunday, throughout her four years of University, all the while she was also teaching 1st to 5th grade at a local Primary school.
She holds two Masters Degrees, one in Management at Lalit Mohan University in Rishikesh, the other in Yogic Science & Human Excellence at Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya. She also studied Pranic Healing from the World Pranic Healing Foundation, founded by Grand Master Choa Kok Sui from Indonesia.
Currently she serves the ashram by maintaining administrative organization, assisting visitors in their stay as well as in Karma Yoga and leading kirtans. Since 2004 she has been teaching courses in Ayurvedic Cooking, Planetary & Deity Yantra Painting, Homa Fire and Asanas & Pranayama at the ashram.
In 2012 she accompanied Mata Ji on Tour in Europe where she taught Asana and Ayurvedic Cooking, and Yantra Painting, conducted a Homa Fire at the Berlin Yoga Festival and in Utterect, Holland,
In March 2013 Mandakini was blessed with a beautiful baby boy named Rudraksh. She is finding grounding in being a mother, learning more about cultivating self sacrifice, compassion and devotion.