The ashram’s lineage dates back more than 5,000 years to the Sannyasa Acharyas of Shiva, Narayana, and Sri Dattatreya with its present formation based on Sri Adi Shankacharya’s Panch Dasnam Sannyas Holy Order. (Established in 9th century A.D.) The teachings follow the centenarian principles of Sanātana Dharma (Eternal Truth) based on the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Patanjali Yoga Sutras, and others.
Santosh Puri Ashram was founded by Baba Santosh Puri and Mataji Narvada Puri in 1978. The ashram restored the first charitable pilgrim heritage – now forsaken – on the footpath from Haridwar to Badrinath. Badrinath is known as “the abode of the Gods” and its summit reaches a height of 4000 meters. Starting from a few crumbled buildings and a snake infested well, Baba Santosh Puri gradually built up an ashram that contains various buildings for housing people, dogs and cows, classrooms and meditation halls, and more.
Mataji and Babaji were married and have three children a son Ganga Puri, eldest daughter Mandakini Puri and youngest daughter Alaknanda Puri. Now they are running the ashram following their parents as their masters as an inspiration.