Rikhiapeeth is situated in a tiny, remote and rural village of Rikhia panchayat, twelve kilometers from the renowned temple town of Deoghar, also known as Baba Baidyanath Dham, in the state of Jharkhand. Undoubtedly the strong spiritual presence of the rishis, enlightened sages, at Rikhia in the past has percolated down to the present day as the place is pure, serene and radiates peace. Its location abounds in divine vibrations as it is the tapobhumi, place of intense spiritual practices and austerities of Swami Satyananda where he performed the Panchagni Vidya, the five fires worship, and other long and arduous Vedic sadhanas or spiritual practices.
Rikhia is eternally blessed, as for twenty years it was the abode and tapobhumi of the realized sage and visionary Swami Satyananda who embodied the wisdom, tapasya, austerity, and enlightened understanding of the ancient rishis, and great seers. Paramahansa Satyananda revived the glory of the divine heritage of ancient times by bringing the teachings into a modern context through the medium of Rikhiapeeth, which has developed into a dynamic spiritual epicentre where the cardinal teachings of Swami Sivananda “Serve, Love and Give” are practiced and lived.
‘Peeth’ means seat of higher learning, thus Rikhiapeeth, in keeping with the word ‘rishi’ from which Rikhia is derived, aims to disseminate the ancient spiritual knowledge as propagated by the Vedic lineage of rishis in the Vedas, Upanishads and Puranas, as well as impart modern skills to all regardless of caste, creed, nationality, religion and gender. The higher learning imparted at Rikhiapeeth is not merely intellectual knowledge, rather the imbibing of tools for evolution in day to day life, thus enabling each and everyone to realize their true potentials.