Swami Shankar Dev is Patron and Founder Trustee of Divya Yog Mandir (Trust) and Patanjali Yogpeeth (Trust).
Born in 1930 in Almora district of Uttarakhand, he was very much keen to become a samnyasi from the very beginning of his life. He always participate in Satsanga of Sadhus and samnyasis. At the age of 15 years, in 1945, he abandoned/renounced his home with a group of samnyasis and travelled with them to various tirthas and reached Hardwar. He come in contract of great Saint Swami Kripalu Dev Ji Mahajraj in Hardwar. He is a direct disciple of Swami Kripalu Dev Ji Maharaj. He took sanyas diksha from Swami Inder Dev on Ganga Dashera 1958.
Since February 1968, he is living in Vishva Gyan Mandir [Known as Kripalu Bag Ashram : Registered Office of Divya Yog Mandir (Trust)]. This is a very sacred place as it is Taposthali of Swami Kripalu Dev ji Maharaj- his guru and an active worker of freedom struggle of India.
Swami Shankar Dev is a spiritual personality. He is guru of world known Yogrishi Swami Ramdev Ji Maharaj. Swami Ramdev ji Maharaj took sanyas diksha from Swami ji in 1995.
He actively participates in all the activities of Ashram and Trust also.
Maharishi Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra, the outstanding treatise on Ashtang Yoga (Yoga with eight limbs of stages) is known for its Sutras that are simple but with abstruse and extensive content. Maharishi Patanjali wrote his treatise to impart practical knowledge of Samadhi (Repository) through eight fold path ofYoga to the world.
To materialise the dreams of H.H. Yogrishi Swami Ramdevji Maharaj & Acharya Balkrishnaji Maharaj, shankar_ji_img4Patanjali Yogpeeth-I, named after great saint Maharishi Patanjali, was commissioned on April 6th, 2006. Revolutionary pieces of work in the field of Medical Science & Research in Yoga & Ayurveda as well as in Medicinal Plants and Herbs have been run chiefly from Patanjali Yogpeeth-I. This multi
service unit, spanning in about twenty acre land, has Patanjali Ayurveda Chikitsalaya having world’s
largest O.P.D. of capacity of six to ten thousand patients per day, an I.P.D. of one hundred beds,
Panchkarma & Shatkarma Clinics & Research Centres, Ayurvedic Surgery & Research Centre,
Diagnostics & Research Centres (Pathology, Ultrasound, X-Ray & E.C.G. etc.), in the service of
mankind. Simultaneously, qualitative research activities are one of its unique features to define Yoga
& Ayurveda on the parameters of modern medical science.