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.
Patanjali Yogpeeth – I
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.
Patanjali 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.