Shivapuri Baba was an ancient saint. He landed this planet in 1826. (corresponding to Bikram Sambat 1883, Bhadra Mul Nakshtra). He was born in Nambudari Family, Malabar, Kerala, South India .
He smiled at his first breath in the earth.His grandfather was an astrologer and had once forecasted that the family will come to an end . He was born as a twin along with her sister.Baba was looked after by his grandfather and grandmother as his parents died during his early childhood. Grandmother most often used to tell him stories before going to bed.
Baba mastered all four vedas (Sama Veda, Yajur Veda, Atharba Veda, Dhanur Veda) at his early stage of 14.
Baba was accompanied by his grandfather Achyutam in Amar Kantaka Forest, near Narmada, Madhya Pradesh, India for the quest of the Truth.
He stayed nearly 20 years in the deep forest and realized God. He remarked his god realization expereince in his own words as “God came in a flash. All the problems were solved”.
After the demise of Grandfather, he came out of the forest and initiated Sanyas at Sringeri Math. Sringeri Math was established by First Shankaracharya (Adi Shankaracharya). After initiation, he was named Govindananda Bharati.
"The sole purpose of this human life is nothing but the realization of God."
-Shri Shivapuri Baba