Sree Ramadasa Ashram at Ramagiri was setup in 1981. Swami Krishnananda Saraswathy, trusted disciple of H.H.Swami Sathyananda Saraswathy, was commanded by his Guru to setup an ashrama in Mumbai.
He set foot on the soil of Ramagiri on 28th April 1981. Tirelessly he met devotees and well wishers, travelled to every nook and corner of Mumbai, many a time on foot, and taught about the efiicacy of pooja, the spiritual prowess of Swamiji and the universality of Gurupadar’s teachings.
The area at Ramagiri had already been seen by Swamiji in His visions and described to Swami Krishnanandji.
On May 26,1982, i.e. 17th Mahasamadhi anniversary of Brahmashree Neelakanta Gurupadar, celebrations were performed in Mumbai with prayers and archana. Numerous meetings were held with various important personalities like M.Madhavan(ex-mayor of Mumbai), Yesudas, Kona P. Rao (then Governor of Maharashtra), Thagadi Shivashankara Pillai, etc. to educate them about and enlist their cooperation for this world-uniting project.
Even with no money in hand, and just Swamiji’s ‘vibhooti’ to guide him Swami Krishnanandji convinced the superstar singers and actors of that era, like Anup Jalota, Ravindra Jain, Usha Mangeshkar,Yesudas, – Rishi Kapoor, Mithun Chakraborty, Deven Verma, Poonam Dhillon, etc. to help raise funds through a charity programme. Some of them even wirtnessed miracles being performed by the use of vibhooti – like Anup Jalota’s wife being cured of a severe throat-ache within minutes of applying vibhooti.
Finally, through tireless effort, the blessed land was purchased. It was the first step to creating a spiritual powerhouse for the future!