Jagathguru Maha Maharishi Paranjothiar (Guru Mahan) is a self-realized and enlightened yogi. He was born on 11/02/1955 in Tamil Nadu, India. He started on the path of a mystic at the age of seven after a peculiar and uncommon out-of-body experience. Throughout his youth, he studied yoga, visited various holy places, and read holy scripts in the search for the truth.

He was initiated into Kundalini Yoga, and met his guru, Jagat Mahaguru‘ Gnanavallal’ Paranjthi Mahan at the age of 19. His guru persuaded him to lead the worldly life of a family man, explaining that it won’t divert him in any way from his spiritual path. Since 1981 Guru Mahan has been teaching Kundalini Yoga and spreading the message of Universal Peace worldwide. Since 1991, Guru Mahan performs “Velvi” every year, where he spends 21 days in uninterrupted deep meditation for the benefit of the whole planet.



UPF Wisdom Center (Gnanapeedam)

The UPF Wisdom Center, Gnanapeedam, is located in Southern India, about 100 Kms from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu at the foot of the Thirumurthi Hills. The center is located within several tens of hectares of land adjacent to the Thirumoorthy dam and the Aanaimalai Tiger Reserve, earlier known as Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park. The Thirumurthi Hills have been historically associated with spiritual energy and have been referred to as “ThenKailayam (South Kailash)” in ancient Indian literature.

UNIVERSAL PEACE FOUNDATION (UPF) was founded in India in 1994 in the Thirumoorthy Hills. Since its inception, Universal Peace Foundation has been developing and adopting proven methodologies of Yoga, Pranayama and Kundalini Meditation to bring about individual transformation and inner peace. Under the blissful guidance of Gurumahan Jegathguru Maha Maharishi Paranjothiar qualified wisdom teachers provide customized classes and social programs to various sectors of the community. Their efforts are aimed at bringing positive change in the community and improving each individual’s quality of life.

The Pranavalayam, or Divine Pyramid, is a consecrated space located in the campus. “Pranava” in Sanskrit means “the primordial energy” and “Alayam” refers to the “Dwelling Place”. The Pranavalayam is a uniquely intense place for spiritual seekers and meditators. The energy reverberation in the Gnanapeedam and Pranavalayam can affect people for the rest of their lives.

The center is open for visitors and meditators between 5.00 AM to 9.00 PM.