Paranitya Narasimha Ashram & Temple

About Us

A Spiritual Home In the Heart of the Finger Lakes

Nestled in the quiet town of West Elmira, New York, the Elmira Ashram and Temple is a spiritual hub for seekers across America. The ashram is home to monastics and community members living a life in service to the Divine. Offering daily prayers, lively spiritual discussion, dynamic devotional music, and space to learn or deepen the spiritual aspects of your yoga and meditation practice, the ashram is an oasis of spiritual nourishment amidst the landscape of our often busy lives. Come for a day, or for an extended seva stay. The space is open to group retreats, as well as individuals who would like to come experience ashram life, and deepen their spiritual practice & relationship with the Divine.

The ashram is the focal point of Bhakti Marga America (a 501C3 religious corporation) founded by Paramahamsa Vishwananda, an enlightened Master whose mission is to ‘open the hearts of man’.

Front view of ashram

Special Events

Join the Temple Opening Event
Darshan with Paramahamsa Vishwananda

Attend or Plan a Retreat

Attend a Retreat 

We offer a variety of retreats throughout the year. Often revolving around major Vedic festivals and holidays, our retreats are a celebration of Divine Love designed to support and uplift you on your spiritual path and deepen your relationship with the Divine.

Plan a Retreat

The ashram is open to groups seeking a sacred space to hold your own yoga or meditation retreat. We also offer customized retreats with the monks for those seeking an immersion into ashram life and the path of devotion. Plant based meals are included as apart of the group rate.


Come for the night

Experience what it feels like to be a part of an ashram where you can connect deeper to the Divine and find clarity and purpose in your life.  

Address: 304 Demarest Parkway, Elmira, NY 14905

A home away from home

Our rooms are designed for a cozy and comfortable stay. Meet other spiritual seekers and find friends that feel like family.

  • Shared Bathroom
  • Comfortable beds, all linens provided
  • 3 plant based meals each day included in room price

Experience ashram life 

Daily Prayers 

Immerse yourself in the Love of the Divine with lively morning and evening prayers. The monks perform beautiful Vedic rituals, and lively group Kirtan daily. 

Deepen your Spiritual Practice

Dive deep into the ancient practice of Atma Kriya Yoga and partake in group OM Chanting. Guided meditations available to those looking to go deeper into their spiritual practices.

Explore Nature

Take time to explore the beautiful finger lakes region of upstate New York. Waterfalls, hiking, and swimming holes are abundant in the surrounding areas. 

This week has been so wonderful and warm. Thank you for organizing this time for us and holding a sacred space for us to grow and thrive.

Rakhi, North Carolina


Join an Event

Darshan with Paramahamsa Vishwananda September 2 bhaktimarga.us/elmiradarshan

Darshan Blessing with an Enlightened Master

You’re invited to a special In-Person Darshan with Paramahamsa Vishwananda at our Elmira Temple!

Darshan is a personal blessing of pure, unconditional Love that awakens the Love within. Meeting and receiving Darshan from a God-Realized Master is a precious and rare opportunity.


We hope you can make it for this incredible event!

Om Chanting

OM Chanting is a group practice that uses the transformational power of om to activate the self-healing potential of participants.

Sundays, 11:30am

Vegan Spirituality Retreat

Celebrate Vegan Spirituality!

Explore the innate connection between spirituality, yoga, and Veganism.

June 2-4, 2023

Community Kirtan & Bhajan Night

Join us for an evening of spiritual upliftment through dynamic devotional music in the ashram temple!

Fridays, 7-8:30pm


Come for an extended stay

Experience the Joy of Service

One of the cornerstones of ashram life is seva, or selfless service. Seva is an opportunity to come to the ashram for an extended time and offer your heart and skills in service to the Divine. 

Want to come for seva? Please fill out an application with the link below, and someone will contact you shortly! 


Get in touch

304 Demarest Parkway, Elmira NY 14905
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