Maharshi Mehi Ashram, Kuppaghat, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India
Kuppa Ghat (Hindi: कुप्पाघाट) is a place located on the banks of the holy river Ganges at Bhagalpur, Bihar, India.
The word ‘Kuppa’ means a tunnel or cave, and ‘Ghat” means place located on a river-bank. Accordingly, there is a cave at Kuppaghat which has been rendered famous and immortalized by Maharshi Mehi Paramhans, the legendary exponent of Sant Mat. Maharshi Mehi practiced Surat Shabd Yoga or the Yoga of Inner Sound for several months here in this cave and later constructed his Ashram also; several yogis or spiritual aspirants can still be seen practicing the Yoga of Inner Light and Sound in this dark cave completely insulated from the din, bustle and brightness of the outside world. Maharshi Mehi Ashram blossomed under his dynamic leadership to become the national Headquartes of Akhil Bharatiya Santmat-Satsang. It has an aesthetically laid out garden and orchard beautifully punctuated with sculptures, paintings and quotes having spiritual significance like a cottage showing Lord Ram visiting great female devotee Shabri and killing of Jatayu, the vulture, at the hands of the demon king Ravana.
According to some unconfirmed accounts, Lord Buddha is also said to have lived in this cave in one of his previous births.
Maharshi Mehi Ashram, Kuppaghat, Bhagalpur has, over the years, grown into a sacred pilgrimage for millions of followers of Sant Mat from India and abroad. The auspicious occasions of the birth anniversary of Maharshi Mehi Paramhans and Maharshi Santsevi Paramhans, the successor of Maharshi Mehi, who also made this Ashram his main camp and residence, and Guru Purnima the Ashram draw lakhs of devotees presenting a celebratory environment impregnated with piety.
Maharshi Mehi Ashram by the river side is an ideal place for general tourists as well who love to spend their evenings here. The ashram hides an old subterranean passage leading to various destinations. Kuppaghat is, thus, included among the “must see” places in Bhagalpur in all the guide atlases or maps.