The best way to visit Coimbatore Adiyogi is to stay at Isha Yoga Center for at least one day, and if possible more. This will give you the opportunity to see Adiyogi at multiple times of the day including early morning with very few people around. You can also leisurely explore the various temples, activities and soak into the vibe. If you have more days in hand you can do a health rejuvenation program or a yoga program and make it a much deeper wellness trip than just site-seeing.
Adiyogi is 30 kms from Coimbatore city. A day trip from the city would be restricting if you want to explore the full Isha Yoga Center properly. If you only want to visit Adiyogi, take a few pictures and grab a bite of food then half a day trip would be fine. The timings are from 6AM to 8PM. Needless to say, 6AM is a great time to be there in the early morning serene vibes and fewer public.
If you are looking for a guide to visit Adiyogi BANGALORE instead of Coimbatore, I am still working on it. But you can check this guide to get started.
In this video, I am showing you the exact layout of the place so you can plan properly. Think of the distances to walk / take transport when available and also how much time you can spend in each place as per your inclinations.
To give you a sense of the scale, the distance from Adiyogi to Dhyanalinga is over 1 km. So, you need to be prepared to walk quite a bit. Or wait for the bullock carts / shuttles that you can get on the way.
As you can see, there is a LOT to explore in the Adiyogi Ashram or rather the Isha Yoga Center. Covering it in one blog post is tough, but here is the attempt. I hope it helps you plan a much better trip to the first 112 feet Adiyogi statue (the second is in Bengaluru Adiyogi of which I will write another post because the dynamics there are significantly different).
Adiyogi, Isha Yoga Center & Sadhguru
Just in case you DON’T ALREADY know, the famous instagram photo spot, Adiyogi is part of the Isha Yoga Center i.e. ashram of Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, founder of non-profit, humanitarian organization called Isha Foundation. The same person who initiated the very well-known Rally for Rivers movement across India and Save Soil movement around the world.
ChatGPT puts it very well,
Through the Adiyogi statue, Sadhguru seeks to inspire people to explore the depth and potential of their inner selves, enabling them to live a life of fulfillment and balance. Overall, Adiyogi stands as a profound representation of the spiritual legacy of India and serves as a source of inspiration for individuals on their path to self-discovery and inner transformation. Sadhguru’s vision is to revive and transmit the ancient science of yoga in all its glory but in a way that is relevant and accessible to modern-day individuals.
Yogeshwar Linga, the Deity of the ‘Adiyogi Temple’
Every temple has a consecrated deity. When devotees come to see the Adiyogi statue, right below Him is a mandapam. This mandapam has a consecrated linga called the Yogeshwar Linga. Sadhguru has called this linga a heartless yogi because only 5 chakras were consecrated in this linga – Muladhara, Swadhistana, Manipuraka, Vishuddhi and Agna. No Anahata, the heart chakra. Thus, the heartless yogi.
So, when you visit the Adiyogi, if you wish to visit the garbha griha that houses the deity, then the Yogeshwar mandapam is where you should go. Usually, you can sit and meditate there. You can purchase some offerings. There is a non-stop chant going on there, which you can also chant….
Yog Yog Yogeshwaraya, Bhoot Bhoot Bhooteshwaraya, Kaal Kaal Kaaleshwaraya, Shiva Shiva Sarveshwaraya, Shambho Shambho Mahadevaya….
I have written a more detailed post about the Yogeshwar temple here.
Adiyogi Divya Darshanam, Award-Winning Laser Show
Daily at 7pm there is an award winning sound and light laser show directly on the Adiyogi statue. There is some chanting before it. The show is 14 minutes long. And after that there is a Yogeshwar Linga aarti. So, the total program is about 30-40 minutes long. It is definitely worth seeing at least once.
So, if you are planning a day trip then try to adjust so that you can see this show and then leave. If you are staying in Isha Yoga Center, it keeps things relaxed for you. After the Divya Darshanam you can go for dinner in the 8.15pm third batch. And then spend some late night quiet time with Dhyanalinga before retiring for the night.
Refer to this guide for timings, choosing your seat and other details on the Adiyogi Light Show.
Exploring Sadhguru’s Isha Ashram:
The entire ashram around the Adiyogi has a few noteworthy spaces that all visitors should IDEALLY visit. This includes first and foremost,
Sadhguru took three births to consecrate this Dhyanalinga temple because the consecration of such a temple, with ALL 7 Chakras, is very complex. It is a long story. This video put out by the organization (very late to be honest) showcases the story well.
I would like to say that you should first visit Dhyanalinga and then IF time permits go to Adiyogi. However, for a lot of people, Adiyogi tends to be very impactful, while Dhyanalinga is not that impactful in their perception so I am not saying this. (though technically I already did 😀 ) Go with the flow of where and what all you want to explore.
Read my personal experience with Dhyanalinga on this blog.
Timings: 6 AM to 8 PM. You may need to sit for a few minutes right outside the temple, as they allow people to enter inside in batches.
Offerings: Lotus flower, dhoopam, linga jyoti lamp
Activities: Nadha Aradhna, musical offering of sound to the temple. There is no traditional aarti in this temple. Nadha Aradhna happens twice a day 11.50am to 12.10pm and 6.20pm to 6.40pm. However, you need to enter inside and be seated at least 15 minutes earlier. So, on safe side enter the temple by 11.30am and 6pm depending on which slot you opt for.
Free yoga sessions are offered in the sadhana halls behind the temple in the first half of the day. Also, around 12 pm there is an Aum chanting initiation taking place. Pls check with any ashram volunteer for exact details.
Linga Bhairavi Temple:
Linga Bhairavi temple has 3 n half chakras consecrated, Muladhara, Swadhistana, Manipuraka and half of Anahata. With just half a chakra of Anahata, heart chakra, she has a gaggle of devotees who are totally all over her. Imaginatively, they keep following her everywhere and tripping over their feet in devotion. In reality, she has a gang of red saree clad women taking care of her. And these bhairangini maas, along with the plethora of rituals that are conducted in this temple paint a truly vibrant ambiance.
A while back, I wrote a longish post on another blog on this Devi temple, read it here.
Timings: 6.30 am to 8.20 pm. It is closed from 1.20pm to 4.20pm.
Offerings: Daily aarti @ 7.40 am, 12.40pm and 7.40pm. This schedule changes during amavasya and poornami and certain other festival days – as there might be longer poojas inside which keep the temple closed for outside visitors.
Teerthakunds, Bathing Kunds for Men and Women:
There are two bathing kunds.
A large kund with a waterfall and three lingas is the Suryakund for gents. It is really pretty. Near it, there is a Naga panel where you can offer dhoopam and flowers. I suspect this Naga panel can communicate with the Naga shrine situated in the Bangalore ashram, but Sadhguru has not confirmed it 😀
There is another kund between Linga Bhairavi and Dhyanalinga temples – the Chandrakund for ladies. It is a deeper kund with a waterfall and singular linga. There is a beautiful naturally painted fresco on the ceiling, don’t miss that.
Bathing in these kunds can be wonderful experience. However, when there are a lot of crowds, there are the various concerns of hygiene because we need to change into common gowns that others would have worn before us. Ideally, visit during non-crowded hours. If you are staying in Isha yoga center, as I recommended earlier, take a dip at 7.30 am when the first batch opens.
The logic is that wetting our body before entering the temple, makes us a lot more receptive to the deity’s energies. So, you should take a dip, semi-dry yourself and change back to normal clothes, then visit the temples. 🙂
A few other spaces you can explore if you have the time and inclination,
Isha Life Shop near the Dhyanalinga, PepperVine Eatery fancy sattvic eating outlet but priced on higher side, Kayantha Sthanam (if you are staying inside the ashram) is the place where rituals for the dead are performed, Spanda Hall or Adiyogi Alayam (if you are staying inside the ashram) are meditation halls with a nice vibe.
At some point we will also get the Kaal Bhairava Kshetrapaal temple, right at the gate to Adiyogi, at that point, pls add it to your list of must-visit whether or not I update this blog 😉
For 9 creative ideas to spend more time at Adiyogi and have a deeper experience, refer to this blog post.
Logistics: Adiyogi Deposit Counters, Transport, Eating Places, Parking & Other Nitty Grities
So, there are often confusions abound and depending on the crowd, security folks may or may not be very nice to talk to. Often, they get really frazzled and become quite rude to visitors who keep asking basic questions. Plus, they may not be comfortable in non-tamil languages.
Mainly, you need to keep in mind the distances, as I mentioned before, from Adiyogi to Dhyanalinga it is over 1 km. So, that is a LOT of walking, especially for Indian folks not used to fitness activities or for senior citizens, parents with kids etc…
Transport Adiyogi to Sarpa Vasal: Bullock Carts & Shuttles
Bullock Carts & Shuttles are available from the Adiyogi (or sometimes from the Adiyogi parking space) to take you to Sarpa Vasal. Unless you are prepared for a long walk, you should take this shuttle.
Should you keep your footwear, bags and belongings in the Car?
If you only want to visit Adiyogi, grab a bite of food and then head back out then you can keep everything in your car. Just keep a bit of money to grab some food. There are foodstals about 300 m behind Adiyogi. However, if you want to visit the rest of the Isha Yoga Center with the various temples I described above, then definitely keep your footwear and purse/wallet with you. You may also want to keep umbrella/caps/water bottle and few such items with you.
At the Adiyogi things are pretty relaxed, obviously mobiles and video/photo graphy is allowed. Sitting and eating, being loud, kids running around – all of that is fine in the area near Adiyogi (except Yogeshwar temple and the elevated parapet right next to Adiyogi). So, this is a great place for the group to relax and be free. However, this space is open air which means it would be super hot for a large part of the day with the sun shining bright especially in Summer!
In order to find a shaded place, you can walk, take a bullock cart or shuttle to an eating area that is halfway between Adiyogi and Sarpa Vasal. Or head to Sarpa Vasal directly, a 700 metres walk.
Sarpa Vasal is a gate to enter the Isha Yoga Center. There is a huge snake sculpture on it, that is why it is called Sarpa Vasal. The public Isha Yoga Center road passes here. So, visitors come via this entrance also. Public buses would also drop you in this area. From Sarpa Vasal one can walk, take a bullock cart or shuttle towards Adiyogi which is about 700 m. Or you can enter the gate and visit Dhyanalinga temple complex which is about 300 m.
Near sarpa vasal, some tree cover can be found. There is also the Moonram Pirai restaurant and the veranda outside it which is covered. Here you can be free and relax with your belongings. However, when you want to enter through the Sarpa Vasal to visit Dhyanalinga & other temples, that is when you will have to deposit your belongings except water bottles, umbrellas, purses/wallets at the counter opposite Moonram Pirai.
A lot of visitors get confused, because they are told that they can take their belongings to Adiyogi… but later at Sarpa Vasal they are asked to deposit. And then you can’t take it back to the car to keep it there, because Car Parking would be on the other side of Adiyogi about 800 metres away.
Surya Kund Mandapam: Shaded Spot to Sit & Relax
If you are looking for a shaded spot to rest and relax, the best place would be Surya kund mandapam which is right outside the Surya Kund, bathing kund for men. To get here, you will need to deposit the various belongings and come through Sarpa Vasal. After Sarpa Vasal there will be a counter to deposit your footwear as well. From there, the surya kund mandapam is only about 1 minute walk. This is also a good place to take shelter in rains.
Parking place is about 300 metres from the Adiyogi statue towards the Malai Vasal or the Hill Gate of the Isha Yoga Center.
This is the outside-most gate of the center, it is located in the village of Muttathvayil, on the road from Perur to Isha center. Most vehicles would come from this gate. Google maps usually shows this route from Coimbatore to Isha Center and Adiyogi, as the road is broader and traffic can move faster.
Very close to this gate the Kaal Bhairava kshetrapaal temple is set to come up. You can see the temple structure as you pass by towards the parking.
A few 100 metres ahead is the parking for the Adiyogi statue. If you choose to walk from Malai Vasal it will be quite a long distance. About 500 – 600 metres. It is a great walk, but it won’t give you the time to explore other stuff.
If you come to the Sarpa Vasal with your vehicle, there is NO proper parking. Usually, the Isha folks will ask you to drive to the Malai Vasal and park over there. Some vehicles park on the side of the road a little distance from the Sarpa Vasal – this is a really crappy practice. It can cause a LOT of inconvenience to people, so please don’t do this.
Where to Eat?
Moonram Pirai near Sarpa Vasal
Velliangiri Canteen, just after Sarpa Vasal. This is run by the ashram. One can get reasonably priced light meals like pongal, vadai, idli and tea, coffee. I think they serve meals during lunch time as well.
PepperVine, a swanky ashram eating place right next to the Dhyanalinga Isha Life shops. They have very sattvic cuisine but it is significantly pricier. Good if you are in the mood for some treats. During lunch time they serve a full south Indian thali for about 100 INR.
Lots of Snack Shops from Adiyogi to Sarpa Vasal: Coconut water and ice-creams to heavier meals and fast food
Outside restaurants: Outside the malai vasal there are a few restaurants like Anandham and Tawa Club. You can check on google maps. Or just spot the boards on the way.
Useful Travel Information to Plan Your Adiyogi Coimbatore Trip
How to get there,
Closest Airport: Coimbatore International airport. Take a private taxi for 1000 – 1500 INR. You can take a bus from airport to Gandhipuram bus station and from there take 14D to Isha Center.
Closest Railway Station: Take a train to Ukkadam Coimbatore Junction. From there a taxi will cost about 800 INR to Isha Center. Or take a bus to Gandhipuram and from there take the 14D bus.
Closest Bus Station: You can take 14D bus from Gandhipuram bus station of Coimbatore. It comes right to Isha Ashram. You can also ask the conductors at the bus stand for ‘Isha or Adiyogi bus’ they will guide you.
Best mode of transport: Take a private taxi or self-drive car. You can call the Isha Center to book their know taxi folk.
Isha Ashram Contact: +91-8300083111 , this is the official page: https://isha.sadhguru.org/us/en/center/consecrated-spaces/112-feet-adiyogi it is not updated with Bangalore Adiyogi data.
When to visit,
Best day of week: Weekdays will be less crowded than weekends. Also, check for any festivals or events on the above contact details. If you are staying in the Isha Yoga Center, then even on weekends you can visit early in the morning and avoid the huge crowds.
Best time of day: Early mornings would have lesser crowd. Evenings can also be good photo opportunities with the setting sun.
Stay @ Isha Yoga Center. Call on above number to ask about booking a room. They have rooms starting from 800 INR to 4000 INR. Dorms are only for those who have done Inner Engineering Isha program. Other stay options outside the ashram in this blog, it was written for mahashivratri but relevant for other trips also: https://maproute.in/isha-mahashivratri-accommodations-can-i-stay-in-the-ashram/
Let me know if you have any queries, I will try to address them. Hope you have a great Adiyogi visit. If you see me volunteering there, come and say Hi 😉