A Map Showing All the Places Mentioned in Autobiography of a Yogi


After years of reading Autobiography of a Yogi, I wonder if anyone has put together a good map of the towns and cities spoken of in the book?

—Jeff Wells, alaska


Dear Jeff,

The map you are looking for is right in the Autobiography of a Yogi itself, in the beginning pages – at least in the original edition, I don’t know about the modern ones. It shows many (not all) of the important places:

Calcutta (Kolkata) where Yogananda lived

Serampore and Puri, where Sri Yukteswar had ashrams

Benares, where Lahiri Mahasaya lived

Gorakhpur, where Yogananda was born

Ranikhet, where Lahiri Mahasaya met Babaji

Bombay (Mumbai), where Yogananda experienced “The Resurrection of Sri Yukteswar”

Delhi, of which Yogananda wrote: “Years later, I visited my brother-in-law in Delhi. I was overjoyed to perceive that he had developed highly in self-realization, and had been blessed by the vision of Divine Mother.”

Dehra Dun, where Anandamoyi Ma said that “Generous disciples have built me a hermitage.”

Ranchi, where Yogananda had his school

Daksineshwar, where the stone statue became alive for Yogananda

Agra and Brindaban, where the two “penniless boys” traveled to

Wardha, where Yogananda met Mahatma Gandhi

Allahabad, where Sri Yukteswar met Babaji

Haridwar, where young Yogananda was caught while fleeing to the Himalayas

Naini Tal, where he too fled and was caught: “I fled that afternoon toward Naini Tal in the Himalayan foothills. Ananta gave determined chase; I was forced to return sadly to Bareilly.”

Moradabad, where Babaji materialized for Lahiri Mahasaya who had called him

Chitor, where Ravidas appeared after his death during a meal “Lo! each Brahmin found at his side the form of Ravidas.”

Lahore, where Yogananda’s family lived, and where he received the two kites, and where Yogananda’s mother received the mystical silver amulet

Bareilly, where Yogananda was with his father, aged 11, when his mother died in Calcutta

Srinagar, Simla, Rawalpindi, Amritsar, where Yogananda traveled with Sri Yukteswar in the chapter “We Visit Kashmir”

Mysore, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Madras, Ellora, Ajanta, Conjeeveram, which Yogananda visited in “An Idyl in South India”, writing (for example): “The most breath-taking display of architecture, sculpture, and painting in all India is found at Hyderabad in the ancient rock-sculptured caves of Ellora and Ajanta.”

Purulia, Biur: where he visited the non-eating saint Giri Bala

Ghurni, where Lahiri Mahasaya was born

Madura, which Yogananda describes as a place where the great yogi Sadasiva performed a miracle: “The village children once expressed a desire in Sadasiva’s presence to see the Madura religious festival, 150 miles away. The yogi indicated to the little ones that they should touch his body. Lo! instantly the whole group was transported to Madura.”

– Also shown on the map are the places where the Kumbha Mela is held: “The four sacred mela cities are Allahabad, Hardwar, Nasik, and Ujjain.”

Taxila, which is mentioned as the place where Alexander the Great met a great Sannyasi who became his teacher

Maybe the map could be extended, but this one is a good start.

All the best,