Shivapuri was founded by Parama Sadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj who reiterated the Eternal Vedic message in the form of Fivefold Path. Shivapuri is distinguished by a massive Yajnya Pillar which was erected as a symbol of the unparalleled Vedic Somayag of 1969, announcing the ringing in of the New Era of super-science, knowledge and universal brotherhood.
Shivapuri was named after Shivanand Yogindra Maharaj, the father of Parama Sadguru Shree Gajanan Maharaj. Shivanand Maharaj was the highest among Yogis. Some devotees believe that he is still in the state of Samadhi in Shivapuri in the cellar called Shivagumpha where the holy body was preserved before the place was sealed with stone.
Shree once said, "Shivapuri in future will be the most Holy place of pilgrimage for innumerable followers of Fivefold Path spread all over the world. They will come to pay their respects to this holy land from where their beloved Master reiterated the eternal and universal message of Vedas. Shivapuri will henceforth be associated with our name like Bodh Gaya is with Lord Buddha, Mathura with Lord Krishna, Jerusalem with Lord Jesus Christ and Mecca with Prophet Mohammed. Purity and sanctity of this place will remain charged for thousands of year to come. The land on which an Avatar walks remains energised and holy for thousands of years".
Shivapuri is situated about 2 km from Akkalkot town (district - Solapur) in the south of Maharashtra state. Akkalkot or its nearest junction Solapur is on the Mumbai- Chennai, Banglore- Hyderabad main railway lines of Indian Railways. It is connected by state transport bus services with most of the towns of Maharashtra state and is easily accessible by road. It is 40km from Solapur between which there are frequent bus connections.
Akkalkot is also sanctified by the memory of the great master Shri Swami Samartha Maharaj who resided there for 22 years in the latter half of the 19th century. He was a great yogi with supreme spiritual powers who performed many miracles. A math (monastery) has been established near the banyan tree under which He spent much of his time.
Also in Akkalkot one can visit the Guru Mandir, the monastery for which Shree assumed responsibility in 1938, where He resided for most of his life and where He took the most potent vow in 1944 to resuscitate the Vedas.