Baba’s body was greeted by the State Guard of Honor, senior government ministers, officials from the state of Orissa, and more than one thousand devotees. Baba’s body was escorted to Hariharananda Gurukulam, Balighai, his final resting place by a police escort followed by a convoy of many hundreds of cars, arriving in Balighai at 5:30 a.m. (EST), 4:00 p.m. Indian time. On that day, thousands waited to pay tribute to Baba. The ashram overflowed with devotees, old disciples, distinguished guests, Baba's monks and acharyas. The King of Orissa also came to pay his respects. Undoubtedly such a warm welcome upon Baba's return to India, after six years, was a tribute to the love and compassion that was and is Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
The mahasamadhi ceremony commenced at 12:30 p.m. on the 15th of December, 2002 with many distinguished monks, guests, state officials, and devotees present. Baba was buried with traditional Vedic monastic burial rites. To complete the ceremony, a Shiva lingam named Harihareshwara was installed in the samadhi shrine, a symbol of Baba’s union with the Divine.
On the day of the full moon, the 18th of December, more than 200
monks and sadhus from many traditions gathered to offer prayers.
Realized masters are eternally present through their teachings.
Anyone who prays or meditates can feel the masters’ presence
all along their spiritual journey. Paramahamsa Hariharanandaji has
promised to help sincere spiritual seekers at the time of their