In 1986, Gurudev Hariharananda instructed Brahmachari Triloki Dash (now Paramahamsa Prajnanananda) to purchase a small plot of land near Cuttack and build an ashram. At that time Triloki Baba was a professor of economics at Ravenshaw College and lived in a small rented house in Cuttack where he guided and inspired many students, both spiritually and academically. In January, 1993, it was possible to purchase a small plot of land on the outskirts of Cuttack, adjacent to the Mahanadi River in Jagatpur. This was the beginning of the Jagatpur Ashram.
Within a short time, an ashram was built consisting of a small meditation hall, two small living rooms, a kitchen, and a veranda, with a small garden plot in front. A well with a hand pump was installed.
The ashram was inaugurated on May 17, 1993, and Triloki Baba and some students started living in the ashram even though there was no electricity. Triloki Baba guided meditations and conducted initiations and pujas. In time, a small meditation hall on the first floor and a room for Gurudev were completed. However, it was not possible to complete the rest of the work until 1996.
When Swami Prajnanananda was called by Gurudev to teach in the West, starting in 1994, his long absences from the ashram were deeply felt. Then, in March 1996, Gurudev Baba Hariharanandaji came to the ashram for the first time. Hundreds of disciples came to receive his blessings and to be in his holy presence. Swami Prajnanananda also returned for few days after his long stay in the West. During his visit, Gurudev asked for the ashram to be expanded because it would become a place of pilgrimage for many people. Accordingly, an adjacent property was purchased in 1996.
From 1996 to 1999, the ashram was maintained by dedicated disciples. In September, 1998, Gurudev sent legal documents naming this new organization the Prajnana Mission. Thus, with the direction and divine guidance of Gurudev, Prajnana Mission officially took birth on February 2, 1999. Since then, the Cuttack Ashram has been the administrative headquarters for the Mission’s activities.
The Kriya Yoga philosophy underlies Prajnana Mission’s goals and activities. The mission is dedicated to the service of humanity through many spiritual, charitable, health, and educational activities. Meditation classes are held daily at the ashram. On special occasions, spiritual functions and other programs are conducted. Through the charitable arm of Prajnana Mission, the Hariharananda Charitable Health Centers were started in 1999, which conduct health camps, clinics, health awareness programs, natural calamities and emergency relief, and more. Free health care is provided through the clinics and mobile medical and dental units for thousands of people every year. Educational activities include funding school libraries and providing them with books, operating a residential school for underprivileged children, and offering youth orientation programs and other specialized training courses. The mission also publishes many books, journals, and other publications. The mission also manages the forty Kriya Yoga groups and centers in India and helps coordinate programs for the groups and centers.
The Cuttack Ashram facilities have continued to expand. It currently has a meditation hall, library, office, six rooms for monks and ashram residentss, six guest rooms, a dormitory, two physician rooms and a pharmacy room for the health center, and an open hall on the top terrace for satsang. The ashram can provide overnight accommodations to guests and has been serving the spiritual needs of both local and foreign disciples.