Lahiri Mahasaya ~ Original Photo and Two Paintings

Original Photo from March, 1937 Inner Culture magazine (earlier name of Self-Realization magazine); this photo was later used in the first edition of Autobiography of a Yogi; it is also included in later editions

 1937 March Inner Culture

“The Master never posed for another picture; at least I have seen none.”  Paramahansa Yogananda, Chapter 1, “My Parents and Early Life” Autobiography of a Yogi

Enlarged copy of the above caption is shown below; see
Autobiography of a Yogi, Ch. 1 for complete story

1937 March Inner Culture, caption_Fotor_Fotor


 from the 1953 November-December issue of Self-Realization magazine

NovDec 1952 SR mag new Lahiri photo w, explanation

new photo, Explanation page, 1953 SRmag nov,dec_FotorCrop

‘“New” Picture

“Only one picture of Lahiri Mahasaya is known to exist.  The photograph on the opposite page is the same one that appears in Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi except that the picture reproduced here is one on which an Indian artist, Boren Bose, has worked.  Mr. Bose added the leopard skin mat, and a cloth over the upper part of Lahiri Mahasaya’s body.

“SRF students who wish a print of the “new” photograph of Lahiri Mahasaya may order from SRF headquarters. ($1.00)”

from the 1953 November-December issue of Self-Realization magazine


kindle official painting

Chapter 1, “My Parents and Early Life” Autobiography of a Yogi

from a footnote  painting of Lahiri Mahasaya. While in India in 1935– 36, Sri Paramahansa Yogananda instructed a Bengali artist to paint this rendering of the original photograph, and later designated it as the formal portrait of Lahiri Mahasaya for use in SRF publications.  (This painting hangs in Paramahansa Yogananda’s sitting room at Mt. Washington.)  (Publisher’s Note)”

(Yogananda Site:  The “sepia”/brown tone is as the painting appears in the kindle edition of AY; regular book versions are in black and white.  This is the same painting as seen as the “new” picture above in the 1953 Self-Realization magazine.)


Below, a page from “Mejda”: The Family and the Early Life of Paramahansa Yogananda, by Sananda Lal Ghosh, brother of Yogananda, showing Sananda’s paintings; the same photo of Sananda’s painting of Lahiri Mahasaya is shown again below.

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“Mahavatar Babaji, guru of Lahiri Mahasaya, and Lahiri Mahasaya (1828-1895); from paintings by the author.”

Sananda Lal Ghosh painting


Below is a larger photo of the painting by Sananda Lal Ghosh (the photo was bought in India and then scanned by another American devotee)