Born to parents Bhupavarma and Ponnamma between the years 1900
and 1905 A.D. in the village Benguru, half-way between
Madikeri and Bhaagamandala, in Kodagu district, Karnataka
Family name: Ballaaraponda.
one elder brother, Mandana, three younger brothers Nanjunda,
Karumbhaiah and Appachu, as also two younger sisters,
Thangamma and Mayemma. Mandana was four years senior to Yogi
Achyuta, all the youngsters were born at a difference of two
years down the line. Appachu was the last to be born.
Left the family in his early twenties.
did not marry.
much is known of his life since he left Benguru until his
arrival at Rayadurga, Andhra Pradesh, in 1938. One surmise is
that he studied in Madikeri and Gen. Thimmaiah was his
contemporary. Later he studied medicine at Madras.
that period he mastered both yoga and medicine. He kept yoga
with himself, but practised medicine under the name Yogikumar
Dr. B. Achaiah. Was practising mainly Homoeopathy.
His Guru is said to be Shivashankaraananda, who or what it
is remains unclear. He salutes as though it is a principle,
not a person.
These are the only known facts of his early life.