Ashrams in India

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Ashrams in India

Ashrams provide individuals with a space to focus and rest simultaneously. The relaxed vibes of the ashram help people to focus on their inner soul - its care and growth that we forego when we are out their busy living our social lives. These ashrams in India are famous places visited not only by pilgrims but people from all religious sects to gain a sense of spirituality otherwise devoid in urban cities. Visit these ashrams for a life-changing experience.

Here is the list of 15 Ashrams in India

1. Art of Living International Centre, Bangalore

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Located 21 kms southwest of Bangalore on Kanakpura Road atop Panchagiri Hills, Art of Living Centre is the headquarter of the spiritual, cultural organization Art of Living Foundation, established by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Constructed in 1986, the ashram focuses at creating a stress-free society through its multitudinous programmes which include yoga, meditation, Ayurveda treatments etc.

2. Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore

Isha Yoga Center, Coimbatore

Isha Yoga Ashram in India is a non-profit and non-religious center, which has been drawing innumerable people from different parts of the globe since a long time. The ashram and yoga center has been founded by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. The introduction to the Isha Yoga Program ranges from a period of 3-7 days along with a rejuvenation retreat or yoga-intensive retreat, which focuses on overall health and well being of an individual.

3. Amritapuri, Kollam

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Ashram of Amritapuri has been constructed at the same place where Sri Mata Amritanandamayi Devi was born. People from all over the world, flock in to seek the blessings of Amma. The people residing in the ashram and all the disciplines of Amma have given up their life in the salvation of God and making the world a better place to live in.

4. Ramana Ashram, Thiruvannamalai

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Located at the foothills of the Arunachala hills, to the west of Thiruvannamalai in Tamil Nadu, the Ramana ashram in India is famous for having served as home to the modern sage and Advaita Vedanta philosopher, Ramana Maharshi, from the year 1922, until his death in the year 1950. The Samadhi shrine of Maharshi Ramana continues to attract devotees from all over, who love to visit the place to relax and refresh themselves, far away from the maddening crowd and hustle bustle of the city.

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5. Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry

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Aurobindo Ashram has been named after its creator- Sri Aurobindo Ghosh. The foundation of this ashram was laid on 24th November in the year 1926 when he was surrounded by his disciples all over after he retired from politics and settled in Pondicherry. The day this ashram was set up is known as the founding day of the ashram which has been described by Sri Aurobindo in his writings as "less been created than grown around me as its centre".

6. Aashram of Ramakrishna Mission, Raichak

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Located near Diamond Harbour on the banks of Hooghly River, this ashram in India is very popular among the local devotees. The serene setting adds to its beauty. You can also go and sit inside the ashram, visit the temple and talk to the priests.

7. Sathya Sai Ashram, Puttaparthi

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The main attraction of this city, the holy abode of Sathya Sai Baba is known as 'Prashanti Nilayam', literally translates into 'the abode of peace'. The ashram has been pulling visitors since ages and does so through out the year emblematizing one of the most unique and renowned religious organizations in the world, making the town a significant spiritual centre.

8. Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh

Parmarth Niketan Ashram, Rishikesh

Parmarth Niketan Ashram is a spiritual haven and an abode dedicated to the welfare of all living beings. The Ashram is located on the foothills of the Himalayas along the banks of the holy Ganges and provides facilities to help pilgrims attain their spiritual goals by making their journey a memorable one through Yoga, Ayurveda, Universal Prayers, Meditation, Satsang, Kirtans, Ganga Arti, Spiritual/ Cultural programs and lectures, etc.

9. Phool Chatti Ashram, Rishikesh

Phool Chatti Ashram, Rishikesh

Phool Chatti ashram in India is a century-old ashram located on the banks of the holy Ganges and surrounded by the magnificent Himalayan mountain ranges. It is located on the pilgrimage route and offers pilgrims a safe and spiritual environment to stop by. It was founded by Shree Devi Dayal Ji Maharaj, and today, has all the modern amenities to ensure the guests have a comfortable stay and a highly spiritual experience through their programs.

10. Anandashram and Nityanandasramam, Kasargod

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For those who are looking forward to lose oneself in the serenity of nature and meditate in peace to achieve tranquility, these tow ashrams are the right choice. Anandashram Ashram located near Kanhangad Railway Station was established in year 1939 by Swami Ramadas. The ashram is flanked by a thick cover of groves amid which you will find many fascinating structures.

11. Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh

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Located in the holy city of Rishikesh, the Shivanand ashram in India is a heaven on earth, guiding people toward spiritual peace and happiness. This serene abode of Saint Swami Shivanand is maintained and administered by an organization called the Divine life society. It is one of the favourite places for visitor out to spend some time meditating and living between nature and the divine authority.

12. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashram, Mysore

Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashram, Mysore

Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Ashram is dedicated to Lord Dattatreya. It is a spiritual organization that respects all religions and believes that God can be found through various manners. Sri Ganapathy Sachchidananda Swamiji, who heads this ashram, believes in the teachings of ancient Vedic texts and hopes to encourage Vedic learning. The ashram has a tranquil ambience that helps people in achieving peace and rest.

13. Raghunath Ashram, Vrindavan

Raghunath Ashram, Vrindavan

This ashram in India is equipped with a very affordable hotel with a great hygienic restaurant. The service here might not be very prompt but the place is adequately managed.

14. Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi

Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Delhi

Located in Sarvodaya Enclave in New Delhi, Sri Aurobindo Ashram is not only one of the oldest ashrams in the city but also one of the very best. Established on the 12th of February 1956, the ashram seeks to offer therapeutic solace with programmes like Yoga Practices, Discourse on teachings of Sri Aurobindo and selective Psychiatric Services and Workshops on Mental Enrichment etc. There are also Adolescent, Geriatrics and Family Camps organized to offer a spiritual retreat to its guests. The best part is that there is no partial treatment based on sex, religion, caste or creed or even hierarchy. The ashram follows a code that promotes equality and unity.

15. Zorba The Buddha, Delhi

Zorba The Buddha, Delhi

Situated in a peaceful locality on Mehrauli - Gurgaon Road in Delhi, Zorba The Buddha is an ashram in India and a spiritual retreat centre that reeks of picturesque beauty, bounteous nature and immense peace. The architecture of the ashram is a combination of contemporary design and bamboo-mud-thatch style. Besides the regular meditative programmes, the ashram is blessed with utter tranquillity, gorgeous gardens, dainty ponds and stunning gardens that bloom with vibrant flowers. To add to that, the centre also has training, workshops, and courses for soul connect. Besides, there are also classes on pottery and painting that help visitors to heal and relax.

These ashrams in India have curated experiences for all kinds of people to ensure that they can reach a spiritual calmness that can help them to further progress in their daily lives and routines. Make sure you visit these ashrams for an experience that you will crave again.

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