Located 16 kilometres from Abbot Mount and perched at an elevation of 1940 metres, the Mayawati Ashram is a spiritual centre which is synonymous with peace and tranquillity. The Ashram is located in the midst of beautiful snow-covered peaks that are a wonderful sight to behold. Popularly known as Advaita Ashram, this place serves as a prominent tourist attraction as well as a spiritual centre for devotees from India and abroad. The ashram was established in the year 1899 by Swami Vivekanand and has been a centre of learning ever since. A small museum and a library which was specifically reckoned by Swamiji is also present within the confines of the Ashram. In addition to these, boarding and lodging facilities are also available for the convenience of the visitors.
The Ashram seeks to practice and propagate Advaita Vedanta, which is a school of thought pertaining to Hindu religious practices. It is also the main publication centre for a number of Ramakrishna Order of Books, which includes important pieces such as 'The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda', 'The Life of Swami Vivekananda' as well as the English translations of important Hindu scriptures. The serene atmosphere of the landscape coupled with the vibe of spiritual learning is a welcome break from the fast paced life of cities. The monastery provides an ambient atmosphere to introspect and learn more about spirituality and being through the medium of books, meditation and self-absorption. In addition to the learning centre, the Ashram also runs the 'Mayavati Charitable Hospital', which looks after the medical needs of 1400 villages without any charges. The conscious efforts of the Ashram personnel play an important part in binding the community together and creating a spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie among its patrons.
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