India is known world over for its rich spiritual knowledge. Several practices of yoga, meditation and belief systems have cropped up and have been passed on through generations. Today, there are many ashrams in India that continue to pass this knowledge on, each unique in its practice and beliefs.
If you are looking for a getaway to awaken your spiritual side, here are some ashrams in India that you should visit:
Art Of Living
This ashram was founded by Shri Shri Ravishankar in the year 1982. This ashram is known for its self-development programs. It also holds special stress elimination programs that are based on meditation, yoga and breathing techniques. The ashram itself is breathtaking. If you are looking for a great way to rejuvenate, the three-day foundation course helps restore the natural rhythm of the mind and body. This ashram is located southwest of Bangalore, in the Panchagiri Hills.
This ashram belongs to one of India’s most controversial leaders because of his views on sexuality. This ashram is more like a resort and gives you a luxurious environment where you can just relax. The only thing you need to do is wear the mandatory maroon robe. The ashram works towards helping people heal from any traumatic experiences. The ashram is located in Pune, near Mumbai. You can enjoy active meditation workshops, tantra workshops and lots more at this ashram.
This is a non-profit organization that was founded in the year 1992 by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. The ashram aims at fostering the physical and mental well being of participants through unique programs like environmental rejuvenation. Isha Yoga forms the core of all the activities in the Foundation. This 3-7 day program works on a concept called inner engineering that includes guided meditation and inner energy process to make meditation deeper and more beneficial. There are sacred treks, mind and body rejuvenation retreats and yoga programs for children and adults at the foundation.
This yoga center is located in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu at the base of the Velliangiri Mountains.
Sri Aurobindo Asharam
As the name suggests, this ashram was founded by Sri Aurobindo along with a French lady known as The Mother. The ashram has developed into a diverse community with thousands of members. The work of this ashram is aimed at creating a new humanity and a new world. It is a quiet haven that is visited by several followers each year. The setting of the ashram is vibrant and modern and does not practice renunciation of any worldly pleasures. There are 80 departments in all where you can spend a day depending on what you want to do. The ashram does not propagate any compulsory or systematic practices or any prescribed rituals. Collective meditation courses are held to help you rejuvenate and find inner peace.
The ashram is located in the French capital of India, Pondicherry.
Sri Sathya Sai Baba Ashram (Prasanthi Nilayam), Puttaparthi
This is a spiritual resort dedicated to Sri Sathya Sai Baba. This ashram is located in the birthplace of Sri Sathya Sai Baba, which is Puttaparthi. This holy village is located in Andhra Pradesh in the Anantapur district. The message is simple. The ashram propagates peace, love, and brotherhood. Also known as the Prashanti Nilayam, this is where Sri Sathya Sai Baba sought enlightenment and solace. This is one of the most popular ashrams in India and has attracted devotees from different social and cultural backgrounds. The Chaitanya Jyoti Museum, the Hindu Temple, the birthplace of Sai Baba, the Sanathana Samskruti Museum and the Hanuman Temple are the main attractions of the town.
Shantivan– Brahma Kumaris Ashram, Mount Abu
The massive Diamond Hall, which can accommodate close to 20,000 people, is the main attraction of the Shantivan. This ashram was built to accommodate the community of Brahma Kumaris in India and soon became one of the best spiritual and educational retreats in India. You can attend several lectures, workshops, and seminars here. The beauty is that the discourses can be translated into 6 languages simultaneously, speaking for the culturally diverse participants attending them.
Swami Dayananda Ashram, Rishikesh
Rishikesh city has a spiritual appeal. Located in this holy city is the center of Sanskrit and Vedanta, the Swami Dayananda Ashram is one of the most popular ashrams in North India. It has a fully equipped Yoga Studio with regular camps held by prominent yoga teachers. The location of the ashram in the lap of Mother Nature, overlooking the Ganges and the Himalayas is refreshing in itself.