At present, people all over the world are getting attracted towards the meditation, knowledge and yoga of Hinduism.They are coming to India in search of happiness, peace and salvation. Millions of people from America, Europe, Russia, Arabia and Africa come every year to major ashrams in India and find peace and love. Let us know the names of 10 such ashrams.
Ananda Marga Ashram Kolkata
Spiritual leader Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar alias Anandamurthy’s ‘Anand Marg’ It was spread in 130 countries of the world. Anandamurthy was born in 1921 and died in 1990. You established Anand Marg in 1955. Two major ashrams of Anand Marg are world famous, one at Jamalpur in Munger district Bihar and the other at Kolkata in West Bengal. But after the death of Anandmurthy, Tantric work, the prevalence of tradition different from Hindu tradition and the havoc of the leftist movement, the effect of this movement has now ended.
Ramakrishna Mission Ashram Kolkata
The great saint Swami Vivekananda (1836-1902 AD) established the Ramakrishna Mission Ashram on 1 May 1897 in the name of his Guru Ramakrishna Paramahansa (1836-1886 AD). It is also called Ramakrishna Math. One of his monasteries is located at Velur in Kolkata and the other at Almora in Uttarakhand. The purpose of this Math is to propagate the principles of Vedanta and to maintain social harmony.
Prasanthi Nilayam, Puttaparthi
Sathya Sai Baba is believed to be an incarnation of Sai Baba of Shirdi. His ashram Prashanti Nilayam of fame is situated in Puttaparthi. Sathya Sai Baba was born on 23 November 1926 in a village near Puttaparthi in Andhra Pradesh. He died on 24 April 2011. Prasanthi Nilayam means a place that gives peace. This ashram is considered one of the major religious places in India. Puttaparthi is at a distance of 80 km from Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.
Sri Aurobindo Ashram Pondicherry
The great philosopher Aurobindo Ghosh (1872–1950) was also a revolutionary. He established this ashram in 1926 after his release from jail. Meera Alphonsa used to run this ashram. After the departure of Arvind and Mira, this ashram is managed by Arvindo Trust. Even today people from all over the country and abroad come here for meditation and meditation.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Ashram
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the pioneer of Transcendental Meditation, was the spiritual teacher of many celebrities including the members of the famous rock band Beatles. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi was born on 12 January 1918 in Panduka village near Rajim city of Chhattisgarh. He died on 6 February 2008 at the age of 91 at his home in the Netherlands. He has an ashram in Rishikesh, Uttarakhand. Although less people come to this main ashram now, they have many ashrams all over the world where people keep coming and going.
Shriram Sharma Acharya, the founder of Shanti Kunj, started the Gayatri movement to eradicate caste discrimination among Hindus. He established Shantikunj in Haridwar by lighting an unbroken lamp at the place where Gayatri’s worshiper Vishwamitra had done severe penance. Publicized the importance of Gayatri Mantra all over the world. You did the best translation of Vedas and Upanishads in the simplest Hindi. He was born on September 20, 1911 in Anwalkhera village of Agra district and left his body at Shantikunj at the age of eighty. Presently its director is Dr. Pranav Pandya. You can book a ride at GTS Car Rental who provides the best delhi taxi service.
Art of Living International Center Ashram, Bangalore
Spiritual guru Sri Sri Ravi Shankar established this ashram in 1982 in a rural area 21 km from Bangalore, Karnataka. The aim of this ashram is to create a stress and violence free society. The ashram has a reach of 300 million people in more than 150 countries. In 1981, under the Sri Sri Foundation, he started an education called Art of Living.
Isha Yoga Centre, Coimbatore
Located in the foothills of the Velliangiri Mountains near Coimbatore, the Isha Yoga Center is a spiritual movement associated with Shiva. The main focal point of the yoga center is the Dhyanalinga. This center was established by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev in 1992. Millions of people come here every year to meditate and do yoga. It is said that there are about 20 lakh volunteers of this institution.
Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram, Kollam
There is this ashram in Kollam, Kerala, where people from all over the world come to hug Mata Amritanandamayi and Mata also goes to hug people all over the world. Amritamayi is lovingly called Amma by her devotees. Mother Amritanandamayi’s original name is Sudhamani, born in a poor fisherman family on 27 September 1953 in Allahabad, a small village in Kerala. Amma built lakhs of houses for the poor in many eastern countries including India and helped all the people who were victims of earthquakes, floods or riots. Amma never did the work of conversion or raising money in the guise of service.
International Society for Krishna Consciousness ie ISKCON, Vrindavan
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness ie ISKCON is the world’s largest organization of Krishna devotees. His biggest mantra is Hare Rama-Hare Rama, Rama-Rama Hare Hare, Hare Krishna-Hare Krishna, Krishna-Krishna Hare Hare. You will find many indigenous and foreign people chanting this mantra all over the world on the streets of New York, London, Berlin, Moscow, Mathura, Vrindavan. The movement was started by Trimurti Sri Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada Ji (1896–1977) in New York City in 1966. Their main ashram is located in Vrindavan where you will see only foreign Hindus.
Osho International Meditation Resort, Pune
Earlier its name was Osho Commune. Spread over 28 acres in the Koregaon Park area of Pune city, this ashram was built in 1974 by Osho. This ashram is the most unique ashram in the world and people from all over the world come here to meditate. There is a lot to do here as it is now a resort. Before entering the ashram, registration has to be done at the reception center at the main gate for Rs.1500.