If you are interested in undertaking a spiritual journey, then, India is the perfect place to for you to start. You will come across some of the most distinguished spiritual gurus, yoga gurus and ashrams in India. From Baba Ramdev, who teaches pranayama, to Mata Amritanandmayi, who takes you on a soul satisfying spiritual journey, to the Missionaries of charity, dedicated to the upliftment of the needy, you will come across numerous personalities teaching the same art of living. Even though the technique is different, all the Indian ashrams have the same aim, i.e., make people spiritually aware and contribute to the social good.
In this section, we will tell you about the following ashrams of India...
Art of Living Foundation
Art of living is all about leading a normal and enjoyable life, amidst all the tensions and stresses that inundate living today. It is more of a technique through which we learn to eliminate strains
Asaram Bapu Ashram
Asaram Bapu was born Asumal on 14th April 1941, in an affluent family of Sindh (now in Pakistan). The second child amongst four children, he was inclined towards spirituality, meditation and religious epics right from his childhood.
Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute
Ashtanga Yoga is more than just a physical discipline. It is a way of life or rather a path to calm mind and pure soul. It is the harmonization of the breath with a series of postures that detoxify muscles and organs.
Auroville is a universal community in India, situated near the Pondicherry city. The city has been built to house a population of up to 50,000 people from around the world. The main motto of all the people living in the Auroville city
Baba Ramdev Ashram
Ramdev was born as Ramkishan Yadav in Alipur, in the Mahendragarh district, Haryana. After studying till the eighth standard, he quit school and joined a yogic monastery (gurukul) in Khanpur village.
Bihar School of Yoga
Bihar School of Yoga was founded by Paramhamsa Satyananda, in India, in the year 1963. A charitable and educational institution, Satyananda Yoga School is situated in the state of Bihar, at a place called Munger/ Monghyr.
Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University is a monastic community, founded in India. It teaches Raja Yoga, a form of meditation, which emphasizes on the development of mental abilities to learn the true meaning of life and achieve salvation.
Chinmaya Mission aims at providing people with the knowledge and understanding of the Vedanta. It also attempts to teach them the practical way of attaining the goal of spiritual growth and contentment.
Isha Foundation is a non-profit organization founded by Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. The main aim of Isha Foundation is to use yogic science for the physical, metal as well as spiritual development of an individual.
Iskcon is the short form for International Society for Krishna Consciousness. It is basically a nonsectarian and monotheistic movement, which centers on Lord Krishna.
Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram
Away from the viciousness and malice of the mankind is situated the Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram, founded by Mata Amritanandamayi Devi (also known as Amma). Sited at Amritapuri, in the backwaters of Kerala, the ashram serves as a refuge from the spitefulness that has become so widespread in today's world.
Ma Anandamayi Ashram
Ma Anandamayi was born on April 30, 1896, as 'Nirmala Sundari', in Kheora village of East Bengal (now Bangladesh). Right from childhood, Sri Sri Ma Anandamayi gave signs of her divinity.
Missionary of Charity
The Missionary of Charity is a society founded by Mother Teresa in the city of Calcutta. In the year 1950, she received permission from the Vatican to set up her own order, originally known as Diocesan Congregation of the Calcutta Diocese.
Sant Nirankari Mission, founded in India by Baba Buta Singhji, is a spiritual movement, devoted to the welfare of the mankind. As per this mission, the aim of life is the 'Realization of Fatherhood of God through the living Satguru'.
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Centers
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi was born to a Christian family on 21 March 1923. As a newborn also, Mataji emanated such beauty and radiance, that her parents named her Nirmala. Since her parents were both freedom fighters, she grew up in the ashram of Mahatma Gandhi.
Bhagwan Sri Nityananda Ashram is situated in Ganeshpuri, in the state of Maharashtra in India. It enshrines the samadhi of the great sage 'Swami Nityananda'.
Years after the death of Osho, the Osho Ashram at Pune continues to attract people from the farthest corners of the world. The ashram, spread over an area of 40 acres, was founded by Bhagwan Rajneesh himself.
Radhasoami Satsang Ashram
Radhasoami Satsang is a charitable, non-profit institution, dedicated to the inner development of an individual. Public welfare is one of the major aims of the satsang.
Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission are the two wings of a religious organization formed by Swami Vivekananda, a disciple of Sri Ramakrishna. The main reason behind the formation of this organization is to serve the poor and destitute people as well as to provide a comfort to the nervous ones.
Ramana Maharishi Ashram
As you enter the Ramana Maharishi Ashram, you will be greeted by a calm and serene environment. A large open courtyard, bordered by shady trees and beautifully manicured gardens, give this ashram the tranquility that all of us aspire for. You will immediately feel a soothing stillness and harmony inside you.
Sathya Sai Baba Ashram
Sri Sathya Sai Baba is one of the most revered spiritual leaders of the 20th century. He has propagated the message of looking towards God and moving on the path of spirituality throughout the world.
Adi Shankaracharya was one of the most notable philosophers as well as Savants of India. In his short lifespan of thirty-two years, he became one of the greatest teachers of the Vedas.
Swami Sivananda Saraswati was born as Kuppuswamy in Tamil Nadu on Sep 8, 1887. In the year 1924, he met his guru, Swami Vishwananda Saraswati, who initiated him into the Sanyas order.
Sudhanshu Maharaj Ashram
Sudhanshuji Maharaj was born as Yashpal, on 2nd May 1955 in Saharanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. From tender age, he showed a deep thirst for knowledge. He was always concerned with the well-being and upliftment of the society. His visit to Thailand proved to be a major turning path in his life.
Swami Balendu's Ashram
Balendu Goswami was born and raised in a spiritual family and he followed the footsteps of his father and grandfather who both were popular preachers. He became a guru at a very early stage in his life with thousands of followers. When he was 25, at the peak point of his ‘guru career’, he decided to retreat from the outer world and enter a cave which was built on the grounds of his Ashram in Vrindavan.
The Sadhu Vaswani Mission is a spiritual organization, working towards the welfare of the society as a whole. The mission was initially started in the year 1931 in Hyderabad, Sindh (now in Pakistan).
Vipassana International Academy
The term 'Vipassana' literally means "to see things as they really are". Vipassana is regarded as a type of Buddhist meditation technique, through which a person stills the mind and achieves a sort of equanimity and composure.
Yoga Institute Mumbai
The Yoga Institute is situated at Prabhat Colony in Santacruz, Mumbai. It was founded by Shri Yogendraji in the year 1918. The Yoga Institute of Mumbai holds the distinction of being one of the oldest organized centers of Yoga in India as well as the world.
Sri Amma Bhagavan
Nestled at the majestic foothills of Vellikonda range on the eastern coast of South India, lies the serene and beautiful Oneness University, just 80 km of Chennai. Fondly called the Golden City, the university was established in 1996 as a spiritual organization to create a peaceful learning atmosphere for people to leave behind miseries and suffering and become conscious of their individuality.