Swami Sivananda Ashram of Rishikesh is the
headquarters of Divine Life Society.
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. Thereafter, he settled in the
holy city of Rishikesh and engrossed himself in intense spiritual
practices. He became one of the greatest spiritual leaders of India and
promoted the art of Yoga as well as the Vedanta throughout the world.
Apart from being the founder of Swami Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh, he
was also the founder of Divine Life Society. He left for the holy abode
on July 14, 1963.
List of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in India
- Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Center - New Delhi
- Sivananda Kutir (ashram) - Rishikesh, Uttaranchal
- Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center - Trivandrum, Kerala
- Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram - Trivandrum, Kerala
- Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center - Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
- Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center - Madurai, Tamil Nadu
- Sivananda Meenakshi Ashram - Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Swami Sivanada Ashram, Rishikesh
Sivananda Ashram at Rishikesh is the headquarters of the Divine Life
Society, a worldwide organization. Swami Sivananda founded the ashram in
the year 1932. Initially a small structure, Sivananda Ashram has now
evolved into a huge complex with a number of halls, a temple and
Gurudev's Kutir. Any person inclined towards spirituality can join this
ashram and spend his life in the service of others.
The form of yoga taught at Shiva Nanda yoga centers and ashrams is
known as Sivananda Yoga. A type of Hatha Yoga, it emphasizes on proper
breathing (pranayama), exercise (asanas), relaxation (savasana), diet
(vegetarian) and positive thinking and meditation (vedanta and dhyana).
The teachers at these yoga centers are graduates of the internationally
recognized, Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course.
Divine Life Society
In 1936, Swami Sivananda established the Divine Life Society at the
Sivananda Ashram. The motto of this society is "Serve, Love, Give,
Purify, Meditate, Realize". It was set up with the aim of spreading
spiritual knowledge throughout the world. Later, in the year 1938, 'The
Divine Life' Journal was started.
Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy
Swami Sivananda instituted the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy in the year
1948. It was established to train disciples in the discipline of yoga.
The students of the Sivananda Ashram are educated in Yoga, Vedanta,
philosophy, ethics and meditation. The three courses are offered each
year, in March-April, May-June and August-September. The duration of the
courses is two months.
Sivananda Eye Hospital
Swami Sivananda established the Sivananda Eye Hospital in the year
How to Reach Swami Sivananda Ashram of Rishikesh
At a distance of around 35 km, Dehradun airport falls the nearest to
The nearest railway station of Haridwar has direct train services to
almost all the key cities in India.
A good network of roads connects Rishikesh with the other cities in
Uttaranchal as well as the rest of the country.