If you are tired of your hectic and stressful life and wish to spend a few days of simple lifestyle, come and stay in the Ashrams in India which have everything to serve you; from good accommodation to healthy food to rejuvenating meditation and yoga sessions. Many of the ashrams offer free stay as these run on donations made by pilgrims and devotees.
Settled away from the hustle-bustle of city life, these ashrams are perfect to spend some peaceful time in the feet of almighty. Mainly these are put-up near the holy spots, in order, so that you can connect yourself with your inner self and the Almighty completely.
Not only the pilgrims and devotees stay in the ashrams for long, but also the revered saints get settled here for lifetime. Similar to that of schools and other teaching places, ashrams also in a way teach something to everyone. There various sessions held on yoga, spiritual music including bhajans and chanting, classical dance, religious talks and meditation. All the sessions are done under the guidance of masters.
If we talk about particular destinations in India, then Mysore, Rishikesh, Haridwar, Chennai, Trivandrum and Bangalore top the list, with great numbers of ashrams. Let’s have a brief description of ashrams in India.
One of the holiest destinations in India is Rishikesh which is also the base for Do-Dham Yatra. Every year people from all parts of India and across the world come to visit various holy shrines that are located in Rishikesh. Parmarth Niketan is one of the largest ashrams in Rishikesh and also top yoga center in India. As the ashram is settled on the banks of River Ganga, the tranquility and the simplistic structure of the ashram attract devotees and pilgrims in large numbers. Another is Sivananda Ashram that is well-facilitated and more a yoga center which mainly focuses on five teachings-relaxations, meditation, postures, breathing and diet. Other important ashrams in Rishikesh are Phool Chatti Ashram and Yoga Niketan Ashram.
Holding the largest pious gathering during Kumb Mela, Haridwar is another sacred destination. Prem Nagar Ashram is a popular ashram in Haridwar. The serenity and the cleanness of the place offer great peace and power to its visitors. The ashram has a satsang hall and a separate meditation room. Shanti Kunj Ashram also offers good facilities and is essentially for those who are serious in meditation, sadhna and mantras.
Talking about Bangalore, Sai Baba Ashram is the major one. It is the main ashram for Sathya Sai Baba. The ashram is also a spiritual center for devotes and pilgrims who come from different parts of the world. Accommodation offered here is simple and inspiring.
In Chennai, Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry offers affordable stay and also has an educational center. The ashram is named after Sri Aurobindo who was a great philosopher, spiritual leader, poet and a yogi. Sri Ramamna Ashram in Tiruvannamalai, south of Chennai, attracts devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi.
Some of the other Ashrams in India are Bihar Yoga School (Munger, Bihar), Integral Yoga Institute and Isha Yoga Center (Coimbatore), Sivananda Yoga and Sivananda Kutir (Uttarkashi) and Osho Meditation Retreat and Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Institute (Pune). If you are looking for some peaceful and relaxed atmosphere, Ashrams in India are the best options.