Art of Living International Center

Art of Living International Center

Art of Living International Center
4.5
Yoga & Pilates • Educational sites
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Welcome to The Art of Living International Centre! Situated on the top of the Panchagiri Hills, 36km southwest of Bangalore, near Udipalya village, the campus is an ideal location for reflection and rejuvenation. Started in 1986 and spread over 65 acres, the campus has an abundance of flowering foliage spread along winding footpaths, a peaceful lake and the exquisitely beautiful Vishalakshi Mantap, the central meditation hall. Satsangs, held every evening, are gatherings where different minds unite through music, meditation, and wisdom to experience an elevated state of consciousness. Through Seva (voluntary service) one can experience the humble satisfaction of doing selfless work here, from serving food in the kitchen to keeping the premises clean to working in the various departments that focus on various projects and the ashram's upkeep. The Vishalakshi Mantap, named after 'Amma', Sri Sri's mother, is the main Meditation Hall in the form of a fully blossomed 1000 petal lotus. Its reflective dome that mirrors the sun during the day is lit up at night to a synchronized change of colored lights. The dome and golden spire that can be viewed from all parts of the sprawling campus grounds play the role of a compass - lending a sense of navigation to the spiritual seeker. Courses are held in various rooms at different levels of the mantap and satsangs are held on the main level. Each level opens onto a gallery. Following a circular design, the levels provide an excellent view of the campus grounds and the open grounds and hills in the distance. Built on a smaller scale, is the Sumeru Mantap in the more secluded, old ashram campus. When the campus was newly set up, and there was a much smaller gathering of people, satsangs were held here. It is a circular 3 tiered gallery with a garden in the center and the sky for a roof, dominated by a large densely foliaged banyan tree in the center. The Radha Kund gardens recapture the mystical garden of Vrindavan, replete with a pair of elephants, a pair of geese, a deer, some rabbits and a number of exotic birds! This is an excellent place to observe various birds as they sweep over the lake - and a good place to unwind, reflect and take stock of one's life. From the gardens one can hear the Sanskrit chantings of the boys at the Gurukul nearby. The seven year training program at the Gurukul teaches students how to conduct temple rituals. The course syllabus also includes study of the Veda, Agama, Sanskrit, Astrology, Yoga, music, Sculpture, Epics and scriptures. The Goshala, home to over 250 cows, is an important project undertaken to preserve the native breed of Indian cows. The cows enjoy human company and visitors receive great pleasure brushing and petting the cows. For those who wish to simply relax, The Sri Sri Ayurveda Panchakarma (Wellness Spa) offers the ideal retreat for body and mind. Apart from the super ambience and food, one can select from a number of rejuvenating therapy packages the spa offers. On campus is a very popular, vibrant eatery, The Vishala Cafe that serves Indian and Continental fast food. It is here that youngsters like to meet, relax, exchange ideas, play the piano or eat a filling meal while reading from the selection of books displayed at the cafe. An array of shops are also present on campus - two Divine shops (selling music and books), The Divine Services (a provision store), Madhurya (traditional artefacts, gifts), Sri Kriti (a boutique that sells hand made products by rural women and traditional craftmen) and Sri Sri Agriculture with its fresh produce of fruits and vegetables grown on campus. The Bangalore Campus makes for a truly self-contained retreat - your home away from home!
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DeepakBachu
Bengaluru, India320 contributions
Feb 2022
The center has been gifting people with inner peace in different ways. Nothing that can be explained but only to be experienced.
Written 24 January 2023
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Gungun P
Goa, India27 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Amamzinf place. Great service. Ambience. Peace. Love. Joy.

The Ayurveda is very good. Programs are good. Wonderful. Don't miss it
Written 15 December 2022
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Ravindra
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Oct 2022 • Business
Top best spa & wellness centers in banglore jayanagar branch is good. As Frist timer flat this place is worth repeating
Written 30 October 2022
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Vijay Rai
2 contributions
Oct 2022
Meditation and yoga was excellent. There was Navratri celebrations. Really enjoyed my stay at the centre. Food was simple but nice.
Written 11 October 2022
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Murali K
4 contributions
Sep 2022
A great place to learn ancient indian wisdom of yoga and kriya. Rejuvenate with Ayurveda and imbibe organic farming lessons. Wholesome place for the whole familty
Written 6 October 2022
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Sumeru Holidays
Bengaluru, India9 contributions
Sep 2022
From Sumeru Holidays we recommended coming here at least once in your life. The meditation atmosphere guided you to a peaceful state.

You can relax your mind by enjoying sessions at Vikshalakshi Mantap, the extraordinary meditation temple, relax your body with different ayurvedic treatments at Panchakarma Spa Center, taste delicious food at the dining hall, and delight in the magnific nature.

The Sumeru Holidays office is inside the Ashram... Waiting for you!!!
Written 5 September 2022
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massawe a
Russia14 contributions
Oct 2021
Awesome place. If you are fed-up with your daily work then must visit once. It will give great pleasure and peace.
There is large parking area good restaurants also. If you reach there before 3:00 PM you can get free meal also
Written 23 August 2022
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Vijayalakshmi Chandrasekar
Bengaluru, India143 contributions
Jul 2022
A good place for one day trip. As soon as you enter, you will see a big amphitheater kind of thing with fountain pipes. Seems like it will be turned on when Swamiji is at the ashram.

As you walk down, you will reach the reception office. They provide bus tours covering the entire campus. You can check the availability and book the tour. Check for the timings and promptly be there as it is offered on a first come first serve basis only though you have a booking. On the bus tour, you will get to see Goshala, Vedas teaching place, the place where Swamji resides, and the bus also takes you to the other side of the road covering the Ayurveda hospital and Ayurveda education center.

Also, there's a hall next to the reception where they show meditation-related things on the big screen.

As you walk down further from the reception, you will see a Ganesha temple and a very huge mediation hall. The architecture of the meditation hall is mesmerizingly beautiful. The hall is surrounded by lush greenery on either side. Mediate for a few minutes and just circumvent the hall (both inside and outside). The views bring solace to your mind.

On the opposite side of the mediation hall, there's a very big ground covered with green. We saw people playing football and badminton.
You also have anadhanam within the campus where you will be offered free food.

There is a store from where you can purchase devotional-related items. Also, there are several eatery options on campus.
There are minivans operating that help people navigate within the campus.

On your way back to Bangalore (on the Kanakapura road) you can also visit Guruvayur temple and Pyramid Valley International, if you have time.
Written 31 July 2022
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Rupam
1 contribution
Aug 2021
Its like a home away from home. Be it accomodation. food, sight seeing, divine satsangs, yoga programmes, the much needed SKY programme, Meditation retreats... Panchakrma service.. U think u need something.. and its there...

I had wonderful experience there, staying for various courses, for seva projects and just for being the serene environment. My kid, my husband, my parents all have enjoyed a lot
Written 24 July 2022
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Kavitha K
Bengaluru, India2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Family
Art of Living courses are amazing. Ashram is a beautiful and serene place to experience peace within. Satsang in ashram is a not to miss event.
Written 25 June 2022
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