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Art of Living International Center

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Address: 21st Km Kanakapura Road | Udayapura, Bengaluru 560082, India
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Welcome to The Art of Living International Centre! Situated on the top of...

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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Spritual Bliss

Super Duper place to visit for experiencing bliss..experience peace..vedic food.. meditation..indulge in service

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super Duper place to visit for experiencing bliss..experience peace..vedic food.. meditation..indulge in service

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Pune, Maharashtra, India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a peaceful and very happy te at the ashram. The food served is satvik and amazing. The accomodation is clean. I was there for 3 days for happiness program. The program itself was amazing.

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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Apart from the spiritual stuff. This place offers a lot of open space and nice landscape to explore.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Art of Living International Center is very picturesque, it has lots of greenery, there is a beautiful Vishalakshi mantap where many AOL programs are conducted , there is a nice open auditorium where blissful satsangs are held. It has a nice restaurant where stavic food is available, this is apart from the free parasadam served at the dining hall every... More 

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Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The environment is peaceful and if Sri Sri RaviShankar (Gurudev) is present in the campus then there will be "Satsang" and that experience is enlightening and insightful. You'll be given "prasadam"(snack) to eat. There are other eating options both private and AOL managed. Satsangs are amazing. The view around dusk is breathtaking . It's an enriching experience overall !! 13th... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good place to spend the weekend. Good infrastructure. You can relax and perform yoga to get peace of mind. They also have a free canteen, which provides a decent lunch. The crowd looks more at the canteen, but can be managed. They also have a free site tour, where they explain each section and their details. They have option of... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice campus, with some beautiful buildings and bhajan/dining halls and spiritual shops. Good for the like minded. The Art of Living classes are conducted here. This place can get crowded when Guruji (Sri Sri Ravishankar of Art of Living) is out there etc. For adhock visitors, food options are available within the campus. Entry is not restricted. Oh ya,... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located on the Kanakpura rd, the AoL Center is very well accesible from South Blr. Even if you are not getting into a major program there, a few hours can be spent in peaceful surroundings. lot of option of buying AoL products, organic farm products etc.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to see a spiritual center. Looked around and finally reached the lotus auditorium for sat sang. The singer took 45 minutes to adjust the sound system. I mean, if you have regular sat sangs why would you need to adjust the sound system for so long? We left feeling frustrated and disappointed. What a let down!

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

As well explained in detail by Wikipedia, this famous center offers meditation halls, Ayurveda hospital, rural development and education, alternative energy utilization and organic farming initiatives. A guided tour, that can be purchased at the entry cashier, allows visitors to see and get explanations about all of these. I had the tour and enjoyed it.

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