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Art of Living International Center

21st Km Kanakapura Road | Udayapura, Bengaluru 560082, India
+91 90360 05022
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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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21st Km Kanakapura Road | Udayapura, Bengaluru 560082, India
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Reviewed 4 May 2017

Great peaceful experience where mind meets soul. It is located in interior part away from main area but that how peaceful places are found. Must visit if you want to explore your inner self.

Thank 740mixp
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

Wonderful place to explore our self, people are very cooperative and helpful easy access to shettle service for reaching one place to another

Thank Gaurav J
Reviewed 29 April 2017 via mobile

My children attended the colours of joy program this summer and I stayed in the ashram along with them. I must mention that this is not my first vist to the ashram. We have been associated with art of living for over 15 years. We...More

Thank MaliniMaruth
Reviewed 28 April 2017

From the moment you enter there is the definite feeling of being in a special place. The buildings, gardens, trees, and land have been planned and nurtured with care Try to visit when you can be privileged by a darshan with the guru The multitude...More

Thank Alex
Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

This place is full of positive energy & any person visiting can experience oneself. The chanting of Vedic hymns, deep breathing, satvic food and green serenity is what one finds during stay inside the Ashram. There is immense discipline followed by the inmates making one's...More

Thank RAVIKUMAR M
Reviewed 26 April 2017

I visited the Art of Living Center as a tourist, went about the place. It is really clean and well kept. There options of good food in the canteen as well. However I must say that this place would be best visited with/by people who...More

Thank Pr4sh4nt
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

We visited the Ashram in Bangalore, Guruji had just come back from Bali , Indonesia and we enjoyed the Satsang immensely , He talks in such a simple language and connects to the soul to each one individually , there were some beautiful Bhajans and...More

Thank chandrusamtani
Reviewed 22 April 2017

Yes this place is really good!!! .... its a bit far from city but its ok..! Going to visit next time

Thank Jayanth G
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

This is an aashram by AOL. However, don't expect this to be only a spiritual experience. They don't expect you to follow their believe or meditate. The only requirement is to maintain an open mind. The visitors are expected to maintain serenity and help keep...More

Thank Vatsulya M
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Inside the center we get a paid trip in a mini bus along with the guide which tries to cover all spots like hospitals schools etc.

Thank Roopali A
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Ashvin b
10 July 2017|
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Response from faluashit | Reviewed this property |
I totally agree with the answer giveni t's the best place filled with positivity.please check Guruji schedule plan when he is there
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Ashvin b
8 July 2017|
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Response from SurenPaul666 | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are so many places to sit, relax and meditate
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rks567
21 February 2017|
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Response from Ravi K | Reviewed this property |
No. None at all. You can walk in and partake in the activities. There are certain programs for which you can enroll yourself ; you will get details in their website. These would cost money. Happy visiting!
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