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Art of Living International Center
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Full Day Private Tour of Temples of Bengaluru
Ranked #4 of 338 things to do in Bengaluru
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 20 June 2012

Situated around 25 km;s from bangalore , this is an oasis of tranquility and peace.You do not need to be religious or of the spiritual bend of mind to visit AOL.The ashram is housed in a vast expanse of hilly land, so be prepared to walk a bit.there are meditation centres, wonderful gardens and greenery all around.The best part of this place has to be the people.People come from all walks of life to do the courses in order to find peace and stability.So in essence everyone is trying to be happy and that somehow reflects in the overall positive vibe which thais place possess.Do not miss visiting this centre when in Bangalore

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Reviewed 18 June 2012

Every year, if possible, I come home again at the ashram. This place rejuvenates you, the energy is so high, through the courses you learn so much about life and your inner self. I cant think of any better place in the world! It is amazing how you experience the ONE WORLD FAMILY, you immediately meet so many interesting people from all walks of life. Life is simple at ashram, but really what do you need more?? Of course being in the presence of the Guru, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, brings you totally in bliss.

2  Thank Monika F
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Reviewed 16 June 2012

All one gets here are Peace, Happiness, enjoyment, nature, friendly people all around, what else one needs!!!
Just some 25kms from Bangalore's center place Majestic on the way to kanakapura, u will get this place.
If you are fortunate, u may get the chance to see or even meet, world's most friendly, one of most respected, beloved guruji Sri Sri Ravishankar.

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Reviewed 11 June 2012

Ashram of a world renowned Indian Spiritual Guru Shri Shri Ravishankar; this place is open to all seeking religious and spiritual pursuits. A good place to begin a journey and practice the ancient Hindu traditions of yoga and the sudarshan kriya. A 2 - 3 day residential camp here can cleanse the mind and soul if you are well adapted and practice with sincerity and faith. They have a pretty useful presence on the web for beginners. Best not to visit as a touristy place but with a clean and patient mind looking to see beyond and become a better person.

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Reviewed 17 May 2012

We went there with family, parents and in-laws to attend winder Punarnava part-2 course. It was a magnificent experience to be there for 9 days. It has many Ashrams where you can stay. There is no comparison of these Ashrams with any of the Hotels. Place is full of peace and divinity. Your soul gets a recharge by just being there. Everything is pure and you can feel it in the air. Satsang along with the meditation every evening in Vishalakshi mandap is a bliss. All of this is done so beautifully. One should also go and see the Guruji Kuteer and old mandap. There is a Gurukool, where you will find children studying Sanskrit and a gaushala. All just too good too peace giving.

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