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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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+91 80672 62626
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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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This place a whole day to be covered and the entire atmosphere is so calm and beautiful. The bus ride is okayish but the meal after that is simply delicious. The meditation... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place a whole day to be covered and the entire atmosphere is so calm and beautiful. The bus ride is okayish but the meal after that is simply delicious. The meditation session is also great. You get so many positive vibes here. Must visit if you feel touched by Sri Sir's words :)

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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to visit in week end and relax.... its like a foreign country no body will disturb your personal time....

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful,blissful,serene and what not. This is home away home. One of the biggest kittens serving food to thousands of devotees daily. Wisdom of SRI SRI beyond description. Spent seven days this time and 4 day each on previous visits and long to come here again and again.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Place is located 3 km off NICE Road. They have organic farming, Gau-shala with 400 cows, 2 horses, 2 elephants, School for Vedic education, Satsang Hall(fixed timing), eateries, Parking area, Guided bus tours & Shops for 'Sri Sri' branded ayurvedic products etc. Its nice for a calm and peaceful weekend gateway

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a great place to visit during sunny/hot weather, but otherwise a decent, spacious area for some peace and solicitude. Never too crowded, so that's a plus.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After the republic day celebration, just wanted to feel the silence. Heart said just be away from the traffic, pollution and noise. Decided to visit Art of living, as this was on the pending list from a long time. Since the weather also cooperated with us we felt good. Spent around 3 hours and it was worth. Since I was... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This one is an international center. It's spaced out and reasonably spacious. Saw a decent number of tourists of all kinds here as well. Worth a visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I spent 2 days walking around and exploring the Ashram. The atmosphere is serene, happy and uplifting. The Satsanghs are wonderful. You meet folks from all parts of India, n all over the world. You can talk to them in the canteen sipping their chai or Gannae Ka Juice ( sugar cane juice ) or at the fresh coconut water... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place very much. Love you Guruji. Very calm and serene place. You should come here to experience it.The satsang here is so beautiful. You will love it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This International center is huge accommodating thousands devotees and catering to all their needs... mental, physical and emotional. Its a home away from home. Biggest volunteer based NGO with Solar Unit, Biogas Plant, Gaushala, Vedic Pathshala, Ayurvedic Hospital, Ayurvedic Panchkarma Retreat Center, Vishalakshi Mantap Meditation Hall amongst a few places within the big campus.

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