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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 5 June 2017 via mobile

Very good place to rejuvenate your mind, soul and lots of blessings by guruji. Really love to come again and again whenever will be visiting banglore. Would recommend to my family nd friends..

Thank Stuaks
Reviewed 3 June 2017

AS you reach this place, little away from the main city of Bangalore ( but well connected via expressway) your mind will be uplifted right away. But make sure you reach well before 12 as Gurukul and Radhakund get closed by 12:30 and the I...More

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Reviewed 2 June 2017

I came here to do the AOL part 1 course in the ashram setting. Very nice setting and well maintained grounds, good sattvic food and very atmospheric evening satsang gatherings in the main mandap. Good shops on-site with lots of interesting things to buy including...More

Thank Ashutosh2013
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Cool campus and surroundings to spend half a day with family. Bus ride through the campus is informative for first timers. Shops in the campus have good collection of organics food and cosmetic products.

Thank vikasnarayanan
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Rejuvenate after week long rat race. Situated outskirt of South Bangalore on Kanakapura Road. If you are travelling from East or North Bangalore choose NICE Road.. will help to save around an hour. You can spend 4-5 hours. Ideal time would be around 1pm..

Thank srishkalyan
Reviewed 27 May 2017

Very calm and silent place where you can have peas of mind. Nice Open and green Area which you will love to walk and break from regular routine day.

Thank Jhar548
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

This excellent place is full of positive vibes, smiling faces and celebrations all the time. A Great Spiritual retreat location. "A must visit place in Bengaluru for its peaceful and serene atmosphere.

Thank Abhishek S
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Best best place, relaxing, refreshing I found peace, fun, much needed holiday Sudarshan Kriya I learned is amazing

Thank sai s
Reviewed 25 May 2017

This place would not necessarily be in the must visit and see list. This is just a place for taking off from regular work and other forms of worship. This is not a temple rather than a prayer hall where in you keep to yourself...More

Thank Gorur_Sridhar
Reviewed 24 May 2017

Outskirt of BNG Pros: Very big Peaceful Good parks and place to loaf around Satsang in Evening Free food Cons: Walking inside in Sun may be tiring Heavy rush during evening for satsang

Thank Kartik9779
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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
7 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
20 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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