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“A place where serenity resides” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Art of Living International Center

Art of Living International Center
21st KM Kanakapura Road | Udayapura, Bengaluru (Bangalore) 560082, India
+91 80 67 262626
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Type: Educational Sites, Cultural
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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!
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“A place where serenity resides”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

Must watch place. Teaches us discipline, dos and don'ts of life. A place where you can meet your inner self in peace and challenge your limits with outer dynamism.

Visited March 2013
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“Excellent Place to know yourself”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2013

Art of Living International Centre is a beautiful, Serene place some 30 km away from bangalore. its a perfect place to Meditate, relax and make a journey inwards to our deepest self. Its a ver yell maintained property, spread across couple of acres. The Ashram people are very friendly and always carry a smile on their face. The whole place is full of positive energy. I must visit place at least once in a year.
Its advised to carry you own toilet accessories if your plan in more than 3 days since the housekeeping does not visit your rooms daily. Also you will get only one bottle of water in the beginning which needs to be refilled later.

Visited December 2013
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“Spirtuality and peace well organised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Situated at Kanakpura Road about 20kms from main city but well connected by tourist buses.taxis and buses.Many avenues available for spirtual lernings. Courses are conducted on art of living at regular intervals.Since the day I visited with my mfamily a coufse was being conducted We could get a glimpse of Sri Sri Ravi Shanker.Art of living takes out stress and a new meanng to your life.Ofcourse the enoirnment is peaceful and scenic.

Visited November 2013
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“Experience silence”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

20kms from city,, ashram is well connected by bus,,in kanakapura road..in the midst of nature..
Well maintained..vishalakshi mantap is the main hall with 2 floors,,the view from top is amazing..
Week end courses are happening for all ages. Accomidation available on advance booking.
Big kitchen with dining hall,,you can do seva at kitchen,,by veg. Cutting,serving food.
Daily satsangs are happening in the evening..if you want darshan of sri sri,,check the availabledates , can meet in satsangs..you can relax, meditate, eat..
During Navarathri people from all parts gather to worship, in yagnashala homas are done with very high positive energy...one can take sankalpas for sudarshana homa, chandi homa, rudrapooja.
Feel blessed to be present during rudra pooja happening every monday morning...

Visited October 2013
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“place full of spirituality”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

its a beautiful place full of spirituality. Although its very very far form main bangalore...but one should not miss an opportunity to visit this place. Its a huge place with main dome shaped central prayer room. If you are lucky you may find Sri Sri Ravi Shakar ji.

Visited January 2013
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