Sivananda Ashram
Sivananda Ashram
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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authorneelesh
New Delhi, India630 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Couples
Have just come back having spent three days at the Sivananda ashram..and came back totally mesmerised.The atmosphere, the warmth of the people and the whole environment leave you wanting more.
First the fact that absolutely everything in the ashram is free at no point do they ask for any money.Contributing is voluntary and this is totally underplayed.Ther are no huge donation boxes around asking you to put your daan in there.For that matter did not see any hiundis except in the temple.
The ashram has beautiful accommodation.we were allotted a room above the auditorium and the room was clean. well furnished and the loos were well laid out and clean.The furnishing was not luxurious but functional and comfortable.Little add ons like a ;line to dry out the clothes were there to take care of all requirements.The view from the balcony was fantastic and the breeze in the morning made it heavenly.One of course in keeping with ashram ethos clean ones own room and walk to the water cooler at the end of the corridor to get drinking water.The only hassles was that there was nothing to store drinking water in for the night.We used our electric kettle which we also used for brewing the occasional cup of tea since they maintain strict timings and the dining hall is far away.

The food is served in the dining hall with breakfast and tea at 7-30 am, lunch at 11-30 am and dinner at 6-30 pm with afternoon tea at 3-30 pm.The hours are unusual but are in keeping with the schedule at the ashram.the food is consumed sitting on the ground and is non spicy, homely and filling.
The schedule at ashram consists of meditation at 5-00 am, pooja in the vishwanath mandir at 6-00 am followed by Vishnu sahstranam at 8-30 after breakfast.This is followed by bhajan singing at the Samadhi of Swamiji at 4-30 pm foloowed by gand arati before dinner.Post dinner there is a satsang upto 8-30 pm.One is free to join one or any of these and no one hounds you to do so but being there makes you want to experience the range of activities going on.
They have a private ghat where you can take a dip away from prying eyes.
the ashram is well located right near the Ram jhula and hopping across to visit the famous chotiwala once in a while is easy.It is reccomened that you take a boat ride from the ghat next door to enjoy the trip the best though going on standing on the ram jhula either ealry morning or late eveining as the cold breeze ruffles your hair and the jhula gently sways is highly reccomended..
Written October 21, 2013
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rajeshh7
Hisar, India310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
very peaceful place. there are free yoga classes for men only. visit early morning will be great. very good ashram. you should visit one if you are there
Written September 28, 2017
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Profvns
Bengaluru, India545 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Friends
Swami Sivananda Ashram (the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre) is on the banks of holy river Ganga at Rishikesh in India. It was founded and developed by a great Hindu seer Swami Sivananda, who was the greatest Yoga masters of the 20th century.

His preachings in brief are: Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate and Realize. I have been following his teachings since 1959. He was publishing his teachings in the form of small booklets to make it easy to carry and finish reading in one sitting either in the morning or evening prayer and yoga time. I was following his instructions and practiced yogasanas and was able to do Shirsasan, which is the most difficult one. I was able stand on my head for about 20-25 minutes, but now I can’t because of the age related weakness. It was reported that Smt. Indira Gandhiji could stand on Shirsasan for more than an hour. Probably that is why she was a stubborn politician of her days.

Swami Sivananda was born in Pattamadai, Tamil Nadu during 1887. Then he was known by his name as Kuppuswami. In his youth he was brilliant in his studies and crazy for gymnastics and obviously he was inclined toward saintly and spiritual practices. His selfless character showed him the way to a career in the medical field. Then he became Dr. Kuppuswami. He felt a strong urge to go to Malaysia as there was great need of doctors in those days. day But he was given the responsibility of running a hospital, where he proved to be renowned and excellent doctor and a true humanitarian. It so happened that on a day he cured a wandering Sanyasin (renunciator or Monk) who in turn guided him towards the Yoga and Vedanta. As destiny had it since then his life took a drastic turn which changed him gradually. After expertising Yoga he felt the need to help people on philosophical level, not merely curing their physical body. He decided to help them to find an alternative healing method to relieve them from day to day suffering.

The inner inspiring divine spirit in his self didn’t allow him to sleep peacefully but compelled him to go in the path in which he was destined by the Vidhi that is the invisible writing on his fore-head by the creator Lord Bramha. So mush filled with a tremendous desire and emotion for spiritual style of life and enlightenment he left his place without informing any one. He came to Varanasi (Banaras) and then to Himalayas in search of a teacher (Guru). At last he camr to Rishikesh (abode of sages). There he found his Guru who gave him Sanyasi (a monk's vows of renunciation) and gave him a new name as per their practice and tradition as “Swami Sivananda Saraswathi”. There onwards he practiced an extremely intense daily Sadhana (spiritual practices) and Tapas (austerities) for more than ten years. By then the other similar Sanyasis and co-Sadhus were drawn towards Swami Sivananda for his instruction and his spiritual inspiration. What an enormous change in his life, which no one could predict or Dr Kuppuswami himself did not or even imagine in his dreams. That is why it is said God’s doings are mysterious over mysteries.

From that time Swami Sivananda became one of the most prolific Yoga teachers who have ever existed. Although he rarely left the little town of Rishikesh Swami Sivananda's teachings spread quickly throughout our entire planet. He wrote every thinf personally by hand, no computers wew there at at that time. He has written more than 200 books on topics connected with Yoga and Philosophy. He wrote in a style that is very direct and bursting with dynamic, spiritual energy. His emtire literature is in simple sentences. As a result many who read his books felt their lives deeply touched and transformed and so came from all ober India and all of the world, to learn from him directly, and to bask in his holy presence. In 1957, Swami Sivananda sent his devoted and industrious disciple, Swami Vishnudevananda to the West where he then established the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.

Swami Sivananda was the first teacher from 1887 to 1963. He was the spiritual strength behind the Yoga Vedanta Centers. He taught a synthesis of all the formal doctrines of Yoga. He has authored more than three hundred books on Yoga and health. He was succeeded by Swami Vishnudevananda (1927 - 1993). It was he who sent Swamiji to the West in 1957 and he stood behind his Master in spreading the teachings of Yoga and Vedanta.

He has introduced many courses. The International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres is a non profit organization. It is a Mission to spread peace, health and joy through yoga. Everyone can take part. The first Sivananda Yoga Vedanta centre was established in Montreal, Canada, in 1959. Now there are about 60 such ashrams around the world. There are more than 26,000 well trained and qualified teacher in TTC (Teachers Training Centers) programs to teach the students.

These Yoga Vedanta Ashrams and Centres are recognized worldwide for teaching yoga in an authentic manner, preserving its purity and tradition dating back several thousand years.

Whenever I visit Delhi for my professional work in the Supreme Court I do visit Haridwar and Rishikesh and take a dip in the holy Mother Ganga.

When I was attending classes in Bramha Kumaris ashram I was taken to Mount Abu, which is their head quarter. The chief of the Institution and other senior lady members are addressed as ‘Didi’ to mean elder sister. It appears that the founder of this Bramha Kumari ashram ‘Bramha Baba’ who is popularly addressed as “Baba” had met Swami Sivananda once at Rishikesh. Swami Sivananda was confronted with some trouble with few lady members in his ashram. Bramha Baba was well known by then that he was managing his ashrams with thousands of female devotees and members in the Ashram. This was a great wonder for Swami Sivananda. It appear Swami Sivananda asked Bramha Baba as to how he was controlling thousands of female members in his ashram so peacefully and said that Bramha Baba was doing some miracle in achieving that peaceful co-existence and co-operation in his ashram. Bramha Baba smiled at Swami Sivananda responding that it was his art of managing women members. Both burst in to laughter and the gathering also reciprocated with delight.

Rishikesh is situated at 225 km from Delhi on the Delhi-Badrinath National Highway. This Sivananda Ashram is at about 3 km from Rishikesh, on the way to Badrinath. This province is well known as 'Devabhoomi,' region of gods. The neighbourhood around the Ashram is known as ‘Muni-Ki-Reti’. From Haridwar it is at 45 km from Dehra Dun, which is the capital of the state of Uttarakhand.

The Divine Life Society’s International Headquarters is located on the sylvan Himalayan. The foot hill is on the banks of interposed Holy River Ganga flowing grandly by its side. This Ashram has been traditionally hosting Spiritual seekers both from India and Abroad. Those who want to participate in the programmes and activities of the Ashram can stay here on prior reservation. Otherwise there are good number of Dharmshalas and Hotels catering to the needs of the visitors.
Written October 22, 2014
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pss101
Vadodara, India301 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
we stayed in shivanand ashram rishikesh in may 2017.The ashram is very peaceful, very clean and good place for meditation. The meal served here is very simple and satvic. The ashram is situated just opposite to Ram jhoola .For rooms one has to book in advance .The rooms and meal are free of cost but it is advised to give donation as they run a trust hospital also.Must stay here for peace of mind
Written July 11, 2017
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SandeepRishipal
New Delhi, India5 contributions
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Mar 2016 • Family
Have visited this ashram and was good to see there are places still that are not commercial and are there to truly contribute to the society. You can learn authentic yoga in peaceful setting here.
Written April 15, 2016
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lakeoflight
Canada27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
What else is there to say, really.
They do offer segregated yoga classes sometimes that people seem to enjoy.

Its in the middle of town, well situated to all amenities, such as they are in a small village.

I did meet ONE pleasant swami, very well spoken and helpful attitude.

Wouldn't go there again.
Written December 21, 2014
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gkistasami
Durban, South Africa13 contributions
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Jan 2015 • Friends
I have visited Sri Sivananda Ashram in December, 2014 and everything went according to plan - our registration, accommodation, meals and satsangs were well organised. The atmosphere is divine and conducive for sadhana. The inmates and swamis are very polite and accommodating. The food is sattwic and nourishing. If you plan a trip to India you must include Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh in your itinerary. You will be thrice blessed, nay a thousand fold.
Written December 3, 2015
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Gajarajan1947
Chennai (Madras), India3,782 contributions
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Feb 2018 • Couples
This Ashram is located on the main road of Rishikesh connecting lakhman Jhula and Ram Jhula. The steps to climb up starts from the very main Road itself.( Photos attached) When we visited all the locations in the Ashram no one prevented us or gave any instructions for our movements.
The ashram, established by late Sri. Sivananda, in 1936, is divided in to four sections, namely, The Bhakthi section, The Vedantic section, The Yogic section and The Ladies section. Therre is also a Hospital in the opposite side of the road.
It is understood that accomodation is given to sanyasis and Brahmacharis(bachelors) in the Ashram. We sat in the meditation hall for some time there. It was a very calm and quiet experience.
Written March 6, 2018
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midhunpk210
Pune, India33 contributions
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Nov 2016 • Friends
Very energetic place, very peaceful and beautiful. near to mother Ganga. blessed to be there. if you go there do not forget to buy swami ji's books. some great books by him are, Mind and its mysteries, thought power .etc.. Thank you.
Written February 3, 2017
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rameshvishy29
Jhansi, India12 contributions
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Oct 2015 • Family
As a family we have been visiting for the last 10 years and every time, we get rejuvenated by our trip to this Ashram. This is a serene Ashram run by the Sadhus, inmates of this Ashram. The neat and tidy environment adds to the pristine beauty of the nature, this Ashram is cradled by the Himalayas and the Mother Ganges. Must visit is the Samadhi Mandir of Swami Sivananda , a great saint who has simplified the way of life by his slogan - BE GOOD DO GOOD.
Written May 22, 2016
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