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“Must visit for spiritually inclined” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Art of Living International Center

Art of Living International Center
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Full Day Private Tour of Temples of Bengaluru
Ranked #5 of 320 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!
Bengaluru, India
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“Must visit for spiritually inclined”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 30, 2014

I like to visit AOL international center for its greenery, satsangs and overall good feel. It tends to get crowded during special occassions/festivals but during normal weekends its great place to do meditation and enjoy nature.

Visited December 2013
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“For a peaceful experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2014

Personally love the place for its picturesque surroundings, ambiance & peace in the air atmosphere. It is great to visit on a Saturday / Sunday evening for the satsang as it really helps one rejuvenate. Be a bit early in the evening to get a glimpse of the entire place before you can walk into the mantap for the satsang. If you want to grab a quick bite there is a neat restaurant. You can also use spare time for shopping in the AOL center. When Guruji is around the place will get really crowded & it is advisable to be early.

Visited January 2014
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“Sacred Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

Headquarters for the Master, SriSri Ravi Shankar and The Art of Living, which is taught worldwide. Beautiful and serene and spiritual. A Hindu Mecca and training center on the outskirts of bustling city.

Visited November 2013
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Bangalore, Karnataka, India
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“Heaven”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

Absolute quite and serene. Peaceful place for meditation. However may become chaotic when guruji" Sri Sri Ravishankerji" is in Ashram since there will be thousands to devotees waiting for his glimpse. Pls attend the Satsang.

Visited November 2013
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“Peaceful and serene”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

I personally like the place so much so that happen to visit it very often. Not that I am an AOL practitioner or visit the place to satiate my spiritual and religious self but more to rejuvenate. The serene calm of this place helps you rejuvinate. I normally have food served by the AOL devotees and it is real bliss and healthy.

Property is spread over some acres, its well maintained and is a good place for inner calm. Sit near the gurukul and you can hear the melody chantings of student and if you're lucky can hear Vedas as well.

Have a central big hall where you can try meditation or just sleep peacefully (walking in such big a property, you would sure need it).

For inmates and visitors, they have grocery shops and other organic product shops with some good products.

Overall, go to the place for inner peace and serenity...

Visited December 2013
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