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Art of Living International Center
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Full Day Private Tour of Temples of Bengaluru
Ranked #4 of 344 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!
Reviewed May 7, 2014

stayed here as recommended by a friend and amazing life changing experiance with guruji openin a whole new world of karma

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Reviewed May 2, 2014

You will simply love it as the place is very calm and natural. The best part is they have kept things simple. You should go and attend the aarti there and spend time in meditation. I went here to see how you feel in the Art of Living main center and I was not disappointed.
Long time back I have attended one AOL course, may be that would be the reason I am so impressed with this place. You have any inclination towards in meditation then it is must must must visit place for you.

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Reviewed May 2, 2014

Loved this different experience. We reached the place only around 6:50pm but were still allowed entry (Though gates say closing time is 7pm) The place had a special charm ..calm and quiet. Satsang was going on.. and there was a huge crowd attending it. With my noisy son along I couldn't join .. but it was nice just hearing it in the background and walking around the place. There is lot of open space for kids to run around.. The architecture of the mandap is beautiful...and it looked great in the night.
Nothing commercial to do here.. just walk around, spend some time and get back!

Thank Ramya S
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

This is by far the most beautiful and most serene place i have visited in my life. Im very fortunate to have found this place. The people are very friendly, meditation halls are beautiful and open for visit. Also i found the satsang that happens every evening very soothing and entertaining. I felt totally at peace after leaving this place and will definitely come again soon.

Thank Arie_Bax
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Reviewed April 19, 2014

Ravishankar who came to be known as Ravishankar Guruji is the head of the Art of living international centre. How a person should live happily inspite of so many worries and troubles and health problems, is taught to the students who seek refuse in Ravishankar . He teaches yogasanas, and tell you how to control your wavering mind
This ashram is also providing Ayurvedic medicines for various health disorders
It gives or brings in the peace in the mind that was shattered into several pieces

Thank Profvns
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