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“Its a holy place”

Art of Living International Center
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Full Day Private Tour of Temples of Bengaluru
Ranked #5 of 323 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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“Its a holy place”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

This is a place where you can go with your family for half day in evening time and spend a nice time together with prayers and site view in Art of living. Drive yourself and spend time in evening.

Visited August 2013
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“Heaven on the Earth”
Reviewed May 20, 2014

AOL international centre is simply Heaven on the Earth . I always get lost in mesmerizing beauty of the ashram. Everyone there seems your own near & dear one.
Whenever I am bugged up with my hectic schedule or get frustrated , I come to AOL international centre to get rejuvenated.

Everyone must spend few days here

Visited May 2014
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Must Visit this place”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

It is the best place . one must visit this place. i had an awesome life changing experience
one of the worth seeing place in Bangalore

Visited April 2014
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Bengaluru, India
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“Welcome back Home”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

This is the place where everyone should feel Home again. Dropping all the botherations, definitely you will go light hearted.

Visited May 2014
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“Peace”
Reviewed May 10, 2014

Firstly one should go there only if they are interested in meditation and peace of mind. located out skirt, in fact, quite away from bangalore city, but the drive through is very nice and one can go there and meditate. Free basic healthy lunch will be served for free for all the people. Its not related to any particular religion but conveys the message how to live life peacefully and happily.

Visited March 2014
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