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Art of Living International Center

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Address: 21st Km Kanakapura Road | Udayapura, Bengaluru 560082, India
Phone Number: +91 80672 62626
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Welcome to The Art of Living International Centre! Situated on the top of...

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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The driving please on NICE road adds to the joy of visiting the Sri Sri Ravishankarji's ashram on Kanakapura road. A must visit place, i would suggest to all Bangaloreans and... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The driving please on NICE road adds to the joy of visiting the Sri Sri Ravishankarji's ashram on Kanakapura road. A must visit place, i would suggest to all Bangaloreans and outsiders, visitors. GRAND, Striking amidst vast open area. You better take part in some activity planned for that day to get the full feel of the place. You are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

its again 25-30 kms from city center and a nice place to visit if you are in bangalore, it has many locations within the campus.. needs full day if you wanna visit all of them. in the morning there is on bus if you book before hand or reach on that time they shall show you all the places in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Words fall short. Visit for the Lovely satsangs (musical evenings), or Yagnas or pujas, or taking the Happiness program, or meeting the spiritual master, SriSri, or meeting the cows with long ears in gowshala, or simply enjoy the serene atmosphere.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very Peaceful, Nature at its best place, As soon as you enter you can feel the difference. You have very tasty food in the kitchen as well as a restaurant named PanchaKarma. Many Meditation, rejuvenated get, Ayurveda, Happiness programs happen every week. Stay there & experience the bliss around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This art of Living International center is situated in a wide expanse of greenery with breathtaking views of hills and a lovely lake inside.You can also participate in Satsang in the evening and trust me this is not like an ordinary boring Satsang.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A peaceful meditation center. Art of Living biggest and probably the oldest. Very nicety maintained and they have on offer various meditation programmes.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The nature in here is peace and happiness . Various happiness , meditation , youth rejuvenating , cultural programs happens here.Every evening it's divine music (the satsang ) I spent most of my time at this centre whenever I am in banglore , yes ! I am in love with the ambience there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

its surrounded by natural resource and give positive energy. Ashram is very neat and clean and free transportation facility to roam around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a nice and very peaceful place to visit in Bangalore. Its the main center of art of living foundation. The building was very nice

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have been a frequent visitor to this place. Very spacious. Though there are hundreds of guests at any point in time, however, you will still experience quietness and peace.

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