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Art of Living International Center

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Address: 21st Km Kanakapura Road | Udayapura, Bengaluru 560082, India
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+91 80672 62626
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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 day was full of positive energy and very peacefull it was... definitely will come again with family

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The day was full of positive energy and very peacefull it was... definitely will come again with family

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The art of living internationalashram in bangalore, wow it is wonderful place to enjoy the nature. in the ashram we get peace. and also they conduct many coures for body fitness and for good health

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth spending time there weather u r alone or with group , natural beauty with music to enjoy and relaxing evening We had tea and samosa there and couple of shoppings from there stores

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This is Sri Sri's ashram. I have been there many times and still my craves to go again and again. Such a beautiful and peaceful place. One can spend entire day with family and children. Food is no city like, but divine. There are many parts of ashram to visit. One may find hard to finish all in a day.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This place is beautiful; worth the visit. One of the tourist destinations of Bangalore; Those who visit Bangalore (tourists) can look at this site if they have sufficient time. This place is located on the outskirts of Bangalore. The only problem which I faced was the 'safety of footwear'! Beware of your footwear. They don't have an efficient system of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had been to this place with the Art Of Living crew. It was an awesome experience. You will feel good and peaceful after serving to the people in need. We got to see Sri Sri Ravi Shankar ji also. You can ask any question to him and he will answer it in very nice way. Overall a very good... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am not a Art of Living devotee. Just went there as a day visitor. Loved the green ambiance, and the procedures that they follow. It was a mini spiritual town in itself. There are lot of green areas to walk around, and is extremely peaceful. I am surely planning to visit another time later. BTW, the organic shop out... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

there s always a positive vibe visiting this place , but from last couple of years just like any other institution this is also turning out to be a commercial place :(

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to take break from our busy and stressful life.Its huge place with lot of greenery. They also conduct yoga and meditation classes which are organised really well.This place is good to spend an entire day.Food is available and place is well kept.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

One can do yoga if they are interested. If not then they will be motivated for yoga and devotional. I would love to go this place at least once in a week if I can avoid Bangalore traffic

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