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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
09:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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A energising visit to your mind and soul

A must visit place, when you are at Bengaluru. If you are lucky, can participate in the evening satsang with the great master.

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Visited on a saturday. Need to park your car right near the enterance, and its almost a KM or so walk before you reach the beautifully designed meditation hall. There are shuttle services but you may sometimes have to wait long before finding an empty one. And sometimes the frequency is too low. But the campus has lot of greenary... More 

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A must visit place, when you are at Bengaluru. If you are lucky, can participate in the evening satsang with the great master.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This ashram is situated in Udayapura about 20 KM from Bangalore. I have stayed in this place for 4 days undergone Sudarshan kriya and other Yoga practices . this beautifully made place has abundantly filled with subtle energy which give you very positive vibs. One must visit this place if you are in Bangalore

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We dropped in on a Sunday early afternoon. Had breakfast at Adigas (before Metro Cash & Carry). The place is quiet & serene. One can walk around & spend time with the simple, clean & well maintained environs. There are several shopping spots, some as large as a supermarket. We purchased some organic stuff like black rice, some books &... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of the best places to visit in Bangalore. Beautifully built, serene and spiritual environment. Best time to visit this place in the evening and you can witness a beautiful sunset. Main Mantapa looks beautiful when it lit up in the evening.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is so abundant filled with positive vibes , no wonder you feel so good here :) To add to this there is amazing food which is just the kind of food your tummy loves , pure, lightly spiced and tasty food!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a breeze and worth to be visited, the nature, food, climate their will cool down our sense. The Ashram will also have free bus visit of the ashram and we were stunned by the various section which was covered in the trip

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Amazing place to enjoy great spiritual experience. This place is very green, calm, quiet, yet reachable easily from Bangalore city/Airport.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Art of Living International Centre gives you an experience that is unparalleled. I had gone there for a conference. I was really amazed to see the sprawling centre. Spread over 700 acres the AOL Centre all the modern amenities. However the experience is more spritual as it has ashram like living. Community kitchens are huge where satvik food is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I live in the UAE and every time I visit the AOL international Centre I am even more amazed than the previous visit. The accommodation is very clean and comfortable. Food is healthy and not spicy. I have also stayed at the Meera Vanam which is excellent. The courses are excellent and have changed my life. I would highly recommend... More 

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