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Know Your Ashram Rishikesh Tour Fact File


Your Himalayan Home!

Yoga Ashram and RishikeshOur Ashram is a sacred haven, resting serenely on the banks of the holy Ganga (Ganges), nestled in the lap of the Himalayas. The ashrams beautiful architecture and aesthetic presentation of pious themes create an atmosphere of true spiritual sublimity.

It is no surprise that pilgrims are drawn here from all over the world. The awe-inspiring beauty of the ashram, the clear, flowing Ganga, the majestic mountains, and the lush green forests will embrace and rejuvenate your entire being. The Ashram offers comfort, inspiration and upliftment for your body, mind and spirit as well as a deeper connection with the Divine.

As you stay in the ashram, you will feel your soul bathing in the peace of sacred energies, including those that emanate from nature and those that linger from the timeless healing powers of saints, sages and holy ones. The Ashram contains within it the voice and the spirit of divine communion.
 

Accomodations

AccomodationsThere are about 1,000 residential rooms that retain the simplicity of ashram living and yet are equipped with the necessary modern facilities. All rooms have attached, Western style bathrooms and many have hot, running water. All linens are provided. The ashram provides a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere to thousands of pilgrims and devotees.

There is no charge for pilgrims or devotees to stay here; everything is run on a purely donation basis. Whatever visitors feel inspired and able to give is greatly appreciated, and all donations are used for the beautification of the ashram and for the continuation of its services.
 

Daily Divine Activities

Each morning from 5 to 6 am, all ashram residents join together for universal prayer and meditation. We say "universal" because the emphasis is on pure, devotional worship, rather than on one name or form of the Supreme. We gather together, as the sun begins its ascent over the sacred Himalayas, as the first light of dawn dances on the waters of Mother Ganga.

Spirits soar and days are truly begun as we give thanks for this new day and for all we are blessed with. Each evening as the sun's last rays reflect off the boundless waters of Mother Ganga, we gather for the Ganga aarti. This divine light ceremony is filled with devotional song, prayer, ritual and a palpable sense of the divine. The aarti, an ornate oil lamp, lined with dozens of flames burning in pure ghee is offered to God.

We give thanks for the blessings bestowed upon us that day, as well as symbolically offering light back to God. Aarti is a time when we break free from the normal stresses and strains of every-day life, and gather together in joy, reverence and peace. As the bright yellow sun dips in the water, and the reflection of its rays bring tears to our eyes, we are filled anew with a deep sense of bliss, reverence and spiritual connection.
 

Ashram Guide lines
This ashram is open for the stay to only those pilgrims who are here to devote themselves to sadhana, meditation, seva and satsang. People who come to Rishikesh for picnics, recreation, business, etc. are not allowed to stay in this ashram.

The pilgrims staying in this ashram are required to observe and adhere to truth, non-violence, self-discipline, and polite etiquette.

All pilgrims are expected to join in Ganga Aarti (the light ceremony with devotional songs at sunset).

All pilgrims are required to dress modestly and soberly, in a way that shows respect for the tradition of ashram life. We request that no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or other revealing clothing are worn.

A pilgrim is allowed to stay in the ashram for a maximum of 15 days on the first visit. This period can be extended only with permission from the authorities. In the case of extended stays, the accommodation may be shifted.

In the event that the administration asks the pilgrim to leave (even prior to the conclusion of the first 15 days) the pilgrim must vacate the premises immediately.

No strangers or persons who are not mentioned on the admission form are allowed to be invited or entertained in the rooms.

If the pilgrim has to leave for two or three days, he or she will have to inform the manager and will have to leave the keys to the room in the ashram office. If he or she has to leave for more than three days, he or she will have to vacate the room. Locking the room without providing information to the management is prohibited. If necessary, the management will open the room by breaking the lock.

It is the pilgrim's responsibility to keep his/her room clean and tidy. Rooms should always remain in the same condition as when they were assigned.

Please refrain from picking flowers and littering.

If you are eating your meals at the ashram. Please be punctual. Meals will only be served during the posted times.

It is prohibited to use playing cards, radios, or TVs
No pets are allowed.

The following are strictly prohibited: smoking, drinking intoxicants, eating egg or other non-vegetarian foods, playing cards, watching television, playing radios/cassette players loudly. We also recommend that you refrain from eating onions and garlic.

No one will have the rights and license of tenancy.

Each pilgrim will have to vacate the accommodation on the stipulated day, even before the management asks him/her to do so.

Please insist on a receipt for your donation. Specify the cause to which you want to donate (e.g. food for the poor, schools, Gurukul/orphanage, hospital, aarti, yagna, gaushala, accommodation, yoga/meditation section, Veda Vidyayala, etc.)

Please do not oblige anyone by directly providing money, clothes or tips of any kind. This affects the discipline and management of the ashram as well as negatively influences the divine, devoted feeling amongst the individuals here. Whatever help you want to give, please donate it to the office, and it will be distributed where it is most needed.

 

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