The Ashram has a variety of locations to meditate, meet with friends, go for a walk, have a delicious dessert or a cup of coffee, dive into art or music, admire the views, go shopping, and much more. Here are just a few of our favourites:
Inaugurated on 10 June, 2018, the Bhutabhrteshwarnath Mandir is a living expression of Bhakti, or devotion to God. Its name means 'the Lord who nourishes the entire universe', and its purpose is to nourish and protect everyone who worships here, as well as the environment around it.
With over 100 extraordinary original paintings on its walls and near the ceiling, this temple and its deities, music, and worship ceremonies purify and uplift everyone who visits.
Feel the calm in the cave. A life-size activated murti of Mahavatar Babaji (the immortal yogi from the Himalayas) is your companion as you meditate, pray, do silent japa or simply listen to your heart.
This deeply quiet sanctuary actually feels like a cave, with its cool dark interior and its ever-present energy of Babaji Himself. This is a real favourite of all our guests, so be sure to experience it for yourself.
Here you'll find items from all over the world to serve the needs of those on the spiritual path.
- Books, music and photos
- Hindu clothing (saris and kurtas)
- Original paintings and prints
- Jewelry and japa malas
- Devotional items (murtis and puja supplies)
- Inspirational cards and gifts...and much, much more
Shirdi Sai Baba Temple
Built in 2016 with a technique known only to a few special craftsmen, this temple is a favourite place to go and spend a little time with the compassionate and approachable Shirdi Sai Baba.
You are welcome to come and participate in the Shirdi Sai Baba arati, done every evening at 21:15h, and His abhishekam, done every Thursday evening at approximately 20:30h.
One of the most popular places of the entire ashram is the Bhajan Café, where you can relax with a freshly-made coffee or chai and enjoy sweets, savory items, energy drinks and more.
Featuring raw and vegan options, the menu changes often, so come and check out what's fresh and new today.
Welcome to The Ashram! As you enter, Maha Lakshmi greets you with Her blessing.
The Registration desk is to your left and the Welcome Desk is to your right. These are your best sources of information during your visit. The Registration Desk will help you with your room assignment, wi-fi connection, cash card and payments.
The Welcome Desk's information board displays today's schedule, course and event details. During events, the Welcome Team is present and happy to answer your questions.
Shree Peetha Nilaya is blessed with the bounty of nature, and it's all here for you to enjoy.
Stroll through the colourful and fragrant flower gardens. Relax on the lawns. Go for a jog in the woods.
Or find your favourite bench to admire the quiet sky, serene forest and rolling hills.
The first deity to greet you as you arrive at The Ashram is Lord Hanuman, the Eternal Servant. Ever devoted to Lord Rama, Hanuman, in the form of a monkey, is known for his strength, wisdom, humility and surrender.
You can learn more about Hanuman in the commentary that Paramahamsa Vishwananda has written, called the 'Sri Hanuman Chalisa'. (Available in the Bhakti Shop)
The Light Hall is a large light-filled room next to the Entrance Hall. Infused with a quiet calm and meant to be kept as a silent space, the Light Hall is a popular place to sit and meditate.
If you are looking for Bhakti Marga Art, you'll find these walls displaying a variety of Hindu-inspired paintings from Bhakti Marga artists.
This room is host to OM Chanting and also Guruji's Satsangs when He is in The Ashram.
The Atelier is located on the far left of the Light Hall. The art created here is always done with the Divine first and foremost in mind and heart. Guruji says that 'painting is meditation' and you can really feel it in this very special room.
Courses in Intuitive Painting, Icon Painting, Sri Yantra Painting, and Painting on Silk, are all held here, and you are welcome to sign up for courses anytime.
Hindu Saint Museum
Our Hindu Saint Museum houses an impressive array of over 500 relics from the most esteemed and revered saints in all of Hinduism.
Come and venerate those who lived a life of Divine Love and who saw God in everyone and everything.
The Shiva Lounge is a place away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of The Ashram. Located on the ground floor, you'll find it on your way to the Babaji Cave. Surrounded by Bhakti Marga art, you can sit, read, or meditate, or there are two computers here to help you connect online if needed.
Hari Poorna Bhakta Shiva
Sitting serenely on the front lawn of The Ashram is our Hari Poorna Bhakta Shiva. Considered the greatest devotee of Lord Narayana, Lord Shiva is an example of single-pointed focus on God, as He meditates without becoming distracted.
You can learn more by reading Lord Shiva's discourse on the Guru-disciple relationship in Paramahamsa Vishwananda's commentary on the 'Sri Guru Gita'. (Available in the Bhakti Shop)
Maha Kali Temple
Located just as you drive in to The Ashram, in a little wooden temple of Her own, lives Divine Mother in the form of Maha Kali. Although at first She may appear to be fierce and frightening, She is actually very sweet to Her bhaktas. She protects and purifies everyone who comes to Her.
You are welcome to come and participate in the Maha Kali Arati, done every evening at 21:00h.
In ancient times, yogis would receive Divine Inspiration through the connection to God in Nature. Shree Peetha Nilaya is such a place.Paramahamsa Sri Swami Vishwananda