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Sivananda Ashram

Swami Sivananda Saraswati was born as Kuppuswamy in Tamil Nadu on Sep 8, 1887. In the year 1924, he met his guru, Swami Vishwananda Saraswati, who initiated him into the Sanyas order. Thereafter, he settled in the holy city of Rishikesh and engrossed himself in intense spiritual practices. He became one of the greatest spiritual leaders of India and promoted the art of Yoga as well as the Vedanta throughout the world. Apart from being the founder of Swami Sivananda Ashram in Rishikesh, he was also the founder of Divine Life Society. He left for the holy abode on July 14, 1963.

List of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in India

  • Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Nataraja Center – New Delhi
  • Sivananda Kutir (ashram) – Rishikesh, Uttaranchal
  • Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center – Trivandrum, Kerala
  • Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwanthari Ashram – Trivandrum, Kerala
  • Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center – Chennai (Madras), Tamil Nadu
  • Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center – Madurai, Tamil Nadu
  • Sivananda Meenakshi Ashram – Madurai, Tamil Nadu
Swami Sivanada Ashram, Rishikesh
Sivananda Ashram at Rishikesh is the headquarters of the Divine Life Society, a worldwide organization. Swami Sivananda founded the ashram in the year 1932. Initially a small structure, Sivananda Ashram has now evolved into a huge complex with a number of halls, a temple and Gurudev’s Kutir. Any person inclined towards spirituality can join this ashram and spend his life in the service of others.

Sivananda Yoga
The form of yoga taught at Shiva Nanda yoga centers and ashrams is known as Sivananda Yoga. A type of Hatha Yoga, it emphasizes on proper breathing (pranayama), exercise (asanas), relaxation (savasana), diet (vegetarian) and positive thinking and meditation (vedanta and dhyana). The teachers at these yoga centers are graduates of the internationally recognized, Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course.

Divine Life Society
In 1936, Swami Sivananda established the Divine Life Society at the Sivananda Ashram. The motto of this society is “Serve, Love, Give, Purify, Meditate, Realize”. It was set up with the aim of spreading spiritual knowledge throughout the world. Later, in the year 1938, ‘The Divine Life’ Journal was started.

Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy
Swami Sivananda instituted the Yoga-Vedanta Forest Academy in the year 1948. It was established to train disciples in the discipline of yoga.

The Course
The students of the Sivananda Ashram are educated in Yoga, Vedanta, philosophy, ethics and meditation. The three courses are offered each year, in March-April, May-June and August-September. The duration of the courses is two months.

Sivananda Eye Hospital
Swami Sivananda established the Sivananda Eye Hospital in the year 1957.

How to Reach Swami Sivananda Ashram of Rishikesh

By Air
At a distance of around 35 km, Dehradun airport falls the nearest to Rishikesh.

By Rail
The nearest railway station of Haridwar has direct train services to almost all the key cities in India.

By Road
A good network of roads connects Rishikesh with the other cities in Uttaranchal as well as the rest of the country.

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