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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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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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Lovely location, wide expanse, houses weekly courses on the art of good living, souvenir shop, in-house vaid for nadi prashikshan, ayurveda medicines, restaurants, open air... read more

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As well explained in detail by Wikipedia, this famous center offers meditation halls, Ayurveda hospital, rural development and education, alternative energy utilization and organic farming initiatives. A guided tour, that can be purchased at the entry cashier, allows visitors to see and get explanations about all of these. I had the tour and enjoyed it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely location, wide expanse, houses weekly courses on the art of good living, souvenir shop, in-house vaid for nadi prashikshan, ayurveda medicines, restaurants, open air theaters, Sunday bhajans.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

a cool place you can spend 1 one hour to 10 hours, get help for meditation, also good energetic lunch. also selling area of traditional holy items and also food items. who are spiritual path it helps them lot. for internal movement cab facility . also you get organic vegetable too.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Art of Living head quarters has made Bangalore proud in many International circles. Day to day practice of AOL methodologies & teachings have refined a lot of human souls round the globe. When you are around Bangalore on "Monday Mornings" (7- 8am) don't ever miss the "Rudra Pooja". Its amazing! the chanting transports you to a different plane, which you... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is a place to find some silence and solace away from the city hustle bustle. One can stay over weekend and do the various programs offered every weekend. Goshala, vedic school, Meera kund are very unique experiences. They offer ashram visit which will cover all those places. Panchakarma center provides ayurvedic treatments and is a serene place. They have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's really awesome place to visit, very silence place, entire area covered by nature and greenery, if you are lucky you will get Shri Ravi Shankar live program.. Best entertainment time to visit this place on Nahashivaratri or Dusera.. They offer best and organic food as prasadam.. Enjoyed lot.. Every one must visit at least once..

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

nice place to get some peace of mind, get trained for meditation and how to control the mind, food which they serve is good for health but people may not like because of taste

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The most amazing place on Earth. Must try the Happiness Program. Will be a life transforming experience!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a spirtual place to visit for knowledge and peace. It is easily accessible from anywhere in the city. One can visit this place for knowing about their mission, activities.... The main building is very beautiful, located in Kanakpura. People of all age groups visit this place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went there in a big group. It's the auspicious presence of guruji Sri Sri Ravishankar that is the highlight of the place. We were lucky enough to see him both in the morning in the meditation hall a worth seeing place and also in the evening where he answered people's questions. You can also buy various sri sri products... More 

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