The life that we are leading is a lot different from the lives that were led before. Even though there are 101 things to do, there is always a time when an individual will seek a relaxing, spiritual distraction. With changing times, meditation has been the most sought things. It not only brings peace but also is a form of a stress free break into building spirituality.
India has been the hot spot for rejuvenation, meditation and yoga. Because in India, there is not only a vast diverse land for growing spiritually but also great places adding on to the peacefulness. Here is a lost of the top 10 places to find peace and spiritual growth in India.
1. Sivananda, Kerala
It is located in the foothills of Western Ghats. The Ashram is in the twelve acres of tropical splendor in the foothills of Kerala’s Western Ghats. The natural beauty of Neyyar Dam lake, the forested surroundings, the cool green coconut tree groves and colorful flower-filled views offer an ideal atmosphere for the practice of yoga and meditation.
Everyone who attend the Satsang during early mornings should stay silent from 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM. The place is dedicated to teaching yoga, meditation and promote physical, mental and spiritual health.
2. Vipassana International Academy, Nashik
This place is also famously called Dhamma Giri or the Hill of Dhamma. Dhamma means ‘to uphold’. Therefore, it is central to Buddhist belief as it ‘holds up’ the religion. Buddhists may also believe that it upholds the natural order of the universe. Dhamma Giri is situated in the town of Igatpuri. It is 45 km away from Nashik and 136 km away from Mumbai, on Mumbai-Agra Highway. It is well connected by central railway lines.
Dhamma is based upon the actions and teachings of the Buddha, which Buddhists are encouraged to follow. Apart from following complete silence, this place also demands abstinence from sex and any sorts of intoxicants.
3. Osho Meditation Resort, Pune
One of the most famous places on the list is Osho meditation centers. The black marble of the Osho Meditation Resort in Pune is very famous. It is a place where the mind, body and soul can string together as one spiritual entity. They focus on multiple meditative techniques like Osho Kundalini meditation, Osho Nataraj, and Osho Nadabrahma, to name a few. The participants should wear maroon and white robes.
There hare 10 meditation sessions that happens every day, starting at 6 AM. It is luxurious with amenities like pool, spa, gym, cyber café, tennis courts and three dining areas. The ashram sees around 15,000 visitors every year and largely contributes to the tourism of the city.
4. Auroville, Pondicherry
Auroville is an experimental township. People from across the world of all cultures and traditions come and live together. They are from 124 countries including Indians from 23 different states came together with some of their native soil brought from their homelands. Auroville believes in a sustainable community. The bright and looming golden globe of Matrimandir sits at the center. It signifies the birth of a new consciousness. It is a representation of human unity. Every inhabitant of Auroville believes in sustainability and contributes their part.
This place is the sign of tranquility and proves as the perfect escape for those in search of peace. The best way to experience Auroville ashram is to actually just sit in one of the cafes. Talk to some of the residents here to learn about their experience of living in the city. The place attracts you to dive into peace and spirituality automatically. It is a heavenly and spiritual experience.
5. Art of Living, Bangalore
It is founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and the center is built around the Vishalakshi Mantap. They focus on encouraging spiritual growth and happiness through the path of the art of living tenets and sutras. It draws 1.2 million visitors yearly for its yoga and meditation programs. The lifestyle is with a daily routine of group meditation, chanting, knowledge sessions, Pujasand Satsangs. It also hosts Panchkarma Center and Ayurvedic Hospital for Ayurvedic treatments.
Vishalakshi Mantap is the meditation hall in Art of Living. It consists of five tiers with designs of lotus petals surrounding it. Symbols of all major religions of the world is present inside the hall.
6. Krishnamurti Foundation, Chennai
Krishnamurti was a sage, philosopher and thinker. He illumined the lives of millions the world over – intellectuals and laymen, young and old. He broke away from all organized religions and denied his role as a Guru. And he travelled round the world till the age of 90 giving talks, writing, holding discussions. In addition to the Study Centre at Vasanta Vihar, there are Krishnamurti Study Centres. Run by Krishnamurti Foundation India at Rajghat, Uttarkashi, Sahyadri, Bangalore, Rishi Valley, Mumbai, Kolkata and Cuttack.
The Krishnamurti Foundation is in Chennai, dedicated to the study and idea of setting man absolutely and unconditionally free. It is over a sprawling area of 6.5 acres, of lush greenery which is an ideal setting for spiritual betterment and peaceful mindset.
7. Parmarth Niketan, Rishikesh
The ashram is located along the banks of river Ganga. It was founded in 1942 by Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj. It is the largest ashram in Rishikesh. The daily activities here include yoga, morning universal prayers and meditation classes, followed by Satsang. There are lecture programs, kirtan, and a world-renowned Ganga aarti at sunset. They will surely lift you spiritually and is a specialty of this place.
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. Parmarth Niketan offers comfort, inspiration and upliftment for your body, mind and spirit as well as a deeper connection with the Divine.
8. Root Institute, Bihar
It is located in the holy land of Bodhgaya. This place got this name from its founder Lama Thubten Yeshe. He considered this place to be the root from which the branches emerged to the rest of the world. Mahabodhi Stupa is the place where lord buddha attained enlightenment. Because of the vicinity to it, Root Institute is a unique place for practice, contemplation and blessings.
Many other sites where the Buddha meditated, taught, and resided are found throughout the local landscape. Every year from October to April, this Root Insititute offers courses. They include introductory and intermediate courses, along with retreats which covers a wide range of Buddhist topics.
9. Maharishi’s Transcendental Meditation, Delhi
The legendary Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s Transcendental Meditation philosophy does not have any links to religion as such but believes more in the workings of the soul, spiritual and self-consciousness. The aim of this place is to help people reach the deepest state of awareness that will lead to inner peace. The sessions in this center last for around 2 to 5 days.
10. Blue Mango Retreat, Spiti valley
This might be the last in this list but definitely competes for the best position among the others. The place is the highest spiritual retreat in the world. It is perfectly located to provide peace and spiritual seclusion within the stunning view of the Himalayas all around you. They offer a six day spiritual and meditation retreat. The focus here is mental, emotional, and spiritual detox which is designed to raise consciousness, self-awareness and reduce stress.
Are you looking for a spiritual retreat in a peaceful surrounding like in a place mentioned above? Or have you been into any of the programs? Let us know in the comments your thoughts and suggestions about the ideology and effectiveness of such retreats!
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