Monday, September 19, 2011

Ashrams in Rishikesh

Rishikesh is home to a number of ashrams and every year  people from all over the world come to these ashrams to learn yoga, meditate and take away some peace for their mind back home. Below is a picture of some of these well known ashrams in Rishikesh...

Parmarth Niketan Ashram

The largest and probably the most famed ashram in Rishikesh, Parmarth Niketan Ashram offers accomodation facilities for tourists and yoga courses but it is best known for is its enchanting and spiritual Ganga Arti in the evenings which is an attraction in itself.

Aarti preparations in full swing at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram In Rishikesh
Students busy in the evening aarti arrangements at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram In Rishikesh
Evening Arti (prayer) preparations in full swing at the ashram

The glowing oil lamps in the Ganga River amidst the ringing temple bells, the chanting of the hymns coupled with the serenity and the divinity that one experiences is moving and something that stays with you for a long time. Cameras can be taken along.

Crowds filling in at the Parmarth Niketan ashram in Rishikesh
Devotees waiting for the evening aarti to begin at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram In Rishikesh
People assembling for the evening aarti at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram In Rishikesh
Devotees settling in and waiting anxiously for the prayer to start

A statue of Lord Shiva presiding over the Parmarth Niketan ashram evening aarti in Rishikesh
Lord Shiva presiding over the arti proceedings

(Image courtesy
The evening arti at the Parmarth Niketan Ashram enlightening
the banks of River Ganga and the numerous souls as well...

Address, Arti Timings and Contact Nos. of Parmarth Niketan Ashram:

Parmarth Niketan Ashram is in Swarg Ashram area, near the Ram Jhoola on the right bank of Ganga, facing upriver.

Arti Timings: Summer 6 - 7 pm, Winter 5.30 - 6.30 pm

Tel: (01364) 2440088  Email:,

Swarg Ashram

Swarg Ashram - A very famous area of Rishikesh

Built in the memory of Swami Vishudhanand, the saint better known as Kali Kamli Wala (the saint with a black blanket), it is a small township consisting of a dozen of ashrams, temples and numerous cafes, shops and stores.

Gita Ashram

Spread in a huge campus in the Swarg Ashram area, it has been a site for penance of various saints like Swami Ramtirth and Guru Shri Ram Sukh Daasji. It offers accomodation and food facilities, regular meditation and yoga discourses all through the year and also houses a Gita Press book shop and a very old banyan tree in its compound.

Address and Contact Nos. of Gita Ashram:

Gangapar, P.O. - Swargashram,
Rishikesh - 249304 (Uttaranchal)

Contact number: +91-135-2430122, 2432792

Sri Sri Ravishankar Ashram

Make the divine your Valentine.
Just be…and know that you are loved.
That is Beloved.
God Loves Fun by Sri Sri Ravishankar

The Sri Sri Ravishankar Ashram in Rishikesh
Welcome to the Sri Sri Ravishankar Ashram in Rishikesh

Just a stone’s throw from the Swami Dayananda Ashram in Rishikesh is the Ashram of the very famous Indian spiritual leader and founder of the Art of Living Foundation, Sri Sri Ravishankar. And we took out some time for a quick stroll through it.

Brass statuettes in the Sri Sri Ravishankar Ashram in Rishikesh
A brass statuette inside the ashram

Though not as spacious as the Dayananda Ashram but its still large enough to comfortably house a Temple, small but a quite peaceful garden and a Meditation hall where, as the security guard informed us, Guruji conducts Art of Living courses and yoga sessions.

Lord Shiva Temple in the Sri Sri Ravishankar Ashram in Rishikesh
A Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in the ashram premises

A tree in the Garden of Sri Sri Ravishankar Ashram in Rishikesh
A tree in the garden catches my eye!

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  1. Must be such a great experience to visit Rishikesh - your photos are amazing! Would love to be there at evening prayer one day!

  2. Loved the vivid descriptions..Would luv to go to these places..will ya accompany???He he he..
    anyways try checking out my central bengal trip post on my blog and I guess u would feel like going there as well..
    try checking out my blog and try commenting on the posts..

  3. क्या कहूँ इस जगह के बारे में नीलकंठ आते जाते ना जाने कितनी बार गया हूँ।

  4. Beautiful post, after reading one feel like taking off from daily routine and go there. Pictures are very nice and thanks for sharing it with us.

  5. Crisp still exhaustive, that is the beauty of this post. I am bookmarking this one for future reference. The Ganga Aarti is something which really rejuvenates you spiritually.

  6. Beautifully described and photographed!

  7. What a lovely place, Arti, and your captures are superb as always. You do catch the feeling of the moment! Hope you have a lovely week!


  8. I love the architecture of these buildings.

  9. This is very informative and helpful as you have provided the contact details too.Loved the pictures specially of Ganga ghat .Thanks for sharing.Wish you a joyful week Arti :)

  10. Yoga is took place in japan,too. Of course to meditate and take away some peace for our mind back home. But another reason is for the sake of our health and figure. But it seems to be hard for me because it needs flexibility.
    Thank you for sharing Ashram.
    Have a lovely week ahead.

  11. "just be and know that you are loved"

    what beautiful words.

  12. What a great experience to see it here. Felt like I was in the middle of that crowd in your photos.

  13. Wonderful..! With lot of useful information as usual Arti..! I enjoyed reading it.

  14. I like the photos which people are gathering along a river.
    The river must be regarded to a sacred place.
    I remembered the book written about Ganges River.

  15. Another wonderful post. I enjoyed all your information and pictures. Have a nice week.

  16. What gorgeous photos. These ashrams look like serene places in which to re-charge the batteries.

  17. Nice, I also want to do all that you do. I am a very spiritually inclined person. But alas, I cannot take time out from my busy schedule! What a pity, what a pity.

  18. Hi Arti,

    Your photographs are amazing and lovely to see a little into the way of life, in Rishikesh.
    Thanks for sharing and hope you are having a lovely week


  19. I love to do yoga and I can only imagine how wonderful it would be to learn in a place like that!

  20. That is a brilliant list, I had been to this part almost 10 years ago, reading your post makes me want to go back again.

  21. This is so informative and beautifull moments I will not miss when I visit Rishikesh ... thank you arti

    Super Yummy Recipes

  22. Wonderful Ashrams, the pictures truly depict the feeling of peace, wish I could get there right away.

  23. I love the photo of Lord Shiva presiding over the proceedings! thanks for sharing the list of Ashrams. happy week to you Arti.

  24. If I come to Rishikesh, will never fail to visit ur ashram.......

  25. I appreciate not just ur blog.. but the thout of helping others with details to contact..:)

  26. wow, did not know there were so many ashrams!!!

  27. Beautiful pictures. I had been to Hrishikesh several years back. Although I did not visit any Ashrams, soaking in the environment was quite an experience, though one had to remain really wary of all the fake pandits and touts that hounded one and all.

  28. My favorite photo is of the peaceful Lord Shiva before prayers at dusk with the water surrounding him.

  29. Beautiful pictures with nice description.

    Joining Arti at Parmarth Niketan Ashram
    must be a wonderful experience.

    Many many thanks,Arti ji for the excellent

  30. That statue of Shiva looks amazing. I bet it has an overwhelming presence in real life.

  31. Very informative post...i am planning to visit Rishikesh and your post has provided me very good information about the various Asharams i was looking for.

  32. wonderfully concisely informative post with beautiful images!!

  33. Beautiful post again...Lively photographs..:-)

  34. Just the photos are giving a feel of calm, I can imagine the serenity experienced when actually visiting the place...Great post!
    I have actually experience one Ganga arti at haridwar and its bliss!

  35. Nice photographs and write up. Very useful for those who want to travel to see religious places.


  36. Really helpful post for travellers. Beautiful post with images and write up as always(that goes without saying right!)
    Loved that Brass statue :))

    ps:Thanks always for your visits and comments...they definitely lift my spirits up:)))

  37. Arti all your posts are slowly niggling my mind to leave the comfort of my home & branch out!

  38. Beautifully described and amazing pictures.

  39. OMG! You have covered the place in so much detail.

  40. Again a nice journey going through your posts, Arti. Beautiful pics. :)

  41. Nice post. Hope once i will be visiting this place

  42. I've seen that aarti once - gave me goosebumps. It really does stay with you for a long long time.

  43. The last time I came here, it was a year back. It is so great and refreshing to see you all hooked to your yatra diary. Good work Aarti :)

  44. Awesome pic and very well written article!!

  45. Again a great post,lovely pics and enhancement of magical Hrishikesh through photos.

  46. Fabulous post as always!! The pictures gave the feel of the place especially the pics of Parmartha Niketan ashram and Ganga Arti. My small token of appreciation for your wonderful work is waiting at -


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