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“A place where you can feel "PEACE".”

Art of Living International Center
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Full Day Private Tour of Temples of Bengaluru
Ranked #4 of 349 things to do in Bengaluru
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Reviewed 6 February 2012

I go to AOL center almost twice a year. That is a vacation for my SELF. the place is very beautiful, peaceful, full of tranquility. I stay there for 3-4 days. I have enjoyed my stay everytime i had been there. It is full of enthusiam. As soon as i enter the center, my thoughts become very less and mind becomes very calm. The whole ambience is so good. It is not enough regardless of how many times you visit.

4  Thank spwow345
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

You live life once and one should definitely visit the ashram... The highlight of our trip was Part 1 & Part 2 course... It was a wonderful experience... Everthing about the ashram is beautiful...

3  Thank Dats_Abhi
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Reviewed 4 February 2012

The ashram might be on earth but the energies and experiences people have there are rose of heaven or where er divinity is from...not only will one get a holiday in terms of mental and physical relaxation, the silence course will give the soul deep rooted peace that will change soo much once you're back to your daily routine...mind balance,mental patterns,relationships,efficiency, everything changes...more than anything, u will find yourself smiling every day and fall in love with yourself and everything around...what other holiday could actually get you there.?..

2  Thank RaakheeT
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

earth. Just close your eyes and say OM ...... it gives very good soothing vibrations in the ears. Must try.

1  Thank Prem M
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Reviewed 2 February 2012

It was out of the world experience. The inner peace and joy that i got here was phenomenal.
Ambiance in the center is marvelous and your eyes get a visual delight. Also the people there were so kind and helpful. The stay was also very comfortable and food was very tasty. Jai gurudev.

1  Thank JalandharAnuj
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