Warm Greetings from Bangalore Ashram Team!
The Art of living international Center (Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth) is situated at the Panchagiri hills Campus, on 21st KM Kanakapura Road, South of Bangalore (Bengaluru), in Karnataka State, South India.
This guide will introduce you to the Art of Living International Center and its way of life and provides detailed information about the Center. It will serve as a starting point for you to explore.
Please read it through and feel free to connect to us for any concerns or further clarifications that you would be looking for.
Reaching the Art of Living International Center
For Car pooling & more information related to transportation arrangements, we request you to connect with Sumeru Travel Solutions which is based at our Ashram campus.
Link for further reference: www.sumeruholidays.com
Sumeru Travel Solutions can take care of all your travel needs including airport pickup & drops.
What to Bring:
Passport with valid Indian visa / PIO / OCI card (NRI’s should carry their Indian passport) – On arrival at the Ashram you could proceed to the registration office and produce photocopy of passport and valid visa. You will also need to fill-up Form – C as per Government of India guidelines.
To minimise check-in time at the ashram,you can fill Online C-Form
Link : CForm
Items required at check-in:
- Passport for all members in your group (including NRIs).
- Photo copy of passport/Indian visa for all members in your group.
Facilities at the Art of Living International Center
Only Indian rupees are accepted at the Art of Living International Center. Foreign currency exchange facility is available at Sumeru Travel Solutions or State Bank of India situated at old Ashram campus, near Gate #1. Be sure to request some smaller denominations also (Rs. 100, Rs.50, Rs. 20 or Rs. 10) for daily expenses like bottled water or snacks. However, Program contributions can be made in USD and Euros, and Visa and Master Card.
- Credit Cards:
We accept all major credit cards (like Visa & Master Card except American Express).
- ATM (Automated Money Teller Machines):
Three (3) ATMs are available at various locations inside the campus for your convenience.
- Cyber Cafe: Internet Access and Telephone Facility are available in the campus at the Cyber Cafe. However, we encourage all guests to keep communication to a minimum and focus on their programs to make the most out of their stay here.
- WiFi Connection: WiFi connections are available at few public spaces within the campus. Wi-fi Coupons are also available for sale at the Cyber cafe, inside ashram campus.
- Mobile Phone services:If you want to use Indian Sim card during your stay in India, make sure your phone is sim-lock free before your arrival at the ashram.
- Medical Conditions: Please communicate information on any serious medical conditions such as asthma, chronic ailments, allergies, heart conditions, physical disabilities, and history of mental conditions/disorders, well in advance.
- Immunizations: Art of Living International Center advises that you get all necessary immunizations prior to your visit. Please consult your health care expert or the National Health Service in your respective country for advice on recommended immunizations for travel to South India.
During satsang when Gurudev speaks in Hindi or other local languages we provide English Translation over FM Radio. In big international programs other languages will also be broadcasted on FM radio. Kindly bring your FM radio receivers & earphones, you also can use radio function on your mobile phone or Sattvastore inside the Ashram near dining hall will make available FM receiver for sale (Rs 200 per piece).
If there is a bigger group from country & need translation from English, please communicate with ashram team ahead of time. You need to bring FM transmitter also. For policies regarding translator, please write to email@example.com ahead of time.
- Divine Services (Ashram Convenience Store):
The store keeps items of Divine service is a shop with mundane, day-to-day needs which: range from toiletries to varied range of food and snacks till Indian clothing, t-shirts and shawls. Opened from 9:00 AM – 7:30 PM.
Laundry can be done in the designated wash areas. Alternatively, A laundry facility is available inside the campus in the stay at a nominal cost with 2-3 days turnaround time.
Drinking Water :
Reverse osmosis water purifiers with safe drinking water are located at residential area and program venues. One litre water bottles may also be purchased at Swadishta Juice centre (near Annapurna Dining Hall and main reception), Divine Services & Vishala cafeteria.
Valuables and Safe Deposit:
Please be sure to keep your valuables, passport, and cash safely. We would encourage you to use the Locker Rooms within the campus- one near Vishala Café and the other inside Padmini building next to the lift.
During Check in and Checkout, everyone is allowed to use the shuttle Service (vans) that can bring you to your accommodation buildings. At other times the shuttle services are only meant for senior citizens, differently abled people, or in the event a participant is unwell they could avail of the facility.
Less expensive footwear that is easily removable to enter in to Meditation halls, Program venues, dining hall etc (waterproof is best).
Umbrella or Raincoat
Comfortable walking shoes or sandals in case of any walks/treks,
Comfortable clothing (Covering Shoulder to knees) for doing yogic practices
Regular medication (if any)
Flash light (Many of the above are available at the ‘Divine Services’ in the campus)
Plug adaptor (In India, power supply is 230V, 5Amps, 50Hz, AC)
FM Radio receiver (In case, you need translation)
Wide range of accommodation facility is available which is on sharing at the Art of Living International Center. From standard non-air-conditioned rooms to twin sharing air-conditioned rooms, we have separate accommodation facility for men and women.
Please make all your bookings well in advance on www.programs.org.in. The accommodation includes three wholesome vegetarian meals per day.
- Items provided in your room at ashram:
Cot, Mattress, Pillow with cover, Bed sheets, blanket, Electric Mosquito repellent, 1 roll of toilet paper and facial tissue paper. Attached bathroom.
Indian culture tends towards modesty while expressing physical affection in public.
Indian clothing style is modest, so please bring clothing that covers shoulders, knees and midriff at all times for both men and women. Proper attire includes: ankle length pants for both men and women (no caprice or shorts) and long shirts that cover upper arms and thighs. Please avoid tight clothes – both for your own comfort and as a sign of respect for the local culture.
Removing footwear before entering meditation halls, program venues & dining hall is a part of the Indian culture. For your convenience, please bring less expensive footwear that can be easily removed. Also available at Divine Services.
Three wholesome vegetarian meals are served per day (participants in residential programs are served meals as per the program schedule). The food is mainly of South Indian cuisine. Meals are taken in silence and are served in the Annapurna Dining Hall.
Please attend the meals at the given times. The ashram kitchen will not be able to cater to any special diet requests. However, non-spicy food is available. Items beyond the regular menu (i.e. bottled water, fruits, fresh juices, ashram-made snacks, and bakery items) are available at the Swadhista Juice Center (near Annapurna Dining Hall and main reception) & Vishala cafeteria and open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm every day and also in the panchakarma center.
Ashram is an intoxication free Campus. Consumption of liquor, tobacco, cigarettes, hallucinogens, and non-vegetarian food in and around the Campus premises is strictly prohibited.
Guests to the Art of Living International Center are encouraged to volunteer for a minimum of 2 to 3 hours daily. Volunteer activities include volunteering in the Vishalakshi Mantap, Gardening, program volunteering, dining setup/serving, vegetable cutting and much more. The seva desk / Human resources office can guide you as to where you can volunteer.
The ashram is a sacred space that has been created for one’s spiritual growth.
The daily schedule in the ashram has been created such that every aspect of the day can be utilized as a sadhana, as a tool towards one’s growth.
Note: schedule for program participants may vary
- 0600 to 0800 hours – Group Spiritual practices like Yoga, Sudarshan Kriya and Meditation etc.
- 0800 to 0900 hours – Breakfast at Annapoorna dining hall
- 0900 to 1000 hours – Seva (Volunteering)
- 1000 to 1300 hours –Part II/AOS/Blessings Program etc
- 1230 to 1400 hours – Lunch at Annapoorna dining hall, after lunch Seva at dining hall
- 1430 to 1730 hours –Part II/AOS/Blessings Program etc
- 1830 to 2000 hours – Satsang (Group singing, Meditation, listening to Gurudev’s talks)
- 2000 to 2100 hours – Dinner at dining hall
- 2100 to 2200 hours – Rest or Seva (volunteering) at Annapoorna dining hall
- 2230 hours onwards – Bedtime (Lights off)