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Ashrams in ancient India, were Hindu hermitages where sages used to live in peace and tranquility amidst nature. Their purpose apart from performing sacrifices and penances was also to use them for the purpose of education. Children were sent to them to be educated. Many Ashrams thus served as Gurukuls or schools as well.


A number of Ashrams have been founded in India in the 20th century as well, most notably the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad which served as Mahatma Gandhi's headquarters during the long struggle for India's independence and Aurobindo Ashram, founded in Pondicherry by the Bengali revolutionary-turned-Hindu-mystic Aurobindo Ghosh.


External links

  • Atma Jyoti Ashram (http://www.atmajyoti.org/) Articles on Spiritual Life, Meditation, Monastic Life and more.


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Bhaktivedanta Ashram (1892 words)
On the auspicious occasion of Puri Jagannatha Ratha Yatra, the sacred deities of Sri Devi (Lakshmi), Bhu Devi and Vimala Devi were installed at the Bhaktivedanta Ashram in Bhadrak, Orissa.
To commemorate the opening of a new branch in Avinashi, the Bhaktivedanta Ashram has organized ‘Hare Krishna Festival’ at the 800 year old Sri Lakshmi Narasimha temple in the famous temple town of Avinashi.
In August the Bhaktivedanta Ashram opened a new center in the South Indian city of Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu).
Amritapuri Ashram @ Amritapuri.org (240 words)
When people come to Amritapuri Ashram for the first time, they are almost always surprised—a remote fishing village on a small island cradled between the backwaters and the Arabian Sea has become the centre of a silent spiritual revolution.
When the deep, spiritual yearning of the disciple basks in the effulgence of the Guru's grace, an ashram is born.
Built up on the very property where Amma was born, Amritapuri is now the headquarters of Amma's worldwide mission and the spiritual home of thousands of devotees.
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