Sivananda Ashram

Practise ahimsa, satya, brahmacharya. Be selfless.

The Sivananda Ashram is the spiritual expression of the divine mission of its founder, Swami Sivananda.

This place of selfless service, contemplation and ego-annihilation, is a perfect atmosphere that can carry aspirants to their goal of God-realisation.
Swami Chidanandaji once said in response to a request of an Ashram resident to go elsewhere to do sadhana, "Yes, there may be many other places more suited for good spiritual practice. But if it is God-realisation you want, there is no better place than here."

The Sivananda Ashram is the headquarters and spiritual focal point of a vast worldwide organisation called "The Divine Life Society".
The Society encompasses more than 300 branches around the world, as well as individual devotees in India and abroad.
At the centre of this vast network of spiritual uplift throughout the world, in the form of the Divine Life Society, stands the Sivananda Ashram as the guiding light.

The Ashram is dedicated to the service of all and is itself benefited by the generous donations of the devotees who want to see that service continue. It is in the Ashram that any person interested in the spiritual life, whether a member of the DLS or not, can come and be nurtured by the spirit that pervades this place.

The ashram offers a myriad of activities for serious seekers of all levels and backgrounds on the path of the truth to strengthen their sadhana and further their spiritual progress.
Visitors are encouraged to attend as many of the programmes as possible and make fullest use of the uniqueness of location as well as activities.


The Ashram accommodation is moderate, designed to meet the basic requirements of a spiritual aspirant.
The accommodation facility available in the Ashram being limited, long stay will not be possible. Our guests and devotees will be provided available accommodation as on their date of arrival and are expected to participate in the daily regular activities including the Early Morning Meditation and Night Satsang of the Ashram. Guests and devotees are also expected to maintain the Sanctity, Discipline of the ashram and abide by the Rules of Ashram.


Food is pure and sattvic (conducive to spiritual practice). Breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as tea in the afternoon are served at the dining hall at set timings which change a little with the seasons. The dining hall bell also announces the meal serving and can be heard throughout the ashram.
Non-vegetarian food, smoking or drinking are not permitted in the Ashram.

The Ashram being a Charitable Organization and Monastery, the guests, visitors and devotees are not charged for accommodation and food.
However any Voluntary Donation / Love Offering to carry on with the Society's charitable activities will be gratefully accepted. The sacred task the Holy Master left behind is being carried on by His devoted disciples through the generous donations offered by the devotees and visitors.
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About Sivananda Ashram

Location: Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, North India
Opened: all year
Styles: sivananda
Techniques:meditation, pranayama
Courses: retreats and courses, teacher training
Levels: beginner, intermediate, advanced
Accommodation: shared, single
Food: sattvic
Address: P.O. Shivanandanagar - 249 192, District Tehri-Garhwal, Uttarakhand Show on Map
Links: Homepage