Swami Dayananda Ashram

Swami Dayananda Ashram

Facilities in the Ashram Spiritual Practice
Year of Establishment

Swami Dayananda Ashram

Address Arsha Vidya Pitham
(Sri Gangadhareswar Trust)
Swami Dayananda Nagar
Muni Ki Reti (Rishikesh) - 249 137
Uttarakhand, INDIA

Phone No. 0135-2430769 / 2431769

Dayananda Ashram Rishikesh is situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga, away from the major tourist attractions. It is a unique centre for the study of Vedanta and Sanskrit; unique in the sense that the classes are conducted in English yet the adherence and reverence to the ancient tradition of teaching (Sampradaya) is total. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Siva as Gangadharesvara facing the Ganga. The main lecture hall also faces the Ganga. There is a library with more than 5000 titles on various subjects, i.e. Vedanta, Sanskrit Grammar, Indian and western philosphies, Religion and Yoga. There is also a Yoga studio where regular Iyengar Yoga camps are conducted.

The ashram was established during the 1960s by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, who is an internationally recognised teacher of Vedanta and foremost scholar of Sanskrit. Swamiji and his disciples conduct regular residential courses at the ashram with the focus on Bhagavad Gita and the ten principal Upanishads as commented upon by Adi Shankaracharya. These and selected ancillary texts are analysed and taught along with Sanskrit grammar in the Paninian style. Vedic chanting is also taught during courses.

In addition, throughout the year, a resident acharya holds daily discourses on the Upanishads, incorporating analytical examination of Adi Shankaracharya's commentaries.

Dayananda Ashram is the parent Vedanta institute of the Arsha Vidya Gurukulam group, established by Swami Dayananda. Known as Arsha Vidya Pitham it means a centre of learning based on the teaching of the ancient rishis.

Ongoing Classes in the Ashram

In this time of the year Vedanta teachers from various places of India conduct their camps in Swami Dayananda ashram in Rishikesh.

A 3-year Residential course on Vedanta & Sanskrit is in progress at the ashram.


Visit Swami Dayananda Ashram

Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati and some of his senior disciples conduct regular short term courses and camps on Vedanta in this ashram.

Students and devotees of Swami Dayananda and people who are interested in learning about/from Swami Dayananda as a world renowned teacher of Vedanta, who plan to visit the ashram and want to stay here can use the form below to let us know about their plans. We will confirm to you that we have received your information and respond according to space availability.

Please note: Swami Dayananda ashram will not accommodate people or groups who want to stay in the ashram for any other reason than those stated above. The ashram is not a guest house.

Visitors are free to join ongoing daily classes in Vedanta, Sanskrit, Vedic Chanting or Yoga.

Please note that during certain camps it may not be possible to stay at the ashram without being part of the ongoing camp due to limited accommodation possibilities.

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