Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas
Address Swami Omkarananda Saraswati Rd, Ganga Vatika,
Rishikesh, Uttarakhand 249192
Phone no. 0135 243 0713
The Ashram at Rishikesh, set on one of the foot-hills of the Himalayas, is one of the main branches of his international Institution. It aims at the realisation of educational, social, cultural and spiritual projects. Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas carries on its activities through its registered Trusts - Omkarananda Dharma Samsthan, Omkarananda Charitable Trust, Omkarananda Educational Society, Omkarananda Natya Kala Academy and other educational and cultural Institutions.
Omkarananda Dharma Samsthan is maintaining 14 Mandirs in the Himalayan area of Muni-ki-Reti, Lakshman Jhula and Rishikesh:
Sri Omkarananda Shanta-Durga Mandir (1967, the original Temple and Ashram building was greatly extended in the 1980s), Sri Omkara-Mahaganapati Mandir, Sri Omkarananda-Kamakshi-Devi Mandir, Sri Mahakala-Bhairava Mandir, Sri Omkarananda Hanuman Mandir and Sri Omkarananda Bhuvaneshwari Mandir, all situated in Omkarananda Nagar, Muni-ki-Reti;
Sri Omkarananda Dipeshwar Mandir, Tapovan/Lakshman Jhula;
Sri Omkarananda Ram Mandir, Ghugtani;
Sri Omkarananda Satyanarayana Mandir, Lakshman Jhula;
Sri Omkarananda Radha-Krishna Mandir, Rishikesh;
Sri Ganga-Devi Mandir, Sri Hanuman Mandir, Sri Shiva Parivar Mandirand Sri Omkarananda Gayatri Mandir, at Omkarananda Ganga Ghat, Muni-ki-Reti.
In the Ashram's Temples daily Pujas and Agnihotra are performed and regular Hawanas and Abhishekas are conducted. Sometimes visiting priests (like the famous priests of Tirupati and of Kanchi Kamakoti Pitha) are conducting special Homas, Abhishekas and prayers for special purposes (like world peace) or during festivals like Sivaratri, Dipavali, Krishna Janmashtami, Navaratri, etc.
In our Temples and Mandirs Sadhakas can meditate, study literature or can engage themselves in Karma-Yoga. Nature loving people can work in the fields, growing trees, fruit and vegetables at our Omkarananda Ram Mandir.
The Ashram has its own Go-Shala, which is a very essential part of an Ashram. The holy cow-dung is used in Yagnas and the cows are inspired by the tunes of Bhajans. The holy cow finds its right place in our Ashram.
In the Ashram's Dharmashala on the river Ganges, daily Arati and Satsang are conducted by a renowned saint and sage, Prabhuji Acharya Surya Prakash and Siddhartha Krishna.
The recognized Omkarananda Patanjala Yoga Centre fulfils the wishes of many spiritual seekers. The traditional teachings of Patanjali are the main teaching. A nicely equipped Yoga hall with all facilities has become a main attraction in this area.
Educational & Social Activities
Apart from conducting religious and other activities, the Ashramites are engaged in pure selfless service and in managing selflessly the Ashram's educational and social projects:
Fifty-three Omkarananda Basic, Junior High and High Schools in the Garhwal hills (registered and recognised);
Omkarananda Institute of Management & Technology with a strength of over 700 students in Muni-ki-Reti (affiliated to the Uttarakhand Technical University, Dehradun and the H.N. Bahuguna Garhwal University, Shrinagar, and approved by AICTE, New Delhi);
English Medium Inter-College with a strength of 2500 students in Muni-ki-Reti (affiliated to I.C.S.E., New Delhi);
Preparatory School in Rishikesh, having a
strength of 250 students;
Omkarananda Saraswati Govt. Degree College in
Deoprayag (affiliated to H.N. Bahuguna Garhwal University, Shrinagar);
Saraswati Natya Kala Academy (affiliated to
Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad), where not only the practical but also the
theoretical aspect of Indian Classical Temple Dance is being taught;
Omkarananda Sangit Samsthan (in
process of affiliation), where the traditional Indian instrumental Music is
Astrological science is also studied and taught in the Ashram.
two Libraries, the Omkarananda Public Library and
a Students' Sanskrit Library,
and the Omkarananda Govt. Homoeopathic Hospital in
Muni-ki-reti, as well as two beautiful Dharmashalas on the banks of holy Mother
Ganga Muni-ki-Reti, and , Muni-ki-Reti) are rendering great
services to the Tehri Garhwal region at the Himalayan foothills.