The Ashram

ashram3Established by Swami Shri Punitachariji over 30 years ago, the ashram is located in the foothills of Mount Girnar near Junagadh, Gujarat in India. Mount Girnar is said to be the home of great spiritual beings and yogis who at times have appeared to seekers in visions, during meditations and sometimes in physical form too.

The physical surroundings of the ashram are alluring and fascinating all the year round. Set in over 54 acres of its own land, much of it still jungle, there is an abundance of flowers and gardens with a huge grove of mango trees. Nature remains in full bloom with birds singing songs and cool breezes whispering in the ears.

The ashram is a peaceful and blissful place, with birds singing in the daytime, and the starry clear skies looking down at night.

The activities at the Ashram include lectures, discussions, and guidance given by Bapu, chanting of the mantra by groups and individuals, and meditations.

Sadhana is carried out by seekers individually. Usually, the early morning chanting and meditation session is carried out inside the meditation hall, and the afternoon chanting and meditation session takes place outdoors, under the open canopy.

Ashram life is simple but elegant and totally non-sectarian, the gates are open to each and every human being whatever sect or religion they might be adhering to.

Seekers belonging to all the religions and castes live together, worship together and take their meals together. Every seeker is free to carry out his/her sadhana in accordance to the principles and directions of his/her own religion and Guru.

Visiting the Ashram
Visitors wishing to stay at the ashram can take advantage of basic, yet modern and fully functional facilities, including an international telephone line (for incoming and outgoing calls) and incoming email. There is also a shop located at the ashram, where visitors can buy specially commissioned pictures, maalas (rosaries), books, CDs and tapes. Also available in the dining areas is a supply of fresh, bottled drinking water, especially for international visitors!

The ashram provides free lodging and boarding for all sincere seekers attending for spiritual practice and meditation. You are most welcome to come and stay at the ashram and experience its unique beauty and peaceful surroundings.

The ashram is equipped with a number of rooms for visitors wishing to stay, each with its own en suite bathroom and toilet facilities, running water, and beds to accommodate up to 3 people per room. In addition to these rooms, longer term visitors staying at the ashram also have access to individual units, each with a bedroom, bathroom, toilet, and meditation area, and all facing Mount Girnar, offering an inspiring and pleasing view. The ashram provides seekers with freshly prepared, delicious vegetarian meals, all lovingly prepared by resident devotees.

The ashram provides free lodging and boarding for all sincere seekers attending for spiritual practice and meditation. You are most welcome to come and stay at the ashram and experience its unique beauty and peaceful surroundings.

If you would like to visit the ashram, please contact us to inform us of when you would like to visit, and the duration of your visit.

Directions
Junagadh is about 550 miles(875Km) north west of Bombay and about 775 miles (1200Km) south west of Delhi. There is a convenient air-service for Bombay-Rajkot, Bombay-Ahmedabad and Delhi-Ahmedabad.

From Rajkot
Once you have reach Rajkot, the best way to the Ashram would be to hire a taxi to Junagadh (about a 2 hour journey). The taxi can take you right up to the ashram gates, or you can hire a rickshaw once inside Junagadh.

From Ahmedabad
Once you have reached Ahmedabad you can hire a taxi to Junagadh (about a 6 hour journey) or take an overnight train service. Once inside Junagadh, a taxi can take you right to the gates of the ashram, or you can hire a rickshaw from the train station.