About Us

Founded in 1966 on the banks of the Ganges in Rishikesh, India, Sadhana Mandir Trust was established by Swami Rama as an international retreat center for sincere aspirants to practice meditation in a spiritually elevating environment.

Away from the hustle and bustle of Rishikesh, nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Sadhana Mandir is located on the banks of the holy river Ganges. Surrounded by beautiful flowering gardens, mango trees and a lotus pond, a quiet and serene atmosphere permeates the ashram making it ideal for sadhana.

The Himalayan Tradition

The Himalayan Tradition is at least 5,000 years old. It is linked to an unbroken lineage of sages who kept this tradition alive through oral instruction and personal spiritual initiation. Adi Shankara established the ascetic order about 1,200 years ago though renunciates had already lived in an unbroken lineage from the Vedic period.

The Tradition teaches specific methods of training the human mind. The methods are scientific, systematic and inward directed.

Activities

Activities in the ashram include programs in meditation, Self- Transformation, Science of Joyful Living, silence retreats, the art of living and being, and yoga psychology. Spiritual guidance is available for those aspirants seeking instruction in meditation.

Kirtan, also known as sankirtan, is the call-and-response chanting of the myriad names of the Lord. Kirtan is offered in the ashram at scheduled events with local and guest artists. Some outstanding artists visiting the ashram in the past include Vaiyasaki Das, L.N. Tiwari, and Ragani.

Facilities

The ashram offers single, double, and dormitory accommodation. Rooms have two beds and an attached bath. Dormitories have four beds per room with an attached bath (men and women separate). Please specify if you cannot climb stairs. Single occupancy is limited and may be unavailable for some programs.  Three delicious vegetarian meals are served daily.

Books and CDs by Swami Rama, Swami Veda, and others are available in our bookstore/gift shop, as well as assorted gift items. Telephone and internet facility are also available in the reception office. A library is available for browsing books, or viewing DVD lectures.