Hindu Ashrams and Hindu Organizations

An "ashram" in ancient India was a Hindu hermitage where sages lived in peace and tranquility amidst nature. Today, the term "ashram" is sometimes used to refer to an intentional community formed primarily for spiritual upliftment of its members, often headed by a religious leader or mystic.

Traditionally, ashrams were located far from human habitation, in forests or mountainous regions, amidst refreshing natural surroundings conducive to spiritual instruction and meditation. The residents of an ashram regularly performed spiritual and physical exercises, such as the various forms of Yoga. Other sacrifices and penances, such as Yajnas were also performed. Many ashrams also served as Gurukuls or residential schools for children. The word "ashram" in Sanskrit also means "toil, penance, or austerity" as separate from the term "asraya" (āśraya), which means "protection or shelter".

Ashrams have been a powerful symbol throughout Hindu history and theology. Most Hindu kings, until the medieval ages, are known to have had a sage who would advise the royal family in spiritual matters, or in times of crisis, who was called the rajguru, which literally translates to royal teacher. A world-weary emperor going to this guru's ashram, and finding solace and tranquility, is a recurring motif in many folktales and legends of ancient India.

Hindu Ashrams

  Hindu Organizations 
Shankaracharya Peethas   Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)
Auroville Ashram   Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, Inc.(VHPA)
Isha Foundation   Ananda Marg
Iskcon Temple   The Divine Life Society, Rishikesh
Sathya Sai Baba Ashram   Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)
Missionary of Charity   Shri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetham
Nityananda Ashram   Hindu Endowments Board, Singapore
Brahma Kumaris   Akhila Bharatha Ayyappa Seva Sangham (ABASS)
Sivananda Ashram   Unity of Man, Austria
Sri Onkara Ashram   Swadhyay Parivar
Arya Samaj   The Society of Abidance in Truth (SAT)
Arsha Vidhya Gurukulam   Bharat Sevashram Sangha, New Jersey
Swami Dayananda Ashram    
SonoMaa Ashram    

Art of Living Foundation

Baba Ramdev Ashram    
Chinmaya Mission    
Shri Mataji Nirmala Devi Centers    
Sudhanshu Maharaj Ashram    
Ramakrishna Mission    
Ramana Maharishi Ashram    
Vipassana International Academy    
Radhasoami Satsang Ashram    
Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math    
Astanga Yoga Research Institute    
Bihar School of Yoga    
Mata Amritanandamayi Ashram    
Osho Ashram    
Ma Anandamayi Ashram    
Nirankari Mission    
Yoga Institute Mumbai    
Vaswani Ashram    
Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas    
Santhigiri Ashram    
Shiva School of Meditation    
Suddha Dharma Mandalam, Sounth America    
Hindu Endowment Ashram, Singapore    
Satchidananda Ashram,