Swami Dayananda Ashram - Rishikesh
Want to make a pilgrimage to the sacred hindu places Harithwar, Rishikesh and Ganges? Want to spend some days in rishikesh? Here is the information you wanted.
Usually these pilgrimage trips are organized by Travel agents who fix the rate the timing the places etc. You won't have enough time to spend in these holy places. An organised trip is done in hurry. At a fixed time you board the bus or train. At predefined times you will be dropped at these places and you have to take bath in Ganges / pray the lord in hurry or otherwise you will miss the bus or train and travel agent is not responsible.
Here is the alternate,
Swami Dayananda Ashram is situated in the banks of holy river Ganges in Rishikesh. Those people want to live some time in this serene and holy ashram can book in advance. There are 125 rooms in the ashram with hotwater, kitchen, washing and cooking facilities. All these are available free of charge. You can donate some money if you wish to do so. Gangatheesware temple is in the ashram. At 5.00 AM there is abishekam to this lord. In the ashram there is a good library with the bookd of swami Dayananda and his disciples, a CD library is also there with their speeches.
There is auditorium to perform Yoga and meditation in the morning. People from all states like Gujarat, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra, Tamilnadu, Bengal, Uttar pradesh are coming to the ashram. To book your visit click here.
In the ashram you will get tiffin, breakfast etc. at predefined times. At 5.00 am you will get TEA / Coffee. At 7.30 am you will get tiffin / breakfast. At 12.00 there is lunch and at 7.30 pm you will have your dinner.
The ashram also run a shcool for poor children. There are about 17 'chandhralaya' schools giving free education to 18 thousand poor children. They give free school education with free food and accomdation. I heartily wish this great service.
This is the extract from the website:
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 Iyengar Yoga camps are conducted and daily Yoga classes can be joined by residents and visitors.