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A Little Bit of Heaven

A Little Bit of Heaven

At the foothills of the Himalayas, amidst the oak and chestnut trees, the chirping of the birds and crickets, small cottages dotting the undulating hillscape lies Rishikesh in the state of Uttarakhand.  Considered to be a name of Vishnu, hṛṣīka meaning ‘senses’ and īśa meaning ‘lord’, Rishikesh thus means the ‘Lord of the Senses’.

In 1963 Swamiji left for Rishikesh where he studied the Brahmasutra Bhasyam with Swami Taranandaji at the Kailash Ashram. He stayed at the Andhra Ashram exploring the Himalayan towns. He built a grass hut along the banks of the Ganga and lived there during 1964-1967 studying and teaching. Later, the hut became a brick building.

Swamiji’s discourses taught the most profound truths in a simple language that had the audience spellbound; many became his life-long disciples who have continued to propagate and take forward his envisions.

Today, the Dayananda Ashram Rishikesh situated on the banks of the Holy Ganga conducts classes on the study of Vedanta and Sanskrit in English.. There is a library with more than 5000 titles on various subjects, i.e. Vedanta, Sanskrit Grammar, Indian and western philosphies, Religion and Yoga. A wide range of interesting places like Lakshman Jhoola, Triveni Ghat, Rajaji National Park, and the Tryambakeswar Temple welcome tourists there, but away from the bustle of tourists, lie a haven of peace – AIM for Seva Chatralayaml for Boys in Karnaprayag in Chamoli District, Uttarakhand, a home to 25 children presently.

Students of this hostel go to Himalayan Children Academy, SVM Gouchar School and Government Inter College in Karnaprayag.  Most of them are children from the nearby villages like Bogpur, Jhaket, Maal, Khet, Majyari, Sera, Sarmola and Ban Goun. 17 year old Deepak Prasad lives in the Karnaprayag Hostel. He shares, “My father passed away in the Badrinath disaster in 2013, leaving my mother alone to look after the family. It has been over 10 years since the incident took place.” Feeling helpless of her son’s future, she enrolled Deepak to the hostel. Today, this confident young man wants to pursue the civil services so that he is able to serve his village.

Our students are children of farmers, day labourers, plumbers, drivers, cooks or unemployed people, but their dreams are rich. They aspire to make their mark as independent individuals to make their parents proud of their achievements.


Plan Your Visit to AIM for Seva Chatralayam for Boys in Karnaprayag, Uttarakhand

By Air: The nearest Domestic Airport is Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun.

By Rail: The nearest Railway Station is Rishikesh Railway Station and is connected to all major cities of Uttarakhand.

By Road: Being located on National Highway 58, it connects Delhi with Badrinath and Mana Pass in the state. Karanprayag is 32 kilometers from Rudraprayag.

To plan your visit, please write to aimallindiamovement@gmail.com

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