on the Aims and Activities of
Dissemination of Educational,
Scientific, Cultural, Social, Spiritual Values
Shanta Durga Mandir,
Omkarananda Saraswati Marg, Muni-ki-Reti,
P.O. Shivanandanagar &endash; 249 192,
Distt. Tehri-Garhwal, U.P., INDIA
H.D. Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati
is a God-realised saint, mystic, sage, philosopher and writer.
Already at the age of thirteen and fourteen
his life was flooded with numerous spiritual experiences of the
omnipresent and omniscient God. Under the dictates of these experiences,
he left his home city in South India for the Himalayas, where
the world-renowned Sage Sri Swami Sivananda recognised in him
an embodiment of the high spirit of renunciation, profound divine
wisdom, touching purity of heart, made him known as Bala Yogi,
Bala Jnani, titled him as Adhyatma Kavita-Bhaskara and crowned
him with Sannyasa-Diksha at the age of seventeen.
In his shortest autobiography in the
world Swami Omkarananda Saraswati writes:
"Purity is the soul of my strength.
Truth is the source of my power. God is my life, and I have no
existence apart from Him. His Consciousness is my Light. His
all-sustaining and all-creative Beauty constitutes my joy. Prayer
is my breath and meditation forms the bread of my Life. All humanity
is my family. The Forces of Nature are my Friends. The Godhead
in all of you is the object of my adoration."
The activities of Sage and Philosopher
Swami Omkarananda embrace spiritual, cultural, educational, scientific
and social fields. One of the significant achievements in these
fields is the unique work he has done for the upliftment of the
backward regions in the hills of the Himalayan Garhwal area.
In recognition of his extraordinary services he has already received
several prestigious honours like Mother India Award, Bharat Nirman
Award and Hind Rattan Award.
The Ashram at Rishikesh set on one of
the foot-hills of the Himalayas, is one of the main branches
of his international Institution. It aims at the realisation
of educational, social, cultural and spiritual projects. Omkarananda
Ashram Himalayas carries on its activities through its registered
Trusts &endash; Omkarananda Dharma Samsthan, Omkarananda Charitable
Trust, Omkarananda Educational Society, Omkarananda Natya Kala
Academy and other educational and cultural Institutions.
Omkarananda Ashram in India
Dharma Samsthan, Mumbai
Shanti Bhawan, Mussoorie
Dharma Samsthan, Kanchipuram
Dharma Samsthan, New
Shanta Durga Mandir
the original Temple-cum-Ashram complex in Muni-ki-Reti
a beautiful Temple-cum-Ashram complex, in Lakshman-Jhula, by
the holy river Ganga.
Ram Mandir situated
in upper Tapovan, where the Ashram is maintaining its own farm.
another beautiful Temple-cum-Ashram complex right on the other
bank of Ganga.
The Omkarananda Gayatri Sadan is situated at the holy spring
of Sheshdhara, directly on the bank of the holy river Ganga,
between Lakshmanjhula and Muni-ki-Reti. This building is completely
isolated; the only sounds, which can be heard, are the waves
of the Ganga. Therefore this place is ideally suited for spiritual
aspirants and their Sadhana.
The same building houses also the Omkarananda Vedanta Centre,
which provides lectures and publications on Upanishads, Vedanta
Institute of Management and Technology
has been established to expand management and technical education
in this area of Garhwal Himalayas. This institute benefits the
students of this area, which was lacking in the field of vocational
and technical education.
The institute is approved by All India Council of Technical Education
(AICTE), Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of
India, to run M.B.A. courses.
The institute is also affiliated with Ch. Charan Singh University,
Meerut. Courses offered are: B.B.A. (Bachelor of Business Administration),
B.C.A. (Bachelor of Computer Application) and M.B.A. (Master
of Business Administration).
The institute, which is situated in Omkarananda Bhawan,
Muni-ki-Reti, has a well furnished computer laboratory and a
Even Hostel-facilities are provided to accommodate students from
remote towns and stations.
Experienced faculty members for teaching and administration look
after the smooth running of the institute which is unique in
Centre for Computer Education and Software Development
is a unit of Omkarananda Institute of Management and Technology,
situated in Omkarananda Bhawan, Muni-ki-Reti. The computer centre
is recognized by the Department of Electronics Accreditation
of Computer Courses (DOEACC), Government of India, and provides
the latest in computer education.
Ganga Sthal Appartments
provide residential quarters for Professors and the teaching
Staff of Omkarananda Institute of Management and Technology
provides boarding and lodging to the students of the Omkarananda
Institute of Management and Technology
is the first public library in the area of Muni-ki-Reti.
situated on the bank of the holy river Ganga, has accommodation
possibilities for scholars and visitors.
Govt. Homoeopathic Hospital
In the heart of Muni-ki-Reti the Trust has sponsored a building
for the charitable Govt. Homoeopathic Hospital, which was named
Maternity and Childwelfare Department too is provided with free rooms for
running a Hospital at Omkarananda Niwas, Muni-ki-Reti.
is the Trust's beautiful guest house, in Muni-ki-Reti, directly
by the Ganga. Satsang and Yoga-classes are conducted here at
the Patanjala Yoga Kendra. The view from the lobby and the rooms
is breathtakingly beautiful and soothing the mind.
Public Ghat adjacent
to Omkarananda Ganga Sadan provides easy approach to the holy
Social Palace is
the trust's beautiful Dharmashala, situated right in the centre
of Rishikesh, behind the Roadways Busstand. Pilgrims to the holy
shrines of Garhwal can get neat and clean rooms to stay. The
newly opened vegetarian restaurant provides food and refreshments.
The Omkarananda Social Palace houses the second Omkarananda
Saraswati Degree College Deoprayag
Affiliated to H.N. Bahuguna Garhwal University, Shrinagar, this
is the only privately managed Degree College in the whole of
Garhwal and Kumaon.
is a co-educational English Medium Senior Secondary School, affiliated
to I.C.S.E., New Delhi. Situated in Muni-ki-Reti, the school
is having a strength of more than 1100 students.
Saraswati Nilayam Preparatory School
is centrally located in Rishikesh and gives education to children
of Classes Nursery and KG. It also prepares pre-Nursery children
for the higher classes.
is situated in Omkarananda Niwas, Muni-ki-Reti. It provides boarding
and lodging facilities to the students of Omkarananda Saraswati
Saraswati Natya Kala Academy
is affiliated to Prayag Sangit Samiti, Allahabad. It is conducting
courses in Indian classical dance and music.
- Vani Educational
maintains in the remote villages of the Garhwal Himalayas 42
schools, out of which there are 32 Basic Schools and
10 Junior High Schools. Situated in the districts Tehri Garhwal,
Pauri Garhwal and Rudraprayag, these schools provide education
to students of the most backward areas of Garhwal, where education
is needed most.
Educational Foundation, Mumbai
was established on Vijay Dashami 1994. Its aims and objects are
to provide educational aid and scholarships to needy and deserving