Swami Vivekananda's dream destination in Uttarakhand


Swami Vivekananda's vision and ideas come to life at Advaita Ashrama, situated in Mayavati near Lohaghat in Uttarakhand's Chamapwat district.

Swami Vivekananda loved the Himalayas, the land of renunciation and yoga. He visited the Swiss Alps and had an idea to establish an Ashrama in India.

In 1897, after returning from the West, he rejuvenated religion in India with his personality and message. In Almora, he inspired his disciple and Captain and Mrs. Sevier to find a location for an Ashrama dedicated to Advaita.

They found a location in Mayavati, surrounded by mountains on three sides. The Advaita Ashrama was inaugurated in March 1899 and recognized as a branch of Belur Math.

The Ashrama faced hardships, but it had its own press and published Swami Vivekananda's works and Prabuddha Bharata. A library with excellent books also grew naturally.

The Ashrama aimed to study, practice, and preach Advaita philosophy free from ritualistic settings. It became a melting pot of the best minds from East and West, spreading the core Advaita doctrine beyond body and mind.

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