Ashram at Hyderabad
The Sundara Chaitanya Ashram at Hyderabad is built in the country side away from
the din of the city. It is situated 40 km away from city on Medak highway near Dundigal
village. It is a picturesque construction both beautiful and sacred, cradled in
the lap of Mother Nature. Overlooking green fields and clustered around by mango
and guava orchards the ashram provides an excellent atmosphere for serene contemplation.
The Ashram is a huge complex spreading over an area of 13 acres. It has in it -
Bhagawan Murali Krishna Mandir, Dhyana Mandir, Shruti Mandiram, Sarada Nilayam,
Guru Mandiram, Annapurna kshetram, sant kuteers, Atithi kuteers, Vyasa kuteer, Tree
House, karyalayam, Nada chaitanyam studio, Reception, Books and cassettes, sales
counter, Chaitanya Hospital, Andhra Bank, buildings providing accomodation for devotees
namely Mathura, Vamsi, Dwaraka, Yamuna, Kaivalyam, Sudarsanam, dormitories, Goshala
and quarters for security and servants. All the buildings are set among beautiful
landscaped gardens.Three gigantic archways exquisitely designed and erected over
wide roads lead us into a spiritual world of divine excellence.
AN ABODE OF BLISS
The Exquisite Archways : On entering the Ashram the world will pass into
oblivion leaving us to ourselves in an absorbed reverie. The grandeur and massiveness
of the buildings; the lushed still atmosphere in the premises ; the joy and felicity
that the temple bestows; the charm, grace and glory of the presiding deity - Lord
Krishna - are all lovely beyond words. The hospitality of the inmates who are always
busy, active and yet serene and meditative reflects the magnanimity of the glorious
head of the institution Parama Pujya Swamiji under whose auspices the ashram runs
in a smooth, organized and systematic manner. A multitude of consistent and steadfast
Satsangees who feel themselves greatly indebted to their Guru throng the ashram
on Thursdays, Sundays and on festival days, to have the darshan of Pujya Gurudev,
hear him speak, seek his blessings and partake of the divine food served in the
Annapurna Kshetra. During the Birthday celebrations of Param Pujya Gurudev in December,
devotees from across the state and abroad come in thousands to take part in the
Annual Jatiya Satsang Sadas that may stretch to any length of time from one week
to ten days. The sessions help us look at life from a wholly new angle and we understand
very soon that wealth, name, fame and all other earthly possessions are insignificant
in comparison to the eternal happiness that we are in search of and this, we realize
is our true self. "You traverse the world in search of happiness which is within
the reach of every man - his own essential nature - himself", says Swamiji.
Here is a brief description about the important places in the Ashram.
Sri Krishna Mandir: The temple which is 82 feet high is
a magnificent two storied edifice and has a radius of 36 feet. On the first floor
is the Krishna mandir and on the ground floor is the Dhyana mandir. The entire structure
rises majestically from the middle of a circular pond decorated with fountains and
beautiful statuettes depicting the life of Sri Krishna. All this ornamentation with
a high aesthetic value was solely planned and designed by Swamiji and built within
an unbelievably short span of ten months. Truly, therefore, the ashram mirrors the
spiritual brilliance, beauty and grandeur of Pujya Swami Sundara Chaitanyanandaji
Guru Mandir: With a life size portrait of Pujya Gurudev
and Guru Padukas in the centre on a raised platform surrounded by photo gallery
picturing Sundara Chaitanya Movement at home and abroad.
Sruti Mandir: Here, the voice of the divine reverberates
in a human soul. It is a congregation where the Master of infinite wisdom speaks
in a tone of absolute command. The ashram echoes with his mellifluous voice and
music. Intelligent inquiry is made into the contents of the Upanishads, the Brahmasutras
and the Bhagavad-Gita; and scientific conclusions are convincingly presented to
the seekers by the Master. A single discourse heard here through the divine visage
of Gurudev is worth a month’s study of voluminous books.
Saraswathi Mandir: Swamiji’s sacred abode - the majestic
blue edifice denotes high ideals, lofty aims and noble convictions of Swamiji. It
stands calm and quiet in the still purple vault of heaven as if in meditation.
Kuteers: Individual residence for Brahmacharis and Brahmacharinis
- a group of young celibates inspired, initiated, guided and fathered by Pujya Swamiji,
their Sadguru on the path of spirituality - the future lamp-holders of Sanatana
Chaitanya Dispensary: A charitable dispensary with specialists
in pediatrics, neurology, E.N.T. and dentistry giving free services and medicines
to the poor and needy. A general physician who is an inmate of the ashram is available
round the clock. The Trust has plans to expand the dispensary into a full-fledged
hospital by the end of the year.
Chaitanya Dispensary: Mathura : A three-storeyed circular building with a beautiful rock created amidst
green lawns in the middle. It has 45 rooms for the devotees.
Vamsi: A double-storeyed building with 26 rooms.
Dwaraka: A three storeyed palatial building with rooms and huge hall.
Kaivalyam: A majestic edifice - with a huge lecture-hall in the ground floor and forty rooms on the upper two floors. The rooms are extra ordinarily
spacious with modern amenities overlooking green fields and the neighbouring countryside.
Yamuna: Is a collection of satsang halls built by different branches of satsangs for accommodating their people at the time of annual celebrations and other events in the ashram.
Brindavan: A building similar to Yamuna having 30 satsang halls opposite Sruti Mandiram.
Dormitory: A huge building with about 10 spacious halls for ashram devotees and other formal guests during annual celebrations.