Parmarth Niketan Ashram, located in the lap of the verdant Himalayas, along the banks of the Ganges, is one of the most popular ashrams in Rishikesh. The ashram specialises in traditional ayurvedic practice treatment, yoga, meditation and various other natural healing techniques. The ashram was founded in 1942 by Pujya Swami Shukdevanandji Maharaj. With over 1000 rooms, lush gardens, clean and pure ambience, the ashram provides a calm and serene refuge to devotees and patients alike.
The ashram keeps its doors open for people of all religions, gender, caste, class and nationalities. The ashram is the home to a 14-feet statue of Lord Shiva that has been placed along the river bank. The divine or holy tree, Kalpavriksha, also boosts the sense of spirituality on the ashram campus.
Various activities of the ashram include different healing yogas, universal prayers and meditation classes, kirtan, daily satsang, spiritual talks and seminars among other events. The ashram with its various activities aims to help people connect with their inner self and rejuvenate their senses. During your stay at the ashram, you can feel being associated with the peaceful surrounding of the ashram as well as nature.
The place has hosted hundreds of holy men, sages and yogis among others from across the globe. Parmarth Niketan Ashram has its own private ghat where Ganga Aarti is offered every evening. This is a blissful sight to witness if you are spending a day or two at the ashram.
Timings are subject to change. You will be automatically booked into a time slot as part of the check out process. Please visit the official website to confirm the time slot before your visit.
Things to do at the ashram:
1. Yoga and meditation class: You can sign up for any of the regular yoga and meditation classes at the ashram that happens on a daily basis. Expert trainers conduct these classes at nominal fees.
2. Spiritual lecture: The ashram is a hub of various spiritual activities. Daily morning and evening lectures by saints and religion practitioners among them is a vital one. Most of these lecture free and open to all. One can gain clarity over their mind and soul by attending these lectures and talks.
3. Ganga aarti in the evening: This is a major highlight of the ashram. Daily Ganga aarti on the private ghat of the ashram is witnessed by hundreds of pilgrims and devotees. Not only the ashram residents, but local residents and tourists too flock here to be a part of this ethereal ceremony and chant some prayers on the illuminated banks of the river. This is a half an hour event which is performed by lighting lamps and floating diyas on the river.
4. Morning prayers: The resident ashram heads or gurus conduct the morning prayers at dawn every day. This includes surya namaskar and conveying gratitude to the universal god for our existence on earth. The morning prayers generally begin at 6 in the morning. Usually, one should attend the morning prayers after having a bath and dressed in clean clothes. The ashram focuses on the belief that cleanliness is next to godliness.
5. Nature cure and ayurvedic treatment: There are various types of ancient Hindu healing practices and ayurvedic treatments. The ashram has taken up the task to keep the tradition alive by pursuing these methods to provide healing touch to thousands of patients and devotees that come here in search of recluse and physical and mental well-being. Ayurveda experts and natural therapy practitioners offer different paid services as well. To avail of any of these you have to get in touch with the ashram authorities during or before your stay to gather information about the charges and timings among other such things.