of main Festivals in
Ma Anandamayi's Ashram (Kankhal)
including other Hindu festivals
2016 (provisional dates).
7th March - Shivarathri
Ma's BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS ***
(between the solar and lunar date)
Solar date - in the Night between 30th April and 1st May, but celebrated 2nd May.
Lunar date (Tithi Puja) 24/25th May 2016 (Vaishak month, Krishna Chaturthi)
19th July, Guru Purnima. ( The full-moon day where disciples honour their Guru)
18th August, Raksha bandhan ( the day of the year where the sisters ask "protection" of their brothers by knotting a thread around their wrist. Ma, with childlike simplicity, used to tie it to her disciples' wrists.) Also Sri Ma's self-diksha day.
1st-9th October, NAVARATHRI,
Celebration of the GODDESS, the main festival for Bengali. Nine days of festivities culminating in Vijaya Dashami,the last day of VICTORY (9th October)
KALI PUJA 29th October , Diwali, the Festival of Lights 30th October.
Samyam Saptah (annual week of retreat) 7-13th November- (Kankhal) 31st January-7th February (Bhimpura)
Other Hindu festivals
23rd March, - Holi
15th April, - Ram Navami
22nd April, - Hanuman Jayanthi
25th August - Janmastami
5th September, - Ganesh Chaturthi
VISITING MA's ASHRAMS
by Jacques Vigne
International centre has been built in Kankhal ( 4 km
south of Hardwar, on the Ganga), which is also 200 km north of
DELHI in Uttar Pradesh.
It is not meant for tourists, but for advanced spiritual seekers who are preferably acquainted with Ma's literature as presented on this WEB SITE and publications. The Centre follows the rules of Ma's ashrams, except those of caste purity. Visitors should be able to meditate and study by themselves, since no formal classes, hatha-yoga and meditation groups are organised.
However, it is possible to meet Ma's senior Swamis who speak English.
Alcohol, tobacco, meat, eggs are prohibited,
Unmarried couples are advised to stay in separate rooms for the time of their retreat, to be in better harmony with the Hindu environment which is quite traditional there. Attendance to the daily ritual at Ma's samadhi is advised, although not compulsory.
To book in the Centre, the best is to contact Dr S.K. Ghosh at the International Centre (mob 093580 73539)
or Mrs Dhamija, address:
c/o Sumant Dhamija, B28 Pushpanjali Farms,
Bijwasan, New Delhi 110 061
Ph : 00 91 9810 931221
For direct booking contact:
Shree Shree Ma International Centre,
Kankhal, 249 408,
Hardwar, U.P., INDIA
Phone/Fax 00 91 1334 246345.
The duration of stay is ten days but is extendable. There is also also other accomodation around Ma's ashram , so staying in the area should not be a problem.
Ma's other ashrams do not usually easily take Westerners.There is a small ashram higher up in the mountains 35 km from Almora in the North West on the road to Berinag:Daulchina, 263 881, Almora U.P. (phone 00 91 5962 262013).
According to Ma's request women alone are not allowed to stay in Daulchina Ashram, which indeed is more like a hermitage.
by Jacques Vigne
and printing of the documents from this
Shree Shree Anandamayee WEB SITE
are allowed for private use and limited circulation (less then 20 copies)
in Shree Shree Anandamayee Ma's Fellowships and Centres.
publication in English or any other languages on the WEST
please, contact the Sangha:
To: Br Gitadi, Managing Editor
Shree Ma Anandamayi Ashram, Bhadaini,
Varanasi, 221001, UP, INDIA.