Vishwa Shanti Ashram is a little-known although fantastic temple complex situated in Bangalore city’s outskirts. The complex, spread over almost 20 acres of property, has several parks and exquisite temples. A tremendous Vijaya Vittala statue is at the entry and inside there are the Gayathri Mandir, Ashtalakshmi temple, Bhagavad-Gita Bodana and meditation hall with Vishwaroopa statues.
History of Vishwa Shanti Ashram
Sant Keshavadas is the one who created Vishwa Shanti Ashram. His organization is also known as the Temple of Cosmic Religion in the west. Bhadragiri is a little village in Karnataka where Sant Keshavadas was born in 1934.
He thought in the unity of religions, that they sought the Supreme Truth. He unified the educations of world religions and established the Temple of Cosmic Religion. 50 books were written by him and has composed 6000 kirtans. He travelled all over the world spreading his concept of a common Religion. After his passing in 1997, his spiritual work is carried on by his wife and successor.
Vishwa Shanti Ashram – Architecture
The Ashram is spread over a few acres of land. Inside, at the front, there’s an enormous Vijaya Vittala statue under which is the Lakshmi Narayana temple. On both side of this temple is Ashtalakshmi Mandir that has eight types of Mahalakshmi. Further on there are temples for Santhoshi Mata, Gayathri Devi and Navagrahas.
At the center is the Bhagavad Gita Mandir. To the right of the Mandir lie a string of statues representing India’s seven principal holy rivers.
You will find 10 incarnations in the ashram:
- Kalki (the mighty worrior)
- Balarama (Krishna elder brother)
- Lord Krishna
- Lord Rama (King of Ayodha the ideal man,)
- Parasurama (the angry man, Rama with an axe)
- Vamana (the dwarf)
- Narasimha (the human-lion)
- Varaha (the boar)
- Koorma (the tortoise)
- Matsya (the fish)
Important Facts about Vishwa Shanti Ashram
- The chariot’s outside and inside walls are made up of granite stones that have inscriptions of around 800 verses of the spiritual Bhagavad Gita in English, Sanskrit, Kannada, and Hindi.
Visiting fee of the Ashram is 12 Rs. You need to pay 2 Rs at the entrance for leaving your shoes.
The best way to get to Vishwa Shanti Ashram
One can easily reach Vishwa Shanti Ashram. It is on the Bangalore-Tumkur highway. It is in the Bangalore Metro bus approach to Nelamangala from the city. From Arishinakunte stop you’ll have to walk for one kilometre to achieve the temple.