Mount Abu’s pleasant climate & beautiful natural scenery attracts tourists from all over the world. Especially during the summer when other parts of Rajasthan suffer under the sun’s scorching heat. Even though Mount Abu is full of tourists, places like toad rock, Jain temple & Nakki lake, it is also a perfect destination to embark on a spiritual journey from Sarneshwar Mahadev Ji temple to Bramha- kumaris, a world-renowned spiritual university. Mount Abu Brahma Kumaris headquarters is one of the institutions of the world that aims to heal traumas on a social and individual level at a time when Moral standards are declining and values are disintegrating in the world.
The Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University is an international, non-governmental spiritual organization with its headquarters in Mount Abu and was founded in 1930 by Dada Lekhraj Kripalani. Brahma Kumaris hill is called ‘Madhuban’ (a honey forest). A large international family of yogis comes every year to practice yoga, and the group is largely self-sustaining. A museum in the ashram displays the knowledge that Lord Shiva gave to Prajapita Brahma. Furthermore, the 50-acre property offers plenty of room for meditation, spiritual growth, and reconnecting with nature in an undisturbed setting. A visit to Baba’s Hut will allow you to see where the founder, Dada Lekhraj Kripalani, meditated daily. This center teaches a form of meditation called Raja Yoga, which derives its teachings from spirit possession and mediumship. This movement has over 8,500 centers in 100 countries and claims to have over 825,000 regular students.
What time is preferable to visit Brahma Kumari & what stands the entry fee?
- Morning Time is from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
- Evening Time is from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM
- Visiting Brahma Kumaris in the early morning between 8:00 AM – 10 AM is best.
- A visit to Brahma Kumaris requires approximately 2 hours.
- There is no entry fee.
So above, we discussed the most convenient time to visit without paying an entry fee. So let’s now head over to the Headquarters campuses.
The calm atmosphere that emanates from this tranquil, enchanting destination is a short walk away from the maze of activity. In Mount Abu, The headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris is widely known for spreading knowledge about the king of yogas, Raja Yoga. There are three campuses in the headquarters: Madhuban (Pandav Bhawan and Om Shanti Bhawan), Gyan Sarovar, and Shantivan, comprising a recreation park called Peace Park, a spiritual museum, and the Global Hospital & Research Center.
Madhuban (Forest Of Honey)
Mount Abu, located in mountainous terrain, is home to the international headquarters of the Brahma Kumari named Madhuban (meaning honey forest).
A living social laboratory and mostly self-sufficient community, it is a famous gathering place for thousands of yogis worldwide every year. In the shrines of Madhuban, one can experience spiritual energy that is unlike anything else in the world. This energy gives a sense of inner joy and peace unrivaled by any other place. Inside Madhuban, the essential attractions are the Tower of Peace, Baba’s Room & Hut. The hut is where Prajapati Brahma, the founder of Baba’s Hut, did his intense meditation by out spreading the subtle rays of peace to all souls worldwide. The Tower of Peace is known to be the place where Prajapati Brahma’s father’s remains were laid to rest. The main auditorium in Madhuban is the Om Shanti Bhawan opened in 1983 also known as Universal Peace Hall. Featuring an eye-catching design, this hall has 3000 seats with the ability to translate into 16 languages for its devotees. This hall has been the venue for all the major international conferences & is being visited by 9000 devotees daily. There are 42 departments with 500 permanent residents to cater to the spiritual & physical needs of its visitors.
Gyan Sarovar (The Lake Of Knowledge)
Brahma Kumaris created this Building in 1996, known as The Academy For A Better World. The name Gyan Sarovar reminds us of a legend who dipped in the Mansarovar lake and came out like an angel. Being an international campus, it provides training to men, women & kids so that they can reach their exclusive human potential & raise the value of humanity. In addition, the campus offers courses related to the practical implementation & development of humans, principles & spiritual values. This academy also has an auditorium known as Universal Harmony Hall, with a seating capacity of 1500 people, including the International Spiritual Art Gallery, which exhibits works of art like audio-video laser displays, and house sculptures from all around the world. In addition to this campus is the Spiritual Museum, located in the heart of Mount Abu. It captivates tourists coming from Abroad. This museum has big ancient statues and trans lights that show the era of vices and sorrows is to end and will be replaced by Satyuga, an era of purity, peace, and bliss. It also accoutres the knowledge of karmic philosophy. Within this museum is a room named Rajyoga, where devotees receive the training of Rajyoga. Godly camps are also held morning and evening.
The Shantivan was established in 1966 on 50 acres of land at the foothills of Mount Abu. The moment we enter Shantivan, it introduces us to big gates where we see Prakash Stambh, where people sit & meditate. It is dedicated to Dadi Prakashmani, who passed away on 25th August 2007. Next to the Stambh is the Diamond hall. Opposite to this hall is the accounts office named Shakti Bhawan, which used to belong to Dadi. There’s a Diamond House where VVIP & VIP people stay during their visit.
So let’s have a look at the buildings in Shantivan:
- Diamond Hall
This hall was built in 1966 to pay tribute to the 60 th anniversary of the institution. This hall can give accommodation to 20,000 people to hear the leaders’ speech during the function. LED screens have been provided so devotees can sit peacefully and watch the program, and chairs will be removed if the number of people increases so that people can sit on the floors comfortably.
- Conference Hall
Accommodation for about 1750 people this is a small hall with AC facility. Here the translation of the speech is done in 16 languages for devotees immediately at the LED screen. The corridors of the hall are wide & clean where you can see the pictures of VIP people like the former Prime Minister, President & others.
- Prabhu Prasad Building
The senior members of Brahmakumaris stay here in this Building which also includes the literature room for people to read. Providing separate Building for washrooms where the ground floor is for ladies & first floor for gents.
- Kitchen & Dining
Provides a separate kitchen building where food is cooked on the ground floor & dining is made on the first, second & third floors. Approximately 15,000 people receive food from this kitchen each day. Solar steaming technology is used for cooking food in a healthy & less spicy way.
- New Diamond house stay is only for VVIPs & VIPs.
- Diamond cottage stay is only for Ministers during their visit.
Shantivan serves food at the following hours:
- Breakfast is served from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM.
- Lunch is served from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM.
- Tea is served from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM.
- Dinner is served from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM.
Shantivan has no entry fee.
Shantivan Timings- Monday To Sunday, i.e., from 6:00 AM to 7:30 PM.
Visit duration is up to 1 hour 30 minutes.
There is a beautiful and serene atmosphere at the Brahma Kumaris Peace Park, where silence co-exists with recreation. The park is situated between Guru Shikhar and Achal Garh, two of the most famous peaks of the Aravali Mountain range. It’s a beautiful natural area located about eight kilometers from the headquarters of the Brahma Kumaris in Mount Abu. Its charm comes from how it is lovingly maintained by Brahma Kumaris, who are delighted to welcome thousands of tourists daily. When visitors enter the park grounds, they are greeted by a rock garden with succulents. There are two orchards, a citrus grove, an elegant rose garden, & ornamental shrubs, including coleus, geraniums, hibiscus, climbers, and creepers.
Global Hospital & Research Center
One of the least privileged parts of India is Western Rajasthan, which has a lot of deserts, insufficient water, and a high illiteracy rate. Consequently, most of the population has long been denied access to basic health measures. This situation was changed in 1990 after the establishment of J. Watumal Memorial Global Hospital & Research Center. A peaceful, rural hospital designed to provide comprehensive, high-quality health care to 100,000 patients, most of whom are tribal residents inhabiting 855 primitive villages. A charitable trust manages and runs the hospital, which members of the Brahma Kumaris support. Mount Abu’s Global Hospital and Research Centre are like the fulfilment of a dream for the local tribal people and residents. By combining western science and oriental remedies with the techniques of Rajyoga meditation, the GHRC was built to provide holistic healthcare to this predominantly rural and poor area. GHRC is known for its spectacular surroundings, clean interiors, and staff with serene, smiling faces. GHRC operates under-qualified personnel. Many of them even practice Rajyoga meditation. The outpatient department has 15 clinics. In addition, there are 70 in-patient beds, a radiology laboratory, and a pathology lab for diagnostic testing, homoeopathic, and magnetotherapy, with natural cure clinics. Over 80% of the hospital’s services are provided free of charge.