Prem Nagar Ashram

Tel: 01334-226345
Haridwar

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WHAT TO DO AND SEE AT PREM NAGAR

The first thing the visitor sees as he emerges from the main driveway into the ashram grounds is a beautiful fountain crowned by four back-to back statues of a meditating Lord Shiva seated on a lotus. The fountain is brightly painted and indirectly illuminated by various coloured lights in its outer wall. Shri Hans Ji Maharaj once remarked that if a person visits the ashram with a negative attitude or merely out of curiosity, all he will notice are the carved snakes curling around Shiva's neck, whereas a genuine aspirant who comes with an open mind and a certain respect for the place will be enchanted by the beauty of Shiva and will not even notice the snakes.

Mansarovar Satsang Hall

The focal point of the Ashram is its magnificent Satsang Hall, the largest in Hardwar. 2,000 people can sit in it to listen to spiritual discourses ("satsang") delivered by mahatmas and devotees. Weekly satsang on Sunday afternoon is held here and is open to the general public.

The hall opens on to two spacious lawns lined with trees and flowers. The lawns are divided by a path sheltered by a natural awning of flowering vines and creepers growing on trellises and arches, providing a shady and fragrant passageway.

The interior of the hall is vast, with good natural acoustics. Its upper level is a gallery of rooms. The balconies are lined with verses and quotations from the saints and scriptures of all the major religions, as well as extracts from Shri Hans Ji Maharaj's discourses on the practical knowledge of God and its realization. The main body of the hall is lined with oil paintings of the great saints and divine Masters of all religions. The western end of the hall has a stage with a life-size portrait of Shri Hans Ji Maharaj.

Goverdhan Hall

To meet the growing need for a more spacious satsang hall and to protect audiences from inclement weather, Shri Mata Ji laid the foundation stone for another, even larger, building named 'Goverdhan Hall'.

The total covered area is 5,541 square meters. The central hall is constructed as a single span without any columns and is surrounded by covered corridors measuring 800 square meters. It was designed by well-known architects and consultants from Hyderabad and Delhi. It is the biggest hall of its type in Asia and contains the latest equipment for sound, lighting and ventilation. The hall, which can accommodate 20,000 people, has been especially designed for satsang and meditation for those gather here from all over the world. (However, even this huge building is proving too small for the more than 100,000 people who attend the April Vaisakhi festival and the evening satsang programs during this 3-day festival are held in the vast grounds of Rishikul College, Hardwar.)

Sound and Light Show

In front of Goverdhan Hall is a landscaped park with a few tiers of auditorium-style seating on two sides. In the middle of the park is a swimming-pool sized computerised fountain, which plays a medley of devotional music synchronised with a stunning display of multi-coloured fountains.The show runs for approximately 30 minutes and can be seen Wednesday and Sunday evenings just after sunset.It is a huge hit with tourists and even locals come regularly to enjoy it.



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Shri Hans Ji Maharaj

Shri Hans Ji Maharaj, from the Himalayan district of Uttarakhand, was an enlightened master in the tradition of the divine masters such as Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, Shri Shankaracharya, Guru Nanak, Jesus Christ, Lord Buddha and Shri Ramakrishna, who came into the world to free people from blind faith, ignorance, superstition and misery by means of the practical technique of Spiritual Knowledge which leads to the direct realization of the self.

Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj

The noble work of Shri Hans Ji Maharaj is being carried on by his eldest son, Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj, who was born in Kankhal (Haridwar) on Sept 21, 1951. His innate leadership and organising abilities, as well as his inherent spirituality, started manifesting themselves even in his childhood, so that, when the time came, he dedicated himself to his father's work with characteristic zeal and efficiency. Totally devoted to his own Master, and never veering from the high ideals and moral integrity of his teachings, Shri Satpal Ji Maharaj demonstrated the path of service and sacrifice in his own life.