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Santhigiri Ashram is located in Pothencode, Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala.[1] The ashram was founded by Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru[2] and is recognized as a Social and Scientific Research Organization by the Government of India.[3]

The followers of Karunakara Guru have built a beautiful monument called Parnasala in the shape of a blooming lotus in white Makrana marble in the Ashram compound. This unique structure took 10 years for completion. It was inaugurated by the President of India Pratibha Devi Patil on 13 August 2010 and was opened for prayers and worship on 12 September 2010. Apart from its spiritual sanctity, The Lotus Parnasala of the Ashram has become a landmark of Trivandrum and is attracting lots of tourists.


Santhigiri Ashram works towards fulfilling Navajyothi Sri Karunakara Guru's vision of a revitalized life involving spiritual, social, economic and cultural elements.[4] His vision emphasided on secular spirituality

Navajyothi Sree Karunakara Guru (born 1927, died 1999) was from Chandiroor, Alleppey district, Kerala. His teachings followed the theme of a global spiritual and cultural renaissance in harmony with material progress. He focused on the aspect of the soul that carries karmic merits and impurities that result in success or failure in life.[citation needed]

With the above vision and process, the ashram functions as a training center; people can either stay at or visit the ashram and attend services and assimilate in the teachings of the Guru by doing karma - correct actions.


In addition to the main centre in Pothencode, the ashram also have branches in Idukki, Ernakulam, Chandiroor, Kanyakumari, Kottayam, Madurai, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, Kozhikode, Kannur and Sulthan Bathery. Branches are also being built in Bangalore and New Delhi.



One of Guru's objectives was to feed the poor and to this effect the ashram offers an Annadanam or gift of food, at their various centers, to all the visitors as well as inmates.[2][5]


Athurasevanam or care of the ailing is a supporting function to the Guru's vision. The ashram performs this function through a chain of Ayurveda research centers,[2][6] hospitals,[7] onsite and offisite health care programs and camps[8] and social research.[3]


Part of the Guru's vision for the ashram is Athmabodhanam or spiritual awakening.[9] The awakening is at two levels - rational and transcendental; the former focuses on elimination of ignorance while the latter focuses on knowledge of reality.[10]

Economic development[edit]

As part of the vision of a revitalized life, the ashram focuses on economic development, with an emphasis on trade skills and support for women[11] and cottage industry programs.[12]


  1. ^ "Advani hails contributions of spiritual leaders". The Hindu. April 28, 2008. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  2. ^ a b c "Prime Minister to inaugurate ashram's research centre". The Hindu. November 24, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  3. ^ a b "Directory of Scientific and Industrial Research Organization" (PDF). Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt of India. November 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  4. ^ Tankha, Upendra (March 11, 2002). "Between religion and spirituality". The Hindu. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  5. ^ "Santhigiri Ashram". July 14, 2005. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  6. ^ Devraj, Ranjit (July 2, 2005). "Herbs and hysteria". Asia Times. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  7. ^ "Bulgarian princess visits ashram". The Hindu. November 3, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  8. ^ "Santhigiri Ashram to organise free medical camp". The Hindu. April 5, 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  9. ^ "International conference on health in Kottayam". The Hindu. December 14, 2004. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  10. ^ "Blind man's buff - Interview with Rajeev Anchal". Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  11. ^ "Study materials, uniforms distributed". The Hindu. May 7, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  12. ^ "Santhigiri Ashram for an all-round health". The Tribune. March 23, 2002. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 

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