Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas was founded by H.D. Paramahamsa Omkarananda
Saraswati, a God-realized Saint, Mystic, Sage, Philosopher and Writer.
Our Ashram has all the circumstances, conditions, facilities
required for development of Bhakti, rendering intensive
selfless service and realisation of God in daily life. All
Ashramites' activities have only one aim: God-experience.
The running of schools is only one among the many forms of
selfless service they render.
All our Ashrams are in the form of temples formally and
informally. Pujas go on day in and day out. We run temples.
We print and distribute spiritual literature. We have our
meditation classes, Bhajans, Yagnas, and individuals have
their individual spiritual practices, apart from the general
spiritual activities of the Ashram.
Every speck of dust, every rock, every tree of the actual
dwellings of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas and beyond is
vibrant with the glow of Swami Omkarananda's spiritual
realisations and bears silent witness to this incomparable
Sage, his Wisdom and Purity and his uninterrupted experience
and adoration of the Divine Presence in all beings and in
Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas is located in the most sacred
place near the bank of the holy river Ganga and in the
proximity of both Rishikesh - the ancient place of
pilgrimage, the neighbouring Sivanandanagar and the famous
Lakshman Jhula. The Himalayan Ashram is - like other
Omkarananda Ashrams in Europe - a place where God abides and
announces His Presence in the wonders His Grace works, the
works His Love inspires, the books His Wisdom dictates and
the deeds His Will perpetuates.
Ashram Himalayas carries its multiple activities through two
registered Charitable Trusts - Omkarananda Dharma
Samsthan, and Omkarananda Charitable Trust,
as well as the Omkarananda Educational Society.
Only Indians and Indian citizens of Western European lands
are living in the Ashram here: they are all Sannyasis and
spiritual aspirants. All of them are highly educated and
specialised in various educational and engineering fields.
They are all direct disciples of Swami Omkarananda and have
been with him since the late 1960s.
Ashram is managed by a group of Sannyasis, with Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda
Saraswati as the President.
Shri Swami Vishveshwarananda Saraswati is a monastic
disciple of His Divinity Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati.
He became after his schooling an Electronics Engineer and
later started a career as a Pilot.
At the age of 21 Swami Vishveshwarananda was attracted and
greatly influenced by the teachings of Swami Omkarananda and
became his disciple.
With the wish to uplift the poor people of Garhwal Himalayas
in the field of education Shri Paramahamsa Omkarananda
Saraswati sent Swami Vishveshwarananda to the Himalayas,
With the blessings of Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati,
Swami Vishveshwaranandaji could establish within a short
time over 74 educational, cultural and spiritual
Institutions in Uttarakhand, Garhwal Himalayas, out of which
are the Omkarananda Saraswati Degree College Deoprayag, more
Omkarananda Hill Schools (Basic, Junior High Schools and
very remote Himalayan hill areas, an Omkarananda Saraswati
Nilayam Inter-College, Rishikesh, Muni-ki-Reti, with 2500 students, affiliated to ICSE
New Delhi, an Omkarananda Institute of Management and
Technology, Muni-ki-Reti, affiliated to Uttarakhand Technical University
Dehradun, H.N. Bahuguna Garhwal University Shrinagar and
Sridev Suman Uttarakhand University, and approved by AICTE
New Delhi and NCTE New Delhi,
the Gurukul Omkarananda Gayatri Ved Vidyalaya at the Ganga,
an Institute for Indian Classical Dance and Music,
Omkarananda Saraswati Natya Kala Academy, a Students' Sanskrit
Library, Public Libraries, the Omkarananda Ganga Ghat,
several Dharmashalas (guesthouses) and 18 beautiful Temples in and
near the Headquarters of Omkarananda Ashram Himalayas,
Omkarananda Nagar, Muni-ki-Reti, Rishikesh.
Swami Vishveshwarananda was specially honoured by the
Government of India for his great contributions in the
educational field, on the occasion of Golden Jubilee
Celebrations of Independence Day, on 15th August 1998.
In December 1999, the Sadhu communities of Haridwar and
Rishikesh initiated him as the Mahant of Omkarananda Ashram
Himalayas with the traditional ritual and by offering the
symbolic Caadar ("Shawl of Honour").
On 25th December 2005 Swami Vishveshwarananda was honoured
with the prestigious "Pride of Uttaranchal"
Award by the Doon Citizens Council, Dehradun.
For his distinguished Services in the Field of Education
Swami Vishveshwarananda was awarded by the Independent
Schools Federation of India, on 14th February 2006, in New
Delhi. The Award was presented by Shri Arjun Singh, Minister
of Human Resource Development, Government of India.
On 20th October 2008 Swami Vishveshwarananda was honoured
with the "Rashtra Shakti Award" by Star
Charities and International Human Rights Foundation, at
Breach Candy, Mumbai, during a Symposium on World Peace,
where he was the Main Speaker.
Because of his hard work and selfless service, Swami
Vishveshwarananda Saraswati was selected by His Gurudev
Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati as His Successor.
A team of Omkarananda Saraswati's monastic disciples, who
are also members of the board of Omkarananda Trust Societies
- Swami Satchidananda and Somashekhari (Somashekhari has
also got Sannyasa-Diksha and is a monastic disciple, but has
been ordered by Sadgurudeva Omkarananda to be in civil dress
so long as she is the Director of Natyakala Academy and
Sangit Samsthan and has to teach these arts to students and
has to give public performances) - are greatly helping Swami
Vishveshwarananda. In the spirit of the Veda Mantra, they
are serving Sarva-Devata and the public as one Heart, one
Mind, one Will. The Grace of Guru, Gayatri, Ganga, Gita,
Tripurasundari is visibly operative in their lives.