Swami  Omkarananda Ashram- Kamakshi Devi Mandir

Rishikesh, an ancient city in the Deva Bhoomi is popular for its temples and ashramas. Swami Omkarananda Ashram  Kamakshi Devi Mandir is a must-visit temple of Swami Omkarananda to complete Rishikesh Yatra. Others come here to visit  Shree Vithal Ashram is one such ashram. That offers yoga teacher training. This ashrama was started by Shri V.T.Chitnis.

Swami Omkarananda Ashram – Kamakshi Devi Mandir

Kamakshi Devi Mandir is a holy shrine dedicated to Goddess Kamakshi Devi (a form of Goddess Parvati Devi). The specialty of this temple is architecture. That is in the south Indian style.

Swami Omkarananda Ashram is located near the foothills of the Himalayas. Therefore, one can have an amazing view of the Himalayan mountains and their surroundings. The temple was built by Gurudev Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati. It is also known as Sanayas Ashram  Rishikesh.

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View from Sri Vithal Ashram Rishikesh
View from Sri Vithal Ashram Rishikesh

Sri Vitthal Ashram Rishikesh

The serene place was visited by many pilgrims. Inside the ashram, there is a Vitthal temple. Hence here daily they will be conducting morning and evening rituals to the Vithal idol. Indeed, here the Vitthal idol of god will be facing the holy river Ganga.

Thus the scenic view of the Ganga river and the Majestic Himalayan mountains with the reverberating sound of Vedic chants. This brings devotional vibes to the pilgrims. A large number of pilgrims visit this holy place.

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A lovely fountain and garden in the pristine premises of Shree Vithal Ashram
A lovely fountain and garden in the pristine premises of Shree Vithal Ashram

The Founder

The founder of this pious place is Shri V.T.Chitnis. He got inspired by the majestic and holy Himalayan mountains. The imprint of the Himalayan mountain in his mind made him start an Ashram.

Whereas this ashram provides a stay for the aspirants who want to learn yoga and meditation. For pilgrims who visit Rishikesh along with the adventure activities like trekking and so on.

In this ashram, they have well-furnished rooms, a Meditation hall, Yoga hall, Good sattvic food dining hall. Apart from this, they have a free wifi facility inside the ashrama.

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The Kutirs in the Ashram

The Kutirs in the Ashram

History of Sri Vitthal Ashram

Once Shri V.T.Chitnis was going on a trip to the Kalisha Mansarovar yatra. To dip his father’s ashes in the holy waters. Nevertheless, the splendor and magnificent Himalayas mountain captured his mind. This lures him to start an ashram at the foothills of the Himalayas.

How to reach this ashram?

The nearest airport is Jolly Grant airport whereas the nearest railways are Rishikesh railways. From here one can take local transport.

This ashram is located in the Muni Ki Reti town in Tehri Garhwal district closeby to Rishikesh.

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Omkarananda Kamakshi Devi Mandir Rishikesh
Omkarananda Kamakshi Devi Mandir Rishikesh

Omkarananda Kamakshi Devi Mandir

The main temple sanctum is in the midst of other gods and goddess mandir. Inside the temple complex, there are other small shrines beside the Kamakshi Devi mandir.

To the left are Shri Meenakshi Devi temple and the Shri Chamundi Devi temple. To the main goddess suites on the right side to these small temples.

Opposite to these three mandir Venkantswara, swami, and Padmavati Devi mandir present. Along with this Gurudev Paramahamsa, Omkarananda Saraswati mandir is also located inside the temple complex.

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A Littel History 

This holy shrine happens with the blessing of the Gurudev Paramahamsa Omkarananda Saraswati. Omkarananda Kamakshi temple in contrast to the rest of the temples in Rishikesh.

The construction of the temple is in south Indian style. The Kanchipuram head priest personally helps them during the construction of the temple

Conclusion

  • Visit this pious place Shree Vithal Ashram & Omkarananda Kamakshi-Devi Mandir. When you visit Rishikesh which gives a surreal experience as it blends both scenic and devotional places.
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Namaste! I am Om. I am a licensed Tourist Guide ( Approved by Ministry of Tourism, Government of India), I’m originally from Varanasi. Now, I am living in Rishikesh. I set up this blog to share my tips and experiences for traveling to inspire and help you to travel more. Hari Om

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