Sivanand Seva Samiti runs a hospital which is situated in the main compound of shivanandashram. There is a medicine counter, an o.p section and an operation theatre. High quality medicine from different parts of globe is provided for those in need. Since 1989 Swamiji’s hospital has been a charity institution with thousands of people coming from underserved and isolated rural areas in Uttarkashi and other districts.

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For 45 years, the day has been started with morning chanting of the Vishnu sahasranamam and Saraswathy Upanishad, with the timing varying as per seasons. In the summertime it is from 5.30 am to 7 am and in winter it is 7 to 8.30 am. Most of the ashram inmates and students participate in this chant. After this, inmates or guests may ask swamiji questions – a wonderful opportunity especially for western students to receive traditional knowledge imparted by a senior monk of Himalayas.

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Some people just want to spend their holidays anywhere in India for a few weeks. Others prefer to stay in a yoga retreat centre to learn yoga, others still need a yoga teacher certificate in order to teach in their country. In Rishikesh and Goa there are hundreds of yoga teacher training schools which are fully qualified in teaching and giving certificates. Most of them are connected with US AND UK Yoga Alliance. For those who not satisfied with this type of professional and physical YOGA, who are searching for a less commercial approach and would like to visit ashrams in India, meet some genuine saints and who possess knowledge of Indian philopshy, swami premananda’s ashram will be perfectly suited. They can come and stay in the ashram, have satsangs (spiritual discussions) with him and ask any questions regarding yoga and Vedanta and about sadhus of India or about Indian philosophy.

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Groups of local girls come to the ashram from their nearby houses for kirtan (holy singing) and chanting, on a regular basis and especially for religious occasions like Navarathri, Sivarathri and other Indian festivals. These girls may stay in the ashram for few days and participate in its activities. Sometimes guests teach them English and other subjects.

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