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Ramakrishnan Mahasammelan Ashram

Ramakrishnan Mahasammelan Ashram is located on a hillock at Nagdandi, 2 km from Acchabal in Anantnag District. The ashram was established by Swami Ashokananda, who meditated on this hill. Ashokananda selected a gigantic pine tree and sat under it for his sadhana.

There is a small temple for Thakur Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and a guest-house which added the importance of the Ashram. The ashram sprawls across 7 acres of land and there is an apple orchard. The 800 fruit bearing trees of 17 varieties provide the revenue for the major share of the expenses of the ashram.

Swami Ashokananda breathed his last in December 1971. His mortal remains were cremated in the premises of the Ashram, which is known as the Tapo-bhumi and Karma-bhumi.

Ramakrishnan Mahasammelan Ashram has become a pilgrim center attracting people from far and near, without distinction between rich and poor, caste and creed, literate and illiterate. Thousands from other parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Delhi, and even from abroad take part in Shri Ramakrishna and Ma Sharada jayantis celebrated here.

By road, Nagdandi is easily accessible from Acchabal, which is about 8 km from Anantnag. The nearest airport is Srinagar Airport and the nearest railway station is at Jammu.

Updated on 7th June, 2005
District: Anantnag


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