(Last Updated on : 07-05-2014)
Sandipani Ashram is the original ancient ashram of Maharishi Sandipani who was the guru of Lord Krishna
. The Ashram is laden with historical and mythological significance. The term 'sandipani' means Sage of Gods
. In the ancient age, Ujjain
enjoyed the reputation of being a great seat of learning as early as the Mahabharata
period. The centrally situated grand image of Lord Krishna attracts thousands of the devotees to this ashram. Sandipani ashram is located 2 km outside Ujjain, in the Madhya Pradesh
state of India.
Mythological Stories of Sandipani Ashram
Sandipani Ashram is associated with various Indian mythological stories.
The architectural beauties of the ashram are vast and they portray the belief in mythology
that prevailed in the state of Madhya Pradesh of olden times. The area near the ashram, known as Ankapata, popularly believed to have been the place used by Lord Krishna for washing his writing tablets. The numerous 1 to 100 found inscribed on a stone are believed to have been engraved by Guru Sandipani. Near the ashram is the Gomti Kund, a stair cased water tank where Krishna supposedly summoned all the holy waters from various centres so that his old Guru, Sandipani Muni would not have to travel other holy places.
Temples of Sandipani Ashram
The ashram complex is set in a garden and the premises houses two temples
. First is the Kundeshwar temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva
. The walls of this temple are finely adorned with the images of various mythological characters. One wall depicts Krishna, Sudama, Balaram
; another wall features the other students and there is another wall which is adorned with an image of Kubera
. The second temple is also built in the honour of Shiva, this time as Sarveshwar Mahadev, the patron deity of Sage Sandipani.
Teachings at Sandipani Ashram
This is the ideal place for those who are interested in Vedas and spiritual learning. Every year, Sandipani ashram organises a summer course for the interested students. The course is held in the months of April, May and June. During this period, the ashram provides free boarding and lodging within its premises.