Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch

About Madhuban
Madhuban is situated at a height of 5000 ft above a picturesque village in the Kumaon range of the Himalayas. Madhuban is the place where the beekeeping association of India took birth more than 60 years ago.
The property was offered to the Ashram by a devotee in 2003 and is continuously being developed. The entire valley of Talla Ramgarh is a fruit bowl with pears, plums, peaches, apricot orchards.
Madhuban Sri Aurobindo Ashram is an extension of Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi Branch.
Madhuban today is a calm environment for spiritual retreats, writers and artists residences, vedic chanting, nature treks and a wholesome experience of living in a community set up where all work is done in the spirit of an offering to the Divine.
It is a space that beckons each one of us to pause and to connect to one's inner ecology amidst the abundance of flora and fauna that is in rhythm with seasonal changes.
The Mother called this valley,
"Sri Aurobindo's foothold in the Himalayas".
Our Inspiration
Sri Aurobindo and The Mother
Our Mission and Vision
"This Ashram has been created with another object than that ordinarily common to such institutions, not for the renunciation of the world but as a center and field of practice for the evolution of another kind and form of life which would in the final end be moved by a higher spiritual consciousness and embody a greater life of the spirit."
Sri Aurobindo
"Change yourself if you wish to change the world."
The Mother
Madhuban vision:
Is one of being worthy of the faith that The Mother invested in the Sri Aurobindo Ashram Delhi branch, when on 12th February 1956 for its opening she sent a handwritten message:
"Let this place be worthy of its name and manifest the true spirit of Sri Aurobindo's teaching and message to the world. With my blessings".
In sync with the above Madhuban's vision is to facilitate spiritual retreats for sadhaks and work for the nearby inhabitants of Talla Ramgarh for aspects of Integral Education, Health, and Livelihood in a framework that is ecologically viable, spiritually uplifting and collectively focused on building inner harmony for all involved with the process.

Madhuban mission:
To strive to be an ecological community focused on principles of integral yoga, a space where each individual connected to it is able to be conscious of the aim of life for his/her own being and with the needs of the space, needs of the other co-habitants and the larger vision of the space.

Our activities
Overview and Our Work
Spiritual retreats
Social projects
We work with schedules from morning 6.30 a.m to evening 7.30 p.m for both our own individual and community needs.

All living inside the ashram and those that come, as visitors need to be mindful of their own personal routines while being respectful of the community daily fixed practices of:

1. @ 6.30 a.m to 7.30 a.m – Morning yoga /shramdan
2. @ 7.30 – Breakfast
3. @ 12 noon – Lunch
4. @ 4 p.m to 4.30 p.m – collective reading
5. @ 4.30 p.m – Tiffin
6. @ 5 p.m to 6 p.m – Sports/physical fitness
7. @ 7p.m to 7.30 p.m – Meditation
8. @ 7.30 p.m – Dinner

Skill building for youth, vocational trainees within a fixed monthly schedule based on availability of volunteers and our permanent residents.

Office timings:
8 a.m to 12.30 noon
1.30 to 4 p.m
Our facilities
For all on a path of self-discovery and transformation Madhuban is a space that facilitates a rhythm of quietude.
Our simple housing facilities include
Double – triple and dormitory sharing
Community gathering spaces with provisions for
1. Audio video facility
2. Yoga
3. Outdoor gym
4. badminton court
5. Trekking
Quiet sit outs to watch our flora and fauna.
Madhuban has organically grown to become a home hosting groups of people who follow the spiritual path.
To apply for hosting or participating in a retreat write to:

Voices about Madhuban:
Our group traveled from U.S.A and stayed there at Madhuban for a retreat with Taradidi.
From the moment I put my feet there, an overpowering calm, peaceful and strong spiritual vibration filled my being. The beauty of the Madhuban, the exquisite fragrance from the flowers all around, the majestic mountains and above all the simplicity, love, care and dedicated service from Anju didi and other members of the Madhuban community has made a deep impact in my heart.
I witness the concept of putting the spirituality into action for the upliftment of local communities so beautifully in Madhuban.
Combine these with modern amenities and comfortable rooms, sattvik food at the Dining Hall, the time I spent at Madhuban has created a deep positive impact in me and I can't wait to come back and spend more time at Madhuban.

Amit Thakkar
For me, each visit and each encounter with the beautiful and enchanting environs of Madhuban and of the Himalayas, are a joy and deepening of sense of sacred beauty and of oneness.
I feel truly blessed to have "discovered" this quite extra-ordinary place. As well, to be received here by everyone – in the kitchen, in the gardens, everywhere – with deep attention and abiding welcome, is the most hearting healing.
Thank you everyone indeed for making Madhuban my "home".

Sehdev Kumar
In Education:

We have adopted schools in the nearby villages and work closely with the state board and NCERT curriculum guidelines and books, with our background in integral education we weave in a framework of processes that aim to empower each stake holder around the child to be mindful of our guiding three principles of education:
1. The first principle of true teaching is that nothing can be taught. The teacher is not an instructor or task-master, he is a helper and a guide. His business is to suggest and not to impose. He does not actually train the pupil's mind, he only shows him how to perfect his instruments of knowledge... he shows him how to acquire knowledge for himself.
2. The second principle is that the mind has to be consulted in its own growth. The idea of hammering the child into the shape desired by the parent or teacher is a barbarous and ignorant superstition. It is he himself who must be induced to expand in accordance with his own nature.
3. The third principle of education is to work from the near to the far, from that which is to that which shall be. The basis of man's nature is almost always in addition to his soul's past, his heredity, his surroundings, his nationality, his country, the soil from which he draws sustenance, the air which he breathes, the sights, sounds, habits to which he is accustomed.

Following the above Madhuban looks forward to celebrating the human spirit through the following:
Camps for village education
Computer literacy for village youth
Music and art classes for village women
Knitting and stitching workshops for village women
Garbology classes for village schools

a school we work with , joyful children
In livelihoods:

1. Stitching unit:
Regular classes for stitching are held for village girls, these courses are of three to six month duration, post training employment is given to those who qualify to become seam mistresses in our stitching unit, for those who want to become entrepreneurs, support is given to set up their own small scale business.
2. Knitting unit:
A cluster of village women mostly mothers of our school children have been involved with meeting every Tuesday and horning there skills for making woolens, they as a cluster now make and sell their finely knitted, mufflers, shawls, socks, capes, baby suits through the ashram, all money that they make is collected and accounted by them, the ashram has supported this enterprise by building their skills, a room with a view and opportunities for travel to see more organized skill work in places like Auroville and Delhi are periodically organised.
Ours is a young community initiative and we look for volunteers who are themselves looking at personal growth opportunities by working around the needs of our vision and mission in arrears of:

1. Education:
For primary village schools that we have adopted

2. Skill building for youth in areas of:
Food preservation
Art and craft

3. Sustainable Ecology initiatives, maintenance and optimization for efficiency of:
Solar panels
Water-harvesting and drip irrigation
Mulching and vermi-composting pits
Flower Gardens and nursery
Fruit and vegetable orchards
Poly house
Cow keeping

Please know that:
Volunteers need to commit for minimum 1 working month.
Please fill the form attached and mail at:,
On being accepted you will be given an orientation and attached to a department for daily practice of minimum 6 hours of work.
Boarding and lodging will be provided on sharing basis for those applying for minimum one month, post one month a single room facility will be initiated.

See what our Volunteers say about Madhuban:
Madhuban, what is it about for me? Beauty: the ocean of flowers spilling thin amrita in the air. Love: we offer our work there at the Divine's feet and the Mother gives us Her support and Grace. Presence: the eternal breath of the Himalayas and the embrace of the Lord...
Like the silent mountains one wants to be quiet there and when I think of Madhuban, I feel I can't speak much, because it is necessary for you to be there to experience it's silence. But in order to be there, you need to hear the quiet ringing of the bell in your heart, which gently calls you...
Madhuban, I am waiting for our new meeting.

I stayed in Madhuban for a month, doing volunteering for a full time week.
The ashram is very beautiful itself due to nice location and lots of flowers flourishing in the gardens, atmosphere is calm and peaceful as this is the very nature of the Himalayas hills. This is a good place to stay and pause, to be with yourself and deepen into Sadhana. As a volunteer I had an amazing opportunity to participate actively in the life of the community. What I found is that people there are very open, welcoming and collaborative, I was blessed to find some new friends there.
If you have this opportunity to come to Madhuban and stay there as a volunteer: I believe this is a good investment of your time and efforts since it gives back much more than you give to it.

What can I say? Madhuban is my home!

Nature around us
A valley in the foothills of the Himalayas that is seasonally changing to herald new beginnings and emerging of new plant, bird and crawly creepy animal life that sings, chirps, buzzes in a rhythm that is uniquely in symphony with cycles of natural life.
If you are coming to stay indoors than you can from your room look at spectacular views of the trickling river in the summer, clouds dancing in the mountain dales during monsoons, trees laden with fruit between summer and monsoons, orange to yellow hues of our trees and vines in autumn, flowers of myriad hues in spring and winter bare nature in all its rugged beauty.
Special Days of Spiritual Significance and Activities
21 February
Darshan day and the Mother's Birth Anniversary, all-day program
29 February
Day of the Supramental Manifestation
24 April
'Darshan day': the Mother's Final Arrival in Pondicherry, all-day program
7 June
Relics Enshrinement Day at Madhuban, all-day program
13 August
Birth Anniversary of Shri Surendra Nath Jauhar 'Faquir'
15 August
Darshan day: Sri Aurobindo's Birth Anniversary, all-day program
17 November
The Mother's Mahasamadhi Day, collective silent meditation
24 November
'Darshan day' and Siddhi Day, march past and satsang
5 December
Sri Aurobindo's Mahasamadhi Day, collective silent meditation
31 December
Mid-night meditation
Contacts and location
+91 5942 281 215
Talla Ramgarh Road, Ramgarh, Uttarakhand 263137, India
From New Delhi to Kathgodam, and then to Talla Ramgarh, after reaching Talla Ramgarh, look for Madhuban after the Talla market
Our Acknowledgments
Following organizations need to be acknowledged for being our support system in terms of being connected to our vision and mission for Madhuban
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