sidhbari MAHASAMADHI CAMP 2022

Camp Highlights

  • Morning Vedanta satsangs & guided Meditation sessions

  • Insightful talks on the bliss of Bhagavatam Canto 1

  • Gurudev's 29th Aaradhana day celebrations on 3rd August at the Mahasamadhi Shrine

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Camp LOCation

chinmaya tapovan - sidhbari

In the lush Kangra valley, at the feet of the Dhauladhar mountain range, nestles the small hamlet of Sidhbari, named as 'the abode of the siddhas, or Self-realized masters.' According to ancient scriptures, this mystical place was home to numerous great saints and seers, who, through their austerities, sanctified all the earth they walked on.

Sandeepany HIM's campus is stunningly lush and vast. The majestic Shiva lingam on the residential cottage of Swami Chinmayananda is visible for miles, and a mark of the pervading sanctity. Stately trees, gentle plants, and radiant flowers blossom effortlessly in the sacred environment and offer a vibrant backdrop that is loved by all the ashram residents and the neighbouring locals.

From virtually every corner of the ashram, the snow-capped peaks of the Dhauladhar are clearly visible. A thick pine forest closes in from one side of the ashram, and the view of magnificent terraced fields and gurgling streams flows in from the other.

The most revered and intense abode of silence, and the focal point for ashram residents and visitors, is the samadhi sthala of Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, who attained mahasamadhi on August 3, 1993.

Camp Acharya

swami abhedananda

With uncompromising faith in the Lord’s power, and rock-solid conviction in the eternal relevance of the scriptures, Swami Abhedananda is a shining example of selfless service and devotion. Immensely blessed by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda and Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, he exhibits a rare combination of love & detachment, knowledge & devotion, poise & dynamism.
Presently the In-Charge of Chinmaya Mission South Africa, Swamiji served as the In-Charge of several Chinmaya Mission centres in the past including those in Singapore and India. A naturally gifted speaker and deep thinker, Swami Abhedananda has a beaming spiritual personality that draws every intellectual seeker. He communicates the deepest principles in a simple yet profound manner. Every satsang of Swamiji is a flight to self-discovery, a journey towards uniting with the inner source. In every interaction, Swamiji sprinkles spiritual wisdom through which life becomes simpler, perspectives get clearer, and actions become nobler. Endowed with vast intellectual depth and devotional zeal, Swami Abhedananda is a unique spiritual master who has earned the respect of audiences around the world for his clarity of thought and enamouring knowledge. Exuding love, compassion and clarity, Swamiji has touched innumerable lives and ignited the flame of spiritual seeking in countless hearts.

FAQ

Dates & Travel

The camp starts on Sunday, 24th July 2022 and ends on Wednesday 3rd Aug 2022.

Please plan to arrive after 3:00 pm on Saturday, 23rd July 2022 and plan to depart no later than Thursday, 4th Aug 9:00 am.

Sidhbari is located in Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh. Nearest airport is Kangra-Gaggal Airport (code: DHM) which is 35 minutes drive from airport to Chinmaya Tapovan Ashram Sidhbari. For trains, the nearest railwary station is Pathankot from where it is a 3 hour drive to Sidhbari ashram. You may contact the Ashram office number +91 1892 234324 for more details.

Camp registrations will close on Wednesday, 15 June 2022

Registration & Accommodation

Upon receiving your / your family’s registration details the organizers will allot accommodation on first come – first serve basis, and considering your preference. You will then be reached out for making a payment of the camp donation. Registration will be confirmed only after the payment of donation.

All accommodation will be provided based on first cum first basis. Organizers cannot guarantee that the choice of accommodation request will be allotted. However, organizers will take the preferences into consideration during accommodation allotments.

Yes the preference will be given to accomodate family members together in the same room as much as possible.

Camp donation includes Ashram accomodation + sattvik meals for breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee during the respective timings

Full camp fees is payable as the ashram rooms are being reserved exclusively for the camp delegates. Exceptional cases may be reviewed on case by case basis, but only subject to room availability, which cannot be confirmed until the camp starts on 24th July.

Yes children are allowed to come, as this is a family camp. However, caretakers for small children or infants are not available in the ashram, and parents must take care of their children. Parents must avoid bringing small kids inside the classes to avoid others from getting disturbed.

Kids below 5 years Free / Children between 6 to 12 years camp donation will be at 50% discount

No special programs for children are planned during the camp

The ashram has a unique 32-feet tall Shri Hanuman ji’s temple, a beautiful Ram-Mandir and Pujya Gurudev’s Mahasamadhi shrine. Camp delegates must remain within the ashram during the camp, but they can plan extra days to cover temple visits on their own,once the camp concludes on 3rd August.

Rooms available in the ashram are non-AC. The average temperature in July & August ranges between 18 degrees to 28 degrees Celsius which is cool and pleasant throughout the day.

Camp Schedule & features

Special Abhishek, Archana, Paduka puja and Aarti and other prayers will be performed at Pujya Gurudev’s Mahasamadhi shrine in presence of Pujya Swami Abhedananda ji and all the camp delegates

Daily Bhiksha Offerings can be made
– Breakfast bhiksha Rs.7,500
– Lunch bhiksha Rs.15,000
– Dinner bhiksha Rs.11,000
– Full day bhiksha Rs 30,000
– Paduka Puja Rs 11,000
Other Seva options
– Vadmala Puja of Veer Hanumanji every Tuesday & Saturday : Rs.501
– Lighting of Deepmala at Veer Hanumanji : Rs.501
– Puja/Archana at Ram Mandir: Rs.1100
– Ram Darbar Aarti in evening: Rs.501
– Seva for one cow per month: Rs.3000

Yes all sessions are mandatory for camp delegates, unless someone is unwell and unable to attend. In such cases, special permission must be sought from Pujya Swamiji

You are advised to bring Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 and Gita Chapter 15 along with you. Please also bring your notebook and pen for taking notes.

This is a residential onsite camp which is being organized after a long gap of 3 years. All devotees are encouraged to come to Sidhbari and attend in person and benefit from this great opportunity. LIVE streaming will not be done on YouTube or Zoom. So please don’t miss it!

Sidhbari Ashram-Facilities

Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea/coffee and Dinner

Ashram food is very simple, sattvik and healthy for all delegates. Tea and Coffee are available without sugar for diabetic patients.

The ashram hosts a medical room. There is a nearby dispensary in CORD (Chinmaya Organisation for Rural Development) and hospitals are also nearby in Dharmshala for emergency situations.

You can bring whatever is comfortable and keeps you fully-covered given the decorum of the Ashram. Kurta-Payjama, Shirt Trousers Jeans, Salwar Suits, Saris, Slacks etc