Shiv Shanti Ashram, Lucknow, India

Shiv Shanti Ashram exterior

In the late 1970’s, Chanduram, a Sindhi Hindu guru, migrated from Pano Aquil, Sindh, to Lucknow. He and his followers, many of whom had preceded Chanduram to various parts of India, established the Shiv Shanti Ashram in the Alambagh area of Lucknow.  The growing complex provides housing for Chanduram and his family, guest rooms for followers, and various satsang halls for devotional meetings with devotees.  Within the ashram complex, the community has also provided various forms of charitable assistance, including a home for destitute widows, a weekly homeopathic clinic, and a cow shelter.

Darbar Sahib

Shrine containing two canopies

When I visited there in 2001, the main satsang hall in the ashram had two primary shrines.  The larger shrine had a central canopy that contained three copies of the Guru Granth Sahib (in Sindhi, Hindi, and Gurmukhi), although previously it had enshrined a copy of the Bhagavad Gita and the Ramcharitmanas on either side of the Guru Granth Sahib.  A second, smaller canopy contained three different texts from other Sindhi Hindu gurus, specifically Chelaram, T. L. Vaswani, and Teoonram.  The smaller shrine contained images of Chanduram’s predecessors, namely his father Asudaram, and his father’s gurus Kanwarram and Satram Das.

Shrine containing images of Chanduram's predecessors

Shrine containing images of Chanduram's predecessors

In addition to daily gatherings, the ashram also hosts large events.  They allow other groups, such as Gayatri Parivar, to use their open-air pavilion for special events.  The ashram also hosted the first lecture by the Sindhi guru J. P. Vaswani during his visit to Lucknow in 2001, with J. P. Vaswani and Chanduram sitting together on the stage.  The largest gathering in 2001 was the commemoration of the death anniversary of Chanduram’s father, Asudaram.  Several other Sindhi gurus and followers of Chanduram packed the  pavilion for a continuous reading of the Guru Granth Sahib as well as devotional songs and messages from Chanduram and other gurus.

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3 Responses

  1. Dada Shyam,

    This is Sumit, devotee of Sai Chandru Ram Saheb, Lucknow.

    First of all I thank you to give ashram’s description in the wordpress blog, great to see.

    I would suggest to correct the spelling of “Chanuram” to “Chandruram” . in the 10th line of the Blog.

    Hope to see the changes. Pls log in to http://www.shivsakhi.com for more details.

    Sumit Manglani, SSA Ashram, Lucknow 91-9372869993.

  2. Thanks for visiting the site, and I appreciate the correction.

  3. JAI.. SAKHI . BABA…..

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