Samadhi Hermitage - INDIA
Advaita Ananda Samadhi Ashram
Ellora, Maharastra India

The Samadhi Hermitage, Inc. New Mexico, now has a two-part Ashram in the village of Ellora, India ...

Samadhi  Hermitage - India

Advaita Ananda Samadhi Ashram

Ellora is a place of Ancient
Buddhist, Hindu & Jain Spiritual Caves carved into a beautiful Volcanic Hillside,
near to Aurangabad, in the western state of Maharashtra, approximately 7 hours journey from Mumbai.

Samadhi  Hermitage - India
The purpose is to provide:

(a) facilities for sadhana (meditation), tapasya, satsang and yoga classes for local villagers as well as visitors from elsewhere;
(b) "spiritual lodging"  for visitors and friends who wish to visit Ellora and it's famous caves;
(c) an Indian home base for Ananda, who now prefers to live in India, moreso than in USA;
(d) a place for Ananda to host his friends .. Sadhus and those who are not .. who wish to visit him at Ellora; and,
(e) a place for Sita Tambe to serve local village girls and women, when she is older and ready to do so,
as a yogini, sadhuni, massage therapist, and/or whatever else she chooses to develop herself in.

This Hermitage is currently under construction,
with a goal of fall 2010 for completion of facilities sufficient to receive visitors.

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We are building internal walls, and other places, from old volcanic stone blocks, to give an ancient temple/cave-like atmosphere.

  Behind the windows is a hall for Yoga, Meditation, Satsang, etc. That's the front half of the building. The Heart Mandir photo below is in that front half, facing the windows. Behind the Heart Mandir wall is Ananda's living quarters and kitchen
  The  Verandah wall (photos below) is on the backside, providing a 5 foot wide verandah overlooking the creek (village "Ganga") below.
 Ananda's first old stone project .. using the old stones to construct a giant plant pot for a Chickoo/Saporta tree
It is just off the lower right corner in the picture to the left.

Three guest rooms are planned for the lower level, overlooking Ellora's very small "Ganga" River.
There will also be a small yoga deck on that side.

These large old stone blocks were used in the style of old India temples, to make the "Samadhi Hermitage Heart-Temple Meditation Cave" ... next picture!
"Samadhi Hermitage Heart-Temple Meditation Cave"
Constructed in 5 days by friend JT Grosch and Ananda
The Heart-Temple wall on our cave
Ananda and JT Grosch  (October, 2010)

"The Crew!!"
JT, Stacey, and Yuki came for a 3 week visit, which included a 2 week "masonry marathon" to construct the 
"Heart-Temple Meditation Cave",
as well as other walls in the Ashram building.
Yes, we had a blast, and that is Sita, Mom, & Sagar who also helped alot.
Work Crew 2008 & 09
Work Crew March 2010
That's Sagar, Sita's brother and my very good work buddy.
We did that floor we are sitting on together;
and he has also helped with so many other things.
Great attitude; not much of a lazy bone in his body.
Later he will be a great sadhu!!

Work Crew July 2010

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Heart Mandir (Temple)
Meditation "Throne" in the Verandah Wall
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Verandah - backside of the window is Ananda's bed.
Meditation "Throne" in the Verandah Wall

That's Sita and Sagar's mom (Sarubai) on the right, with that big stone on her head!

and, here is our most precious Sita and Sagar visiting the Hermitage!
Meal Time with Sagar and Sita.
Chapatti and veges in the evening; a dozen or more Bananas & other fruit are Ananda's diet throughout the next day of Stone masonry.

The "Samadhi Hermitage-India" is here to serve your visit to India,
as is Sita's family and home ... the "Advaita Ananda Samadhi Ashram".


is "family ashram" is the home we built for them in 2005-6,
and of course our ongoing support of this precious family
is a two-way blessing .. to them, as well as to ourselves and friends who visit.

So, the
"Samadhi  Hermitage - India",
and their home ... the
"Advaita Ananda Samadhi Ashram"
comprise our two-part ashram
in the village of Ellora, Maharastra, India.

Please feel free, inspired and welcome to visit.

Advaita Ananda Samadhi Ashram (home of Sita's family),
visited by a Nandi bull on Maha-Shivaratri, Feb. 12, 2010

As well as being a peaceful home-base for myself here in India, the Hermitage is also part of my vision
 for the
future of Sarubai's two middle children .. Sita, and her younger brother Sagar.
Sagar speaks strongly about sadhu life, not married life;
and Sita is
a precious jewel, hopefully to be a yogini in service to village girls and women.

Thus, through the vehicle of the Hermitage, they will find their own means of

"returning the gift" of such all inclusive family support the Samadhi Hermitage has provided since 2002. 

Youngest fellow is Ravi, now in 4th grade (2010-11) at a local private English speaking school.
His future may be a school teacher, and also offering free tutoring to poor village children,
as his village-service gift later in life.

This was Sita's 16th Birthday party, Aug. 30, 2009 ..
August 1st, 2009 her sister Sunita gave birth to her first baby .. Chandrani (means "moon queen").

If you are coming to India, and any this feels of interest to you, then please come for a visit.

This and a few other pages are under construction .. as is the Hermitage itself ..
so please check back for updates, more pics, etc.

Thank you for your interest and caring. 

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HERMITAGE and ASHRAM in Ellora, Maharashtra;
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Stories and pictures of the FAMILIES we support in India … and other fun stuff too!
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Would you like to help with our social work in India?

For assistance to poor folks in any 3rd world country, no amount is too small or too large.

In India: $20/month = private English language school for one child at Elementary level;
         $50/month = basic necessities for a single-mom family, 3 kids;
$100/month = fairly well full monthly expenses.

         $10-20/month is not a hardship for most of us, yet it can do wonders for social work in India and elsewhere.
If one wishes, Internet Banking enables fixed monthly donations as well as random. 
Soon we intend to set up a PayPal account.
Bank-toBank Transfer to Samadhi Hermitage Account:
U.S.BankAcct. #155919133449; ABA Number:  #107002312

Via personal check, payable (and send) to:
Samadhi Hermitage
7 Peaceful Way
Madrid, NM 87010

Samadhi Hermitage, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1995.
All donations are tax-deductible; and in advance, we thank you SO much. 
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Telephone: (505-473-3560)

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