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Geographical Condition Of The Ashram
Before we look at Gurudev's work let us take a broad view of the ashram premises, which we were completed a year after Gurudev's arrival. The ashram is located in beutiful surroundings with plenty of ups and downs, with a hillock and river, creating and enchanting landscape. It stands proudly in its own scenic location and natural ecstay, where one can seek oneself.

Maharshi Kanva Ashram stands on seven acres of land which is separated from the village on three sides. On one side is the river and on the other two sides are the deep road like dentures created by the river. This gives it the look of small island

The fourth side, which is the eastern side is attached to the village. It is the entrance to the ashram.

One of the west is the sacred river Girija flowing down slowly and steadily and on its bank stands the Siddheshwar Mahadev approximately fifty feet above the river level.

On the south is the Maharshi Kanva Tapasya Sithan with its 32 caves of which four are open and the rest closed. This roughly fifty feet above ground level and hundred feet above the river level.

On the north lies the main building of the ashram. Gurudev was the architect of the ashram. He metaculously designed the building and paid personal attention to the mason's work. At times He worked with the masons and due to this His hands used to bleed.

The building of the ashram is solid with lot of arches and curves giving an impression of an ashram cum place. At the enterance is Lord Ganeshdwar, adorned with a design of flowers , Swatic and Aum, engraved on walls.

To the right of the Ganeshdwar is a seprate unit meant for Gurudev, attached to the main building. The unit consists of a meditation room in the cellar, a visitor's room, a personal bedroom for Him and His disciples and small kitchen.

Attached to His unit there is a long corridor leading to Lord Krishna's temple, a big hall measuring twenty five by thirty five feet and a Yagna Shala just facing it.

On first floor is Devi Bhagwati Temple, a room measuring twenty by eighteen feets.

Again a long corridor leads to three bedrooms for visitors . Lot of open space is created with these long and wide corridors. This speaks of the openness of Gurudev's mind and palantial style of life He had lived.

Opposite the main building lies the Trivrni trees consisting of Audumber,Pipal anf Neem Trees. Shastras claim them to be the residence of Lord Vishnu and Lord Dattatreya.

In the opposite direction of these trees are two cottages diagonally located. They are named Sarala and Vijaya. In between the space of these cottages is a well which is ful of water throughout the year due to Gurudev's grace. During famine or Sacrity Gurudev allowed vilagers take water freely from this well without any objection. There was no distinction of caste, creed , race or dharma. Even today this tradition is followed.

On seeing the villagers Gurudev used to say,"Watch how the muslims and hindus , Koli samaj and chouhan samaj, and the lewas are filling the same water without any bias, prejudice or animosity. But the moment they leave this place there casteism will surface.They should stop this and learn to live unitedly and peacefully. It is the time factor that has united them."

In short there is a simple building structure with Kanva caves on the hillock, a Shiva temple on the bank of the river together with a huge banuan tree, a huge well spread Tamarind tree in the centre of the ashram compound with plenty of Neem, Eucalypts, Ashoka, Pipal, Gulmohor and Bamboo trees. All these together give place the appearance of an ancient rishi's ashram.