||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
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.