Santhigiri Ashram is located in Pothencode, Thiruvananthapuram District, Kerala.The ashram was founded by Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru and is recognized as a Social and Scientific Research Organization by the Government of India.
Pothencode, is a rapidly developing town and a developing area of Thiruvananthapuram District in the Indian state of Kerala. It is believed that the word Pothencode is derived from Budhencode. Spiritual leaders Brahmasree Jagadguru Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi, Sree Rama Dasa Mission, Karunakara Guru and founder of Punnyabhumi Daily hail from the village. Santhigiri Ashram is situated here. Pothencode is 18 km from East Fort.
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The followers of Karunakara Guru have built a beautiful monument called Parnasala in the shape of a blooming lotus in white Makrana marble in the Ashram compound. This unique structure took 10 years for completion. It was inaugurated by the President of India Pratibha Devi Patil on 13 August 2010 and was opened for prayers and worship on 12 September 2010. Apart from its spiritual sanctity, The Lotus Parnasala of the Ashram has become a landmark of Trivandrum and is attracting lots of tourists.
Karunakara Guru also known as Navajyothi Sree Karunakara Guru, is the founder guru of Santhigiri Ashram in Pothencode, Kerala, India.
Parnasala is a monument in the shape of a full bloomed lotus in pure white marble, located at Santhigiri Ashram, 21 km from Kerala's capital Thiruvananthapuram. The monument serves as the final resting place for the body of Navajyothisree Karunakara Guru (1927–99), the founder of Santhigiri Ashram.
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Santhigiri Ashram works towards fulfilling Navajyothi Sri Karunakara Guru's vision of a revitalized life involving spiritual, social, economic and cultural elements.
Navajyothi Sree Karunakara Guru (born 1927, died 1999) was from Chandiroor, Alleppey district, Kerala. His teachings followed the theme of a global spiritual and cultural renaissance in harmony with material progress.[ citation needed ] The ashram functions as a training center; people can either stay at or visit the ashram and attend services and assimilate in the teachings of the Guru.
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In addition to the main centre in Pothencode, the ashram also have branches in Idukki, Ernakulam, Chandiroor, Haripad, Kollam, Kanyakumari, Kottayam, Madurai, Thrissur, Palakkad, Pathanamthitta, Kozhikode, Kannur, Kottarakkara, Haripad Mallapuram and Sulthan Bathery. Branches are also being built in Bangalore and New Delhi.
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One of Guru's objectives was to feed the poor and to this effect the ashram offers an Annadanam or gift of food, at their various centers, to all the visitors as well as inmates.
Athurasevanam or care of the ailing is a supporting function to the Guru's vision. The ashram performs this function through a chain of Ayurveda and Siddha research centers,hospitals, onsite and offsite health care programs and camps and social research.
Part of the Guru's vision for the ashram is Athmabodhanam or spiritual awakening.The awakening is at two levels - rational and transcendental; the former focuses on elimination of ignorance while the latter focuses on knowledge of reality.
As part of the vision of a revitalized life, the ashram focuses on economic development, with an emphasis on trade skills and support for womenand cottage industry programs.
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