Anasakti Ashram located in Kausani is a beautiful place in the state of Uttarakhand which is mainly known for the picturesque Himalayan views. It is also the birthplace of poet Sumitranandan Pant. This quaint little town boasts of tea gardens and ancient temples.
Interesting Facts About Anasakti Ashram:
In 1929, when Mahatma Gandhi went on a tour of India, to ease his fatigue, he came here for a two-day rest in the guest house but after coming here, he was enticed with the snowy ranges across the Anasakti Ashram. Seeing the majestic beauty of this place he stayed there for fourteen consecutive days. During his stay, he completed the initial phase of the creation of his famous book "Anasakti Yoga" based on the Gita.
The guest house of the tea garden, which was the resting place of Mahatma Gandhi, later became the postal bungalow of the district panchayat and provided to the 'Uttar Pradesh Gandhi Smarak Nidhi' by then Chief Minister of undivided Uttar Pradesh, the Honorable Sucheta Kripalani, to reinstate the memory of Gandhi ji. This ashram was built to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi; hence his resting place has been named 'Anasakti Ashram' in the name of Mahatma Gandhi Ji immortal work 'Anasakti Yoga'.
The ashram has a good collection of books and photographs related to Gandhi's life and also has a small bookshop. There is also a small prayer room, where every morning and evening prayer meeting is held. The most important and influential program in Ashram's activities is Gandhiji's collective prayer. This prayer is a special part of the daily routine of this ashram.
Famous for Gandhiji's abode, this place is now known for the tableaux of Gandhiji's life and his philosophy about life. The Anasakti Ashram residents have to follow certain rules, such as compulsory attendance at prayer meetings, complete prohibition of alcohol, meat, etc. People coming here can also attend the prayer meeting which happens at a fixed time.
After the Simon Commission came to India in 1928, Mahatma Gandhi traveled all over India to protest against it. Meanwhile, Gandhiji also visited Hardoi on 11 October 1929. Gandhiji was welcomed by people of all classes and he addressed a public meeting of more than 4000 people at the Town Hall. After the meeting, some good clothes from Khaddar were auctioned for Rs. 296 and the amount was sent to Gandhiji.
Anasakti Ashram, Kausani Timings: 5:00 A.M to 7:00 P.M
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