Ánandanagar

An Eco-Community Model for the post-COVID era

by Ácárya Shambhúshivánanda Avadhúta
Kulapati (Chancellor), AMGK , Ánandanagar, India

In every age, there have been attempts by the visionaries of the era to build sacred spaces in order to manifest the noble traditions of their time. In the recent past, Santiniketan, Auroville, and Chandigarh are just a few examples.

Shantiniketan, founded in 1942 by Nobel Prize recipient Rabindranath Tagore, is the home of Vishwa Bharati University. It lies in the neighborhood of Bolpur city in Bolpur subdivision of Birbhum district in West Bengal, India, approximately 152 km north of Kolkata. Debendranath Tagore founded an ‘Ashram’ here in 1863. In 1901, his son Rabindranath started a school, which later took the shape of Vishwa Bharati University forty years later.

Auroville is an experimental spiritual township in Viluppuram district mostly in the state of Tamil Nadu, India with some parts in the Union Territory of Puducherry (the name was changed from Pondicherry in 2006) in India. Puducherry is about 163 km from Chennai by road. Auroville was founded in 1968 by Mirra Alfassa and designed by the French architect Roger Anger. It is a universal city in the making in southern India dedicated to the ideal of human unity based on the vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Prime Minister Modi visited Auroville on February 25, 2018. Pondicherry was a French settlement in British India until 1954 and was then taken over by the Government of India.

In Post-independence India, Jawahar Lal Nehru inaugurated a garden city in northern India with the help of the American town planner Albert Mayer, the Polish architect Matthew Nowicki (who died in a plane crash) and ultimately Le Corbusier (a Swiss-French town-planner) and called Chandigarh — “The City of Beauty”. It was named after the tantric goddess Chand́i. An old temple “Chand́i Mandir” still stands in the hills on the northern outskirts of Chandigarh. Chandigarh is located 260 km north of New Delhi. The metropolitan area of Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula collectively form a tri-city, with a combined population of over 1.6 million. The population of Chandigarh in 2011 was 1,055,450. Chandigarh covers an area of 114 square kilometers. Nehru first visited Chandigarh in 1952 and said: “Let this be a new town symbolic of freedom of India, unfettered by the traditions of the past, an expression of the nation’s faith in the future.” Now it has become a pensioner’s paradise and one of the cleanest cities of India.

Vision of an Ideal Educational Community

Here we shall look into a vision of an ideal educational community put forth by another renaissance man of our times. The Ánandanagar educational township, located 330 km northwest of Kolkata in Purulia district of West Bengal and 106 km northeast of Ranchi, Jharkhand, was founded in 1962 by Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (aka Shrii Shrii Anandamurti) to serve as a global master-unit (Cakranemi)– a global eco-township. It manifested his desire to build a service community that would host the global headquarters of his newly started socio-spiritual movement and become a beacon light for a world steeped in strife, conflict, dogma and inequities. No one ever imagined at that time the extent of his grand vision. His all-encompassing vision actually was revealed in full detail only during 1987-1990, just prior to his physical departure from this earth. Very few persons are even aware of the intricate details of Ánandanagar’s rural community plans, which evoke wonder and inspiration in anyone interested in the welfare of the planet, people and all its flora and fauna. Ánandanagar is like an oasis in the barren landscape of human consciousness. In this short article, a few interesting details about Ánandanagar are revealed, from its glorious past to its enlightening bright future.

Far away from the din and bustle of life in a remote pristine wasteland lies the holy city of Ánandanagar that represents “global peace, harmony and benevolence” and carries the marks of its birth, when it first emerged from the womb of the universe at the time when planet Earth was first formed. Ánandanagar, resting in Ráŕh, has been called the first cradle of human civilization and is of great historical importance for all inhabitants of the Earth, who may be interested in its past and future. Ánandanagar, named by its founder, is located on the eastern border of West Bengal and partly in the state of Jharkhand in India and spans an area of 675 square kilometers (almost as big as Singapore.) The landscape of Ánandanagar opens up a fascinating panorama of open sky, sprawling hills, ancient rock formations and winding rivers. In the shadows of these mountains still lie the fossilized remains of the ancient creatures of pre-historic India. A scant twenty kilometers to the southeast stand hills where Maharśi Kapila (the first philosopher) lived and propounded Saḿkhya philosophy around 1700 BC. Interspersed throughout Ánandanagar are small tribal villages where local inhabitants continue with their centuries-old routines amidst rich antiquity and mineral riches of the land. Sheep and cows graze freely in the vast grasslands of the area. Most of the inhabitants have greatly benefited from the presence of development projects of Ananda Márga through dozens of educational institutions started in the early 1960’s.

Headquarters of Ananda Marga Gurukula

On September 7, 1990, Ánandanagar was designated as the headquarters of the global campus of Ánanda Márga Gurukula (AMGK) University. Two years prior to the founding of the gurukula, the founder spelled out a vision of a vast network of roads (saraniis), junctions (mors), meeting points, water harvesting structures (sáyars), forest compounds, orchards (kánans), botanical gardens, parks, beauty-spots, sanctuaries, over two hundred proposed agricultural research centers, over fifty renewable energy projects, and a natural gene bank for thousands of plant species from all over the world. The gurukula at Ánandanagar stands as a living embodiment of applied neohumanism and a testament to the founder’s vision for creating a space for preserving and protecting the benevolent tantric heritage of humanity.

Against the backdrop of a world of inequities, materialist culture, crowded cities, humans in masks, and a constant fear of a collapsing civilization, Ánandanagar emerges as a CITY OF BLISS, true to its name. There is abundant fresh air, mineral-rich water and green vegetation spread out over a thousand parks and kánans (botanical gardens and orchards), and a vision of hundreds of farm-products and industrial compounds with potentially easy access to an optic fiber cable network for global cyber connectivity.

Ancient Geological and Cultural History of Ánandanagar

About 300 million years ago, there was a great ocean but no land mass and no one present to name that ocean. After a long time, a nameless mountainous terrain emerged covered with snowy peaks, and these gave birth to numerous rivers later on.1

Fossilized remains of prehistoric mammals still lie scattered around Anandanagar.

Ánandanagar (located in Purulia district in West Bengal) has geologically been a part of Western Ráŕh, which itself is millions of years older than the Himalayas. It is the oldest landmass on this Earth and carries a history of millions of years in its bosom. Later, Gondwanaland was the name given to that landmass, which broke up over time to form different continents. Eastern Ráŕh (Bengal, Sundarbans and the Northeast) was formed much later from the silt of high mountains. There is evidence that human beings appeared in western Ráŕh in the ancient past, built a developed civilization with the guidance of Shiva, and took the first-ever steps towards cultural progress. The inhabitants of Ráŕh spread out over the entire world and became the “sons of the soil” wherever they went, and contributed to the cultural progress of the world everywhere. The first philosopher MaharśI Kapil was born in the Ánandanagar area and pioneered spiritual inquiry. The pictorial stone engraving of tantric symbols found in the navacakra guha (cave) near Ánandanagar is also a testament to the spiritual heritage of the inhabitants of western Ráŕh.

1 Shrii Shrii Ánandamurti, Ráŕh- the Cradle of Civilization, Ánanda Márga Publications, Ánandanagar, West Bengal, India.

Present History

In 1962, The Raja of Garh-Joypur donated an initial area of 170.69 acres in Baglata Village to serve as the service center of Ananda Márga. At that time, this plot was on the border of West Bengal and Bihar. The Bihar portion became part of the newly formed state of Jharkhand. Many more lands were later purchased or received as donations.

The founder’s first visit to Ánandanagar was by train in 1964. He took the Bardhaman Ranchi passenger train at Dhanbad to Pundag station.

Shrii Shrii Ánandamurtiji first visited Ánandanagar, arriving from Jamalpur on March 6, 1964. At that time there were no roads and no landmarks except the railway line. He laid the foundation stone of AMIT (Ananda Márga Institute of Technology) on March 8, 1964. Its first principal was Áchárya Amitánanda Avadhúta. Amitanandaji also served as the Rector Master of Ánandanagar for a long time. Primary schools and junior/senior high schools were soon started, and a degree college was opened on July 23, 1966.

Ánandanagar now has an AMGK Teachers Training College and a host of other educational institutions. Two dams have been built along the Dakśina River. In order to provide employment to 60 local people, a fully solarized ANDS Bag Factory and a Solar Energy Compound were built in Pundag, near the entrance to Anandanagar. ANDS — Ánandanagar Development Society — also undertakes massive development projects like road building, as well as distributing seeds and saplings to villagers on a regular basis. Students of the high school get free training in football from a sports academy in Kolkata. The Ánanda Márga Universal Relief Team (AMURT) is also engaged in conducting regular medical camps, and distributing food and other articles of basic necessities to the poorest of the poor. Eighteen Primary schools and four junior high schools have recently been added. There are two senior high schools in Khairachatar and Bokaro district in the Jharkhand area of western Ánandanagar, each of which have enrollment of over 600 students. Over the past five decades the High School in Central Ánandanagar has graduated thousands of students hailing from local villages. The Women’s Welfare Department has also established a High School for Girls in Uma Nivas (in Dakśina Pratyanta of Ánandanagar), and the Ráŕh School has recently been constructed nearby for younger children. An orphanage is run in Central Ánandanagar, and lady sannyasins are managing another one in Sarjo Mahato. A music college for ladies is run in Hawa Mahal nearby. The building was designed and constructed by two lady volunteers from Turkey and the Netherlands.

It is heartening to note that recently, on February 12, 2020, the Ministry of Culture of the Government of India noted the five decades of selfless work of Ánanda Márga at Ánandanagar and declared it as one of the best NGOs among 408 selected from a nationwide screening, for transforming rural India and exemplifying sustainable development. Of course, this is the just the beginning as only 2% of the projects envisioned by the founder have actually taken shape so far. It would not be far-fetched thinking to imagine, in the not too distant future, an international airport in the vicinity of Ánandanagar to cater to the potential demand of overseas tourists and devout followers to conveniently visit the Gurukula Global Campus.

Future

Layout

Ánandanagar (AN) is located between the Equator and the Tropic of Cancer and consists of twelve sections (mini-anandanagar’s): Madhya AN (Central), Kaoshikii AN (South), Shyamal AN, Bhaeravii AN (West), Bhavanii AN (East), Tarun AN, Mohan AN, Arun AN, Maloy AN, Pinaki AN, Saeket AN and Gopal AN.

Seven rivers flow through the land and have been named by Shrii Shrii Anandamurtiji as the Daksina River, Uttara River, Guaki River, Alkananda River, Paragati River, Mandakini River and Kunti River. An elaborate program of building dams, lakes, causeway bridges, culverts and barrages continues as donations trickle in from devoted disciples and sympathizers. No government grants are ever taken by the organization for building the educational township and global headquarters.

The Gurukula Educational Network is spread around the world, but the campus headquarters lies at Ánandanagar. The primary tertiary educational institutions of Ánandanagar are the Saḿskrta Vidyápiitha, Music College / Prabhat Samgiita Academy, Veterinary College, Yogic Cikitsa Kendra, Agricultural College, Áyurvedic College, Homeopathic College, Rural Medical College, NATAC—Naturopathy, Acupuncture & Chandsi, Teachers Training College, Fine Arts College and Ráŕh Kalá Kendra for Ráŕhology Research.

Rare Species of Plants

Ánandanagar is the repository of rare species of plants from around the world. Basil, for example, alone has ten varieties, such as Ram Tulsi, Rawan Tulsi, Krśna Tulsi, Radha Tulsi, Ban Tulsi, Chandan Tulsi, Karpur Tulsi, Italian Tulsi, American Tulsi and Spanish Tulsi. 60% of the neem (maragosa) plants are of Indian variety, 30% are ghora neem (highly bitter), 5% sweet neem (curry patta) and 5% are neem species like Sadao of Thailand, and other species from around the world. Then there are Paraguayan coconut, American arrowroot, German walnuts, Thai Rambutan, mangoes, mangosteen and jackfruits, Chinese litchi, papaya from the Philippines and the Taiwan, bamboo from Bali, Singapuri betel nut, Iraqi date palm, African red jam, Valencia oranges, sweet lemon from Cyprus & Laos, Tanzanian cashew nuts, and a thousand others. Ánandanagar is now the home of plants from all continents. Herbariums are particularly being given special attention in different special compounds made for that purpose. Cashewnut Kanan , Mango Orchards and Papaya Garden are favorite tourist attractions for visitors to Ánandanagar. Sannyasins made pickles from the surplus production of the jackfruit crop this year. Bee boxes near the Ráŕh Kala Kendra museum provide honey for medicinal purposes. Young workers feel free to use their creativity to make the production units self-supporting and to create economic self-sufficiency in the area. As a result of the massive afforestation program undertaken at Ánandanagar, the rainfall has increased over the past decade. The thirteen hundred sáyars ( ponds), each of which has received a Saḿskrta name from the founder, were designed to preserve the water table in the area. The boundary plants, surface plants, slope plants and fishes designated for each sáyar are a unique way employed to help retain the water in the sáyars during periods of intense heat.

On June 16, 1988, the Ánandanagar staff was directed by the founder to make a provision for ponds and pools for rare and dying-out aquatic animals, such as Shiila Shaekta for coloured fishes, PASAKA for other than most coloured fishes, Durlabha Druma for aquatic animals, Pushpa Purodyana for water tortoise and Stamba stavan for land tortoise. On the shore of these ponds, there is a need for sand for the tortoises. The tortoises come to the shore, excavate the sand and lay their eggs there. The eggs hatch into young tortoises due to the warmth of the sand. Water tortoises are carnivorous and like rotten fish and meat. They are the vultures of the water. The land tortoises are herbivorous and eat gram (peas and beans). The land tortoise lives up to 500 years and is very big. The water tortoise lives for about 300 years. Similarly, directions were given by the founder for about eighty sanctuaries to provide a safe haven for birds and other creatures. A big python has been living quite happily for many years in the Central Sanctuary called PASAKA.

The Roads

The roads (saraniis) in Ánandanagar are named after well-known luminaries of the world such as Bhaskaracarya, Spinoza, Galileo, Surdas, Vidur, Albert Einstein, Varah-Mihir, Kalidas, Madhusudan Dutta, Rabindranath Tagore, Miirabai, Tansen, Mahatma Gandhi, Marconi, Bernard Shaw, Tolstoy, Shankaracarya, Ramanuja, Aurobindo Ghosh, Vidyapati, Patainjali, Dhanwantri, Ram Mohan Roy, Vivekananda, Parshuram, Gautam Buddha, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Maharaj Yudhisthir, Kumarjiiva, Ramakrishna, Sant Tukaram, Madame Curie, Sigmund Freud, Aryabhatta, and scores of other great personalities who have illuminated the world with their developed minds. The founder also paid tribute to many senior sannyasins (monks and nuns) and lay supporters who contributed to the development of Ánandanagar or who sacrificed their lives at the altar of cosmic ideology, by giving projects in their names such as Parshivananda Forest, Abhedananda Dihi, Sutreshvarananda Kanan, Bhaweshvarananda Compound, Ananda Praceta Seemakhand etc. It is indeed refreshing to breathe the air at Ánandanagar, which carries the goodwill of so many persons who lived their lives for the sake of building one human society free from all dogma, superstitions, exploitation and narrow sentiments.

Spiritual Environment

For spiritual seekers, the sixty-four tantra-piithas (places where yogis meditated and attained ultimate self-realization) are a special attraction. Ánandanagar provides an antidote to the materialist culture that has become the breeding ground for so many ills of society, ranging from physical sickness to mental illness and spiritual vacuum. No one smokes at Ánandanagar; pure sattvika foods are served there; everyone practices yoga and meditation daily; and all live in harmony with nature. The morning chirping of birds wakes everyone as early as 4am and the morning siren alerts everyone at 4:45am in time to gather for a half-hour morning meditation called Paincajanya which starts at 5am sharp. The extreme temperatures at Ánandanagar can be challenging, but the inhabitants have learned to cope with the diversity of season that bring extreme rainfall, extreme heat, extreme cold and extreme thunder and lightening. The palash red flowers, magnolia, night jasmines, roses and other flowers in different seasons bring smiles and inspire the villagers to dance and sing in their own traditional styles. Birds fly around freely and even monkeys visit periodically to feast in the numerous kánans and sanctuaries. Once an elephant also came by and broke a wall of the farm in Ajitananda dihi next to the Gurukula campus. A bágh (leopard) that came to the central sanctuary near Baglata village finally was transported to the Kolkata zoo by an expert team in late 1980’s.There was a time when foxes used to howl every night, but now only frogs make merry after the rains. Bats and owls hide in very dark spaces far away from humans. In the 1960’s, snakes were found at every step, but over the years, they have moved away to distant forests and mountains. Ánandanagar has survived as a green zone, 100% free from the onslaught of COVID-19 infections. Everyone moves and engages in their work here without any fear.

For Visitors

Sixteen canteens have been envisioned to satisfy the palate of residents and visitors. The names of these canteens, coined by the founder, are inviting too. Abar Asun (come-again) , Garam-Garam(hot-hot), Rasan Ranjaka (tasty pleasure), Asun Basun(come-sit), Bar Bar Asun (come again, again) etc. The menues of these and other canteens range from milk bar to tasty snacks like khirer kachuri, rasa bara, vegetable chop, gokul piitha, nona-paratha, China badam bhaja, beguni, puran puri, bhel puri, salted pumpkin seeds, rabri , malai, and other mouthwatering delicacies of the area. The Ánandanagar Yogika Cikitsa and Wellness Center is open around the clock for detox routines. Indigenous remedies prepared from fresh herbs are also readily available from herb gardens. Ánandanagar was one of the first places in the area to treat people using acupuncture. People come from far-off towns to get treated with the acupuncture healing modality.

Ánandanagar is designed to provide sentient joy to one and all. It shines in the glory of the eternal gospel of universal humanism. May those who get educated at the Gurukula at Ánandanagar carry divine blessings to build a world inspired by a spirit of selfless service for the welfare of one and all, and free from injustices, dogma, and sectarian or materialist outlooks. The goal is to create a cooperative community where every individual works for the collective welfare, and the community facilitates and provides a cordial atmosphere for each individual’s all-round growth. Ánandanagar represents a new hope, fresh dynamism, determined optimism and a new stir to awaken the élan-vital of humanity in the post-Covid-19 era.

Some people fear that state and corporate control of society through extreme digital surveillance is bringing about situations where human beings are living in detention centers in their own homes, becoming like animals in cages. All wish to be free. But freedom will only come through a structural shift in the way we conduct our social and economic lives as well as through a fundamental shift in our lifestyles. The trafficking and consumption of wild animals and the industrial production of birds and animals lie at the root of viral zoonosis production including SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19 disease) and the production of extra carbon emissions. We have intensified agriculture, expanded infrastructure and extracted resources at the expense of wild spaces. Dams, irrigation and factory farms are linked to 25% of infectious diseases in humans and the spread of pathogens. UN agencies report that if we keep exploiting wildlife and destroying our ecosystems, then we can expect to see a steady stream of diseases jumping from animals to humans in the years ahead. Sustainable land management, improving biodiversity and investing in scientific research is a priority today.

New Paradigm

The only way out of the vicious cycle that maintains our unsustainable world is to shift towards a new paradigm – like the one represented by Ánandanagar (AN). Ánandanagar endeavors to free human beings and the other creatures from the psychology of ‘use and throw’ or ‘exploit for profit’ and minimizes the influence of “centralized controls” by adopting a policy of strict adherence to aparigraha (being satisfied with fewer material things) and santośa (mental contentment). A global chain of master-units (eco-villages) like Ánandanagar could help create a new world which would be in alignment with the deeper aspirations of humanity– to live in freedom, happiness, abundance, progress and justice for all.





Ananda Marga Gurukula
Campus under Construction

Cakradhuri means the hub of a wheel. AMGK Cakradhuri represents the global administrative hub of Ananda Marga Gurukula and covers an area of about 15 acres, located to the south of Central Anandanagar across the river Daksina and just a three minutes walk from the Memorial Hall and newly constructed dam on the River Daksina.

A two-floor circular building consisting of over 30,000 sq feet of constructed space has been under construction and will house an auditorium, some seminar halls, office spaces for functionaries of Cakradhuri, a senate hall and an Institute of Yoga, Tantra and Allied Sciences.

Kulapati’s residence is being constructed in the northern corner of the Cakradhuri campus. An electric transformer has been installed. The water well has been repaired. The water piping for the entire campus is under repair and two water tanks are now already filled with water. Reception area is currently being renovated. An herbal garden is also being prepared within the campus. A plan for the solarization of the entire campus has also been made.

Mahesh and Dada Harikrpananda are managing the landscaping and supervision of basic construction under the overall guidance of Kulapati, Dada Shambhushivananda. Dada Priitiishananda and Dada Aniirvanananda are also providing local logistical support.

A boundary wall has been constructed around the entire 15 acres campus in order to protect it from wild animals and to protect the vegetation. Abundant flora and fauna is available on the campus including a wide variety of birds and even local wild peacocks. Cobras and vipers have been transported to other locations. This little bird was born in Cakradhuri campus in June 2020.


Other News from Ánandanagar

While the entire world is in almost lockdown, Anandanagar is unleashing its potential in leaps and bounds. As it is a green zone, spiritual events have been conducted almost every day in at least one of the 85 villages of Anandanagar. These have usually been followed by social service where the entire village residents take a collective meal served by AMURT workers.

Cow-dung bricks are being researched and experimented at the Gurukula Center attached to the ANDS complex by Dada Utyagananda. The entire ANDS bags factory in Pundag has been solarized and an additional solar compound has been added.

The Ayurveda and Alternative Pathies College was inaugurated at Gopal Anandanagar. Regular classes are being conducted twice a week on Anatomy, Physiology, Pathology, Yogic Science and Spiritual Life style. Among the teachers who give regular classes are Dada Pracetananda, Dada Brahmabuddhyananda, Tapasuddha, Niranjan and Dada Shambhúshivánanda. Kaoshikii competition was held among the twenty students of the college on September 8,2020.

Several video clips were prepared with the help of Garima (UAE/Ukraine) and Prof. Mrinal Pathak on the planning of Anandanagar and its herbariums. Recently, a new herbarium was created at Shubhankar compound of the Gurukula Campus. Ac. Priitiishananda Avadhuta led this effort. He also prepared five quintals of jackfruit and mango pickles, which is being sold now through Anandanagar Cooperative Department.

https://youtu.be/b4qgjBBJCTM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBJ22YktEFQ&feature=youtu.be
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSM0Q1rnybA&feature=youtu.be

Dada Svarupananda of AMGK Teachers Training College led the road-building effort and laid down a 2 kilometers cemented road from Madhu Karnika -Bose-Einstein Sarani-Patanjali Sarani- Rotunda Sarani ..all the way to the Post Office.


In a short span of a few months, the entire Anandanagar has got a facelift and is blooming with activities. Several intercaste marriages were conducted and paddy-cultivation was done in all agricultural lands. Dada Aniirvananda’s staff was busy milking cows and serving Anandanagar residents with fresh milk. A new dairy farm is also under construction at the Farm Complex. The Central Farm Secretary is leading the initiative to establish a huge farm complex at Bansgarh on over a fifty acres plot. An impressive three-story building has been constructed in the most pristine part of Anandanagar surrounded by hills and water bodies. Orchards and tree plantation of diverse species are being planted on the campus. It is a place worth visiting.

Dada Narayananda brought many tourists to show all the historic sites of Anandanagar. To carry on the legacy of late Dada Kiirtyananda who led the Rarhology faculty of AMGK, he has also built a beautiful Rarh Museum in Central Anandanagar. It is still awaiting the arrival of a qualified Curator.

Dada Kalyaneshvarananda built an impressive memorial dam on the river Daksina and is spearheading plantations in the area and building Madam Curie Sarani which would link Cakradhuri Northern Gate to Divyananda Sarani and Memorial Complex.

Dada Gurudattananda is actively supervising the Community Medical Service Program, Fine Arts College, Music College and the Veterinary College at Anandanagar. Plantation work is going on in Uttar Pratyanta Anandanagar at Gurukul Veterinary college campus.

A regular medical camp is being conducted in Guridih Village by Dada Pracetananda on behalf of Medical Seva Dal. Dada Brahmabuddhyananda has treated scores of patients in local villages with ayurvedic treatments and detox routines. The Naturopathy Center led by Niranjan and Tapasudha also is giving treatments in Central Anandanagar.

Weekend art workshops are also being conducted periodically at the Ananda Marga Gurukula Arts College in Anandanagar.

Samskrta Academy Foundation Day was commemorated on Oct 5th. Samskrta songs of Prabhata Samgiita were sung. Arup gave a welcoming talk in saḿskrta followed by the Kulapati’s address on the significance of Samskrta Vidyapiitha.

Anandanagar is a sleeping beauty awaiting to manifest the dream of its founder Shrii Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar. Anandanagar is emerging as a cultural hub and a great tantric-piitha (sacred spiritual site) of the world, most conducive for the practice of spiritual-sádhaná (meditation).


Uma Nivas Women’s College

By Didi Anandarama

The work of the construction at the Uma Nivas Women’s College has been going on steadily despite several constraints. Didi Ananda Vratiisha has been doing a great job overseeing the work. She managed to finish the boundary wall, which is a huge step forward. Other work almost finished is the plastering outdoors. We still need bathrooms, veranda floors and grills, two gates, electric wiring, water tank, security room, painting etc. to the outstanding budget of $25,000. A donor offered a matching fund, so kindly help us, so we may finish this project and start operation according to plan by January. 2021. The children and girls are waiting!

150 primary school children are waiting at the Rarh hostel and about to be relocated to their new premises on the ground floor of the new building The Ananda Marga high school girls at Uma Nivas will also be able to study at the college.

We are grateful to all the donors who have brought us this far.