HISTORY OF THE ASHRAM
- Established our first ashram, named 'Shri Krishna- Shrayam', in the heart of Vrindavan in 1995
- Moved this ashram to a larger premises in 2006 due to increased demand to accommodate more individuals
- The ashram houses 50 individuals consisting of 38 elderly women, 12 young girls and 5 resident volunteers. In order to sustain their basic needs (clothing, food and medical care), regular funding is required
- Opened a Gowshala (cow shelter) in 2010 currently housing 26 cows of which 9 are calves
The heart of the ashram is devotional service towards Sri-Sri Radha-Giridhari, the deities in the ashram, who are treated with utmost respect and are given a high level of care and attention. All activities in the ashram centre around this service and follow a strict bhakti yoga schedule. All residents have a pivotal role to play in the day-to-day running of the ashram.
- Cooking, cleaning, shopping and caring for all residents
- Nursing the sick, involving treatment within and outside of the ashram
- Sadhu seva, involving the distribution of food, money and clothes to the Lord's dear devotees
- Food distribution to local impoverished communities
- Funeral rights and after care of residents when they become deceased
ASHRAM MAINTenance AND DEVELOPMENT
Ongoing ashram maintenance and structural work is needed and requires periodic support. For instance, tiles and doors in multiple rooms need replacing and bathrooms require refurbishment.
As land is extremely expensive in Vrindavan, our ambition is to build another floor on the roof of the ashram. This floor can be used for serving sadhus, feeding local communities and as a space for lectures and sermons.
- Average monthly food cost: INR 170,000 (GBP 2,000)
- Average monthly utility (water, electricity and gas) cost: INR 31,000 (GBP 400)
- Funeral rights (including transportation, ritual and cremation) cost: INR 8,000 (GBP 100)