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The Ashram

The Ashram is designed to facilitate extensive spiritual training & mentoring programs, promoting personal inner experience, opportunity to learn and contribute. When fully developed, Kanha will be able to host spiritual gatherings of over 50,000 people meditating under one roof equipped with training & seminar halls, comfortable dormitories multi-day stay, healthy & hygienic food, dining areas, canteens, medical facilities, fully equipped children centre, visual media centre, book stores etc.

Currently Kanha is a site under construction with dormitories, Kitchen, monument building etc., facilities being built and more under design or conceptualization phase. However, the site has moderate facilities to operate and serve the people onsite, seekers, visitors and official staff on duty.

Everyday group meditation is scheduled at 6:30 AM and 6:30 PM. Individual sittings/meditation sessions are facilitated on need basis. Every Sunday group meditation is scheduled at 7.30 AM.

Facilities Under Construction:

  1. Dormitories
  2. Mega Kitchen
  3. Monument building
  4. Dining Hall
  5. Mechanical Electrical Plumbing (MEP) park

THE DORMITORIES:

The Dormitories are located north-west to the meditation hall, extending over 2 lakh sq. ft. and designed to comfortably accommodate 4000 visitors at any given time. These permanent four blocks of dormitories that are currently being constructed open to a common central courtyard providing a picturesque view to the visitors. Each of the dormitories also have an internal landscaped court with an interesting range of open, semi-open and covered spaces. Adequate facilities are provided to the visitors in the dormitories during their stay. All the dormitories are to be furnished with 2 tiered bunk beds while some will also be air-conditioned. Separate toilet blocks are designed to be part of the dormitory clusters.

MONUMENT BUILDING:

 Monument building will house a library, museum, contemplation place, some of Masters’ writings and will serve as a contemplation zone. The entire 30 acre campus will have dense plantation and hubs of trees placed around granite slabs of 3’x4’ size Masters’ teaching engraved on them.

MEGA KITCHEN:

With most of the food prepared by steam cooking, the Mega Kitchen would boast of huge boilers for steam generation and double jacketed steel containers as cooking vessels, making it fully equipped to cook food for about 50,000 people within 3 hours. The facility has a modular design to extend the capacity for upto 100,000 people.

DINING HALL:

The designing of the dining hall has been completed and its construction has begun on February 15, 2017.  Designed to serve about 4,500 people in a 90-minute time, it has 1000 concurrent seating capacity and space for over 500 people to dine in standing. It would include toilet blocks for men and women, designated serving, hand wash, used plate drop, drinking water, outdoor seating and waiting areas.

Facilities Under design:

  1. Meditation hall
  2. Media center
  3. Visitor center
  4. Trustee’s office
  5. Amphitheatre

MEDITATION HALL:

The most important structure among all the facilities at Kanha would be the meditation hall. The proposed design is in the form of the Infiniti Symbol which is indicative of the infinite journey of spirituality. It would also include 7 satellite units of different sizes.

Enormous amount of time is being spent on the design and value engineering of this structure. Several architects, structural engineers, usability experts and stakeholders from the Kanha team are involved in shaping up various features and design elements of this gigantic facility. The meditation hall features an overall capacity of 80,000 people. It would also include other ancillary facilities (like footwear storage spaces, drinking water, toilets, special access to senior citizens/physically challenged, covered footpaths etc.).

MEDIA CENTER:

Understanding the impact of the social media activities and the usage of audiovisuals in the current era, a state of the art fully integrated multi media facility is being designed. Having multiple sound proof studio-houses, photo & graphic editing place, lounges for guests & artists, meeting rooms, stores and cafeteria this facility would act as a centre for all the audio and video activities such as movies, documentaries, web casts and the like.

VISITOR'S CENTER:

The Visitors’ centre is a multi-purpose facility. The seekers would be welcomed here and provided with the information and orientation. Heartfulness meditation experience centers will be part of this structure. It would also include a bookstore, merchandize shop, cafeteria, lounges with audio-visuals and an indoor/outdoor children center.

 AMPHITHEATRE:

An amphitheatre has been planned in the NorthWest corner of the memorial land overseeing the monument at one end and a pond at the other. It is proposed to have a seating capacity of over 1000 people in a natural open air setting to facilitate meetings, cultural events, audio-video based events etc.

Completed Facilities

  • CC Roads
  • Foot paths
  • Toilet blocks
  • Interim Kitchen & Dining
  • Site office & Operations center
  • Stores & Store-yard
  • Natural Ponds
  • Bore wells
  • Overhead Water Tanks (OHT)
  • Water reservoirs
  • Water & sewer lines
  • Storm water drains
  • Sewer Treatment Plant
  • Underground Electric lines
  • Street lighting
  • Thatched roof Gazebos
  • Workers Colony
  • Fabrication & Painting shop
  • Fuel station
  • Compound walls

CEMENT CONCRETE ROADS:

The majority ashram part of the campus has CC roads paved with 7M (~24 feet) width. Most of the roads have 2.4M well built walk ways with provisions for storm-water to drain away from the ride surface. M40 grade CC was used to form the 5” thick top layer with 6” DLC of M20 grade and a GSB of 6”. The roads have been paved with advanced equipment which are typically used for aircraft runways. The total length of the roads extends up to 8 km with a 7 m width. The main entrance road is a double road with a constructed green median. Overall, the construction of around 6 km of CC roads with a surface area of 48,000 square meters has been completed.

FOOTPATHS:

The ashram with all its facilities is designed to be pedestrian friendly. Every road has sidewalks and is planned to have shaded walkways beautified with trees and plants along the sides. Most of the walkways are built with locally available granite and Tandur, Bethamcherla flooring stone. A standard pattern was devised for the walkways and the construction was repeated everywhere. Width of the walkway is 8 feet. So far footpaths of around 6 km have been constructed.

TOILET BLOCKS:

With the purpose of facilitating large gatherings, about 11 blocks of toilets (each one having about 90 toilets and 80 bathrooms, over 20 wash basins, dressing rooms for women etc.) have been built. Overall, the construction of around 1000 toilets and 800 bath rooms spread across the ashram site has been completed. For greater convenience of abhyasis these facilities are located within walking distances of the allocated central meditation hall area. Hot water supply will soon be enabled for these toilet blocks.

INTERIM KITCHEN, DINING & ACCOMMODATION:

Popularly known as the  ‘volunteer house’, this place currently hosts accommodation for about 50 people in the central rooms, the surrounding  veranda being utilized for dining, a partitioned veranda for Group meditations on weekdays, and an adjoining kitchen where food can be cooked for over 3000 people comfortably. This facility, although located in just about an acre of area, is by far the most extensively utilized place and is full of life.

SITE OFFICE & OPERATIONS CENTER:

Built in 2013  and originally having a small scale kitchen, dining area, dormitories, toilet block, office rooms and green spaces for comfortable stay, this place has also been one of the most used facilities at Kanha. Currently, it also has the President’s office. With the construction of a bigger automated kitchen, dining and accommodation at a different location, this place is now being used for the construction site office, accounting & admin offices.

STORES AND STORE YARD:

With the volume of construction and operations we have on the site a 10,000 sft lock and key storage area has been constructed for storage purposes. It is used for storing plumbing and electrical tools, other construction materials, cots, beds and various other materials that are used for small/large gatherings. Apart from this there is an open to sky store yard spread over 2.5 acres.

NATURAL PONDS

As many as 6 natural irrigation ponds happen to fall in the entire site of Kanha, of which 3 lie within the ashram area while the rest are in the residential colony areas. Each of these have multi-acre catchment areas and are naturally interconnected. As a part of preserving and augmenting this resource of nature, each of these ponds have been deepened and widened to cover the entire catchment area enabling storage of larger volumes of water during rainy seasons and times of flood. All the bunds were strengthened in the process. All these ponds have been certified by the district irrigation department for their catchment areas and adherence to the laws of nature resource protection.

OVERHEAD WATER TANKS (OHT)

Three Over Head Tanks (OHTs ) each one having a  capacity of 2 lakh litres have been built within the ashram. With an aesthetically pleasing design, these OHTs stand tall serving the daily water supply needs of the ashram.

WATER RESERVOIRS:

Two water reservoirs are operational within the ashram. One having a capacity of 96 lakh litres while the other of 40 lakh litres. Both these are constructed below ground well open to sky with geotextile liners at the bottom to prevent water seepage.

WATER & SEWER LINES:

Within the ashram, underground fresh water pipelines have been laid to enable the flow of water from the bore wells to reservoir  to OHTs. Water lines from OHTs to the entire facility have been mapped and water lines have been laid to provide water to the toilet blocks, kitchen, dining areas, plantation and other places.

BORE WELLS:

There are about  40 bore wells located across 450 acres. Within the ashram there are around 20 bore wells of which around 15 are functional with an average 2” output.

STORM WATER DRAINS:

A complete storm-water drain network has been designed based on the 30 year storm cycle. Major drains have been built using RR masonry wall measuring about 1.7 KM length.

SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT

UNDERGROUND ELECTRIC LINES:

The entire ashram site is connected with underground electrical cable network keeping in view the potential expansion and electric loads.

STREET LIGHTING:

Imported from China, over 400 electrical poles with LED lights have been installed on majority of the ashram roads.

OFFICE & IT INFRASTRUCTURE:

We have an approx. 30 seater office space currently being used by various engineering, accounting, admin staff members and volunteers. All the workstations have UPS back up, are networked & are 24X7 internet enabled with a central server in place for data storage configured with appropriate security & access controls.  Several printers, scanners, a plotter for printing drawings etc. have also been installed.

THATCHED ROOF GAZEBOS:

Around 7 Gazebos with thatched roofs have been built in natural settings with locally available materials. Construction of these structures require skills that are not common in these modern times. These gazebos provide cooler ambience even in the hottest of seasons. Many a visitor has been seen to be inspired by these Gazebos and wish to build similar structures for their own homes when they have the opportunity to do so in the upcoming residential colony. One of these structures is currently being used as the Welcome Lounge, while others are being used for programs, temporary stay, shade for security staff etc.

 FABRICATION & PAINTING SHOP:

A full-fledged tool fabrication and painting shop (what is generally known as tool room) is in place catering to all in-house needs. Significant contribution has come from this shop in carrying out various jobs for toilet blocks, food carrying trollies, grill around the 30 acre monument, vehicle repairs & maintenance etc.

FUEL STATION:

With an average fuel consumption of  around 1000 liters per week for all in-house needs, a small in-house fuel station has been built, for purposes of storing and dispensing fuel (diesel/petrol) for construction vehicles, earth work vehicles, motorcycles, 3 & 4 wheelers used for internal transportation within the campus.

WORKERS COLONY:

It is conventional to have onsite accommodation for construction workers but in most of the places it is done adhoc and is not done well. The Kanha team  has started in a better way than the usual practice and has resolved to provide a high quality workers colony whether for a shorter term or a longer term stay. Currently, it can accommodate around 500 workers with families. This facility has been built over an approx. 4 acre land.

COMPOUND WALLS:

Most of the ashram area is now secured by compound walls. Three different types of walls have been constructed namely,  RR stone wall, CR stone wall, CR Stone & Chain link fenced and precast wall. The periphery/circumference of the ashram is around 7 km long of which around 6 km have been covered with compound walls. Also, much of the compound wall has been built around the phase 1, 2 & 3 of the residential colony which is over 5 km long. A 2.5 km long CR compound wall  has also been built around the Madhuvanam apartment complex.