World’s Largest Meditation Center in Hyderabad
The Heartfulness Institute has its international headquarters at the pristine 1400-acre campus at Kanha Shanti Vanam, located near Chegur Village in Ranga Reddy district, 50 kilometers from Hyderabad in India.
29 January 2020 marked the inauguration of the world’s largest meditation center at Kanha Shanti Vanam, by the current Guide of Heartfulness and President of Shri Ram Chandra Mission, Pujya Shri Kamlesh D.Patel (Daaji), in the august presence of Yogrishi Swamiji Baba Ramdev.
The meditation center, with its magnificent and lofty structure, grabbed the attention and imagination of everyone, with a capacity to seat 100,000 people for meditation at one time. The unveiling of this facility celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Mission, which has a global presence in 162 countries. It was dedicated by Daaji to the first guide of Heartfulness, Shri Ram Chandra of Fatehgarh (Lalaji).
With a footprint of over 30 acres, this architectural wonder has a central primary meditation hall, with cold water running under the floor to keep it cool in the summer. The central hall is surrounded by eight smaller satellite pods, which together house an auditorium, a conference hall and seating over 2 floors for meditation and training purposes. Collectively, the facility can hold 100,000 participants, making it the largest of its kind.
In his inaugural speech, Daaji said, “The meditation center is a structure not only of physical importance, but it also inspires those who seek betterment in their lives through meditation practices. Hence, it is a magnanimous gift to humankind by the universe.”
The celebration of this 75-year milestone will continue over three sessions, each of three days, between 28 January and 9 February, drawing participants in vast numbers from all over the world.
Some remarkable features of the
Heartfulness Institute & Meditation center include:
Kanha Shanti Vanam has been recognised as a self-sustaining green oasis for flora and fauna, and humans.
With its 500,000+ saplings and over a thousand transplanted trees, the institute has won multiple environmental awards for its “greenification” drives.
The meditation center can seat 100,000 practitioners in a single session.
Largest Meditation Hall
Some interesting numbers for the Meditation Hall:
The total area of the meditation hall is
The main area with its canopy of Ferrari fabric is around
The total height of the main hall is
the internal diameters, 118m & 100m
The internal diameter of the entire meditation hall is
The 8 satellites pods cover an area of
with internal diameters of 35m & 51m and height 16m.
The meditation hall is within a lush, green campus housing plant nurseries, a bookshop and library, a canteen and restaurant, a hotel, a children’s park, as well as temporary and permanent living spaces to lodge numerous practitioners who come here from around the world to be a part of the Heartfulness community.
Heartfulness, also known as Sahaj Marg or the Natural Path, is a Raja Yoga system of meditation that emerged at the turn of the 20th century. It provides a modern-day approach to Yoga, with an emphasis on Dhyana or meditation. The support of the ancient art of Pranahuti or Transmission gives Heartfulness its uniqueness. As a result, the organisation is growing exponentially in all parts of the world.