Vedanta Academy

Founded by Swami Parthasarathy in 1988, Vedanta Academy is a world resource for study, research and dissemination of Vedanta. It offers continual three-year full-time residential courses and youth camps for students as well as corporate seminars and retreats for professionals and businesspersons. The Academy disseminates knowledge through a scientific programme of study and reflection. Encourages a spirit of enquiry. A liberal approach that enables the development of the intellect and not merely providing intelligence on a subject.

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Location & Facilities

The Academy is located 108 km southeast of Mumbai, India nestled in the serene hills of Malavli. The secluded setting provides an ideal atmosphere for contemplation on the truths of life.

The Academy facilities comprise separate residential units for young men and women enrolled in the three-year course. For guests and retreat participants, there are 90 two bedded rooms. The campus houses three state of the art lecture halls, two yoga studios, gym, jogging track, cricket and soccer grounds, along with basketball, volleyball and badminton courts.

Daily Schedule

The Academy schedule runs from 4:15 am to 9:00 pm. It harnesses the different aspects of the student’s personality for self-development. The day begins with an hour and a quarter of individual study and reflection. Followed by a structured yoga session and jogging, supplemented by gymnastics and sports. Providing an hour of physical exercise.

With no weekends and vacations, every single day courses through individual study, physical exercise, lectures by Swamiji, campus work, Sanskrit lessons, group discussions, audio-visual presentations and community singing.

The schedule is designed to maintain the traditional spiritual disciplines of karma action, bhakti devotion, and jnana knowledge.

What to Expect?

Under the guidance of Swami Parthasarathy, you will:

  • Experience a unique daily schedule directed to the development of your body, mind and intellect – from yoga and sports to the study of the highest knowledge known to humanity.
  • Interact with students from four continents with diverse religious, cultural and academic backgrounds including top ranking doctors and Ivy League engineers.
  • Get a glimpse of a world which is full of cheer and enthusiasm for work and play. So much so that there are no breaks for weekends and vacations.
  • Discover the fundamental truths of life and way to attain human perfection.

Who should visit

Rational thinkers, who are keen to listen and learn to improve their quality of life. Who are prepared to put aside cell phones during lectures and activities, try new food, challenge old ideas and follow a schedule of early nights and early mornings. Willing to taste the satisfaction that arises from learning higher values and addressing the realities of life.

Guests are required to abstain from consuming non-vegetarian food, alcohol and cigarettes on campus. Confine use of mobile phones to rooms.

Life after your visit

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For those who are inspired by the knowledge, Swami Parthasarathy has designed a complete study course for Vedanta. The course may be followed through the following avenues:
  1. Enrolling in the three-year residential program at the Academy.
  2. Subscribing to online E-learning modules.
  3. Attending public discourses or study classes in your city.
  4. Attending short-term courses at the Academy.

How to get there

To stay at the Academy you need prior permission and a confirmed booking. There are three modes of transport to reach us.

Road: On the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, take the Lonavala/Karla exit. Consult the map.

Mumbai to Academy
From CST Station in Mumbai, board a Pune-bound train and alight at Lonavala station. At Lonavala, board the Pune-bound local train and alight at Malavli station. Malavli is the first stop from Lonavala approximately 10 minutes away.

Pune to Academy:
Take the Lonavala-bound local train from Pune station to Malavli station. Malavli is one stop before Lonavala. The journey takes a little over an hour.

Airport pick-up: Taxi service from Mumbai and Pune airports can be arranged by the Academy on request. Please provide the flight details well in advance for making your booking.