Motto: “In the hushed silence of your heart,
Listen to the divine melody of the Lord.”
The cool breeze and the rhythmic music from the oceanic waves add to the pleasant atmosphere of Chinmaya Sarada Tapovan ashram. The ashram is located at a walking distance from seashore in Kothapatnam town. Seven acres of land of the ashram is filled with beautiful trees and flower gardens with rows of individual cottages.
The delightful and pleasant atmosphere of the ashram is sanctified by the distinctive Octagonal Sri Krishna Chinmayam. The unique and majestic form of ‘Dwarakadheesa” holding “Chinmudra” is the centre of attraction. The enchanting smile on the serene face of Lord Yogeswara Krishna seated in Meditation posture is a special blessing to the ashramites. Nobody can escape without getting attracted by His mesmerizing smile. On the whole Chinmaya Sarada Tapovan is said to be agreeable and enjoyable place for senior citizens who prefer to spend the time in peaceful spiritual atmosphere in their twilight of the life.
Ashram routine is planned in such a way that the ashramites can spend the time in a purposeful way. The day starts with morning pooja, aarati and Nama Japa. Both morning and evenings vanaprasthas participate in satsangs lead by acharyas. Discourses on Bhagavad Geetha and Upanishads and scriptures like Maha Bharata, Srimat Bhagavata will be there during camps and regular satsangs.
A good library with valuable books along with monthly magazines is maintained to enrich ones spiritual knowledge.
Apart from regular satsangs all the festivals like Sivaratri, Sri Rama Navami, Dasara, Vinayaka Chaturthi are celebrated to strengthen religious fervor of the ashram.
Every year two special camps “Sankranti Sadas” in the month of January and Sravana Sadas” in the month of August are organized by the ashram for devotees in which yoga, meditation and spiritual discourses and discussions are held to enrich their spiritual sojourn.
Sri Krisna Janmashtami is specially celebrated in an inspiring manner with special poojas, Nama sankeertan, breaking the Pot(Utti) programme by children etc.,
Spiritual picnics (Vana Bhojana) are also organized on prior request during Mondays in the month of Karteeka.
Summer camp for children (below 15 years) “Bala Sadas” is also organized in the month of May.
Annual Geetha Chanting Competitions are also conducted by the ashram.
Special features of the ashram:
Pujya Mataji had an idea to develop Chinmaya Sarada Tapovan ashram as a camp site to organize sadhana camps by the acharyas of the Mission in the pleasant and beautiful atmosphere near seashore.
To provide accommodation for any seeker to do mouna sadhana by quietly himself for a short time.
Simple and comfortable cottages are built by donors for the stay of senior citizens. In order to provide accommodation for more number of camp delegates the ashram need to build extra rooms. So generous donors can build the cottage in their name and spend some time whenever it is possible.
Chinmaya Panchashrama &Saptaskhetra Darshan:
This is a special package tour planned for the sake of devotees from far off places; which will be arranged on request. After having the camp in Chinmaya Sarada Tapovan ashram the delegates can visit the following Kshetras halting/visiting in between in the ashrams sanctified by Pujya Gurudev and started by Pujya Amma.
- Srisailam – Mallikarjunaswamy & Bhramaramba Devi (Dwadasa Linga kshetram)
- Tirumala-Tirupathi- Lord Venkatewara’s Abode
- Sri Kalahasthi- one of the Panchabhuta Linga(Vayu Linga) kshetra
- Vijayawada-Kanaka Durga Devi kshetra
- Kotappakonda-Medha Dakshina Moorthy kshetra
- Singarakonda - Swayambhu Anjaneya Swamy kshetra
- Kanipakam- Vara Siddhi Vinayaka kshetra & Valli Malai- Lord Subramanian’s Cave Temple
Apart from the above, the devotees can also visit other famous temples and places enroute according to their time schedule.
Few important memorable events:
- Bhoomi Puja was performed by Pujya Sarada Priyananda Amma on 15-5-1994
- 4o days Ramayana Gnana yagna in March 1996 by Swamini Seelananda
- 1997,1998 March Pujya Amma conducted Ugadi Sadas.
- 1999 Sankranti Sadas commenced
- August 2001 Sraavana Sadas commenced
- Feb. 2004: Consecration of the Lord Chinmaya Krishna by Pujya Guruji (H.H. Swami Tejomayanandaji)
- 25th Feb. 2009 : First Kubhabhishekam to Chinmaya Krishna Mandir by Pujya Guruji.