Travel Gujrat: Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram Agas, A spiritual place

Outside the Ashram

Railway station, Agas situated in Khambat- Baroda railway.
Railway station, Agas situated in Khambat- Baroda railway.
Inscription stone about Srimad Rajchandra Ashram in Agas railway station.
Inscription stone about Srimad Rajchandra Ashram in Agas railway station.
Main Gate (outermost), Agas Ashram
Main Gate (outermost), Agas Ashram

Entering Agas Ashram

Walkway: Night view
Walkway: Night view
Walkway
Walkway
Middle gate of the Ashram
Middle gate of the Ashram

Inner Gate of the Ashram

Inner gate: Outside view
Inner gate: Outside view
Inner gate: Inside view
Inner gate: Inside view
Inner gate:Carved Pillar
Inner gate:Carved Pillar
Inner gate: Carving
Inner gate: Carving

Shrimad Rajchandra, Guru of Mahatma Gandhi


Are you traveling Gujrat, India? Agas is a sacred place and pilgrimage center for Shrimad Rajchandra, spiritual Guru of Mahatma Gandhi.

Shrimad Rajchandra was a spiritual Guru who lived on this earth for only 33 years between 1868 and 1901. He was an enlightened person and contemporary to Swami Vivekanand. Mahatma Gandhi accepted him as his spiritual Guru. Mahatma Gandhi followed the path of Ahimsa (Non-violence) and Satya (Truth) throughout his life inspired by Shrimad Rajchandra.

Shrimad Rajchandra was born in Porbandar in Gujrat. He started his career as a businessman and was in Gemstones and Jewelry trade. However, he was not much indulged in mundane life. He had a quest for thyself. He studied various religions and found Jainism as his way to spiritual life. He meditated for years to obtain inner wisdom. Being enlightened, he taught people eternal peace and love, as a way to salvation.

He declined to obey mere rituals in the name of religion and spirituality. He did not believe in the role of cast and creed in spirituality. He told that spiritual path is open for all who wants to join the same. He was a true follower of Jainism as preached by the Arihant Parameshthi. He wrote several books and scripts in easy language understandable to common people.

He was able to convey the message of Jainism and spirituality through these books. Atma Siddhi Shastra is the most famous of his scriptures. Besides Jain, Large numbers of non-Jain people also followed his path, especially Patel community of that region .

He did not become a Jain ascetic and lived as a layman. However, his spiritual level was much higher than many of the so-called Monks and Nuns. Some of the Jain ascetics of his era understood the fact about his spiritual level and started following him.

Shree Laghuraj Swami alias Lallu shree Ji was one of them. He was a great devotee of Shrimad Rajchandra.

Shrimad Rajchandra Life video

Atma Siddhi Shastra by Shrimad Rajchandra

Laghuraj Swami established Agas Ashram



Once Shrimad Rajchandra visited Agas and told his followers that the land of Agas is very sacred and has the ability to be converted into a spiritual place. Shree Laghuraj Swami (Lallu shree Ji) remembered his words even after his death and established a shrine (Ashram) Later on. He did it in Agas under a Public trust.

Agas is situated near Anand, famous as Amul city. Anand is very near to Baroda (Vadodara) in Gujrat, India. There are direct train routes from Mumbai and Delhi to Baroda and Anand. One can reach Anand from Ahmadabad, the capital of Gujrat. There are bus routes from different other cities including Jaipur in Rajasthan.

Shree Laghuraj Swami, one of the main followers of Srimad Rajchandra, made rules and regulations including daily routine of prayer for the Ashram. Devotees still follow the same routine. Nothing in routine prayer is changed during last sixty or seventy years. Prayer starts early in the morning and continues till nine o'clock in the night. There are short breaks for breakfast, lunch, tea and dinner. Eating in the night is not allowed inside the Ashram and one has to finish his or her dinner before the sun set.

Ashram authorities do not allow Radio, Television, News Papers etc inside the Ashram to maintain strict discipline and a peaceful spiritual environment. It is a holy place and even mobile phones are not allowed in the inner parts of the Ashram campus.

The Ashram administration provides facilities of a comfortable stay and marvelous food (Lunch, dinner, and tea) at a highly subsidized rate. One has to spend almost nothing for food and lodging. Devotees of Shrimad Rajchandra pays a huge amount of money as charity to maintain these expenses.

The temple

The temple and old hall
The temple and old hall
The temple and old hall closer view
The temple and old hall closer view

Residential area

Residential complex 1
Residential complex 1
Residential complex 2
Residential complex 2
Residential complex 3
Residential complex 3
Author outside his Residential complex
Author outside his Residential complex

Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram, Agas

Natural environment inside the campus


The ashram (Shrine) is built on a huge campus with a green belt. There are thousands of Banyan, Margosa, Ashoka, Gulmohar, Mango and other varieties of trees in the campus. This provides Agas ashram with a peaceful, healthy and natural environment. Jainism is environment-friendly religion. Large numbers of Jain canons including Acharanga Sutra speak of environment, ecology and species conservation. This shrine is an example of natural beauty and following those instructions.

This Ashram provides unique opportunity live retired life for spiritual persons. Some devotee families live there permanently. Hundreds of thousands of devotees come there round the year and live for some time. They follow rules, regulation and routine religiously.

There are Shwetambar and Digambar Jain temples depicting Jain unity, In addition, there are Shrimad Rajchandra Guru Mandir, Laghuraj Swami Samadhi Mandir and huge prayer halls in the Ashram campus. The ashram administration also runs a library and a publication center that prints and distributes Jain holy books at a subsidized rate.

Agas is situated near Anand (Amul fame) in Gujrat. India. It is well connected by train, bus and other moods of transportation. Ahmedabad and Baroda are nearest airports. I had been there recently and taken some photographs of the Ashram. Please view the picture gallery.

(This hub is published on 8 May 2009)

Beautiful carvings

Carving on a marble pillar
Carving on a marble pillar
Carved wooden gate in the new hall
Carved wooden gate in the new hall
Carved wooden pillar inside the new hall
Carved wooden pillar inside the new hall

Agas near Anand, Gujrat

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Srimad Rajchandra Ashram, Agas is situated near Amul fame city Anand in Gujrat. Agas is 30 minute journey from Anand.

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Comments 60 comments

Komal M 12 months ago

A beautiful write and photos... Relived childhood moments attached to this place.

Jai Prabhu....


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JYOTI KOTHARI 14 months ago from Jaipur Author

Ramesh Modi Ji,

You can have a very comfortable stay and food at a very reasonable cost. Its almost free. There are comfortable arrangements for senior citizens, so I don't think there will be any problem. Please inquire in details contacting the Ashram administration.


Ramesh Modi 14 months ago

Sir

I would like to visit Agas Ashram and would like to stay for a week with my wife We both are senior citizens of 69 and 65 years old. so will you please be kind enough to give me the information about staying and food arrangement with cost and other expenses if any.At present we are staying alone in Mumbai and our all children are away.Please reply in detail so we can think of visiting and mainly for peace of mind.


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nisargmehta 2 years ago from SURAT, Gujarat, India

I'd been there. It was indeed a place to remember. Calm Atmosphere and Healthy Food and Habits. Such a Delightful Experience!!!

Thanks for Sharing. [Smiles]


Sugyan Modi 3 years ago

परमकृपालुदेव को वंदन व परमपूज्य प्रभु्श्रीजी को नमन. अगास आश्रम में पहले दर्शन जून,2012 में किये. अब 20जून से 24 जून का कार्यक्रम बनाया हैै. पहली जानकारी आपकी site से ही प्राप्त की. आभार.


A K Jain Sagar (MP) 3 years ago

Way back in 1982-83 While staying at Anand we used to visit Agas and seek darshan of Jain Mandir and blessing to lead the life with spirituality . From the posted photographs , I find that lot many new development have taken place . Many thanks to Shri Jyoti Kothariji for uploading the same. We wish to again visit the Agash Asharam and relive the old memories.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 3 years ago from Jaipur Author

Yes, it is possible. Pl contact with your phone number and address.


Umed 3 years ago

I want to know the availability of syadvad manjari. Can somebody help me.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 4 years ago from Jaipur Author

Thanks for your comment.


dinesh 4 years ago

paramkrupalu dindayalu dukhiayano aadhar prabhuji

aaj gurupunam che tame mane bhavobhav malajo aevi antarni ichha che jay prabhu


Anil Bavishi 4 years ago

Jai prabhu, nice to get darshan of Sadguru Shri param krupaludev & Agash ashram by photos & video. Keep it up


Umed Mehta 4 years ago

i want to know whether syadvaad manjari by acharya mallisen is available.


swarn1 4 years ago

my wife want to study the literature of pujay Shrimad Rajchandra . can she stay there for studies ?

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naresh saklecha 4 years ago

my wife want to study the literature of pujay Shrimad Rajchandra . can she stay there for studies ?


purvisha patel 5 years ago

jay prabhu i like very much this place................


vipul jain 5 years ago

shadguru pram krupalu deve ko three kal namaskar ho unke charano me coti coti vandan ho

agas is the most i liked place for getting the bhakti of pram krupalu dev


Kailash 5 years ago

Please tell me where is it located.


SAGAR 5 years ago

SHkrupaludevji na ASHIRVAD varmvaar thao,TEMNI agna amara par thao.TEO na charnoma varmvaar am ne bolavo tevi vinantio PRABHUJI ne kari ATMVANDAN.


sagar 5 years ago

SHRI KRUPALUDEV NA CHARNO MA KOTI KOTI ATMA VANDAN.TEO NA ASHIRVAAD NI KRUPA THO,ANE JIVAN LAHER MAY TEONA CHARNO MA THAY TEVI PRARTHANA


SAGAR 5 years ago

vandan .


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C.V.Rajan 5 years ago from Kerala, India

This is the first time I am learning about Shrmad Rajchandra. The Ashram, from the pics and video looks very serene and peaceful. It will be nice if you could include in your hub details like where Agas is located and how to reach there, for the benefit of the uninitiated.

C.V.


MOHIT MANDOT 5 years ago

I AM ALWAYS GO TO AGAS AASHRAM IN PARYUSHAN,DIPAWALI & ANY OTHER CEREMONY.I LIKE IT.

IT'S AN amazing PLACE.

THANKS.

JAY PRABHU EVERYONE.


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roshall 5 years ago from Ohio

i really enjoyed this hub.you did a wonderful job.


Jogendra Shah 5 years ago

HeJay Prabhu, everyone

Prabhu aaj Mane Ek Vardan aapi De,

Tu vase chhe jya mane tya Sthhan aapi De.


RAJNIKANT 5 years ago

MY NAMEIS ROHIT RAJNIKANT AND SO BEAUTIFUL ASHRAM AND SHRIMAD MY GURU IS PRAMUKHSWAMIMAHARAJ THANKS JAY SWAMINARAYAN


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Thanks for your comment.


kevin patel 6 years ago

jai prabhu


Rupal 6 years ago

I went 2 agas ashram.bcs our family follower of Bhagvan shrimad rajchandra.i felt peace of mind when i were in d ashram.agas ashram is amazing place.


soumyasrajan 6 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

Enjoyed very much reading your article Jyoti! If I remember correctly I also saw a musical drama some years back on Shrimad Rajchandra. But I did not know about Agas Ashram.


Harsha 6 years ago

Jay Prabhu. I'm from Coimbatore and used to go to aradhna bhavan and worship. But since i'm married and my in-laws do not visit temple regularly i was forced to stay at home. Finally, I live separate from family with my husband for the same reason and after 3 years i have again started going to temple regularly. I am very happy and the best thing is we have planned to visit Agas Ashram in early August. Tickets are booked and my luggage is also packed and now i am eagerly waiting for the day. I know whoever reads this must be feeling happy for me. All wish me goodluck.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Jyoti,

Srimad Rajchandra was an enlightened Guru. It is nice to remember him and his preachings every time to obtain upper stages of spirituality.

Thanks for visiting the hub and commenting on it.

Jyoti Kothari


JYOTHI SATIYA 6 years ago

Its so beautiful to see ashram on my laptop.I and my family regularly go there,we have a house there.It brought so many memories back and made me nostalgic.I hope i'll go there soon.Thank u so much for the video and photos.Jai prabhu to all.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Durgama,

It is nice to hear that you are able to come back to India, your desired place. Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram has extremely peaceful atmosphere and one can achieve spiritual enlightenment there with less efforts.

Thanks for visiting and commenting on this hub.

Jyoti Kothari


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DurgaMa 6 years ago from Phoenix

Thank you for these photos of such a beautiful ashram and temple. I am an American born woman. When I was four years old I begged my parents to take me home to India to my family. I finally made it to India when I was forty-four and returned seven months later. Reluctantly. Always when I see such pictures I want to go back again. http://durgama.com


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DurgaMa 6 years ago from Phoenix

I am an American born woman. At the age of four I was begging my parents to take me home to India to my family. I finally made to there when I was forty-four, and returned seven months later. Reluctantly. Thank you for these beautiful photos of such a beautiful ashram and temple. Always when I see these I want to go back again. http://durgama.com


Saunak Patel 6 years ago

Jay Prabhu, everyone.

He Prabhu aaj Mane Ek Vardan aapi De,

Tu vase chhe jya mane tya Sthhan aapi De.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Niraj Ji,

Jai Prabhu.

Thanks for your comments. Please spread the words among Bhakta Jan.

Jyoti Kothari


Niraj Chaturvedi 6 years ago

savne mara jay prabhu


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JYOTI KOTHARI 6 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Dr. Pritesh Shah,

Thanks for comment and question.

You can get bus from Ahmedabad to Anand and from Anand to Ashram directly. You can also take a taxi to Agas from Ahmedabad.

There are train services to Agas also and that is very convenient.

Jyoti Kothari


dr.preetesh shah 6 years ago

how can one reach to ahsram from ahmedabad by road


suraj 7 years ago

Spiritual yet beautiful place. Thanksssss. Thumbs up!

Suraj


suraj 7 years ago

Spiritual yet beautiful place. Thanksssss. Thumbs up!

Suraj


Pinkal Bhakta 7 years ago

Jai Prabhu

I had never visited Agash but my parents always talk about it when I go to India this year I'll definitely visit agash!!! since i know all the agash arti i think it be fun


Mitul Patel 7 years ago

one and half year. Thanks again. =)


preet 7 years ago

i love agas ashram....im visiting on my birthday this year n bringing my friends along...i love krupaludev...


Vipul Patel 7 years ago

Thanks for posting all the photos and pictures.

Jay Prabhu.


vipul shah 7 years ago

jai prabhu to all the humanbeing


vipul shah 7 years ago

jai prabhu to all the humanbeing


Mahendra Parekh  7 years ago

Jay Prabhu

Thank you very much for putting beautiful Ashram on Net. My family is a regular visitor of Ashram.


shah 7 years ago

i used to visit when i was india...thank you for posting these pictures..i have a house there..it bring backs the old memories..


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spirituality 7 years ago from The Netherlands

Very good look at this spiritual place :) Shows the atmosphere well.


samir patel 7 years ago

jay prabhu

thanks for visiting agas


mehul patel 7 years ago

Thanks to agas ashram and admin me and my family are visiting every year but due to some reason i cant make it but i will do it this year.jay prabhu


pravin 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing the pics. I will definitely visit Agas Ashram.


pravin 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing the pics. I will definitely visit Agas Ashram.


Aditya 7 years ago

Nice post. Thanks for sharing the pics. I will definitely visit Agas Ashram.


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JYOTI KOTHARI 7 years ago from Jaipur Author

Hi Countrywomen,

Thanks for your visit and comment. If you are not sure of visiting Agas Ashram, it is worth visit.

Jyoti Kothari


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

When we were kids my father took us to Gujarat and we travelled to Dwaraka, Porbandar, Jamnagar, Somnath, Anand (saw Amul factory) and in all these places attended countless temples/ashrams and I am not sure if I visited this one.


Anjali Kapadia 7 years ago

Jyoti,

I knew about Shrimad Rajchandra but not about Agas Ashram. I would like to go and stay there. Beautiful photographs. Can you post some photos of temples there?

Anjali


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Good photo set. Enjoyed this one :)

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