Definition of ashram in English:



  • (especially in South Asia) a hermitage, monastic community, or other place of religious retreat.

    • ‘She had been a periodic member of the ashram where I lived for 15 years before moving to Jerusalem and taking on the path of Judaism.’
    • ‘Rishikesh is much more of a cosmopolitan, tourist attraction than Haridwar: it is full of ashrams, sadhus and international visitors attending yoga and meditation courses.’
    • ‘Some are freelance wanderers, moving from town to town; others live ordered monastic lives in ashrams, dividing their day according to strict rules and performing severe penances.’
    • ‘Though he is best known for his principles of truth and non-violence, his ashrams reflect a perfect example of social justice as defined by the Hindu philosophy.’
    • ‘The children have been shifted to an ashram or hermitage run by a local sage where they are being made to recite Vedic mantras and fire rituals are being performed to drive the spirits away.’
    • ‘Some have stayed back to serve Kailasa Ashrama, and some have joined other ashrams.’
    • ‘Having children meant leaving the ashram, being exiled from my spiritual paradise.’
    • ‘Once, during my 11 th year of living at the ashram, a Hindu-style spiritual retreat, I actually experienced that transcendental state.’
    • ‘In the Saivite tradition, an aadheenam is a monastery-temple complex and not an ashram in the usual sense.’
    • ‘The day after graduation, I joined an ashram, an Indian-style spiritual community, situated on twenty-one acres of woods in eastern Massachusetts.’
    • ‘He spent many years in Hindu monasteries in central India and established a ashram at Nanded in Maharashtra where he lived for fifteen years before meeting Guru Gobind Singh.’
    • ‘And, ironically, I found the ashram far more Indian than most of the Hindu ashrams I visited, which were overwhelmed with foreigners.’
    • ‘Swami left no official successor, but his teachings will continue to be spread by devotees at his four ashrams.’
    • ‘Today, ashrams and monasteries of various Hindu sects keep the traditions of classical learning alive.’
    • ‘During my 15th year of living in a Hindu-style ashram, a spiritual community in the woods of Massachusetts, I was given a two-month leave of absence.’
    • ‘I had gone to the ashram expressly to meet the spiritual teacher, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, whose Sunnyasin movement had just begun to attract followers from the West.’
    • ‘It is our opinion that ashrams developed by a sadhu should be run by sadhus after the founder's passing.’
    • ‘There is no question that the Spirit is very much present in India: everywhere you go, you find ashrams, yogis, sadhus, ordinary people practicing meditation or pranayama.’
    • ‘A trip down the ashrams and bhajan ashrams of this holy city gives an insight into the plight of the ‘elderly’ and how science, technology, and development have not even reached the fringes of this historical place.’
    • ‘From the evidence of 5,000 ashrams at Maha Kumbh it is clear and obvious that there are many different shades of ideas, opinions, philosophies and practices in Hinduism.’


From Sanskrit āśrama ‘hermitage’.