Ashrams are spiritual communities or hermitages in Hinduism, where people live together in a disciplined and focused manner, with the aim of pursuing spiritual growth and self-realization. Ashrams can be found all over India, and they are typically situated in remote and natural environments, away from the distractions of modern life.
Ashrams are run by spiritual teachers, or gurus, who provide guidance and instruction to their disciples or students. The daily routine in an ashram typically involves meditation, yoga, chanting, and other spiritual practices, as well as work or seva (selfless service) to help maintain the ashram and support the community.
In addition to providing a space for spiritual practice and growth, ashrams may also offer educational programs, retreats, and other opportunities for people to learn about and engage with Hinduism and its various practices and teachings. Many ashrams are open to visitors, and offer accommodation and meals to those who wish to stay and participate in the community.
Ashrams have played an important role in preserving and transmitting the teachings and practices of Hinduism, as well as in fostering spiritual growth and community. They continue to be a vibrant and important part of the Hindu tradition today.