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Monastery (Matha) Swami Gitananda Ashram in Altare

Monastery (Matha) Swami Gitananda Ashram in Altare

Localita' Pellegrino, 1, Altare (Savona), ITALY



The Hindu monastery Matha Gitananda Ashrama is located in Località Pellegrino in the Municipality of Altare; It stands on a hill 520m high, in the inland of Savona. Inside the monastery is a beautiful temple dedicated to the Divine Mother Sri Lalita Tripura Sundari, built in accordance with the principles established by the Vastu Shastra. It is of particular importance due to its structure (typical of southern India) and for its rich iconographic representation and yantrica. In addition to the main deity, Devi Shri Lalita Mahatripurasundari and many other protective goddesses, inside you will find: a linga, the symbol of Shiva, weighing 1,080 kilograms, some depictions of Ganesha, the Nine Planets, the Navagraha (with function protection), Rishi and Avatara detectors of Shri Vidya. This temple is an important reference point for Italian and faithful from India, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, etc., Who flock here for the puja and especially during the holidays. Every day, especially on Friday and Sunday mornings, you can participate in the shakti puja (Hindu ritual shakta according to tradition) during which they sing sukta stotram, bhajan and kirtan. The activities of the temple, where the rites, the devotee may participate in several ways: by bringing offerings on special occasions or important moments in life from sanctify; expressing his devotion, bhakti, through devotional songs, meditating, doing your own practice or the study of the Scriptures.
In June 1984 Swami Yogananda founded the Gitananda Ashram. With the irrepressible enthusiasm to put into practice values and ideals that Swamiji conveyed, a small group of students had started researching, inland Liguria, a place where he could retire with the guide Master in order to "live" yoga. And then Swamiji, returning from a long stay in India, arrives in Località Pellegrino in Altare, in the hinterland of Savona. In 1992 the temple's foundation was laid. Thus arose the mandapa, no fixtures, with simple shading that outlined, of course unheated and without electricity. It has hosted for years a simple, essential worship, extremely effective for the tapas, the inner discipline. In 2000 a group of sculptors, sthapati, experts in sacred buildings, came from India to define the decorative aspect.
The interreligious dialogue is an important component of ashram life. Over the years, the monastery opened gladly its doors to the meeting with representatives of various religious traditions, as well as representatives of various currents of Hinduism itself. The occasion of inter-religious meeting was the inauguration of the great "Peace Bell" Maha Nada Ganta, a unique work, of seven tons, a great artistic work of high spiritual value, inlaid with mantras and stotra.
The Ashram is always happy to welcome single people, groups and school groups, to offer an opportunity to experience a different cultural and religious context rooted in Italy for over thirty years. An important opportunity to introduce interculturality and dialogue, which has fostered relations with the predominant faith.
- Direct visit
- Classroom activity (pre and post the visit):
Insights on some characteristic terms of Hinduism: the main Hindu deities, samnyasa, the Ashram, the mandapa, the puja.
Activity of verification of the acquired knowledge and skills


  • International Day of Yoga
    Interview with Paramahamsa Svami Yogananda Ghiri, spiritual guide of the Italian Hindu Union
  • Sanatana Dharma Samgha
    Site of the Italian Hindu Union, a religious institution founded for the protection, coordination, practice and study of Hindu culture and religion.
  • The Hindu Paradise of Altare
    Article of an important Italian newspaper, La Repubblica, on the monastery

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