Swami Ramdas

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Fast Facts
Other Names and Nicknames: 
Vittal Rao, Beloved Papa
Devotion to Ram
Main Countries of Activity: 
Date of Birth: 
April 10, 1884
Place of Birth: 
Hosdrug, Kerala, India
In His/Her Body ("alive"): 
Date Left His/Her Body: 
August 2, 1963
Descendant Gurus: 
Other Related Gurus: 
Mataji Krishnabai - his spiritual consort, chief disciple and successor. Swami Satchidananda - prominent disciple and Mataji's successor


Swami Ramdas was born in Kerala, India in 1884 under the original name Vittal Rao.

He worked as a spinning master in a cotton mill and in 1908 he married.

He experienced difficulties, both in his financial pursuits and domestic life, and seeking relief from his circumstances, he began to chant "Ram" – a name of Hindu God. Soon after, his father gave to him a holy mantra to repeat, the ram mantra.

He quickly became detached from the material world and left on a pilgrimage, taking on the name Ramdas, and living on charity (though he never accepted money). His practice was to view the world as forms of Ram – and thus to see everything that might befall him as the will of God.

In 1922 he encountered the sage, Ramana Maharshi, and received his grace. As a result of this, he went into his first retreat, living for 21 days in solitude in a cave in Arunachala. Upon leaving this cave he was filled with the realization that, “All was Rama, nothing but Rama”

After continuing to live on the roads for many years, his devotees established an ashram called Anandashram for him in Kanhangad, Kerala in 1931. The ashram worked to improve the living conditions of the local people, and continues to this day to share Swami Ramdas’ vision of Universal Love and Service.

Swami Ramdas left his body with the name of Ram in his mouth in 1963.


The core of Swami RamDas sadhana is the practice of viewing the world as forms of Ram – and thus to see everything that happens as the will of God.

All is Rama, nothing but Rama.

Swami Ramdas also strongly advocated and practiced universal love and service.

People do not know what the Name of God can do. Those who repeat it constantly alone know its power. It can purify our mind completely... The Name can take us to the summit of spiritual experience.

Place yourself as an instrument in the hands of God who does his own work in his own way.

Just as a flower gives out its fragrance to whomsoever approaches or uses it, so love from within us radiates towards everybody and manifests as spontaneous service.



A truly lovely welcoming-for-all ashram.

The ashram was founded by Swami Ramdas and Mother Krishnabai in 1931 Their life and is dedicated to the teachings of Swami Ramdas and his vision of universal love devotion to the service of humanity.

Anandashram P.O.,
Kanhangad, Dist. Kasaragod, Kerala 671531, India
(0467) 2203036/ 2209477

Anandashram is located in Kanhangad, in the Mangalore-Shoranur sector of Southern Railway. Most of the important trains halt at Kanhangad. The nearest airport is at Mangalore, about 100 km away, with regular services linking all major cities.

On alighting at Kanhangad Station, one can avail of a bus, taxi, or autorickshaw to reach Anandashram, which is about 5 km away. On the National Highway #17, there is an area known as Ramnagar. On taking the road leading to Panathur, just about half a kilometer away on the right, stands the arch in this picture.

Daily Schedule & Opening Hours: 

Bhajan Hall:
Programme starts with Vishnu Sahasranamam at 5:00 a.m., followed by Guru Sthuthi, Flower Offering, Ram Nam, Shiv Nam, Bhajans and closes with Arati at 12:30 p.m. The afternoon session begins at 2:00 p.m. with Ram Nam, followed by Hare Rama, Hanuman Chalisa, Bhajans and concludes at 9:30 p.m. with Arati.

Satsang Hall:
Satsang: 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Samadhi Mandirs:
Akhanda Ram Nam: 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Prior registration via email or phone is advisable.
Services in Location: 

Dining room, an extensive library of diverse spiritual books, book store, garden, cow shed.


Excellent accomodation options within the ashram.

Prices and Fees: 

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Books & Media

Recommended Books: 
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In the Vision of God vol 1 - The Continuing Saga of an Extraordinary Pilgrimage

by Swami Ramdas


Very hard to find book in great condition

Pro Opinions


santthosh kumaar's picture

He was real incarnation of love and inspiration to the religious seeker who cannot come of out their inherited religious conditiong.

Maturity through devotion


He learned Mantra of Ram to which he did japa with full faith, devotion and respect following the path of devotion.

eBook - In Quest of God by Swami Ramdas316.8 KB