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From the arid, boulder-strewn hills of the heart of Rarh rises the unique, rural development project of Ananda Nagar. Founded in 1962 by spiritual master and social revolutionary Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar (Shrii Shrii Anandamurti), it lies in one of the most underdeveloped  regions of India. Baba said that the oldest starting point of human civilization on earth lies here, and that both Shiva and Krsna physically passed through this area.

Ananda Nagar is located in Purulia District of West Bengal, India. About 55 villages surround the area. Baba has developed many plans and programs for the upliftment of the local people, gently integrating their ancient culture with modern times, and He has written 13 volumes for bringing development to what seems like every square inch of Ananda Nagar.

The endless rolling hills, with all sizes and shapes of boulders jutting from the ground in every direction, usually have a light haze in the distance, adding to the mysterious and cosmic sense of the place.

Children’s Homes

Homes for orphaned boys and girls have been built. The children are raised under the guidance of the Acharyas at Ananda Nagar. 


Ananda Nagar Is the Beacon Light for the Universe

20 October 1979, Anandanagar

We have come again to Anandanagar after a long time. Anandanagar is the nucleus of this universe. It is not merely the physical Anandanagar, it is also the Anandanagar of our inner heart. We will have to build it in all possible ways, we will have to take all steps for its rapid development so that it can show light to the entire universe.

But why should this be done so rapidly? Because human beings do not live by material objects alone; they also have their práńa dharma (their vital inner essence). Even if they are provided with all their material needs – their food, clothes, and all necessary requirements, they will die an inglorious death if they are detached from their práńa dharma. Anandanagar will provide that ancient eternal vital force. Thus it must be developed in all respects. This brooks no delay: to delay means to impair the cultural progress of the entire human society. We will not allow this to happen. Thus we must build Anandanagar in all ways.

Anandanagar has a unique glory, and that glory has developed out of the great sacrifice of many noble souls. Let Ananda nagar provide guidance to the entire universe in spiritual practice, service, sacrifice, renunciation, and culture. This is what we should pray for, and this is the reason that we should build Anandanagar and help it radiate light to the universal humanity. This is what I want.

After a long, long time, we have assembled here together again. What can be more joyful than this? When I entered Anandanagar, I was overwhelmed with joy. When I was looking at you, I could hardly restrain myself – I felt so happy, and I think that you, too, felt the same, because we have been able to again come and sit together here. What can be more delightful than this?

Each of the objects in the world has a vehicle, a medium. Let Anandanagar be the medium of our cultural progress; let us try to build Anandanagar and its adjoining villages in all respects – economically, socially and culturally. Any work which is difficult for one person to accomplish is not difficult for many people to perform. A bundle of sticks is a burden if one person carries it, but if it is divided amongst many, it becomes only a light load. Similarly if we all work together unitedly, it will not be difficult to establish Anandanagar as an ideal cultural and spiritual centre. Let us dedicate ourselves to this noble task from this very moment.

Shrii Shrii Anandamurti

20 October 1979, Anandanagar

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Asthi Pahad

Scientists  had said that no dinosaurs had existed in this area. Baba discovered this hill, full of dinosaur fossils, and it is called Fossil Hill. Baba had meditated here many times, and the vibration is very deep.

Village Life

Village life is pristine, ancient. Some of the tribal people use indigenous languages. Most buildings are cement with curved tile roofs, surrounded by plots of land, some gardens, goats and cows, and a few pigs and chickens roaming freely. Often in the morning sounds the hum of a machine, pulled by 2 cows, that separates rice from the grass. Often cow dung is formed into patties and stuck onto the walls to dry and be used for fuel.

Many of the children attend AM schools, and when asked, ‘How are you?’, always respond ‘I am fine, thank you’, some bright and direct, some shy, turning their faces, some running away into the house, and many giggling at being approached by a westerner.

Life is a very physical struggle for survival, and throughout the day, visible scattered over the dusty paths winding up and down over the hills, are women carrying bags of leaves, fuel, etc., as big as their bodies on top of their heads. Most bathe at the rivers, ponds or lakes around midday. Quite a few in the villages, and also the near town Pundag, practice meditation. Several Sunday Dharmacakras take place locally.


Dimdiha Dam has just been built in Ananda Nagar. Here is a video that has been posted on Facebook: