Definition of ashram
1 : a secluded dwelling of a Hindu sage; also : the group of disciples instructed there
2 : a religious retreat
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Recent Examples of ashram from the Web
When Mr. Rao was unexpectedly named prime minister in 1991, after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, Chandraswamy’s ashram became a hub for Delhi’s power circles.
Only available at the ashram, and now out of print, the cassettes have long been sought by collectors, selling for as much as $450 apiece on the internet.
At the ashram, our days were structured around meditations, sharing thoughts with the group; meals, and a final satsang or sermon late at night.
After years in the kitchen at an underground ashram in Communist Plovdiv, the native Bulgarian had gone to India to study local cooking.
Life-changing trips to India In 1998 and 2000, on ashram retreats to India, Phillips saw some of the region’s most impoverished areas.
Rory is defending a large movie studio against a charge that the script for its next blockbuster was stolen from a big-name star who has been cocooned in an ashram in India lo these many years.
Credit: Matson Films Every year, people of all ages, races, and creeds journey from around the world to reach Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, a secluded forest ashram in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
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Did You Know?
Ashram first appeared in English in the early 1900s and gained traction after Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi founded his famous ashrams at Sabarmati near Ahmadabad and at Sevagram near Wardha. The word ashram derives from a Sanskrit word, "srama," which means "religious exertion." Later in the 20th century, English speakers broadened the term "ashram" to encompass any sort of religious retreat, regardless of denomination. In addition to practicing yoga and mediation, Susan from our example sentence may also receive instruction from a religious teacher and do some type of manual or mental work during her stay at the ashram.
Origin and Etymology of ashram
Sanskrit āśrama, from śrama religious exercise
First Known Use: 1835See Words from the same year
ASHRAM Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ashram for English Language Learners
: a place where a person or a group of people go to live separately from the rest of society and practice the Hindu religion
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