Construction Period:
Pillars and slab - 07/2005;
all else, 12/2008 - 12/2014 - on and off, for 6 years!

Advaita Ananda Samadhi Ashram - Ellora, INDIA
(The India branch of the Samadhi Hermitage, Madrid, New Mexico, USA)

Our India Ashram was under construction, off and on, from Fall, 2008 - Dec. 2014!!
(The slab and pillars were constructed in July, 2005 .. and then it waited 3 years, for stage 2, start of construction.)

Local volcanic stone was used for internal walls, the Meditation Cave, and garden stone walls,
giving an ancient temple/cave-like atmosphere.

The pics below tell some of the story.
The final stage was construction of our small gym room;
and that replaced construction work, as the 50 years of exercise & yoga which kept Ananda's body
fit and strong!

Ellora is a place of Ancient Buddhist, Hindu & Jain Spiritual Caves carved into a beautiful Volcanic Hillside,
near to Aurangabad, in the western state of Maharashtra, approximately 7 hours journey from Mumbai. 

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We are building internal walls, and other places, from old volcanic stone blocks, to give an ancient temple/cave-like atmosphere.

The black stone shown below was used only for boundary and retaining walls; very sharp edges, and not fun to work with.
Ananda set the very first 3 stones, on
1st January 2009, in the corner behind the 3 ladies (below) … and then handed the work over to the crew!!

PHASE 1 - Brick and black-stone walls  -- boundary and exterior.


 July, 2005

1st January 2009
Lunch time, 1st construction day.

Ladies do the grunt work;
guys set the stones!

9th January 2009 - so much work completed, in just one week!

Building a stairway, India style!


31 December, 2009


The Cement Mixer!!

PHASE 2 - Fun Stone Work
The stone work shown below was done by Ananda and friends.
This type of stone masonry is a specialty of Ananda and friend JT from USA.
So happy to get this collection of old stone blocks (90 pieces for $1/each!!).
See the "Heart-Temple wall
" pictured below.
  Ananda's first stone project .. constructing
 a giant plant pot for a
Chickoo/Saporta tree.
One day, my source came to see what I was doing. He said, "You are using our waste to do art-work!" (They toss these stones in a ditch with cement, making a foundation for walls.)


Heart-Temple in wall of our
"Crystal Meditation Cave".
Ananda and JT Grosch  (October, 2010)
"The Crew!!"
JT, Stacey, and Yuki visited for 3 weeks, including a 2 week "masonry marathon" constructing the
Meditation Cave,
and some other walls in the Ashram building.
We had a blast; Sita, Sagar & mom, also helped alot.
Heart Mandir (temple) in middle of Satsang wall.
All stone walls are two sided; backside of this is Kitchen on left; desk and bed on right

Two sides of Satsang Hall wall.


Night-time stone layout; ready for next morning's cement mix!

A wall in the making.


Verandah - backside is Ananda's bed
(sitting w. Sita & Sagar in pic. below, to right)

Kitchen Dining area … a "T"- shaped wall.
Desk is behind left side of the wall;
as is the bed under the window.

Close-up of Kitchen wall to the left;
top central

That's Sagar, my very good work buddy.
We did that floor we are sitting on together.
Hardly a lazy bone in his body!!
And … here is our most precious Sita and brother Sagar visiting the Hermitage!
Sita's also a great team player!
Meal Time with Sagar and Sita.
Chapatti & veges in the evening; a dozen or more Bananas & other fruit are Ananda's diet during day of Stone masonry. Sagar helped build that wall to my right!

The "Samadhi Hermitage-India" is here to serve your visit to India.

If you are coming to India, and this feels of interest to you, then please do come for a visit.

email: ananda (@)  samadhihermitage.org
Ananda's phone # in India is 95451-63039.

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Ananda's Ashram and the
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Construction Days - 2009-2014
Six years, on and off,
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India Ashram Stone masonry fun!
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Sita's Family
Sarubai Tambe Family Residence.

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