Shrimad Rajchandra Mission Masterplan

SERIE ARCHITECTS

Private Development | Masterplan Competition

Dharampur, India | 90 Ha 

Project Directors: Christopher Lee,

Kapil Gupta

2012 Mumbai, India

 

The Shrimad Rajchandra Ashram, Dharampur, at present, is spread over 223 acres on the hillock of Mohangadh on the outskirts of Dharampur. Of this, around 4-5 acres of land has been developed on which several, primarily need-based, structures have been constructed.

The present infrastructure however is insufficient to cater to the ever-increasing influx of seekers and devotees, who come from all over the world to the Ashram. The growth and further development of the Ashram is thus essential for supporting the spiritual advancement of seekers.

In light of the above, a new ‘Master Plan’ was necessary in order to establish the Ashram as a complete and whole ecosystem with appropriate arrangements made for all the vital elements in it – devotees, seekers, permanent residents, support staff and others. This Master Plan would be the guiding force for all ashram development and related activities.

The future ashram design seeks to massively increase the present facilities and will include: 

> Centers of Spiritual Activities, such as a new temple, a museum, discourse halls, auditorium, library, research center, and meditation cells.

> Accommodation Facilities, including a wide range of dwellings, villas, and staff quarters.

> Supporting Facilities, such as administrative offices, sporting facilities, medical center, dining halls, and more.

> Landscaping, including parks and gardens, public spaces, playgrounds, water bodies, etc.

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