The virtues of a getaway cannot be measured. There is nothing more rejuvenating than stepping out of the daily routine and taking a pause to admire the beauty of the world around us and within us. Situated 30 kilometers from Bangalore, there is a heaven for those who look for spirituality outside the old world realms of religion and ritual. The world’s largest meditation pyramid stands tall, an emphatic and harmonious presence that juts out of the surrounding landscape. Within this pyramid, up to 5000 people can meditate peacefully with no space constraints. This pyramid is part of Pyramid Valley or Maitreya-Buddha Vishwalayam, an international meditation centre that is dedicated to spiritual wisdom and attainment of self-realization.
Quick Facts About Pyramid Valley
- Ideal For: Meditation
- Entry Fee: NA
- Entry to the Valley – 6 AM to 8 PM
- Entry to the Pyramid – 4 AM to 10 PM
- Check-in time (accommodation) – 9 AM to 6 PM
- Address: Maitreya-Buddha Vishwalayam, Kanakapura Road, Kebbedoddi Village, Kanakapura Taluk, Ramanagar, Harohalli Hobli – 562112 (MAP)
- Website: www.pyramidvalley.org
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone Numbers: Reception: +91 80 3272 3143/ Room Reservations: +91 81470 93627
Pyramid Valley – An Overview
The founder of Pyramid Valley, Brahmarshi Patriji had one thing in mind when he set up this oasis of new age spirituality in the picturesque Kebbedoddi village in the year 2003 – a single platform where spiritual masters and leaders from across the globe can converge and collaborate for the betterment of all the societies. The Pyramid Valley is run by the Pyramid Spiritual Trust, which organizes several events on the large campus dedicated to the field of spiritual science. One of the events includes the Global Congress which attracts new age spiritual masters from across the country and internationally too.
The meditational pyramid is undoubtedly the main attraction, the walkway leading its entrance adorned with rocks, water bodies, and verdant gardens. At the entrance of the pyramid, guests are greeted by a statue of the meditating Buddha. The pyramid design is meant to collect and radiate the cosmic energy, the flow of which is believed to be essential in meditation.
There are many other spots for meditation in the Pyramid Valley campus, named after famous modern day spiritual masters like Rampa and Osho. One can trek around the area and climb the Tapastali hill for a meditation experience amidst the scenic surroundings.
The centre also includes a library with different resources for those who want to learn more about meditation. There is a bookshop where one can pick up books, videos, and music related to spiritual sciences and meditation.
More about the Pyramid
The Maitreya-Buddha Pyramid is a slate grey structure standing at a height of 102 ft. and a base of more than 25,000 sq ft. Made on the principles of the Giza pyramid, the structure is oriented in the north-south direction. One of the architectural hallmarks of the pyramid is the golden angle of inclination of 52° 51’. The King’s Chamber sits at the centre at a third of the total height. From the outside, the most striking features are the murals depicting the many elements of nature. The frame is made of steel, resting on a cement base.
The different faces represent the different elements – the north face represents air, the south and east faces showcase fire and water respectively and the west face represents earth. The Maitreya-Buddha pyramid features a range of paintings and art work showcasing Buddha.
Objectives and Activities
These are the objectives of the trust:
- Spreading the Science of Meditation, Pyramid Power, and Vegetarianism
- Turning the center into an International Meditation Centre bringing world’s best spiritual leaders on a single platform
- Serving as the headquarters for all Pyramid Spiritual Societies Movement activities
The core philosophies of the Pyramid Spiritual Trust are built around the science of meditation and other elements of spirituality, which are showcased in the layout of the campus. Some of the major activities at the Pyramid Valley include seminars, workshops and annual conferences. Meditational classes and spiritual talks dot the events calendar at Pyramid Valley. The trust is also deeply involved towards the discipline of spiritual science through research and publications Buddha Purnima is one of the major festivals at the Pyramid Valley campus.
Facilities at Pyramid Valley
Apart from the meditation pyramid, there are more facilities of Pyramid Valley. The landscaped surroundings include coconut groves, gardens, and a bamboo bridge and are dotted with places to meditate. There are art galleries with Buddhist themes and there is a meditation briefing centre. There is also a cafeteria which serves a simple and tasty vegetarian menu reflecting the philosophy of the centre.
Pyramid Valley also features a large AC conference hall and multiple non AC ones. An amphitheater is located amidst the well-maintained lawns.
Those looking for a break can choose from different types of accommodation at the Pyramid Valley. The entire site has been laid out in a design that used sacred geometry, with green spaces in between providing space for meditation.
Pagoda style cottages – These beautifully designed cottages draw inspiration from the Pagoda style of architecture. The luxury suites feature two rooms with attached bathrooms.
Bamboo cottages – Eco-friendly and in harmony with the surrounding landscape, the bamboo cottages are modern with attached bathrooms.
Luxury AC and Deluxe Non AC – The luxury AC rooms and deluxe non AC rooms both feature attached bathrooms, double beds, and neat furnishings.
Standard Rooms – The standard rooms have the basic amenities and are meant for budget lodgers. They are neatly designed with attached bathrooms.
Dormitories – Bunk beds and attached bathrooms are main features of the very well maintained dormitories. Dormitories also provide a great experience for those who look forward to interacting with like-minded individuals and are a great place to make friends.
How to Reach Pyramid Valley
Bangalore International Airport is the closest airport, around 76 kms away via the NH209. The journey takes around an hour and forty minutes.
Visitors travelling by railway have the option of Bangalore’s city railway station 40 kms away, or the Ramanagram railway station which is 37 kms away.
The closest bus station is Harohalli, 46 kms by road from Bangalore and 4 kms from Pyramid Valley. For the latter leg of the journey you can hail an auto-rickshaw. Those who are driving from the city can find the fastest route via NH 209, a 41 kms journey, which would take around an hour to cover.
Pyramid Valley is becoming a favoured destination for those who seek solace for the mind and soul. Meditation is gaining more relevance in today’s stressful world where time is always at a premium and material liabilities inundate everyone. The calm atmosphere and the intricate and mesmerizing architecture of the Maitreya-Buddha Vishwalayam offers a sanctum where one can learn the path of self-realization and peace.