Tourist Destination / Place
Pavanar or Paunar Ashram or the Vinoba Bhave Ashram is in Seloo Tehsil of Wardha District near the Dham river.
Wardha District, Maharashtra, India.
Unique Features / Exclusivity
It was in the year 1921 when Vinoba Bhave came to Wardha to establish a Satyagraha Ashram. He wanted to start it on the same lines as Mahatma Gandhi in Ahmedabad. Jamnalal Bajaj, a renowned industrialist and freedom fighter, had constructed a bungalow at the bank of Dham river at Paunar (9 km East of Wardha and 6 km away from Sevagram) for occasional rest during the summer vacation. It was known as Lal Bungalow. Taking into consideration Vinobaji's poor health, Gandhiji advised him to go to a hill station. Vinoba preferred Paunar and informed Gandhi that he found his hill station.
Meanwhile, he was transferred to Lal Bungalow where Vinobaji had established his Paunar Ashram in 1938. During the years 1921 to 1938, Vinobaji was following Satyagrahas and religious duties. It is this time when he led Zhanda (Flag) Satyagraha in Nagpur and started the social works of Gram Seva Mandal. He even started Kanya Ashram and provided the facilities of education for the girls and women. He even did Satyagraha at Vaikom in Kerala to get an entry of Dalits in the temples. He did the seminal work of translating the Bhagavad Gita verses into Marathi. He even delivered talks on the Gita (Gita Pravachan) to the people and the jail inmates during his imprisonment in Dhule Jail.
As soon as Gandhiji started the individual Satyagraha in 1940, Vinobaji was the first to be selected as the first Individual Satyagrahi. Vinobaji initiated the Bhoodan (land gift) Movement in 1951 and related activities from this Ashram.
Pavanar (Pravarpur) was the capital of the Vakataka dynasty (4th-5th century CE) during the reign of King Pravarsena. During excavation for the construction of the Ashram, many sculptures were found which are restored and displayed at the ashram.
Brahma Vidya Mandir is within the premises of Paunar Ashram. This was established by Vinoba Bhave in 1959. It is now being managed by women from different states of India for common spiritual attainment. It is quite noteworthy that the women live a highly contemplative life with their active contribution to the noble cause of society. They are active in rishi kheti (i.e. earning a livelihood from farming with simple, inexpensive tools, without the help of bullocks that are within the reach of the poor), spinning, manual labour and other works associated with the management of the Ashram.
The Ashram is located 9.7 KM away from the city of Wardha in the Wardha district on the bank of the Dham river.
The region is mostly dry throughout the year, and Summers are extreme. The temperatures in summers are around 30-40 degrees Celsius.
Winters here came to be as low as 10 degrees Celsius.
The average annual rainfall in this region is around 1064.1 mm.
Things To Do
By visiting the Ashram one can discover about the life and the works of Acharya Vinoba Bhave.
Nearest Tourist Place
- Mahatma Gandhi Ashram (7.5 KM)
- Mahatma Gandhi Museum (17.9 KM)
- Bor Tiger Reserve (24.5 KM)
- Panchdhara Waterfall (25.9 KM)
- Deoli Dam (26 KM)
- Kanholibara Dam (35.9 KM)
How To Travel To Tourist Place
By Air , Rail, Road (Flight, Train , Bus ) with distance and required time
- By Flight :Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport, Nagpur (64.8 KM)
- By Train : Wardha Junction Railway Station(21 KM)
- By Bus : Wardha is connected by highways to all adjoining cities and towns. Mumbai (736 KM), Pune (637 KM), Amravati (117 KM), Nagpur (70 KM). MSRTC Buses and Luxury Buses are available from all adjoining cities and towns.
Special Food Speciality And Hotel
Traditional Maharashtrian Cuisine.
Accommodation Facilities Nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police Station
Many accommodation facilities are available nearby.
Sevagram Police Station (19.5 KM) is the nearest police station.
Kasturba Hospital (17.6 KM) is the nearest Hospital.
MTDC Resort Nearby Details
MTDC Hotel and Tangerine Restaurant(69.8 KM) is the nearest MTDC approved hotel.
Tour Operator Information
Visiting Rule and Time, Best Month To
● The Ashram can be visited at any time of the year.
● There is no entrance fee.
Language Spoken In Area
English, Hindi, Marathi.