Vellore – A.Kattupadi in the News

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Spirituality, Retreat & Training Centre:Yoga- Meditation- Saiva Siddhantha, Indian & Eastern Spirituality. Eco-Spirituality Centre- Ayurveda, Siddha, Herbal & alternative medicine- Naturopathy. Evangelization: Deepagam Sub Centre- Parish Catechesis- Lay Catechists’ Faith Formation and Training – Inter Religious Dialogue and Ecumenical Centre. DBICA sub centre – media awareness programmes. Youth Ministry: Retreat and Youth Animation Centre: Charismatic Renewal and Counselling. Social Ministry: Evening Study Centre- Neighbourhood MinistryVision

Aruloudhayam, signifies the Dawning of Grace. Its purpose is to help people, irrespective of caste or creed, to come in touch with the Divine within. Waking to the Divine within, they will flower forth as individuals towards the fullness of human hood (towards the ‘New Man’). And whilst flowering forth in this way, they would play an enlightened role as members of their society to evolve a better society.


Aruloudhayam Ashram was founded by Rev. Fr. Joseph Jaswant Raj who had been dreaming about creating an “Ashram” as a Salesian. While he was in Sacred Heart Seminary at Poonamalle, he had a Brain tumor, and he had been operated for three times at Ramachandra Hospital. Due to this, he lost use of both of his legs. But with the help and Grace of Mary Help of Christians on 24th of May, 1999 he once again walked normally. As he was staying in the Bishop’s house under the care of Bishop Chinnappa sdb for radiations at CMC Vellore, he spotted out A. Kattupadi to begin the Ashram. Thus the foundation stone of Arulodhayam was laid on 8th September 1999. Since he had to undergo radiation treatment, Fr. George, the parish priest helped him to complete the works. On 19th February 2000 the Ashram was blessed by Rt. Rev. Bishop Chinnappa, Bishop of Vellore and opened by Rev. Fr. Peter Kubis his close friend from Germany along with his collaborators Rev. Fr. Jayaraj S.J, and Fr. Benny.

The Ambient of Aruloudhayam

The Ashram which about 15 acres of land surrounded by Hills which is closer to Amirthi forest. Any one who comes here relish the quiet, fresh, green and peaceful and unpolluted natural settings find the atmosphere elevating and expansive. Thus it reduces stress, health benefits, control your own thoughts, detachment, happiness and peace of mind, concentration, spontaneity and creativity and discovering the purpose of life. Religion or spirituality? Oneness is the goal, Divinity is within everyone and everything.

Activities And Sectors
RETREATSDifferent Spiritual retreats like Preached, charismatic and guided retreats for priest, Religious, lay and others are organized.


ANIMATIONOrganizing Training programs both secular and sacred nature will be given to the youth by way of retreats, seminars and animation programs on various topics.


EVANGELISATIONEducate the young to give a holistic faith formation basing on the Holy Scriptures, Church documents, doctrines, traditions, history and sacraments.


EASTERN SPIRITUALITYAshram conducts Sadhana, asanas, Pranayama, Yoga, Meditations, Sandhyas and etc.


INTER-RELIGIOUS DIALOGUEIt seeks to live the Gospel in a spirit of dialogue and collaboration with other faiths in a context of Indian religious culture and traditions, in a style of an Indian Ashram.


COUNSELINGIt gives training and counseling to live a healthy and well integrated life to the disoriented people in particular to youth at risk.


ALTERNATIVE MEDICINEIt caters to the psychosomatic sickness of the people with medicine of the land, Herbal plants and Siddha medicines are used in line with naturopathy.


ECO-FRIENDLYThe natural environmental and Eco spirituality are identified, preserved and promoted with the help of agricultural and organic farming.

Vellore – A.Kattupadi in the Photo Gallery

    House Head

    Contact person
    P Benjamin Selvanathan - Dr/A/Dg: ADMA/YMC

    Contact Person

    P Benjamin Selvanathan - Dr/A/Dg: ADMA/YMC

    Contact Details

    location_cityAruloudhayam Ashram A.Kattupadi Vellore 632 011 9444307460 - Director


    P Benjamin Selvanathan Dr/A/Dg: ADMA P Siluvai Muthu Ad/Ic: Deaddiction Programme/Ys/ La