Where is Rishi Kanva’s Ashram today

The Ashram that carries the memory of King Dusyant and Shakuntala

Discovering Bharat

6/9/20232 min read

Rishi Kanva’s Ashram or Kanvashram is situated located in Uttarakhand, India.

It is approximately 50 km away from Haridwar. It is built on the banks of river Malini. The path to this ashram is along a dense forest, providing an exciting experience for the adventure-lovers, as you have to walk for the most part of the journey.

This is a serene place, in the lap of nature, away from the hush-bush of cities. Situated in a huge and dense forest with abundant greenery.

For nature lovers, Kanva Rishi Ashram is a perfect place to visit. The Kanva Rishi Ashram promises to offer peace of mind and liberation that is far-off from busy life.

River Malini still flows gently through the Shivalik ranges of Himalayas and merges with Ganga at Ravali.

Some 4000 years ago on the bank of this river was situated the world famous ashram of sage Kanva. It was a centre of spiritual and academic studies, a university in today’s terminology, where tens of thousands of students acquired knowledge under the guidance of Rishi Kanva. The place was also immensely popular with the sage and saints who worshipped here for spiritual solace & enlightenment.

It was here on the banks of river Malini where King Dushyant out on a hunt saw Shakuntala, foster daughter of sage Kanva. The famous story of King Dushyant and Shakunta is explained by great poet Kalidasa in his book “Abhigyan Shakuntalam”.

The ashram that you see today to commemorate the memory of the flourishing gurukul that it was once is small. The new ashram has five statues dedicated to Kanva Rishi, Kashyap Rishi, Shakuntala, Dushyant, and Bharat – who are shown counting the teeth of a lion.

The area around is full of fruit trees, birds all around, and plenty of deer. It is not difficult to imagine that this place was perfect for a hermitage given the ample food and water for survival just in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Vasantotsav is celebrated every year in the form of a fair on Basant Panchami day which typically falls in early February.

Kanvashram is in the list of top ten heritage places for Swachh Iconic Places selected by the Government of India for 2018.