About Dhamma Madhura Vipassana Meditation Centre
Dhamma Madhurā, meaning ‘Sweetness of Dhamma’, is one of the many centres committed to teach Vipassana Meditation, an ancient technique of self-introspection, as taught by Ven.S.N.Goenka under the tradition of Ven. Sayaji U Ba Khin.
Dhamma centre is surrounded by the hill on one side, the road on another and a canal of natural water, streaming down the hill during rainy seasons, on the third side. The centre is located 10 km from Dindigul City, 160 km from Coimbatore, 100 km from Tiruchirapalli, 64 km from Madurai, 75 km from Karur and 84 km from Kodaikanal hills. Dhamma Madhurā is able to comfortably accommodate 100 students for Vipassana courses.
Vipassana, which means to see things as they really are, is one of India's most ancient techniques of meditation. It was taught in India more than 2500 years ago as a universal remedy for universal ills, i.e., an Art of Living.
The technique of Vipassana Meditation is taught at ten-day residential courses during which participants learn the basics of the method, and practice sufficiently to experience its beneficial results. There are no charges for the courses - not even to cover the cost of food and accommodation. All expenses are met by donations from people who, having completed a course and experienced the benefits of Vipassana, wish to give others the opportunity to also benefit.
How to Get There
The NH 7 connects Madurai to Dindigul. NH 45A, which connects Kanyakumari to Chennai, passes through Dindigul. Also, NH 209 connects Bangalore to Dindigul via Pollachi, Palani.
- From Dindigul:
Take a Local Bus that goes through Ghandhigram University and get down at Chettiyapatti Indian Petrol Pump, it is also called as Chettiyapatti Privu. From this junction, the Centre is approximately 4km on the Eastern side and you can take a local auto to Dhamma Madhurā
- From Madurai
Take a Bus from Arapalayam Bus Stand that goes to Dindigul and get down at Chinnalapatti or Ghandhgram University. In case you get down at Chinnalapatti, you can ring up one of the autos or hire an auto from the bus stop and reach the Centre, which is approx. 6 km. In case you get down at Ghandhigram University., which is the next stop to Chinnalapatti, you will have to cross the road and go on the opposite side and reach near Canara Bank ATM counter or Khadi Gram Udyog Bhavan. From here you can take an auto which is approximately 5 km to Dhamma Madhurā
- From Tiruchirapalli / Coimbatore/ Karur / Salem / Erode
Take a Bus that goes to Dindigul. From Dindigul bus stand take a local bus that goes through Ghandhigram University and get down at Chettiyapatti Indian Petrol Pump, it is also called as Chettiyapatti Privu. From this junction, the Centre is approximately 4 km and you can take a local auto to Dhamma Madhurā
- Madurai to Dhamma Madhurā:
Take a Route that goes by Madurai towards Paravai to Vadipatti to Kodai Raod to Chinnalapatti, After crossing the Gandhigram University and Indian Oil petrol Bunk (located on the opposite side of the road), take a U-Turn to reach the Indian Oil Petrol Bunk on the other side. This is Chettiyapatti Privu and the road close to the Petrol Bunk goes to the Centre via Chettiapatti Village. Go straight along the road, keeping to the right crossing small pockets like Kallupatti, Valayapatti till you reach Dhamma Madhurā at Vinayagapuram.
- Dindigul to Dhamma Madhurā:
From Dindigul, join the National Highways NH 7, leading to Madurai and about 10 km, there is a Indian Oil Petrol Bunk on the Highways (on the same side). This place is called Chettiapatti Pirivu and adjacent to the petrol Bunk, there is a road, leading to Chettiapatti village. Drive along the road, cross the Railway crossing to reach Chettiapatti village. Go straight along the road, keeping to the right crossing small pockets like Kallupatti, Valayapatti till you reach Dhamma Madhurā at Vinayakapuram
Dindigul Railway station provides excellent connectivity both to Madurai and Chennai and all trains going southwards from Chennai to Madurai pass through Dindigul. You can get down at Dindigul Railway station or take a Train that stops in Ambathurai Railway station (Note: Only Pandiyan express 12637 and 12638 and all local trains stops at this station)
From railway station you you can either take a bus route or you can hire a local auto or Cab (Fast Track – 83444 44000, 83444 46666, 83444 66648, 83444 45555)
You can take a Flight to Madurai International Airport (closest Airport to Dhamma Madhurā) or to Tiruchirappalli International Airport
- Madurai International Airport (IATA: IXM, ICAO: VOMD) is serving Madurai and its surrounding districts in the Indian State of Tamil Nadu.
- Tiruchirappalli International Airport (IATA: TRZ, ICAO: VOTR) is serving Tiruchirappalli in the State of Tamil Nadu, India.
From Airport you can either take a bus route or car route or reach the railway station and avail the train facility if connecting train is available.
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