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a secluded building, often the residence of a guru, used for religious retreat or instruction in Hinduism.
the persons instructed there.
Contemporary Examples

They converted an old mansion into an ashram in a rundown part of Philadelphia.
The Fugitive Guru Ben Crair June 20, 2011

On the trail of her guru, Gilbert stays at an ashram for four months, and she attempts to describe yoga from the mat up.
A Man’s Guide to Eat Pray Love Bryan Curtis August 11, 2010

Historical Examples

The exact instant at which our group returned to the ashram, the clouds and rain passed away tracelessly.
Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda

It is a serious mistake to order them from the ashram or any other place.
The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi

The man, who held a reputation for ruthlessness, had it well within his power to oust us from the ashram.
Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda

“We were seated outdoors near the ashram,” Prafulla told me.
Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda

Outer walls were moss-covered; pigeons fluttered over the flat gray roof, unceremoniously sharing the ashram quarters.
Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda

On the evening of March 16, 1936, Ma arrived at the ashram and asked to see her guru.
Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda

With exaggerated gravity he questioned all ashram residents.
Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda

The ashram now only conducts a weaving-school, which teaches all the processes from ginning right up to weaving.
The Wheel of Fortune Mahatma Gandhi

a religious retreat or community where a Hindu holy man lives
a house that provides accommodation for destitute people

“religious hermitage,” 1917, from Sanskrit asramah, from a-, adnomial prefix, + sramah “effort, toll, fatigue.”


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