Asaram Bapu was born Asumal on 14th April 1941, in an affluent family of Sindh (now in Pakistan). The second child amongst four children, he was inclined towards spirituality, meditation and religious epics right from his childhood. Gradually, Asumal started feeling that education was helpful only in earning material benefits and lost interest. His father expired when he was quite young and he had to quit education to manage his family business, along with his elder brother. He started to indulge in intense meditation after he met his Guru, Swami Shri Lilashahaji Maharaj, in Vrindavan and from there, started his journey towards the realization of God.
Asaram Bapu set up his first ashram at Ahmedabad, known as the Sant Shri Asaramji Ashram, in the year 1971. Presently, the Ahmedabad ashram is the main Bapu Asaram Ashram in India. It comprises of an ayurvedic clinic, gaushalas (cow sheds) and a sadhana (prayer) hall. One of the unique features of the Sant Shri Asaramji Ashram of Ahmedabad is its Maun Mandir (temple of silence). Individuals coming here for the purpose of meditation are locked inside and provided with only with food and water. The time you spend inside the Mandir is for you to discover yourself. Regular camps to educate women and make them aware of their rights are also organized here.
Bapu Asaram Ashrams have been set up throughout India as well as the rest of the world. By April 2000, there were over 111 Asaram Bapu Ashrams all over India and 1200 meditation centers throughout the world. Even the Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Matawan, NJ, USA is expanding at a fast pace.
Ahmedabad airport is serviced by both domestic as well as international airlines.
Ahmedabad has direct train services to all the major cities in the country.
The main bus stand of Ahmedabad is at Idgah and has direct bus services to Delhi, Jaipur, Mathura, Fatehpur-Sikri, etc.