Charitable Hospital at Advaita Ashrama, Mayavati

Since 1903 Mayavati Charitable Hospital caters to thousands of people in this remote and backward region of the Himalayas, who come here daily across hills and dales, sometimes trudging a distance of 80 or 100 km for medical assistance. They are provided with prompt and sympathetic medical treatment, different clinical tests and analyses, and modern medicines collected from distant places with great care. All medical assistance offered by the hospital— consultations, treatments, tests, medicines, admission, and so forth—are free of charge.

The hospital counts with two operation theatres, a fully equipped ophthalmological department, an X-Ray unit, a pathology lab, echocardiogram equipment, a dental chair, and other facilities. It has 35 permanent beds for indoor patients and capacity to accommodate up to 60 indoor patients in case of extreme need. The daily food of the indoor patients is also provided free of charge.

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In addition to the regular treatments, periodic medical camps to handle special cases are also organised. These specialised camps are conducted by a wide range of professionals: ophthalmologists, surgeons, paediatrics, dentists, pulmonologists, dermatologists, otolaryngologists, gynaecologist, cardiologists, orthopaedists, neurologists, and more. As and when possible, the hospital avails of the expertise of doctors and physicians who visit the ashrama as guests, and the visiting doctors take great pleasure in rendering free service as part of their spiritual practice at the monastery. Occasionally, specialised medical camps are also organised in remote villages.

Daily the hospital’s ambulance goes to different locations, up to 75 km away, to bring for free patients who otherwise find costly to reach the hospital.

Since the hospital depends entirely upon public charity for its maintenance, donations from the general public, business houses, and institutions have contributed to perpetuate these medical services in the Kumaon area for more than a century. The ashrama is grateful to all benefactors for their help.