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A remarkable feature of the ashram, as it is fondly called by its residents, is that very little wood has been used in its construction, in keeping with green requirements. 


The walls are made of rough-hewn granite, the cots and tables are made of granite and Cuddapah stones and the flooring is of terra cotta tiles of an attractive design. The pillars in the dining and common hall are also of granite.


The ashram was deigned and built by the well-known architect, Renu Mistry of Mistry Architects. She was awarded the prestigious SPECTRUM  A + D HABITAT award for this project and is visited by students of architecture for observation and study.


The living accommodation consists of four blocks built on the circumference of a circle, which means that the blocks are within easy reach of each other. Each block has four sets of rooms. The two corner ones  are   4-bedded measuring 26½ ft x 13½ ft  The two middle rooms are     2-bedded, measuring   14½ ft x 13½ ft Each resident is provided with a cot, bed, wardrobe and table.


All rooms are provided with modem attached bathrooms. Hot water is provided by solar heaters; each block has a solar heater. There are two spacious and airy sit-outs in each block


Shantidham can accommodate 48 persons. In the center of the blocks circle is the common hall where the residents meet each other. They play indoor games, hold prayers, read and even meditate here. The common hall is octagonal in shape.