During illness or on sustaining an injury, life can seem different, bewildering and out of control. Besides physical pain one may need to deal with feelings of loneliness, insecurity, fear, grief and anxiety that affect one’s well-being. One might even start questioning – What’s happening to me? Why do I exist? Why am I ill? Why did this happen to me now? Have I been a bad person? Will I die? What will happen to me when I die? Will my family survive my loss? Will I be missed? Will I be remembered? Is there a God? If so, will He be there for me? Will I have time to finish my life's work?

When an ordinary sense of meaning and hope has been disrupted by sudden hospitalization, illness, injury, loss of a loved one or a life-changing event, Spiritual Care helps people (re)discover hope, resilience and inner strength – opening up opportunities for life review, accepting and transforming suffering, making an authentic connection with others keeping God in the centre, and realizing one’s own true potential.

At Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute we understand that emotional and spiritual well-being is an essential dimension of health and central to the healing process. Our Department of Spiritual Care offers spiritual care and emotional support to the patients, their families and friends, our doctors, staff members and others with compassion and respect, responding to each person’s unique values and beliefs. The Spiritual Care Team comprising of dedicated, skilled, well-qualified Doctors, Psychological Counsellors, Spiritual Care Assistants and other support staff aid patient’s healing through the spiritual approach. They are specially trained to work as an integral part of the patient’s Healthcare Team. The Department of Spiritual Care is based on the understanding that real cure begins with the healing of the mind. While treating the patient for all physical ailments, the mind is also provided comfort and emotional care at the Hospital.

Benefits of Spiritual Care to the Patients:

  • 1. Helps patients to adjust to the effects of treatment of Cancer, Heart Disease, Mental illnesses, etc.

  • 2. Decreases loneliness by increasing sense of inner peace and satisfaction

  • 3. Decreases anxiety, depression, anger, stress and thereby risk of heart diseases

  • 4. Promotes healthy lifestyle and decreases alcohol and drug abuse

  • 5. Decreases risk of suicide

  • 6. Enhances family wellness and positive feelings

  • 7. Connects with the Absolute


We offer Spiritual Care under MATCH Guidelines:

  • M—Mercy

  • A—Austerity

  • T—Truthfulness

  • C—Cleanliness

  • H—Holy name

Our Principles:

  • 1. No discrimination on the basis of religion, sex, age or belief in God

  • 2. Accepting the common broad principles of all major religions

  • 3. Care is manifested through spiritual environment conducive for healing

Spiritual Ambience:

  • Spiritual paintings and 24 hours soft soothing holy chants

  • A special temple hall for prayers available to people of all faiths

  • A unique experience of temple-on-wheels for patients at their bed sides




(To read an Original Article, please click on its title.)

Sr. No. Title Authors Name of Journal
1 Spiritual Care Therapy on Quality of Life in Cancer Patients and Their Caregivers: A Prospective Non-randomized Single-Cohort Study Dr. Ajay Sankhe, Dr. Komal Dalal, Dr. Vishnu Agarwal, Dr. Parag Sarve Journal of Religion and Health (Springer, Pubmed Index)
2 Evaluation of the effect of Spiritual care on patients with generalized anxiety and depression: a randomized controlled study Dr. Ajay Sankhe, Dr. Komal Dalal, Dr. Devendra Save, Dr. Parag Sarve Psychology, Health and Medicine Journal(PubMed Indexed, Peer review)



Sr. No. Title Authors Name of Journal
1 Spirituality and Medicine: An integrated approach to cope up with anxiety and depression among patients and caregivers Dr. Ashok Shetty DERMACON - National Conference of Indian Association of Dermatologist, 2015


Out-Patient Care

  • De-addiction counselling

  • Stress management counselling

  • Lifestyle counselling

  • Family wellness counselling

  • Spiritual counselling - Exploration of spiritual concerns

In-Patient Care

  • Spiritual and emotional support during difficult times

  • Pre and post-operative counselling

  • Prayer service at patient’s bedside and for relatives

  • Reading from holy scriptures for the patient

  • Spiritual counselling - Exploration of spiritual concerns

  • Trauma and grief counselling

  • End-of-life care and bereavement care

Prayer Sessions

  • Prayers are held 4 times a day by the staff for the benefit of patients

  • Daily afternoon prayerful musical meditation for all

  • Kirtan Utsav – A monthly musical program for patient healing


The Department of Spiritual Care organises various education programs for emotional and spiritual well-being.

1. Garbha Samskar: A bi-monthly 6 Session course based on ancient vedic wisdom for healthy pregnancy and happy motherhood

  • Session 1: Garbha Samskar Techniques Part 1 & 2 - Communicating with your newborn

  • Session 2: Meet your Gynaecologist

  • Session 3: Yoga & Meditation

  • Session 4: Nutrition & Sattvik Diet

  • Session 5: Art of Breastfeeding

  • Session 6: Newborn Baby Brain Stimulation

2. Antenatal Care: A bi-monthly half-day program for expectant mothers

  • Topic 1: Pregnancy & Antenatal Exercise

  • Topic 2: Labour & Breastfeeding

  • Topic 3: High Risk Pregnancy

  • Topic 4: Art of Happy Motherhood

3. Bal Vikas – Let’s make parenting joyful: An exclusive seminar for successful parenting

  • Topic 1: How to make child disciplined and yet lovable?

  • Topic 2: Positive thinking and creating bonding relationship

  • Topic 3: Resolving child’s problem more effectively

  • Topic 4: Dealing with adolescents

4.  Senior Citizens Program held every fortnight

5. Spirituality & Healthy Lifestyle Seminars for schools, colleges and corporates

6. Journey of Self-Discovery Course: A 6 Session Systematic & Scientific presentation on the essence of the Timeless Vedic Wisdom of India based on Gita, a scientific book on Spiritual Technology

  • Session 1: The Happiness Equation

  • Session 2: All about ME!

  • Session 3: The GOD Mystery

  • Session 4: Religion on Trial

  • Session 5: Why do bad things happen to good people?

  • Session 6: Life Apps

For further details, please call Department of Spiritual Care on 08879990766 from Monday to Saturday between 10 am - 6 pm.


1. Bi-monthly Spiritual Retreat at Govardhan Eco Village

Being seriously ill or hospitalised for a major surgery can be distressing for both the patients and their loved ones. Finding time for nourishing the body, mind and soul amidst nature and tranquility is true healing. The retreat at Govardhan Eco Village (https://www.ecovillage.org.in/) is specially organised bi-monthly on a Sunday for the patients and their family members to empower them to manage their health better, living a stress free life, leveraging the power of yoga, and adapting the eco-friendly way of life. The retreat covers a range of activities to help participants relax, rejuvenate and rejoice.

  • Interactive Health Talk by the treating doctor

  • Session on Stress Management

  • Demo and supervised practice session on Yoga for better health

  • Being with the Cows to learn the importance of toxin free life

  • Nature Walk

  • Maha-dipa Arati, musical meditation at the Keshi ghat of river Yamuna

  • Van-bhoja, sumptuous and satvik meals for all

For further details, please call Department of Spiritual Care at 08879990766 from Monday to Saturday between 10 am - 6 pm.

2. Annual Spiritual Retreat

The Annual Spiritual Retreat organised by the Department of Spiritual Care is a perfect opportunity for the patients, doctors, staff as well as their family members to experience a higher taste of spirituality and connect with the Absolute. Each year the retreat is held at an important holy place(s) in India over a period of 5 to 7 days. During the retreat, participants relish the glories and stories of the holy place(s) narrated in detail by Dr. V. G. Shanbhag – Deputy Director, Department of Spiritual Care Training and Education. They also learn the art of praying and meditating for spiritual enrichment. Provision of pure holy food and a peaceful staying environment uplift the spirits of one and all.

The Annual Spiritual Retreat 2017 will be held in the month of December at Jaipur and Karauli in the state of Rajasthan, India.

To register for the Annual Spiritual Retreat 2017 kindly download the Registration Form, print 2 copies of the same, fill them and submit to Mr. Ravi Shinde along with the registration charges at the Department of Spiritual Care office located on the Ground Floor of the Hospital.


For further details, please call Mr. Ravi Shinde at 09321996835 from Monday to Saturday between 10 am - 6 pm.


The Annual Spiritual Retreat conducted by the Department of Spiritual Care, Bhaktivedanta Hospital & Research Institute will be held this year at Jaipur and Karauli in the state of Rajasthan, India.

Jaipur, also known as the Pink City due to numerous historical sand-stone structures, is a holy place. A majority of the important deities in the Vaishnava tradition, e.g. Sri Sri Radha Govindji, are currently worshipped there. Sri Sri Radha Madan Mohanji are in Karauli, which is at a 6 to 7 hour road journey from Jaipur. Apart from Vaishnava temples, there are famous places like Kanak Vrindavan, Jodhabai’s Krishna Temple, Mirabai’s Krishna Temple, Aamer Fort, Hava Mahal, Jantar Mantar, etc. The Annual Spiritual Retreat 2017 will cover these places, along with an explanation of their spiritual and historical significance.


The Annual Spiritual Retreat 2017 will start at 4:00 pm on Monday, December 25, 2017 and end by 9:00 pm on Friday, December 29, 2017.


The average train journey between Mumbai to Jaipur and vice versa is approximately 17 to 20 hours.

Mumbai to Jaipur: Participants are expected to board the train on Sunday, December 24, 2017 and reach Jaipur on Monday, December 25, 2017 prior to 3:00 pm. Check-in time for the hotels is 12 noon. Please do not book a ticket for the train reaching Jaipur after 3:00 pm as the inaugural/welcome lecture will begin at 4:00 pm on December 25, 2017. Booking for trains scheduled for departure on December 24 opens on August 26, 2017.

Jaipur to Mumbai: Participants are expected to board the train early in the morning on Saturday, December 30, 2017. Please do not book a ticket for the train departing at night on Friday, December 29, 2017 as the Retreat may continue till late in the night on the last day. Booking for trains scheduled for departure on December 30 opens on September 1, 2017.

Participants coming from places other than Mumbai, should ensure that they reach Jaipur prior to 3:00 pm on Monday, December 25, 2017 and board the train for the return journey on Saturday, 30 December 2017 in the morning.


The registration charges for the Annual Spiritual Retreat 2017 at Jaipur and Karauli is Rs.3,900/- per person above the age of 5 years. This includes food (thrice a day), internal transportation during the Retreat, donations to various temples, a Mahaprasad packet, lunch parcel for the return journey and overhead expenditure. Accomodation Charges are NOT INCLUDED in this and will have to be borne separately. For children aged 5 years and below there will be no registration charge, but they need to be registered.

Every participant should register himself/herself by submitting two copies of the duly filled Registration Form along with full payment of Rs. 3900/- to Mr. Ravi Shinde at the Department of Spiritual Care office located on the Ground Floor of the Hospital from Monday to Saturday between 10 am - 6 pm. Hotel room bookings will also be done at the Department of Spiritual Care on receipt of full payment of room charges. Participants need to collect and preserve the receipts of registration and room booking which need to be presented in Jaipur on December 25, 2017 at the Registration Counter in the pre-booked hotel to confirm your credentials as a bonafide participant.


The 2 and 4 bedded A.C. Rooms with extra payable bed facility available in various hotels are pre-booked by the Annual Spiritual Retreat 2017 Committee. Participants need to request for accommodation in a pre-booked hotel as per their choice. At every hotel the check-in and check-out time is 12 noon. Rooms will be allotted on a first come, first served basis. The allotment of rooms will start from July 31, 2017 for all registered participants on full payment of Registration and Room Charges.

All pre-booked hotels are at a distance of approximately 4 kilometers from the Jaipur Railway Station and approximately 16 kilometers from the Jaipur Airport. Participants will need to reach their respective hotels on their own.