Aghor Foundation

The Aghor Foundation was founded in 2000 by Baba Harihar Ramji with the dream of creating a better society in Varanasi and beyond.

Aghor Foundation Projects in Varanasi:

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1. Anjali School

A charitable school in Varanasi that uses innovative methods to teach disadvantaged children of migrant laborers.


2. Amrit Sagar

A working and experimental model farm for permaculture practices that serves as an education and community center for the people of Varanasi.


3. Bal Ashram

In 2000, the foundation opened its first safe home for children who are either orphaned or separated from their parents. Today, it is a home for twenty-one children between the ages of five and nineteen. The children in classes 1st through 5th attend Anjali school during the day while the older ones attend a nearby private English-medium school.

Project Shakti

4. Project Shakti

A program that teaches underprivileged women in Varanasi vocational skills, health and hygiene and how to stand up for their rights.


5. Vision Varanasi

A free eye-care clinic run in the city and nearby villages for those unable to afford conventional hospital care and who otherwise would go untreated.

The Aghor Foundation is registered in India as Aghor Guru Seva Peeth, an 80(g) non-profit organization, and is managed by an actively engaged and socially responsible Board of Trustees.

Our founder, Baba Harihar Ramji, also founded the Sonoma Ashram in Sonoma, CA USA, in 1990. The Sonoma Ashram Foundation was later established to unify its service projects in the U.S. and abroad. Functioning as our sister organization and permanent partner in the States, the Sonoma Ashram Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational and service organization.

All contributions made to the Anjali School through the Sonoma Ashram Foundation are tax-deductible as per IRS law. Tax ID #94-3151595 (incorporated under the name Sri Sarveshwari Samooh).