U is for Upashraya
An Upashraya is a place where sadhus*
or sadhvis* stay.
An upashraya is a very simple place with a
big hall and a few rooms. It does not have air conditioner or any fans but has
many windows. An Upashraya does not have any furniture except a few wooden
beds for the sadhus or the sadhvis to sit and sleep. The place where the
sadhus and the sadhvis stay is called an upashraya. Usually the sadhus or the
sadhvis do not stay more than a few days at one place except during rainy
season. the sadhus and the sadhvis do not stay together in the same upashraya
at the same time. However the same upashraya can be used by either sadhus or
sadhvis at different times.
An upashraya is also used by householders to study or
perform samayika and other religious activities.
The sadhus and the sadhvis deliver their religious lectures
* look under S