Maharishi Group

Maharishi Group
Type Non-profit conglomerate
Industry Ayurvedic remedies, education, solar, software, organic farming, clothing, granite, construction, aviation, and others
Founded 1960s
Founder(s) Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
Headquarters NOIDA, India
Key people Anand Shrivastava and Ajay Parkash Shrivastava
Total assets $700 million

The Maharishi Group is a non-profit conglomerate or benevolent society based in India.[1] It was established by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in the 1960s.[2] His nephews, Anand Shrivastava and his brother Ajay Prakash Shrivastava, are the chairmen and managing directors of different organizations under Maharishi Group.[3][4] The group was reported in 1999 to be worth $700 million[5] and to have operations in over 120 countries.[2]

The Maharishi Group has been called "India’s leading International group with diversified interests".[6] According to one of the group's entities, it is active in "Education, Housing Finance, Solar Energy, Ayurvedic Products, Printing and Publishing, Granite, Software Development and Systems Integration, Aviation, Gems, Gold and Diamond Jewellery, IT turn key projects, Digital Animation, Clothing and many more areas."[7] Another entity says that the group "covers most aspects of modern human needs" and is based on the Maharishi's vision of "ridding the Society from sufferings ... by re-enlivening the body's intelligence through connecting it to the bountiful and perpetual reservoir of Nature's Intelligence".[8]

In 2007, the Maharishi Group was credited with helping a 12-year old girl who had been abused while working as a domestic get back to her family.[9]


Health products

Anand Shrivastava is president of Maharishi Ayurveda Corporation. It was founded in 1987 and is ISO 9000 compliant. It markets over 900 products to 37 countries; exports which account for 60% of its output.[10]

Maharishi Ayurveda Products Pvt Ltd. (MAPPL), also run by Anand Srivastava, announced in a 2010 press release that it had been in business for three decades, that it operated 13 clinic in India, and that it was seeking the advice of a franchise company regarding further expansion[11] A 2011 press release, announcing franchise opportunities, says it markets over 1500 products.[12] MAPPL was sued in 2008 by a resident of Maharishi Vedic City, Iowa when she discovered that she had received lead poisoning after using their products. One herbal supplement was tested and reported to contain 3% lead by weight.[13]

Solar energy

The group includes Maharishi Solar Technology (MST), an ISO 9001:2000 accredited company which produces solar water heaters for home and industrial use.[14] MST is run by Ajay Prakash Shrivastava brother of Anand Shrivastava. Prakash Shrivastava is also the 2009-2010 president of the Solar Energy Society of India and the Vice-President of International Solar Society.[15] MST has a vertically integrated facility for producing photovoltaic panels at Kalahasti in Andhra Pradesh,[6] and is a core producer of the multicrystalline silicon wafers used to make them.[16] In 2009 it announced an agreement with Abengoa Solar Inc for the production of solar thermal collectors that use parabolic trough mirrors to produce steam. MST said that it would invest Rs 300 crore to acquire the technology and to build a factory in Noida to make the collectors.[14] Maharishi Renewable Energy Ltd (MREL) announced a plan to invest Rs 70 crore in a solar thermal electric generating plant in Rajasthan to be completed in 2011.[5]


Maharishi Vidya Mandir Schools is an educational system with 148 branches in 118 cities. The chairman is Ajay Prakash Shrivastava.[17][18]

Picasso Digital Media, headquartered in Delhi, provides education in digital animation in conjunction with Toronto's Centennial College.[1][19][20] Picasso Animation College held its first convocation at its Hyderabad campus in 2010, hosted by its director general, O. P. Sharma.[21]

Other educational franchises include the Cosmic Institution of Neo Entertainment, Media and Arts (C.I.N.E.M.A.) and the Cosmic Business School (CBS).[22] Many CBS graduates are hired directly into Maharishi Groups businesses or are recruited by other business partners.[23][24] Started in 2004,[24] its president is Ajay Prakash Shrivastava and the director general is O.P Sharma.[25] Cosmic Academy, affiliated with Manipal University, offered the first-ever MBA in Business Process Outsourcing in 2004.[26]


Maharishi Information Technology Pvt. Ltd. (MITPL) was founded in 1999.[27] Cosmic Softech Limited is a software development company in New Delhi, one division of which is Cosmic Integrated Technology Services (CITeS).[8][28] Founded in 2000, it seeks to provide "comprehensive e-commerce solutions, web based technologies, enterprise business solutions designed around multi-tier architecture and telecommunications software development."[29]


The Maharishi Housing Development Finance Corporation (MHDFC) was established in 1993 in New Delhi. By 2000 it offered seven and 15-year loans and proposed a plan for 40-year mortgages.[30] By 2003 it had 15 branches across India, a loan portfolio of Rs104 crore, and the Maharishi University of Management of UK was listed as a promoter.[31] The sale of the controlling interest to ICICI Bank was initiated in 1999,[32][33] and the negotiations continued through 2003.[31] In 2009 it was announced that Religare Enterprises was planning to acquire a majority stake in MHDFC.[34]


According to websites of member companies, the Maharishi Group also includes:[7][35][36]

  • Age of Enlightenment Publications, a printer of books such as Celebrating Total Knowledge in Every Girl through Maharishi's Vedic Education: First Textbook of Ideal Girls’ Schools around the World,[37] and Maharishi's Absolute Theory of Defence: sovereignty in invincibility[38]
  • Global Diamonds
  • Maharishi Channel, a satellite television channel, the first 24-hour religious channel in India.[39]
  • Maharishi Orchards, a grower with certified-organic orchards in Uttarakhand and Delhi[40] It grows apples, walnuts, vegetables, and Ayurvedic herbs.[41]
  • Maharishi TM Centers
  • Maharishi University of Management, an accredited university in Fairfield, Iowa
  • Maharishi Vedic Construction, a construction company headed by Anand Shrivastava. It took over a troubled plantation near Kamshet in Pune, Golden Glades, which had difficulty repaying investors.[42]
  • Ram Rajya Clothing, a manufacturer of organic clothing[43]
  • Star Granites, a producer of granite products in Andhra Pradesh which exports to Europe and America[44]
  • Trans Bharat Aviation, a non-scheduled operator of propeller-driven airplanes and helicopters[45]
  • Several broadcast channels in Holland


Several members of the Maharishi Group have offices at:

Maharishi House
A-14, Mohan Co-Operative Industrial Estate
Mathura Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110044, India

Companies located there include Star Granites,[46] Maharishi Vidyapeeth-Transcendental Meditation Centre,[47] Maharishi Ayurveda Products Pvt. Ltd.,[48] Maharishi Solar Technology,[49] Maharishi Veda Vision,[50] Age Of Enlightenment New Services,[51] Maharishi Housing Development Finance Corporation,[52] Maharishi Prakashan,[53] Maharishi Orchards,[54] and Cosmic Software.[55]


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