Awards and Honors: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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The world has venerated the wisdom and vision of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar by honoring him with numerous awards and honors. His vision of a violence-free, stress-free society through the reawakening of human values has been recognized and appreciated the world over. Over the years, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been bestowed with several national and international awards, including the top state honors and awards instituted by governments and reputed organizations.

Five universities in India and one from Sri Lanka have honored Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with honorary doctorate degrees in recognition of his service to humanity.

While several cities in the US and Canada have also honored him by declaring a day during his visits to the cities as ‘Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Day’, some countries have bestowed him the honor of ‘illustrious visitor’. Washington DC honored his visit to the city in 2007 by marking that week as ‘Human Values Week’. He has also been accorded honorary citizenship by some US and Canadian cities. In 2006, during his visit to Jaipur, India, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was handed the symbolic key to the city by the mayor of Jaipur.

Over the years, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has been bestowed with several awards, including:

  • Featured Awards
  • University Doctorates
  • International Honors
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  • Prime Minister’s Award, Mongolia, 2006

    The award was conferred by President of Mongolia Nambaryn Enkhbayar in Ulan Bator at a function held in the Presidential Palace on August 24, 2006. Receiving the award, Sri Sri said, “It (the award) is an honour not to a person but to the ancient philosophy and spiritual tradition of India.”

    Sri Sri’s work in Mongolia is widely appreciated by people from all sections of society. In February 2006, Sri Sri was conferred Mongolian Prime Minister’s Award during the Silver Jubilee celebration of the Art of Living held in Bangalore.

    Dara Shikoh National Award for Harmony, India, 2005

    The Inter Faith Harmony Foundation of India, a group floated by Indian Muslims, honored Sri Sri with the prestigious Dara Shikoh National Award for Harmony for 2005 in August that year. Prominent philosopher and statesman Dr. Karan Singh presented the award to Sri Sri in a function held in New Delhi.

    According to Khwaja Dr. Iftikar Ahmed, founding president of the foundation, the award was presented to Sri Sri “for the remarkable work done by him in promoting peace, interfaith dialogue and conflict resolution”. Accepting the honour, Sri Sri emphasised the need for awakening the fundamental unity of the human family.

    National Veterans Foundation Award, USA, 2007

    Sri Sri received the National Veterans Foundation Award in recognition of his outstanding service to returning veterans and their families. Floyd ‘Shad’ Meshad, president and founder of the National Veterans Foundation, presented the award during the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Art of Living in Washington DC in March 2007. Sri Sri was honoured for his programs for veterans and their families who suffer from a multitude of psychological and emotional problems. The Art of Living initiated a series of ‘The Project Welcome Home Troops’ programmes to help veterans and their families over the trauma of wars.

    In his speech at the award ceremony, Meshad said, “The program that I recently completed along with key staff members of the National Veterans’ Foundation showed me the impact that the breathing techniques can have in healing traumatic emotional experiences. Anything we can do to bring our troops peace of mind and let them come back and reintegrate into society, is worth its weight in gold.”

    The Global Humanitarian Award, USA, 2005

    Sri Sri was presented ‘The Global Humanitarian Award’ by Governor of the State of Illinois Rob Blagojevich on May 14, 2005. The award was conferred on Sri Sri for exemplifying the highest ideals of humanitarian service, for his steadfast devotion to inspiring healthy living and fostering universal harmony.

    The Sant Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize, India, 2007

    Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was conferred the prestigious Sant Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize 2006 in recognition of his contribution in spreading the culture of peace in the world. The award is instituted by World Peace Center (Alandi), India and Maharashtra Institute of Technology (MIT), Pune, India.
  • Over the years, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has also been awarded with several university doctorates, including

    Honorary Doctorate from Kuvempu University, In¬dia, 2004
    Doctor of Philosophy (Holistic Medicine), Open In¬ternational University for Complementary Medicine in Sri Lanka, 2006
    Doctor of Science, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India, 2007
    Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Maharaja Sayajirao University, India, 2007
    Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Nagarjuna Univer¬sity, India, 2008
    Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Bangalore Univer¬sity, India, 2009
    Professor Honoris Causa, Szent Istvan University, Budapest, (Hungary), June 24, 2009
  • 2011 Crans Montana Forum Award
    2010 Atmajyoti Award, Delhi, India (Sept. 23, 2010)
    Culture in Balance Award, World Culture Forum, Dresden Germany, October 10, 2009
    The Ball of Peace awarded by The Peace Doves, Norway, June 13, 2009
    Phoenix Award, Atlanta, USA, 2008
    Honourary Citizenship and Goodwill Ambassador, Houston, USA, 2008
    Proclamation of Commendation, New Jersey, 2008
    Architect of World Peace Award, India, 2008
    ‘Light of East’ National Award, India, 2008
    Honoured by United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) for his contributions towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, 2007
    Honoured by the city of Washington DC by pro¬claiming the week of his visit as ‘Human Values Week’ in March 2007
    National Veterans Foundation Award, USA, 2007
    Leadership Award for Extraordinary Promotion of World Peace and Harmony by Amity University, New Delhi, 2007
    Honorary Citizenship by City of Baltimore, Canada, 2006
    Honorary Citizen of the city of Calgary, Canada, 2006
    Centennial 2006 Medallion by the Legislative As¬sembly of Calgary, Canada, 2006
    The 2006 International Peace Award by ‘For the Love of Children Society of Alberta Canada’, 2006
    The Humanitarian Award by the city of Brampton, Ontario, 2006
    Order of the Pole Star, Mongolia, 2006
    Peter the Great First Grade Award, Russia, 2006
    Mongolian Prime Minister’s Award, Mongolia, 2006
    Alberta Legislative Centennial 2006 Medallion, 2006
    Dara Shikoh National Award for Harmony, New Del¬hi, India, 2005
    Global Humanitarian Award, Illinois, USA, 2005
    Mahavir-Mahatma Award India, 2005
    Bharat Shiromani Award, New Delhi, India, 2004
    The Illustrious Visitors Award, Buenos Aires, Argen¬tina, 2004
    Phoenix Award, USA, 2002
    Guru Mahatmya Award by Government of Maha¬rashtra, India, 1997
    Nominated to the Advisory Board of Yale Divinity School, USA, 1990
    Title of Yoga Shiromani (Supreme Jewel of Yoga) by the President of India, 1986
  • While several cities in the US and Canada have also honored him by declaring a day during his visits to the cities as ‘Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Day’, some countries have bestowed him the honor of ‘illustrious visitor’. Washington DC honored his visit to the city in 2007 by marking that week as ‘Human Values Week’. He has also been accorded honorary citizenship by some US and Canadian cities. In 2006, during his visit to Jaipur, India, Sri Sri was handed the symbolic key to the city by the Mayor of Jaipur.

    April 23, 2010, Milwaukee, USA
    April 20, 2010, Denver, USA
    October 29th, 2008, Irving, Texas, USA
    July 4th- 6th, 2008, Edison, New Jersey, USA
    July 29, 2007, Pomona, California, USA
    March 28, 2007, Washington DC, USA
    December 4, 2006, Regina, Canada
    November 25, 2006, Windsor, Canada
    November 21, 2006, Surrey, Canada
    November 21, 2006, Richmond, Canada
    September 13, 2006, Ottawa, Canada
    September 10, 2006, Halifax, Canada
    September 7, 2006, Edmonton, Canada
    June 28, 2002, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    May 9, 2002, Beverly Hills, California, USA
    April 29, 2002, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    January 10, 2002, Austin, Texas, USA
    August 26, 2000, Washington DC, USA
    June 28, 2002, Chicago, Illinois, USA
    May 8, 2002, Beverley Hills, California, USA
    April, 2002, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
    January 10, 2002, Austin, Texas, USA
    August 26, 2000, Washington, USA


    Human Values Week in Louisiana – February 23, 2007
    Human Values Week in Baltimore – March 25-March 31, 2007
    Human Values Week in Columbia – March, 2007
    Art of Living Foundation day – in Syracuse – May 7, 2004