Awards and Honors: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s vision of a violence-free, stress-free society through the reawakening of human values has been recognized and appreciated the world over. Sri Sri has been honored for his contribution to humanity in the fields of conflict resolution, peace promotion and for promoting human values. The awards and felicitations bestowed on Sri Sri celebrate the causes that he champions as well as his philosophy of a one world family.



Communities from different backgrounds and faiths have joined in Sri Sri’s mission of creating a stress-free, violence-free world. When Sri Sri was awarded the Culture in Balance award in October 2009, he said: “I share this award with all those people who stand for a violence-free and stress-free society. This award is not for a person or personality, but for a principle that stands for the ideal of a one world family and cultural plurality.”

Many countries from around the world have honored Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. A few of the countries include:

  • Paraguay: Highest civilian award 'National Order of Merito de Comuneros, Paraguay, September 13, 2012
  • Mongolia: Order of the Pole Star, 2006 (The highest civilian award), 2006
  • India: Title of Yoga Shiromani (Supreme Jewel of Yoga) by the President of India, 1986
  • Canada: The Humanitarian Award by the city of Brampton, Ontario, 2006
  • Russia: Human of the World Award, (bestowed by the Academy of National Security of Russia), July 1, 2011

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Honorary Doctorates

Sri Sri has received 13 doctorates from universities across the globe:

  • Paraguay: Doctorate Honoris Causa, Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion of Paraguay, September 13, 2012
  • Argentina: Diploma of Honour from the Buenos Aires University, September 6, 2012
  • Netherlands: Honorary doctorate, Nyenrode University, Netherlands, June 15, 2012
  • Hungary: Professor Honoris Causa, Szent Istvan University, Budapest, (Hungary), June 24, 2009
  • India: Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Bangalore University, India, 2009

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Honors Bestowed By Governments Across The World

  • Highest civilian award 'National Order of Merito de Comuneros, Paraguay, September 13, 2012
  • Tiradentes Medal in Rio, the highest honor from Rio de Janeiro State, September 3, 2012
  • Mongolian Prime Minister's Award, Mongolia, 2006
  • Human of the World Award, (bestowed by the Academy of National Security of Russia), Russia, July 1, 2011
  • Title of Yoga Shiromani (Supreme Jewel of Yoga) by the President of India, 1986

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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Days

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.

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Other Awards

  • Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize, USA, Apr 3, 2013
  • Crans Montana Forum Award, Brussels, June 24, 2011
  • Culture in Balance Award, Dresden, (Germany), October 10, 2009
  • Dara Shikoh National Award for Harmony, New Delhi, India, 2005
  • National Veterans Foundation Award, USA, 2007

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Complete List Of All Awards

List Of All Doctorates:

  1. Honorary Doctorate, Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, Jan 19, 2013
  2. Doctorate Honoris Causa, Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion of Paraguay, September 13, 2012
  3. Diploma of Honour from the Buenos Aires University, September 6, 2012
  4. Honoris Causa Doctor, Siglo XXI University Campus, Cordoba, Argentina, September 5, 2012
  5. Honorary doctorate, Nyenrode University, Netherlands, June 15, 2012
  6. Honorary Doctorate from Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Rajasthan, India, 2012
  7. Professor Honoris Causa, Szent Istvan University, Budapest, (Hungary), June 24, 2009
  8. Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Bangalore University, India, 2009
  9. Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Nagarjuna University, India, 2008
  10. Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Maharaja Sayajirao University, India, 2007
  11. Doctor of Science, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India, 2007
  12. Doctor of Philosophy (Holistic Medicine), Open International University for Complementary Medicine in Sri Lanka, 2006
  13. Honorary Doctorate from Kuvempu University, India, 2004

Honors Bestowed By Governments Across The World

  1. 'Most Illustrious Guest Award' awarded by the Mayor of Lima, Peru, September 15, 2012
  2. Highest civilian award 'National Order of Merito de Comuneros, Paraguay, September 13, 2012
  3. Illustrious citizen by the Paraguayan Municipality, September 12, 2012
  4. Illustrious guest of the city of Asuncion, Paraguay, September 12, 2012
  5. Tiradentes Medal in Rio, the highest honor from Rio de Janeiro State, Sept. 3, 2012
  6. Vishwa Chetana award, India, December 19, 2011
  7. Human of the World Award, (bestowed by the Academy of National Security of Russia), Russia, July 1, 2011
  8. Phoenix Award, Atlanta, USA, 2008
  9. Honorary Citizenship and Goodwill Ambassador, Houston, USA, 2008
  10. Proclamation of Commendation, New Jersey, 2008
  11. Architect of World Peace Award, India, 2008
  12. 'Light of East' National Award, India, 2008
  13. Honored by United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) for his contributions towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, 2007
  14. Honored by the city of Washington DC by proclaiming the week of his visit as 'Human Values Week' in March 2007
  15. Leadership Award for Extraordinary Promotion of World Peace and Harmony by Amity University, New Delhi, 2007
  16. Honorary Citizenship by City of Baltimore, Canada, 2006
  17. Honorary Citizen of the city of Calgary, Canada, 2006
  18. Centennial 2006 Medallion by the Legislative Assembly of Calgary, Canada, 2006
  19. The Humanitarian Award by the city of Brampton, Ontario, 2006
  20. Order of the Pole Star, Mongolia, 2006
  21. Peter the Great First Grade Award, Russia, 2006
  22. Mongolian Prime Minister's Award, Mongolia, 2006
  23. Alberta Legislative Centennial 2006 Medallion, 2006
  24. Global Humanitarian Award, Illinois, USA, 2005
  25. Bharat Shiromani Award, New Delhi, India, 2004
  26. The Illustrious Visitors Award, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2004
  27. Phoenix Award, USA, 2002
  28. Guru Mahatmya Award by Government of Maharashtra, India, 1997
  29. Nominated to the Advisory Board of Yale Divinity School, USA, 1990
  30. Title of Yoga Shiromani (Supreme Jewel of Yoga) by the President of India, 1986

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Days

  1. April 25th, 2010, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  2. April 23, 2010, Milwaukee, USA
  3. April 20, 2010, Denver, USA
  4. October 29th, 2008, Irving, Texas, USA
  5. July 4th- 6th, 2008, Edison, New Jersey, USA
  6. July 29, 2007, Pomona, California, USA
  7. March 28, 2007, Washington DC, USA
  8. December 4, 2006, Regina, Canada
  9. November 25, 2006, Windsor, Canada
  10. November 21, 2006, Surrey, Canada
  11. November 21, 2006, Richmond, Canada
  12. September 13, 2006, Ottawa, Canada
  13. September 10, 2006, Halifax, Canada
  14. September 7, 2006, Edmonton, Canada
  15. June 28, 2002, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  16. May 9, 2002, Beverly Hills, California, USA
  17. April 29, 2002, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  18. January 10, 2002, Austin, Texas, USA
  19. August 26, 2000, Washington DC, USA
  20. June 28, 2002, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  21. May 8, 2002, Beverley Hills, California, USA
  22. April, 2002, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  23. January 10, 2002, Austin, Texas, USA
  24. August 26, 2000, Washington, USA

Human Values Week

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

Other Awards

  1. Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College, Atlanta, USA, Apr 3, 2013
  2. Siddha Shri Award, Belgaum, Karnataka, India, Dec 2, 2012
  3. Sir M. Visvesvaraya Memorial Award, Bangalore, India, Oct. 1, 2012
  4. The Sivananda World Peace award, Sivananda Foundation, South Africa, Aug. 26, 2012
  5. Award for peace and harmony by the Al-Mustafa University, Delhi, India, March 11, 2012
  6. Crans Montana Forum Award, Brussels, June 24, 2011
  7. Atmajyoti Award, Delhi, India (Sept. 23, 2010)
  8. Culture in Balance Award, Dresden, (Germany), October 10, 2009
  9. The Ball of Peace awarded by The Peace Doves, Norway, June 13, 2009
  10. National Veterans Foundation Award, USA, 2007 
  11. Sant Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize, Pune, India, Jan 11, 2007
  12. The 2006 International Peace Award by 'For the Love of Children Society of Alberta Canada', 2006
  13. Dara Shikoh National Award for Harmony, New Delhi, India, 2005
  14. Mahavir-Mahatma Award India, 2005