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 15 doctorates from universities across the globe:

  • India: Doctorate of Literature (Honoris Causa), Utkal University, Orissa, India, April 25, 2013
  • 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

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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, Desh Bhagat University, Punjab, India, October 21, 2013
  2. Doctorate of Literature (Honoris Causa), Utkal University, Orissa, India, April 25, 2013
  3. Honorary Doctorate, Gujarat Technological University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, Jan 19, 2013
  4. Doctorate Honoris Causa, Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion of Paraguay, September 13, 2012
  5. Diploma of Honour from the Buenos Aires University, September 6, 2012
  6. Honoris Causa Doctor, Siglo XXI University Campus, Cordoba, Argentina, September 5, 2012
  7. Honorary doctorate, Nyenrode University, Netherlands, June 15, 2012
  8. Honorary Doctorate from Suresh Gyan Vihar University, Rajasthan, India, 2012
  9. Professor Honoris Causa, Szent Istvan University, Budapest, (Hungary), June 24, 2009
  10. Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Bangalore University, India, 2009
  11. Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Nagarjuna University, India, 2008
  12. Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Maharaja Sayajirao University, India, 2007
  13. Doctor of Science, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India, 2007
  14. Doctor of Philosophy (Holistic Medicine), Open International University for Complementary Medicine in Sri Lanka, 2006
  15. Honorary Doctorate from Kuvempu University, India, 2004

Honors Bestowed By Governments Across The World

  1. Certificate of Recognition from the California Legislature Assembly, USA, June 30, 2014
  2. 'Most Illustrious Guest Award' awarded by the Mayor of Lima, Peru, September 15, 2012
  3. Highest civilian award 'National Order of Merito de Comuneros, Paraguay, September 13, 2012
  4. Illustrious citizen by the Paraguayan Municipality, September 12, 2012
  5. Illustrious guest of the city of Asuncion, Paraguay, September 12, 2012
  6. Tiradentes Medal in Rio, the highest honor from Rio de Janeiro State, Sept. 3, 2012
  7. Vishwa Chetana award, India, December 19, 2011
  8. Human of the World Award, (bestowed by the Academy of National Security of Russia), Russia, July 1, 2011
  9. Phoenix Award, Atlanta, USA, 2008
  10. Honorary Citizenship and Goodwill Ambassador, Houston, USA, 2008
  11. Proclamation of Commendation, New Jersey, 2008
  12. Architect of World Peace Award, India, 2008
  13. 'Light of East' National Award, India, 2008
  14. Honored by United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) for his contributions towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, 2007
  15. Honored by the city of Washington DC by proclaiming the week of his visit as 'Human Values Week' in March 2007
  16. Leadership Award for Extraordinary Promotion of World Peace and Harmony by Amity University, New Delhi, 2007
  17. Honorary Citizenship by City of Baltimore, Canada, 2006
  18. Honorary Citizen of the city of Calgary, Canada, 2006
  19. Centennial 2006 Medallion by the Legislative Assembly of Calgary, Canada, 2006
  20. The Humanitarian Award by the city of Brampton, Ontario, 2006
  21. Order of the Pole Star, Mongolia, 2006
  22. Peter the Great First Grade Award, Russia, 2006
  23. Mongolian Prime Minister's Award, Mongolia, 2006
  24. Alberta Legislative Centennial 2006 Medallion, 2006
  25. Global Humanitarian Award, Illinois, USA, 2005
  26. Bharat Shiromani Award, New Delhi, India, 2004
  27. The Illustrious Visitors Award, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2004
  28. Phoenix Award, USA, 2002
  29. Guru Mahatmya Award by Government of Maharashtra, India, 1997
  30. Nominated to the Advisory Board of Yale Divinity School, USA, 1990
  31. Title of Yoga Shiromani (Supreme Jewel of Yoga) by the President of India, 1986

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Days

  1. October 23, 2014, St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  2. April 25th, 2010, Hamilton County, Ohio, USA
  3. April 23, 2010, Milwaukee, USA
  4. April 20, 2010, Denver, USA
  5. October 29th, 2008, Irving, Texas, USA
  6. July 4th- 6th, 2008, Edison, New Jersey, USA
  7. July 29, 2007, Pomona, California, USA
  8. March 28, 2007, Washington DC, USA
  9. December 4, 2006, Regina, Canada
  10. November 25, 2006, Windsor, Canada
  11. November 21, 2006, Surrey, Canada
  12. November 21, 2006, Richmond, Canada
  13. September 13, 2006, Ottawa, Canada
  14. September 10, 2006, Halifax, Canada
  15. September 7, 2006, Edmonton, Canada
  16. June 28, 2002, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  17. May 9, 2002, Beverly Hills, California, USA
  18. April 29, 2002, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  19. January 10, 2002, Austin, Texas, USA
  20. August 26, 2000, Washington DC, USA
  21. June 28, 2002, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  22. May 8, 2002, Beverley Hills, California, USA
  23. April, 2002, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
  24. January 10, 2002, Austin, Texas, USA
  25. 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. Independent Charities of America Seal of Excellence, California, USA, October, 2013
  2. One World Family Award at the first "One World Family Days 2013″ Conference, Stuttgart, Germany, Sep. 13, 2013
  3. Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel, Morehouse College, Atlanta, USA, Apr. 3, 2013
  4. Siddha Shri Award, Belgaum, Karnataka, India, Dec. 2, 2012
  5. Sir M. Visvesvaraya Memorial Award, Bangalore, India, Oct. 1, 2012
  6. The Sivananda World Peace award, Sivananda Foundation, South Africa, Aug. 26, 2012
  7. Citizen Extraordinaire by Rotary International, Bangalore, India, March 27, 2012
  8. Award for peace and harmony by the Al-Mustafa University, Delhi, India, March 11, 2012
  9. Crans Montana Forum Award, Brussels, June 24, 2011
  10. Atmajyoti Award, Delhi, India (Sept. 23, 2010)
  11. Culture in Balance Award, Dresden, (Germany), October 10, 2009
  12. The Ball of Peace awarded by The Peace Doves, Norway, June 13, 2009
  13. National Veterans Foundation Award, USA, 2007 
  14. Sant Shri Dnyaneshwara World Peace Prize, Pune, India, Jan 11, 2007
  15. The 2006 International Peace Award by 'For the Love of Children Society of Alberta Canada', 2006
  16. Dara Shikoh National Award for Harmony, New Delhi, India, 2005
  17. Mahavir-Mahatma Award India, 2005