The World Culture Festival in Berlin
Olympiastadion Berlin 2nd & 3rd July 2011
Dresden, 2009: The Culture in Balance Award

The Founder - Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Awards & Honours

World Venerates Wisdom

AwardsThe 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 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 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 was handed the symbolic key to the city by the mayor of Jaipur.

International Honours


  • 2010 Atmajyoti Award, Delhi, India, Sept. 23, 2010
  • Culture in Balance Award, Dresden, (Germany), Oct. 10, 2009
  • Professor Honoris Causa, Szent Istvan University, Budapest, (Hungary), June 24, 2009
  • The Ball of Peace awarded by The Peace Doves,Norway,June 13,2009.
  • Phoenix Award, Atlanta, USA, 2008
  • Honorary 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
  • Honored by United Nations Millennium Campaign (UNMC) for his contributions towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, 2007
  • Honored by the city of Washington DC by proclaiming 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 Assembly 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 Delhi, India, 2005
  • Global Humanitarian Award, Illinois, USA, 2005
  • Bharat Shiromani Award, New Delhi, India, 2004
  • Mahavir-Mahatma Award India, 2005
  • The Illustrious Visitors Award, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2004
  • Phoenix Award, USA, 2002
  • Guru Mahatmya Award by Government of Maharashtra, 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


  • Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Bangalore University, India, 2009
  • Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa, Nagarjuna University, India, 2008
  • Doctor of Science, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, India, 2007
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Holistic Medicine), Open International University for Complementary Medicine in Sri Lanka, 2006
  • Honorary Doctorate from Kuvempu University, India, 2004

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