Sri Chakravarthy Venkatavarada Iyengar paved the way for establishing Abalashrama
at the dawn of the 20th Century

by marrying Smt Krishnamma, a childhood widow. The noble ideals of Aryasamaj, his personal zeal for helping deprived women, and the support he received from his life partner sowed the seeds for founding this unique institution.

Having resolved to make a beginning, the couple converted

their own modest home into an abode in 1905, and Abalashrama functioned as a ‘ Shelter Home ‘.

Founders sought the help of the erstwhile Bengaluru City municipality for a site to get more space

Two sites were allotted – one for residential purposes and the other for the purpose of vocational training with the condition that the construction be completed in 2 years of time. 

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H H Sri Jayachamarajendra  Wodeyar, Maharaja of Mysore, graced the function

Golden Jubilee in 1964


Who can be the beneficiaries?

  • Orphaned girls, above 16 years of age
  • Girls from weaker sections who happen to travel to Bengaluru to take various tests and examinations, interviews or training, etc.
  • Young women having problems arising out of unhappy marriages, and who need to take care of their dependent children
  • Young women with post-marriage problems such as widowhood/desertion/divorce etc
  • Applicants must be physically and mentally fit