The Ánanda Nagar educational township, located 330 km northwest of Kolkata in Purulia district of West Bengal and 106 km northeast of Ranchi, Jharkhand, was founded in 1962 by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar to serve as a global eco-township.
Interspersed throughout Ánanda Nagar are small tribal villages where local inhabitants continue with their centuries-old routines amidst rich antiquity and mineral riches of the land. Sheep and cows graze freely in the vast grasslands of the area. Most of the inhabitants have greatly benefited from the presence of development projects of Ananda Márga through dozens of educational institutions started in the early 1960’s.
Ánanda Nagar was designated as the headquarters of the global campus of Ánanda Márga Gurukula (AMGK) University.