India Pilgrimage 2016
This is a spiritual pilgrimage to temples and ashrams from the south to the north of India. We will visit places associated with Shiva-Shakti, with Vishnu's Avatars, with Gayatri, with Ganesha and several Goddesses.
Type of Event
- General Event
We will meet Friday, 5/6, at Chicago O'Hare Airport to fly together to Chennai/Madras, India. We will return from Delhi on Sunday, 5/23.
That may not be the actual time of the flight time, this is an approximation.
Price includes airfare to and from India and all travel within India. It also includes 4-star hotels, breakfast and lunch.
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This sacred journey to India is a continuous visit to holy places. If we are fortunate, we will meet with Jagadgurus, Mahatmas, sages and saints, who will give us their blessing. One featured highlight of this spiritual pilgrimage is visiting several Goddess temples and also the 8 Ganesha temples of his 8 major incarnations. In 2007 and 2009, we visited these temples and had a great time.
To gain the most from our visit to India, don't think of it as just another vacation. It is not that. It can be life transforming, if approached in the right spirit. Namadeva Acharya often said, "There will be arduous bus rides mixed with tremendous blessings. Be cheerful and you will have the experience of a lifetime."
Highlights include visiting the Shankaracharyas at Kanchi Peetham; Vishwa Shanti Ashram, home of Satguru Rama Mata, our living guru, and the group puja to the 30-foot tall murthi (spiritually awakened icon) there of Vijaya Vittala (Panduranga), who represents the 10th and final avatar. [Photo to right.] We will visit the Raja Rajeshwari-Sri Chakra Temples, before going to the Pune area to visit the 8 Ganesha Temples. Next, we will go to the Kali temples near Kolkata, then we will go to Delhi and on to Haridwar and Rishikesh. There are many ashrams in both towns which we will visit.
Of course, wherever we go, there will be time for shopping.
We will be staying in three-star hotels. All have a private bath. The food there will be good, and bottled water is available. Most hotels now have modern filtration systems.
This is not a vacation but a spiritual odyssey. Be flexible, and accommodating, and you will have a wonderful time.
Finally, travel light. The common saying is "less luggage, more comfort." You will want to buy things during free time in Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Delhi, Rishikesh, Haridwar and other places, so you will be glad you left some space in your suitcase for your purchases.
Prem & Shanti,