February 15, Friday evening: Depart Montreal and fly to Frankfort, on Lufthansa Airlines, then onto Bangalore, India. Or, if leaving from Europe, depart Saturday February 16, 2013.
February 17, Sunday early a.m.: arrive in Bangalore (Bengaluru). Sunday morning: arrive in Bangalore (Bengaluru) south India. Stay at the Hotel Basil at 9 Sampige Road in Malleswaram, Bangalore, one mile from the Babaji’s Kriya Yoga Trust ashram. At 11 am on Sunday 2/17 we will depart in a bus from the Hotel Basil and go to Sitaram’s retreat, where we will have a mantra yagna and a lunch; by mid afternoon, we will depart for the Nandi Hills ashram of Tapaswiji, who lived to the age of 185 years, for group sadhana.
February 18, Monday: morning sadhana the Babaji’s Kriya Yoga Ashram, and a day trip outside of Bangalore to visit the ashram of a Maha Ananda Siddha, who is renowned for living without food or water for more than 12 years, but who draws his sustenance by periodically sitting in a roaring yagna fire.
February 19, Tuesday: Travel to Tiruvannamalai. Stay 4 nights at the new deluxe Hotel Arunai Anantha. Visit Ramana Maharshi Ashram.
February 20, Wednesday: Visit Ramana Maharshi Ashram at the base of the mountain of Arunachala and the small hall where Ramana spent many years absorbed in Samadhi. Evening visit to the Tiruvannamalai Shiva temple. This region was sanctified by Shepherd Siddha Idai Kadar who resided here and herded his goats and cows around the mountain. In the evening worship in the Arunachalaswarar Temple where Idai kadar experienced Svarupa Samadhi and Arunagirinathar, a disciple of Agastyar, composed many beautiful songs to Lord Murugan.
February 21, Thursday: Ascend Arunachala mountain and explore the ancient meditation cave, Virupaksha Cave, named after a rishi whose body is enshrined within the cave. Meditate at Skanda Ashram where Ramana Maharshi lived for six years. Skanda Ashram was constructed by Kandaswami, a devoted disciple of Ramana. Practice sadhana in the caves.
February 22, Friday: Go around the mountain or climb to the summit.
February 23, Saturday: travel to Pondicherry, by the seashore of southwest India. In ancient times it was known as Vedapuri, as Agastyar established it as an educational center. Sri Aurobindo came here seeking asylum from the British and established the Aurobindo Ashram. Stay at the Hotel Ananda Inn 3 nights
February 24, Monday: morning visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram samadhi shrine where Sri Aurobindo and the Mother are laid to rest. Meditate in the upstairs rooms where the Mother and Sri Aurobindo lived in seclusion for many years. In the afternoon visit intentional community, Auroville and the Matri Mandir.
February 25, Tuesday: Day trip visit the Chidambaram temple of Nataraja (Dancing Shiva). Participate in a special puja conducted especially for us.
February 26, Wedesday: Travel to Tanjore. In the afternoon, visit the Britheeswar temple, dedicated to Shiva, with the tallest temple tower in Asia. Meditate at the shrine of the Siddhar Karuvoorar. Stay one night at Hotel Oriental Towers.
February 27, Thursday: Travel 216 km (130 miles) to Palani. Visit the Palani Murugan shrine for darshan of Lord Dandaswamy, after climbing the 1,008 steps to the top of the hill. Meditate in the Samadhi shrine of Siddhar Boganathar. Visit the ashram of Boganathar’s disciple Pulapani. Boganathar was the guru of Babaji, and he established this temple and Samadhi shrine.
February 28, Friday: Sadhana in Palani. Visit the Pulapani ashram, founded by the disciple of Boganathar.
March 1, Saturday: Morning in Palani. Travel to Coimbatore where we will stay in a 4 star hotel for 2 nights.
March 2, Sunday: Visit the Isha Yoga Ashram. Founded by Satguru Jaggi Vasudev. Visit the unique Dhyana Mandir constructed without cement, do group sadhana and participate in the activities of the ashram.
March 3, Monday: Travel to Mysore. Stay at a 4 star hotel. Visit the ashram of Sri Ganapathy Satchidananda and the Mysore Palace. Local shopping.
March 4, Tuesday: late morning travel to Bangalore to the Basil Hotel. Visit the Babaji ashram, shopping, and rest before late night departure from the Bangalore (Bengaluru) International airport.