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KRIYA YOGA PILGRIMAGE TO SOUTH INDIA

February 15 to March 4, 2013

with M. G. Satchidananda and Durga Ahlund

Due to the overwhelming interest in the January 2011 pilgrimages, M. G. Satchidananda and Durga Ahlund will lead another group of Kriya Yoga students on a pilgrimage to sacred sites, ashrams and places of interest in South India, including places associated with Babaji's life. It will be an unforgettable experience in the homeland of yoga, which will inspire you and enable you to appreciate the rich cultural tapestry, which has given birth to Babaji's Kriya Yoga. This is a new itinerary, which will interest previous year’s pilgrims as well.

In a pilgrimage, one seeks to come close to the Divine by visiting, worshipping and meditating in sacred places which provide a terrestrial "doorway" to the infinite and the absolute. One may easily experience the "Divine Presence" in such places, which have been sanctified by the spiritual practices of many yogis and saints. During this pilgrimage we will visit a variety of such places. There will be group practice of Kriya Yoga at least twice daily to deepen your experience.

We have scheduled this pilgrimage to coincide with the time of year when the weather is the most pleasant: warm but not too hot. The hotels have also been carefully selected for their Western style comfort and facilities. Ground transportation will be in a comfortable air-conditioned bus.

Link to KRIYA YOGA PILGRIMAGE TO HIMALAYAS September 27 – October 14, 2013

Babaji's Kriya Yoga Pilgrimages In India

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ITINERARY FEBRUARY 15 to MARCH 4, 2013

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.

Sadhana in the mountains

Kriya Yoga Pilgrimage

Beautiful scenary in India

 

 

Riding an Elephant

Group Photo with Satchidananda and Durga

Himalayas

COST, INDIA ASHRAM DONATION AND VISAS:

COST: The total cost of the proposed pilgrimage from February 15, to March 4, 2013 will be CAD$2,400 or US$2,350, or 1,850 euros, which includes the cost of ground transportation and accommodations in India according to the above itinerary.  It does not include the cost of airfare. It includes hotel accommodations from the afternoon of February 16 to the morning of March 5, inclusive. You must make your own reservations and purchase your tickets. yourself or by contacting our travel agent Nick De Mello, in Toronto at 905-567-0880, email aerotours or Nick De Mello. www.aerosafaris.com. He can get you cheaper fares.

As we have found that most persons vary in their meal preferences, it does not include most of your meals, which will probably average less than $10 per day. It does not include the fees for obtaining a visa for India. Participants must apply for a visa at the High Commissioner in the capital of respective country.

Those persons who desire to stay beyond the morning of March 5, 2013, please let us know and we will have your ticket issued open-ended, unless you specify the date you wish to leave Chennai, in which case we will make your reservations. You may also make arrangements to return for a stay near our ashram in Bangalore.

We meet in Bangalore on Sunday morning February 17, 2013 at the Hotel Basil, at 9 Sampige Road, in Malleswararam, Bangalore. The pilgrimage ends Monday night March 4 in Bangalore. Make your plane reservations for a return directly from Bangalore (Bengaluru) airport..  The pilgrimage ends Monday night March 4 in Bangalore. Make your plane reservations for a return directly from Bangalore (Bengaluru)  airport.

 

RESERVATIONS

To reserve your place send a letter, fax or email to M. G. Satchidananda at 196 Mountain Rd, P.O. Box 90, Eastman, Quebec, Canada J0E 1P0, telephone 450-297-0258 fax 450-297-3957, email satchidananda, and as soon as possible a deposit of US$400 or CAD$425, or 300€ which you can also pay with your VISA or Master or AMEX card. All checks should be payable to "Babaji's Kriya Yoga", and sent to our Montreal address by check. Or visit our website and go to "Enroll in activity" and pay using your VISA or Master card or Amex. In Europe, you may make your payment to “Marshall Govindan” in a transfer to Deutsche Bank, International, BLZ 50070024, account no. 0723106, re. IBAN DE09500700240072310600, BIC/Swift code DEUTDEDBFRA. We must receive the balance of the cost by January 15, 2013. If you require flight insurance, and you are Canadian, you may contact Nick at 1-888-359-2203.

 

   
 

 

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Wonderful view

Pilgramage Group photo

Durga and Satchidananda

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