Rajasthan

November 13 – 25, 2018

Spiritual Awakening & Cultural Excursion to Rajasthan with Yogi Amandeep

 

Rajasthan is a travel destination in northwestern India known for its rich mystical charm, its graceful art, and devotional architecture. The music, the centuries old Jain temples, and the Camel Fair attract visitors seeking spiritual inspiration.

Here, the mysteries of the Himalayas meet the dynamic cultures of the desert. Yogi Amandeep welcomes you to travel with him and many other seekers and be filled with wonder.

The journey starts with the festival of lights and ends at the Pushkar camel fair.

Thar Desert

Thar Desert

The sacred Thar Desert inspires awe, is known as the Sands of Time, andis a central region in Jain cosmology.Also in the Vedic tradition, the sacred texts mention theSarasvati River of the Vedic people that flowed through this region eventually turned into desert. If each grain of sand could speak, it would tell an epic history of the divine realm, the human realm, and the natural world.

Pushkar Mela

Pushkar Mela

The famous village of Pushkar is known as Tirth Raj, the king of pilgrimage sites.In the beginning of Time,devas dropped the Blue Lotus from the higher realms and Pushkar Lake emerged. The word Pushkar means “flower born.”

Sometime in October or November each year, during Kartik Purnima — the sacred time of the 8th Lunar month’s full moon — pilgrims, farmers,mystics, musicians, and villagers gather for the annual fair known as The Pushkar Camel Fair. This is the largest ancient tribal gathering of this kind left in the world.

You’re invited to enjoy this camel fair for a direct experience of centuries old customs, dance, traditions and the colorful culture of India. Experience vast upliftment.

Brahma Temple Pushkar

Brahma Shrine

 You will also visit the Brahma Shrine – the only shrine of Brahma, the creator god, on this planet. The temple sanctuary contains a four-headed Brahma with his consort Gayatri. The Gayatri Mantra, the hidden mantra which was revealed by Brahma himself to uplift humanity is one of the oldest and most powerful sacred mantras in the yoga tradition.

Ajmer Sharif

Ajmer Sharif

Ajmer, a city in the Aravalli Mountain valley, is home to a venerated shrine of the Sufis, Ajmer Sharif Dargah. The path of the Sufis is the path of the heart, love, dance and mysticism. A visit to the shrines dedicated to Moinuddin Chisti, a 12th Century Sufi mystic, who is known as main centre of the Sufi tradition in the Indian sub-continent, he is also known for welcoming the use of music into Sufimystical practices.Dive into ancient practices and rituals of the Sufi mystics with Yogi Amandeep.

You will also visit some sacred shrines of Guru Nanak and view handwritten copies of sacred writings by Guru Gobind Singh.

Gurdwara Singh Sahib

Gurdwara Singh Sabha – Pushkar

Pushkar was visited by Guru Nanak Dev, the root Guru of the Dharma. Guru Nanak, after enlightenment, traveled all over the world to unite humanity with a simple message: IkOngkaar – we are all one. In his travels, he arrived at the sacred city of Pushkar and gave the Dharma teachings to the Hindu sages in this land.

Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru, visited Pushkar during his travels in 1706. He was served by a Hindu priest named Chetan Das. The spot consecrated by the Guru’s stay is called GobindGhat.

A Brahman priest at this Ghat, has in his possession a hukamnama written on bhojpatra (leaf or bark of birch tree) that had been gifted from Guru Gobind Singh to Mahant Chetan Das.

Jain Temple

Ranakpur – the mystical shrine of the Jains

Ranakpur is a Jain temple that is often referred to as a “Poem in Stone.” Jain Tradition is one of the oldest yogic schools of India. This is one of the onlyspiritual paths that has given the world the largest number of enlightened beings.

Renowned for some marvelously carved Jain temples in amber stone, Ranakpur is one of the five holiest places of the Jain tradition. This commemorates the celestial being Rishabhdeva,who was the first Tiranthakar, a Jainmystic who attains immortality through enlightenment. Rishabhdeva gave humanity the science of creating vortex centres. A visit to this site offers seekersa chance to savour the essence of one of the oldest mystic traditions on the planet, the Jain Dharma.

The description of the temple has been penned down in the following words ‘In whichever direction one might turn, one’s eyes meet pillars and pillars: big, small, broad, narrow, ornate or plain. But the ingenious designer has arranged them in such a manner that none of them obstructs the view of the pilgrim wishing to have a Darshana’ (glimpse) of the Divine. From any corner of the temple one can easily view the Lord’s image. These innumerable pillars have given rise to the popular belief that there are about 1444 pillars in the temple.’

Iklingji Shrine

Iklingji Shrine

This is a shrine built around 700 C.E that is dedicated to the Adi Yogi, the Primal teacher, Shiva.  The architecture of Eklingnath Temple is magnificent. The double-storied temple looks awesome with its pyramidal style of roof and distinctly carved tower. There area total of 108 temples in the complex. The outer walls of the temple are stretched with steps that descend touching the serene waters. Inside the complex, the main temple is a huge pillared hall or ‘mandap’ that is sheltered by hefty pyramidal roof. On entering this hall, you will be welcomed by a silver image of Nandi; the bull of Shiva; the symbol of Dharma. In the temple, there are two other images of Nandi carved in black stone and brass respectively. You would find this temple full of mesmerizing divine fragrance.

The temple boasts of a striking four-faced idol of Eklingji (Lord Shiva) that is made out of black marble. Its height ranges around 50 feet and its four faces depict four forms of Lord Shiva. The east-facing part is recognized as Surya; the direction of the sun; the west-facing part is Lord Brahma, the direction of creation; the north-facing part is Lord Vishnu, the direction of preservation; and the south-facing part is Rudra, the direction of transformation.

The multifaceted form of Shiva is known as ‘Yantra;’ which means a tool on which if one meditates, one can transcend the realm of time and space. The Shivlinga (Phallic form of Shiva) garlanded by a silver snake attracts attention and reverence, and brings visitors into meditative inner space.

Kesariyaji

Kesariyaji Rishabdev, Mucchal Mahavir and Parshavnath’s Mandir

This temple is dedicated to Lord Rishabh Dev, the first Jain Tirthankara. These temples are very artistic. Its pinnacles, arches, doors, walls inspire awe. The fifty two pinnacles of the temple are seen from a long distance. The central temple has 52 stunning spires. According to Jain’s sensibilities, these symbolizeNandishwarDweep’s 52 temples.

Mahakaleshwar Temple

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is a famous Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the Twelve Jyotir Lingams – or the 12 sites of light. It is also one of the 12 tantric sites on the planet. In ancient times, white tantra meditation was practiced at these 12 locations, and nowhere else.

Shiva, in the lingam form is believed to be Swayambhu, deriving currents of power (Shakti) from within itself. This inner-generated power is different from the kind of power at other shrines where the lingams are ritually established and invested with mantra-shakti. In other words, the power of this temple is generated by the divine.

Desert Safari / Sand Dunes

Traverse he clear, golden sand of the desert. Travel through remote villages to observe desert lifestyle. See Rajasthani folk in traditional attire, enjoy serene music, and spend an evening watching the sunset behind the sand dunes. Then head out for the Dharma Camel Safari to experience the desert with these majestic creatures.

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort

Chittorgarh Fort has received the credit of being the largest fort of India.
This fort was built by various Maurya rulers in the 7th century.
Chittaurgarh Fort is truly an embodiment of chivalry and pride of the Rajputs.

The fort has a long story of romance, courage, determination and sacrifice.
A glimpse of the fort still makes one to think the glory of the Rajputs who once lived here.

This is a unique, sacred journey in which you will experience culturalheritage and spiritual awakening in the company of a Yoga master. In these numinous surroundings, let Yogi Amandeep guide you into deep inner realms of consciousness. Allow your refined consciousness to enhance your ability to perceive and absorb the essence and energy of this sacred land.

Yogi Amandeep leads yatras to places not ordinarily accessible to the public. Esoteric, powerful and secret teachings are revealed. He is an authority on yogic history and science and openly shares his deep, yet practical wisdom along the journey. He opens a mystical space, offering the possibility of a unique and profound spiritual experience.

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