Palm Leaf Libraries
When you think of India, Varanasi is the India that plays in your imagination, one of the most colourful and fascinating places on earth.
It is on the banks of the Ganges, considered as the spiritual capital of India and is the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism and Jainism.
Here are some 2,000 temples, including Kashi Vishwanath, the “Golden Temple,” dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva, as according to legend, Varanasi was founded by the Lord Shiva.
The first 2 days of our journey we will spend it in this city as an intense spiritual experience and we will have also free time to explore Varanasi, its streets and other cultural delights.
Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex which is one of the four holy sites related to the life of the Lord Buddha, and particularly to the attainment of Enlightenment (Pali: bodhi) under what became known as the Bodhi Tree.
For the Buddhists from all over the world, Bodh Gaya is the most important of those main four pilgrimage sites, and they venerate it as the holiest place of Buddhist pilgrimage.
Several Buddhist temples and monasteries were built here by Buddhist followers of Bhutan, China, Japan, Myanmar, Nepal, Sikkim, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet and Vietnam near the Mahabodhi Temple.
This Complex is always visited by pilgrims to offer prayers, perform religious ceremonies and where we also will spend some time observing or participating in some ceremonies and meditating.
We will have free time to visit whichever temple we want or just take a rest in a bakery or do what we feel like doing.
Here Lord Shiva is worshipped as Vaitheeswaran or Vaidyanathaswamy, the Vaid (doctor) (Ishvara: God/Master) who is a renowned healer or the "God of healing" and it is believed that prayers to him can cure diseases. The holy waters of the Siddhamirtham tank within the temple complex contains nectar, and a holy dip is believed to cure all diseases.
Located near Sirkazhi, it is also famous for the hundreds of palm leaf manuscripts stored here that are essential for the astrological predictions called Naadi Jothida Nilayam, a branch of Indian astrology that uses those ancient manuscripts and fingerprints of an individual to reveal his or her past, present and future.
The science of Naadi Astrology has been one way of predicting an individual's future. It has benefited thousands of people around the globe and has given them better guidance in their life decisions.
In this area we will spend also 2 days visiting some astrology centers, to listen to the interpretation of a couple of them to have a better understanding of the meaning of these leaves, so that it will help us to take better decisions for our lives.
The town is believed to be of significant antiquity and is known for the great temple complex Thillai Nataraja, of Shiva as the Dancer of the Universe, that contains shrines to other deities, and is one of the five Pancha (meaning five) Bhoota (meaning elements) Stalam (meaning place), the holiest Shiva temples each representing one of the five prime elements of nature - land, water, air, sky, fire.
In Chidambaram, Shiva is said to have manifested himself in the form of sky and it represents akasha (aether) this also happens to be a Dravidian architectural highlight.
Auroville is a small town located 6 km north of Pondicherry (Puducherry), which was founded in 1968 by 'the Mother', cofounder of Puducherry's Sri Aurobindo Ashram, as an international town. She envisioned a town where unity will be celebrated and all will have a spiritual vocation.
The purpose of Auroville is to realise human unity – in diversity. Today Auroville is recognised as the first and only internationally endorsed ongoing experiment in human unity and transformation of consciousness, also concerned with sustainable living and the future cultural, environmental, social and spiritual needs of mankind.
The residents are of 52 nationalities. Nearly 60% of Aurovillians are foreign (more than 15% are French and 15% are German), from all age groups.
Matrimandir - Meaning "Temple of the Mother" in Sanskrit, is the geographical and spiritual heart of Auroville. The outside is plated with gold, while the inside is an air-conditioned chamber of polished white marble referred to as "a place to find one's consciousness" with a gigantic crystal ball in the center.
The first day here we´ll do a small tour around and will visit the Spirulina Farm to see how it is recollected, but actually the rest of the next 2 days we will have free time to do whatever we want.
There are a lot of activities in Auroville like Yoga, Tai-Chi, Watsu, massages, different kinds of alternative healing and courses.
It is a place to stay and soak in the spirit of doing the things you really love, including spending time by the beach.
New Delhi - Paharganj Main Bazaar:
Paharganj Main bazaar in New Delhi is a good area to bargain for all variety of tourist type gifts amongst the hectic traffic and street noise. Some shops cater to wholesale pricing for quantity items.
It is a tourist market near the New Delhi Railway Station stretching for about a kilometre and is a bargainer's paradise.
The whole Main Bazaar is lined with shops full to the brim with books, music, jewellery, bags, clothes, shoes, incense, textiles, wooden statues, bed spreads, cushion covers, wall hangings, handicrafts, etc.
After the whole journey is finished, you will be brought to an hotel in this area, where you can spend the rest of your time just shopping around to buy something for your beloved ones back home or just to remember your trip.
India is a very big country where it takes a very long time to go from point A to B, and the transport is still not really fast for several reasons. We will use private transport for short distances like from 1 to 4 hours journeys, but for long distances we will use air transportation. That means, we will fly from Delhi to Varanasi, from Patna to Chennai and from Chennai back to Delhi (everything is included in the price of the travel).
Services of the travel:
14 nights in a double or single room.
All local transfers (airport, inland flights, day excursions, ...)
3 Kandams of 2 Palm Leaf Readings in Vaitheeswarankoil
Excursions like: Visit to different temples, Matrimandir, Spirulina farm and tour in Auroville, indian music concert in Varanasi, etc.
Starts: 15/02/19 - Arrival in Delhi
Ends: 25/02/19 - In Delhi
Max. 8 participants: It´s worthy to book early
Price: from € 1725 P.P. in a double room, plus costs of flight to India, and food and beverages.
Video about the travel:
Videos with another travels of Maya in India:
Tiruvannamalai & Sri Aurobindo Ashram
Bangalore & Palm Leaf Library