Isha Sacred Walks is delighted to offer this tremendous spiritual possibility of being at Kashi’s sanctified space with Sadhguru on September the 23rd – Sadhguru’s Enlightenment day. We will have the privilege of a special satsang with Sadhguru on this glorious day and be in his presence at the Manikarnika Ghat. The fortune of soaking in the intoxicating and overwhelming energy of our Master in Shiva’s Sacred & beloved Kashi is a once in a lifetime opportunity. We hope to have you with us on this momentous occasion.
Millions of pilgrims from all over the world are drawn to the city of Kashi, one of the holiest of the seven sacred cities in Hinduism. Called the spiritual capital of India, this magnificent city of learning radiates endless energy. Despite witnessing ancient civilizations rise and fall over centuries, Kashi is still alive, unabashedly colorful, vibrant, and wonderfully rich in history and legends.
Kashi Krama, a program by Isha Sacred Walks, offers you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to embark on a journey to this holiest of cities. Here are seven reasons you should not miss the chance to be a part of this incredible experience.
Kashi is one of the most ancient cities of learning. This was a place where hundreds of enlightened beings lived at a time. In every street, you had an enlightened being to meet.
Kashi, the holy ‘City of Light’ shines bright, both physically and metaphorically. It is believed that a single dip in the holy waters of the Ganga can wash away a lifetime of sins.
According to legend, Kashi was founded by Lord Shiva and was his favorite abode. In one verse of the ancient scripture Skanda Purana, Shiva says, “The three worlds form one city of mine, and Kasi is my royal palace therein.”
In Kashi, the most natural and inevitable cycle of life and death is celebrated and revered with as much gusto. Also known as ‘Maha-smashana’ or ‘The Great Cremation Grounds’, the holy city humbles you by bringing you face to face with the balance of life and death.
Kashi is home to the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, one of the most important places of worship in the country. Considered to be one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, the temple holds great significance in the spiritual history of India.
Near Kashi is the 1500-year-old Mahabodhi Temple at Bodhgaya, the spot of the legendary Bodhi tree under which Buddha meditated and attained enlightenment. Buddha delivered his first sermon at Sarnath, near Kashi, thereby giving birth to Buddhism.
Kashi was the original hub of art, culture, spirituality and music. Many prominent Indian saints, philosophers, poets, writers, and musicians live or once lived in Kashi. Several major figures of the Bhakti movement were born in Kashi, including Kabir and Ravidas.
A boat ride across the sacred Ganga perfectly captures the spirit of Kashi. Countless candlelit paper boats with flowers carrying people’s prayers float their way across the waters. Waves of pilgrims arrive to take a holy dip in the waters, others meditate in solitude and the rest bow their heads in prayer along the Ghats. As the sun goes down, the evening ritual of worship, called the Ganga Arati, unfolds.
For all this and more, your journey with the Kashi Sacred Walks is an intensely spiritual experience, complete with meditation sessions, satsangs, spiritual processes and much more. The five-day trip will take you through the Kalabhairava Temple, Mahamrityunjaya Temple, Vishalakshi Temple, Manikarnika Ghat and will also include a boat ride in the Ganga, Mangala Arati at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple, and free time to exploreKashi, its streets, its ancient marketplaces and other cultural delights. The journey also includes sacred Buddhist destinations in Bodhgaya and Sarnath. Kashi Sacred Walks is not like any other pilgrimage – it is an opportunity to transform yourself and soak in the essence of the spiritual capital of India.
With our team of highly skilled, trained and dedicated teachers and volunteers always ready to help you with every step you take on this memorable journey, you will be enveloped in a sense of endless energy, tranquility and oneness.
The holiest of the holy sites in the east is Kashi, or Benares as it is known today. Kashi is held as the core of the universe.
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