‘Kashi Krama’ is a unique offering and opportunity to journey to this holiest of cities. This sanctified space is an immense possibility that should be explored by all!
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 Isha Sacred Walks is an intensely spiritual experience, complete with meditation sessions, satsangs, spiritual processes and much more. Kashi Krama will take you through the Kashi Vishwanath temple, Kalabhairava Temple, Mahamrityunjaya Temple, Vishalakshi Temple, Manikarnika Ghat and boat rides on the Ganges.This Kashi Krama journey also includes a visit to Sarnath, a peaceful and sacred space where Buddha gave his first Sermon. Kashi Krama 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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