Arrive and check in at the hotel in Kashi by 12 noon. We start the day with a visit to Sarnath, where Gautama the Buddha gave his first sermon. This momentous and historic event has been depicted in exquisite sculptures of the Buddha and other monuments at Sarnath.
The day starts early with Mangala Arati at the Kashi Vishwanath Temple – one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, said to have been consecrated by Shiva himself. After Arati, we will walk to Vishalakshi Temple, one of the Shakti Sthalas, as well as the Annapoorni Temple. A boat ride in the sacred Ganga followed by participation in the evening Ganga arati from the boat are some of the other highlights of the day.
We will have the privilege of having Sadhguru with us for a special satsang today and be in his presence at the Manikarnika Ghat – the most sacred cremation spot in Kashi, which is at the core of the spiritual process that thrives in the city.
We visit places of tremendous spiritual significance, including Kalabhairava Temple, the powerful guardian deity of Kashi and Mahamrityunjaya Temple where it is believed that one can win over death.
The rest of the day is free to explore the city on your own and visit its various temples, ghats and market places. Kashi features a variety of cultural delights, including exquisite silk weaves and unique cuisines. We will be happy to suggest a number of interesting places you can visit.
The program culminates with Guru Pooja, an offering of gratitude to the great beings who have made available the powerful possibility of self-transformation. The hotel check-out time is 12:00 p.m.
The itinerary above is indicative of the places we will be visiting. However, the actual order of the itinerary may vary.