Arrive and check in at the hotel in Varanasi by 2 pm. 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.
A wonderful and intense day lies before us! 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 journey through Kashi is not complete without a visit to Manikarnika Ghat – the most sacred cremation spot in Kashi, which is at the core of the spiritual process that thrives in the city and in this sacred country of Bharat. We will take a boat ride along the holy Ganga and participate in the spectacular evening Aarti,
a spiritual ceremony that symbolises the glory and blessings of this river Goddess.
Today, we spend time exploring places of tremendous spiritual significance, including:
Kalabhairava Temple, the powerful guardian deity of Kashi, Mahamrityunjaya Temple, where it is believed that one can win over death.
Markandeya Mahadev Temple with a powerful linga where the lore of devotee Markandeya and shiva took place.
Before dinner we will enjoy a special presentation on the ‘Save the Weave’ movement. As Kashi features a variety of cultural delights, including exquisite silk weaves, this is an opportunity to take home some of these handwoven masterpieces.
We travel to Vindhyavasini Temple at Vindhyachal today. The Current Indian Standard Time Line, which decides the time zone of India, passes through the Goddess ‘Vindhyavasini’ temple. This is the Shaktipeeth where according to the legend, the famous war between Goddess Durga and Demon King Mahishasur took place.
Here, the temples for three forms of Goddesses – Lakshmi, Kali and Saraswati have been strategically located for creating a highly energetic and spiritually potent ‘Trikona’.
In the evening we journey back through the stunning new ‘Kashi Corridor’ to Kashi Vishwanath temple for Saptarishi Aarti..
Today is reserved for time at Vaidyanath & Mallikarjun Mahadeva temple. The energies of these two Jyotirlingas have been recreated from the original forms located in Deogarh and Srisailam. The city of Kashi spectacularly holds forms representing all 12 of India’s Jyotirlingas, and these forms reverberate powerfully to this day.
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 pm.
The itinerary above is indicative of the places we will be visiting. However, the actual order of the itinerary may vary.