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 venture to the Vishalakshi Temple, one of the Shakti Sthalas, as well as the Annapoorni Temple. Later in the day, we visit the Manikarnika Ghat – the most sacred cremation spot in Kashi, which is at the core of the spiritual process that thrives in the city. A boat ride in the sacred Ganga followed by participation in the evening arati from the boat are some of the highlights of the day.
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.
We will have the privilege of having Sadhguru with us for a special satsang today and be in his presence at the Manikarnika Ghat in the evening.
Just as there are twelve Jyotirlingas across the country, Kashi has its own twelve Jyotirlingas. These are tremendously powerful lingas that were concealed and kept safe from centuries of sieges and invasions, in the homes of families who have cared for them for generations. We will be visiting some of these lingas in the early morning before breakfast.
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.