Pilgrimage to Sri Yukteswar’s Puri
13 – 16 October 2016

This trip can be combined with our pilgrimage to Yogananda’s Kolkata, 17-20 October.

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Sri Yukteswar, guru of Paramhansa Yogananda, would shift from Serampore to his seaside hermitage in Puri in the summer, and Yogananda spent many summers here at the feet of his guru. Swami Sri Yukteswar left his body in 1936 at this hermitage. After his mahasamadhi, Yogananda and other disciples buried their guru, still in the lotus posture, in the hermitage garden. We’ll meditate each day at the powerful Samadhi Mandir over the spot where his body is buried in the sands. 

The ashram of Sri Bhupendranath Sanyal, disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya, contains a portion of Lahiri’s ashes. We’ll also spend time at the peaceful ashram of Sri Totapuri, guru of Sri Ramakrishna, containing his Samadhi.

We’ll enjoy meditation on the beach at sunrise, and kirtan at sunset, and you can visit the enormous 12th century Jagannath temple. For those who wish, an optional half-day side trip to Konark Sun Temple can be arranged.  Puri has been a pilgrimage destination and the home of saints since ancient times. Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu spent many years here. Puri is also the site of Govardhan Math, one of the Char Dham, the four cardinal institutions established by Adi Shankaracharya.  

We’ll stay at the beautiful 3-star Coco Palms Resort, right on the Bay of Bengal with a sea view from each room, and a short walk to Sri Yukteswar’s hermitage. There will be ample free time to relax and enjoy the resort’s swimming pool, as well as ocean swimming. Puri’s very high spiritual vibration, the sea air and natural beauty, and the resort’s comforts make our stay restful and recharging to body, mind, and soul.

This pilgrimage can be seamlessly combined with our Kolkata pilgrimage, 17-20 October. For those continuing on, we’ll fly together to Kolkata on the 17th

This pilgrimage will be led by Keshava and Brahmachari Devendra, along with Nayaswamis Daiva and Gangamata from Ananda USA. Our group will be a mixture of Indian and Western pilgrims.

Proposed Schedule
Thursday, 13 October
Arrival in Puri on your own, check in
Optional mid-afternoon walk to Sri Yukteswar’s hermitage
Dinner and satsang at hotel

Friday, 14 October
Energization and meditation on beach
Breakfast at hotel
Meditate at Sri Yukteswar’s hermitage
Visit ashram of Bhupendranath Sanyal, disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya
Optional visit to Lord Jagannath Temple
Sunset kirtan on beach
Dinner at hotel

Saturday, 15 October
Energization and meditation on beach
Breakfast at hotel
Meditate at Sri Yukteswar’s hermitage
Visit ashram of Sri Totapuri
Yoga stretches and meditation on beach
Dinner at hotel

Sunday, 16 October
Energization and meditation on beach
Breakfast at hotel
Meditate at Sri Yukteswar’s hermitage
Optional side trip to Konark Sun Temple
Dinner and satsang at hotel

Monday, 17 October
Energization and meditation on beach
Breakfast at hotel
Depart Puri on your own

Transportation and Meals
Our pilgrimage sites are reached on foot, by autorickshaw, and by a/c bus. Breakfasts and dinners are included.

How to reach Puri
You would reach our resort, Hans Coco Palms, on your own, arriving morning or early afternoon of 13 October, if possible. You would leave Puri anytime on 17 October. There are trains to Puri, and the closest airport is Bhubaneswar. A pre-paid taxi from airport may be Rs. 1300-1500, and takes just over an hour. Pilgrims from Delhi hope to take Air India, departing Delhi 11 am.

Programme Fees
Double occupancy: Rs. 22,000 per person.
Single occupancy (private room): Rs. 34,500

If you wish double occupancy accommodation and you don’t know another pilgrim, you’ll be assigned a roommate if possible.

The pilgrimage begins at our hotel in Puri after lunch on 13 October, and ends at the hotel after breakfast on 17 October.

The programme fee includes group transportation within Puri; lodging; 2 meals a day; and hotel tips. Not included in the fee are transportation to and from Puri; airport transfer; optional side trip to Konark Sun Temple; lunches, snacks, and beverages; medical care should you need it; donations at ashrams; and personal hotel expenses such as room service or laundry.

Combined Puri and Kolkata Pilgrimage

You may wish to take the opportunity to combine these two powerful pilgrimages, spending a full week absorbing the blessings of both these great gurus, Yogananda and Sri Yukteswar. See details of Kolkata Pilgrimage. You would fly with us from Puri to Kolkata on the 17th.

The cost for the combined Puri and Kolkata pilgrimage is as follows:
Double occupancy: Rs. 49,300 per person.
Single occupancy (private room): Rs. 69,200
This fee includes transfer to Bhubaneswar airport, flight to Kolkata, and transfer to Kolkata hotel on the 17th. Pilgrimage begins at our hotel in Puri after lunch on 13 October, and ends at Yogananda’s home in Kolkata after lunch on 20 October.

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