at Lahiri Mahasaya’s Home in Varanasi
17-19 July 2016
(See also our full 4-day Varanasi pilgrimage 7-10 October.)
The oldest surviving city in the world radiates timeless wisdom. Many of India’s greatest saints, like Adi Shankaracharya, Gautama Buddha, and Mahavatar Babaji lived here. It was in Varanasi that Paramhansa Yoganandaji first met Swami Sri Yukteswar.
Here lived the now famous, but ever humble Yogavatar, Lahiri Mahasaya who, with the blessing of Mahavatar Babaji, resurrected Kriya Yoga and began a quiet revolution that has spread around the world.
The home where Lahiri lived, meditated, and taught his disciples, is preserved as it was when he was there, more than 100 years ago. Only one day of the year, on Guru Purnima, is his home opened for devotees to have darshan. To be in his home is a special blessing that many of us have wanted to take.
We’ll also meditate in the temple of Trailanga Swami, Lahiri Mahasaya’s 300-year-old friend, with whom he’d sometimes meditate.
Our hotel, a short walk from the Ganga, permits easy travel by boat. It is also a ten-minute walk to the ashram of Ananda Moyi Ma, where we’ll meditate. We’ll take a boat ride on the Ganga, chanting, meditating, and watching the sun rise; and at sunset we’ll witness the Ganga arati.
Sunday, 17 July
Arrival on your own, drive to hotel, check in
Dinner and opening gathering at hotel
Monday, 18 July
5:30am: Sunrise boat ride, chanting, meditation; visit Trailanga Swami temple
Breakfast in hotel
Sunset boat ride, meditation, and Ganga arati at Dasaswamedh Ghat
Dinner at hotel
Tuesday, 19 July – Guru Purnima
6:30 am: Energisation on hotel terrace
Boat ride with chanting and meditation
7:45 am: Darshan of Lahiri Mahasaya’s home
Breakfast in hotel
This trip is shorter and less formal than our other pilgrimages. Our focus is the darshan of Lahiri’s home. Even though hot weather prevents us from having a full day of excursions, we will visit several spiritual highlights, and thoroughly enjoy our meditative sunrise and sunset boat rides.
We will also offer a more complete pilgrimage to Varanasi, over a weekend, 7-10 October, 2016,
Arrival and Departure
You may fly or train to Varanasi on your own, meeting the group at our hotel. For those flying from Delhi on 17th, we can fly together Delhi-Varanasi on Indigo flight #176, departing Delhi at 4:20 pm. If you prefer an earlier flight, Indigo #714 departs Delhi at 1:10 pm. We could depart Varanasi on the 19th, on Indigo #481 at 3:00 pm, or earlier if you wish. The hotel is about an hour’s drive from the airport, and taxis can drive right up to the hotel. Taxi from airport can cost from Rs. 1500 each way. The pilgrimage officially begins at the hotel before dinner on the 17th, and ends at the hotel before lunch on the 19th.
Accommodations, Meals, and Transportation
We’ll stay 2 nights at the 2-star Temple on Ganges, a 3-minute walk to Assi Ghat. Rooms have simple furnishings, a/c, and attached bath. The beauty is its location almost right on river. Breakfast and dinner included.
As a group we’ll organise boats making the ghats easily accessible. From the river one must walk, sometimes up many steep steps. All our destinations can be reached by boat and short walks.
Double occupancy : Rs. 11,000 per person.
Single occupancy (private room): Rs. 13,800 per person
If you don’t have a roommate, we’ll try to connect you with another single pilgrim of the same sex. If a roommate can’t be found, you’ll need to pay single occupancy. If you snore, we ask you to room with someone you know well, or pay for single occupancy.
The programme fee includes all group transportation; lodging; 2 meals a day; and group tips. Not included in the fee are most lunches, snacks, and beverages; travel to and from Varanasi; transfer from airport or train station to hotel; medical insurance or medical care should you need it; donations at ashrams; and personal hotel expenses.
Completed application form and first payment of Rs. 5000 required to confirm reservation. Payments by cheque or bank draft payable to “Ananda Sangha Delhi”, or online transfer, or in person in Delhi by cash. Contact us for online bank transfer. Your participation is confirmed only when we approve your application and receive first payment. Balance of the fee is due by 15 June, 2016. In case of cancellation, Rs. 1,000 of fee is non-refundable. Cancellation close to date of departure may incur additional costs.