Narmada Yatra 2017 :: Completed


The ancients knew that walking around sources of positive energy would charge one with the same positive energy. The Narmada is worshiped as a goddess; the tradition of Her circumambulation is called Narmada Parikrama.  The Parikrama is an adventurous spiritual journey around the sacred river through hills, dense forests, gorges, ravines, rocky patches, caves, plateaus, and plains. It is a religious pilgrimage involving visits to temples, ghats, shrines and villages. It is a form of devotion to please Ma Narmada who takes care and looks after the hardships and needs of all those who undertake the Parikrama. She is a living deity with whom pilgrims interact and communicate on mental and spiritual levels. Narmada Parikrama is believed to grant boons to householders, siddhis to renunciates, peace to troubled souls, worldly possessions to those in need, and happiness to all. Narm-da means one that gives happiness and joy. Narmada Parikrama involves walking alongside the river from her origin at Amarkantak to the sea, crossing to the other side, and walking back to the origin. Properly done, it involves walking 2,624 km, taking 3 years, 3 months and 13 days. Narmada is the flow of spiritual consciousness in the heart of India, historically older than the Ganga. Small groups of Parikamavasi travel along Narmada carrying their belongings with them. People claim that their lives have seen dramatic changes during and after the Parikrama. It is believed that a Parikramavasi’s wishes, made on the banks of Narmada, come true; his or her hopes are fulfilled. The Nāmarūpa Narmada Yatra will follow the traditional Parikrama—except by plane, bus, boat, and some walking—taking only 13 days—days filled with satsang, yoga practice, temple darshans, discussions, meditation and exploration!

Your companions and guides on the Yatra will be:
Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training, he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda.
Robert Moses studied, lived, and taught Yoga and Vedanta with his guru, Swami Vishnudevananda for over 20 years. Swamiji instructed him to “Take people around India!”
Radhakunda das is a senior disciple of Radhanath Swami and a devout Krishna Bhakta. He has been enthusiastically serving all Nāmarūpa yatras as guide since 2007.
Shadow Yoga classes by a qualified teacher will be held early each morning.