YOGA & YATRA SYNTHESIS 2019 • ITINERARY
The Yoga of Synthesis alone will develop the head, heart, and hand, and lead one to perfection. This can be achieved by the practice of the Yoga of Synthesis. H.H. Sri Swami Sivananda
JOIN US ON A YOGA & YATRA SYNTHESIS IN SOUTH INDIA. OCTOBER 6 – 20, 2019
YOGA OF SYNTHESIS RETREAT
October Sunday 6 – Friday 11
See Programs at Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham.
ITINERARY & PROGRAM DURING THE 9-DAY YOGA YATRA
We will be traveling in A/C busses and staying in very comfortable lodging. As much as possible we will keep to our now established daily routine of early morning meditation, sunrise worship and yoga class. In some locations we may have to adapt our timing and program. We will be ‘on pilgrimage’ maintaining an adaptable attitude while visiting temples for darshan according to local custom and belief. At each place we will relate the puranic story of the devas and reflect on its meaning. We will also visit a number of ashrams where saints have lived. There will be time for shopping, sightseeing and enjoying some of Kerala’s amazing nature reserves, backwaters and beaches. Note: We are still establishing the best route for our pilgrimage. Since there are an abundance of places to visit we want to make sure that we make the best of our time. This may well depend on what temple festivals are happening. These are set in a special calendar. Dates and places are under review and we will publish a detailed itinerary when all are known. The list below is presently only for general reference.
October 11 Friday
We will first travel by bus to Ananthapura, (1 1/2 hours). This is the only lake temple in Kerala, the original seat of Ananthapadmanabha Swami. Then on to Subrahmanya (4 hours) where Lord Kartikeya is worshipped as Lord of the Serpents. Here we will halt for the night.
October 12 Saturday
On to Dharmasthala (1 1/4 hours) where there is a unique temple of Lord Siva as Manjunatha, worshipped by Vasihnava priests and managed by Jains. Disputes in the region are settled by the deity. We then travel to Sringeri, (3 hours). Here Adi Guru Sankaracarya, the main exponent of Advaita Vedanta philosophy, established his first peetham (monastic seat of learning). Many important temples are here, including that of Sharadamba, the Goddess of Learning.
October 13 Sunday
We will proceed to Muhkambika (3 hours) where the 1,200 year old Temple of AdiParashkati (YogaMaya), an important Goddess of Shaktas of South India, is situated.
October 14 Monday
Then to Udupi, (1 1/2 hours) famous for the Lord Krishna Temple and its well known ‘Udipi Cuisine’. Known as ‘Temple City” this is a famous place of pilgrimage and is well known as the place where the saint Kanaka Das was given darshan by Lord Krishna.
October 15 Tuesday
then on to Mangaluru (2 hours) where we will board an overnight train down to Kochi to relax at a beach resort on Vaypeen Island.
October 16 Wednesday
Rest, relax, swim in the ocean and enjoy Kochi shopping and sightseeing including the Paradesi Synagogue.
October 17 Thursday
From Kochi to Manarshala Sree Nagaraja Temple (2 hours). This is the largest temple in Kerala devoted to the King of Serpents. Our travels onward to Kollam include a backwater boat trip. We arrive by evening at a beach resort south of Thiruvananthapuram.
October 18 Friday
From Thiruvananthapuram, via Nagercoil another important Naga Temple, we’ll travel to the southernmost tip of India. At Kanya Kumari we’ll witness sunset and, on the following morning, sunrise from the same spot. Here we’ll take an ocean holy dip, have darshan of Bhagavaty Amman and visit the Vivekananda Rock Memorial.
October 19 Saturday
Saturday being Hanuman’s day, we will head back north via Suchindram to have darshan of the 22-foot high Hanumanji and offer him an 18-foot Tulasi Mala, thanking Him for a successful Yoga and Yatra Synthesis. He stands in the Suchindram Temple of Lord Siva. Back to our final night at the beach resort near Thirvananthapuram.
October 20 Sunday
Padmanabhaswamy Temple is the most important abode of Lord Vishnu in Kerala. We may not be permitted to worship within but we will try! Then it is final shopping, sightseeing and farewell feasting. Book your flights home from Thiruvananthapuram International airport. Om Shantih! Shantih! Shantih!