Travelogue: Homa in the Cremation Grounds of Varanasi Shree Maa, Swamiji, and the group took a boat ride up the Ganga to the Lalita Ghat. Lalita Ghat is adjacent to the famous Manikarnika Ghat, where many bodies are brought from around India everyday for cremation. Swamiji recounted that this was the same Ghat where he […]
Travelogue: Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple in Varanasi In the evening, Swamiji took the group to the Sankat Mochan Hanuman Temple in Varanasi. This temple is one of the sacred temples of Lord Hanuman in the city of Varanasi. It is believed that Tulsidas, the Hindi author of the “Ramayana” founded the temple after a vision […]
Travelogue: Kala Bhairava and Worshiping with Swamiji After visiting the Vishalakshi temple, Swamiji took the group to the Kala Bhairava Temple (also spelled Kalbhairava Temple). Swamiji explained that wherever there is a Shakti Peetha for the Goddess, there is also temple for Lord Shiva, who protects that center of energy. Kala Bhairava is Lord Shiva […]
Travelogue: Vishalakshi, Shakti Peeth in Varanasi Shree Maa, Swamiji, and the group took a short boat trip down the Ganga River to the Vishalakshi Temple located at Mir Ghat in Varanasi. This beautiful temple is a Shakti Pitha and is a sacred temple dedicated to the Goddess. Vishalakshi Devi is the Goddess who is the […]
Travelogue: Worship on the Ganga At sunset, Shree Maa, Swamiji and the group took a very scenic boat ride on the Ganga in Varanasi. On this special occasion, Swamiji and Shree Maa were blessing the ring ceremony (engagement) of a devotee and his fiancé. Shree Maa, with the help of a few devotees, quickly created […]
Join us on a delightful journey up the Ganga in Varanasi to the ashram of Trailinga Swami.
Floating upstream, Shree Maa tells the story of special instructions that Trailinga Swami told to his devotees to create his everlasting presence in this very ashram!
Travelogue: Rudrashadhayayi at Vishwanath Temple, Varanasi The Vishwanath Temple in Varanasi is one of the most famous pilgrimage places for Lord Shiva as, like Trymabakeshwar, it is one of the Jyotir Lingams. Vishwanath, another name for Lord Shiva, literally means “Lord of the Universe.” The temple is extremely busy, with large numbers of devotees coming […]
Travelogue: Worship at Annapurna Mandir, Varanasi While in Varanasi, very early in the morning and prior to the temples being open to the public, we visited the Annapurna Mandir. On this special day, Shree Maa and Swamiji were given the rare honor of performing puja to the Divine Mother Annapurna, the Goddess who is full […]
Travelogue: Durga and Tulsi Manas Mandir in Varanasi Along with Shree Maa and Swamiji, we arrived in the sacred city of Varanasi. Varanasi, which is also known as Benares, Banaras or Kashi is one of the holiest cities in India and is located on the banks of Mother Ganga in Uttar Pradesh. On our first […]
Travelogue: Swami Veda Bharati’s Ashram One of our fascinating journeys while in Rishikesh was to an ashram of a very special Indian saint, Swamiji Veda Bharati. Shree Maa and Swamiji, who had met Swami Veda Bharati previously, received a special invite to perform kirtan one evening. The group was fortunate to be included in this […]
Travelogue: Sundar Kand and Sharing With All After we performed the Chandi Yajna on the banks of the Ganga, Shree Maa and Swamiji were invited to sing the Sundar Kanda at the Ramananda Ashram. At the entrance, there is a small temple for Lord Shiva in the form of Daridya Dukha Hara, meaning “He Who […]
Travelogue: Chandi Yajna in Rishikesh We were blessed to be able to perform a Chandhi Homa with Shree Maa and Swamiji on the banks of the Ganga in Rishikesh. The power of the fire ceremony, combined with the beauty of the Ganga, uplifted our spirits and filled us with light! Please join in the blessings […]
Travelogue: The Sadhu Community At an ashram in Rishikesh, nearby to Swami Ramkripaluji’s ashram, a special puja for Lord Ram was performed. This puja is called Ram Abishek or Rama Archana. Archana is a special, personal, puja done by temple priests in which the name, birth star and family lineage of devotees are recited to […]
Travelogue: The Cave Temple of Tapkeshwar Nearby to Rishikesh, in Dehradun, there is an ancient Shiva cave temple known as Tapkeshwar Mahadev Temple. This temple is in a cave and, to get to the location, one has to transcend down several stair steps, to which you enter into what looks to be a village of […]