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Top Yoga & Meditation Destination in India

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Yoga is an age-old science that has been a benefactor to the human mind and body. India being a place where yoga was originated, and the name was given by Patanjali which was derived from the Sanskrit word “Yuja” which means to attach or climax (peak point of highest development). It is the attachment of the mind and the body with nature. It is such an amazing aid, which if use and propagated rightly, can heal a number of diseases; both mental and physical.

India invented Yoga and Meditation many millennia before the world could understand its importance. In the western countries yoga means only physical postures and sequences (asana) but in India yoga asana is the aspect of the whole system. From centuries in the traditional ashrams of India yoga practices is an act of whole body and soul. So in India, one can expect a greater emphasis on breathing, meditation, cleansing on one’s soul with devotional practices such as philosophy tuition, chanting of mantras, faith (Bhakti), Regardless and the Karmic aspect of yogic philosophy.

The various yoga activities are aimed at curative and physiological advantages, body flexibility, stability and power, and emotional well being. If the visitor is interested, these activities can also be extended to incorporate spiritual discoveries.

Yoga can be practiced by everyone and has an amazing effect on the body and mind energies allowing one to deal with life’s ups and downs with a sense of equanimity. If you will get a chance to learn about the age old therapy that plan a yoga tour in India.

The yoga learning environment in India is exactly suited the learners. Usually various ashrams and yoga centers are located in the lap of nature and far away from the hustle of the cities. The centers provide shelter and fresh vegetarian and healthy food that will soothe and alleviate your mind and body. Learners can also get an opportunity of enjoying a calm and soothing scenic natural beauty of nature.

I would like to mention a few good places in India where you can learn the art of Yoga.


Rishikesh is also known as the world capital of yoga. It is a very beautiful place, lying in the foothill of The Great Himalayas. This city is full of amazing landscapes. The natural beauty & fresh breeze of this place makes it a right place for yoga learners. The whole environment of this place is full of spirituality. This atmosphere leaves a positive impact on the mind & spirit of an individual.
Rishikesh offers Yoga Teacher Training courses for beginners and also for yoga teachers. The city is located on the bank of river Ganges and it is believed that meditating here brings one soul closer to Moksha (Enlightenment). Right from the food to the atmosphere the place is very close to nature.

Yoga centersSpirit Yoga Foundation, Parmarth Niketan, Sivananda Ashram, Sadhna Mandir, Sanskriti Yogpeeth etc.

Spirit Yoga Foundation Rishikesh

Spirit Yoga Foundation Rishikesh


Located between the holy river Ganga and the mighty Himalayas, Hardwar is a spiritual retreat for people not only from the country but outside of it as well. It is one of the calmest destinations of India and also nature personified. The huge amount of greenwood and alluring roads with scenery of the cold hills, offers the best conditions for the purification of soul. There are a number of resorts that bestow spiritual healing through the practice of yoga and ayurveda.

Yoga centers – world renewed Patanjali University, established by Yoag Guru Baba Ramdev ji, agni yoga school, Ayurvedic yoga & meditation in Haveli Hari Ganga.

patanjali Ashram Haridwar

patanjali Ashram Haridwar


An important centre of power, learning and culture down the ages, Bihar is a great state and an attractive tourist destination. The state has given many leading religions to the world such as Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, and, to a certain extent, Sikhism.

Swami Satyananda Saraswati, founder of the world renowned Bihar School of Yoga in eastern India. At this school, yoga is a lifestyle and not just any practice. Karma yoga is given preference over Asana.

They also adapt the ancient tantric meditation techniques into a practice. This practice induces complete relaxation while maintaining consciousness. Hatha yoga also preferred hear it includes a balance of mind and body via physical postures or asanas, filtration of mind, controlled breathing, and the calming of the mind through meditation.

Alongside the classes, one must expect to work like a yogi, cleaning utensils, kitchen work; toilet cleaning is the part of one’s schedule here. This yoga learning school holds untold and far-reaching benefits. Here, our deepest levels of creativity and healing energies can awaken.

Yoga centers – Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, Bihar

Bihar school of yoga

Bihar school of yoga, Munger


Kerala is the native land of Ayurveda and a perfect destination where the soul meets the mind. It is the tranquil and calm breezy gem of Southern India, here the body converted in to a temple of health. Kerala is the known destination for its yoga and ayurvedic treatment, which is famous all over the globe because of the various ayurvedic resorts offering greatest treatments and services.
The peaks of the hills, the crystalline water of the beaches, the blue sky and the amazing view, everything adds up to a great yogic experience. With a number of yoga centers, kerala is a hotspot of yoga enthusiasts.

Yoga centers – Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram at Trivandrum, Ayurveda, Massage & Panchakarma School at Kannur , PVA School of Yoga Kannur, etc.

Sivananda Yoga Ashram

Sivananda Yoga Ashram


Goa is renowned for its pristine natural offering breathtaking scenery. The shiney sand beaches of Goa are famous for its unmatchable beauty of silvery sand having endless rows of palm trees. Apart from the beautiful beaches, Goa is famous for its adventures water sport and yoga activities. Goa is home to various yoga retreat centers scattered all over the state.

It offers a series of programs for beginner to high levels. They also run some yoga teacher training certifications and drop-in yoga classes. With the yoga classes, the yoga centers also offers Ayurvedic massages, chanting and meditation.

Yoga centers –  Art of Living Yoga Meditation Centre, Amit Reiki, Abs yoga. Apart from these a number of beaches

Kranti Yoga School, Goa

Kranti Yoga School, Goa


Mysore is also known as the birthplace of Modern 20th century Yoga. Mysore Mandala is one of the prettiest places for yoga in Mysore. The yoga center is located in a century old house and a charming café supplied by owner’s organic farm. It is more like a western style retreat than a traditional ashram. The original vinyasa system of yoga was the Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as taught by Krishna Pattabhi Jois.

By practicing this modern style, ashtanga yoga of Mysore we heat the blood and make it thin so that it can circulate freely. Ashtanga yoga practice moves you towards a very deep awareness of yourself and teaches you control over your mind.

Yoga centers – Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Ashram, Chaitanya yoga Kendra etc.

Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Ashram

Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Ashram

Dharamsala Himachal Pradesh

Dharamsala is beautiful place surrounded by mountains and is peaceful too, making it an ideal relaxation point. It is full of burgundy and saffron clad Buddhist monks and fluttering prayer flags. You’ll feel the fresh hill breeze and the cool atmosphere welcoming you far away from the city smog and hectic traffic.
It is the right place to try meditation and take some yoga lessons, listen to the monks chanting prayers in the monastery, or watch their lively debates at the temple.

Yoga centers – Universal Yoga center,

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre

Himalayan Iyengar Yoga Centre

Yoga tour of India is such a perfect combination of revitalization of mind and simultaneously seeing new places.

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A glance of paradise – Simhasth Kumbh Mela 2016

Ujjain! As soon as we hear the name, a sense of spirituality raises its head inside our mind. This city is reputed for the grandeur associated with the Kumbh Mela celebrated here after every 12 years. Ujjain is situated at the centre of India, on the banks of river Kshipra, where bathing for purification from sin takes places. Over the years Ujjain has witnessed this Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv. The next Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv is going to be held in 2016.


Pilgrims Bathing In Sacred Shipra River, Kumbh Mela Ujjain

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Naga Sadhus Bathing In Sacred Shipra River, Kumbh Mela Ujjain

Kumbh fair is a gathering of Hindu mass celebrated at the river Kshipra. It is believed that all the sins of the peoples will be washed away if you take a holy dip in this holy river during the Kumbh Mela.

Kumbh mela is the most sacred of all the pilgrimage of Hindus. The most important event of the Kumbh mela is religious bathing in the river in which ever city it is being held. Naked saints or Sadhus can be seen during Kumbh mela other activities include religious gathering of holy men and women, religious discussion and devotional singing.


Naga Sadhus – Simhasth Kumbh Mela, Ujjain

There are two types of Kumbh Mela celebrated in India, The Ardh (half) Kumbh and Purna (Complete) Kumbh. The Ardh Kumbh is celebrated every six years while Purna Kumbh is celebrated every twelve years. The Ardh Kumbh takes place in Haridwar and Allahabad where Purna Kumbh takes place in four places Haridwar, Allahabad, Ujjain and Nashik.

Naga Sadhus – Simhasth Kumbh Mela, Ujjain

Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv event is completely depends on planetary motion of planet Jupiter and the Sun. When Jupiter and the sun both fall in zodiac Scorpio the fair is held in Ujjain. Their auspicious dates for bathing in every Kumbh are calculated well before according to a special astrological combination of sun, moon and Jupiter.

In this year 2016 Ujjain is going to host the Simhasth Kumbh Mahaparv. So do not miss the opportunity to purify your soul and remove all your sins.



Yogi Babas during Ujjain Kumbh Mela

According to the history Kumbh mela is originated from the story of Samudra Manthan or Churning of ocean of Milk, between Gods and demons. During churning when Kumbh of nectar appeared, the flight between Gods and demons had begun in the sky for twelve days and twelve nights. During the battle, Lord Vishnu incarnates as Mohini-Murthi appeared and tooka way the Kumbh of nectar. While running away with the Kumbh of nectar pouring drops of amrita at four places Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. That show Kumbh mela is celebrated in four places.


Sadhu performing Yoga during in Ujjain Kumbh Mela

Simhastha 2016 will begin on 22nd of April and will continue till 21st of May. People come from all over the world to join the Kumbh fair to see the rituals.

Ujjain (Simhastha) Mahakumbh 2016 Schedule

Mahakumbh ommence 22nd April 2016 (Friday)

Pancheshani Yatra during 01st to 05th May 2016

Vaishakh Krishna Amavasya 06th May 2016 (Friday)

Shukla Tritiya 09th May 2016 (Monday)

Shukla Panchami 11th May 2016 (Wednesday)

Mohini Ekadashi 17th May 2016 (Tuesday)

Pradosh 19th May 2016 (Thursday)

Poornima 21st May 2016 (Saturday)

So come and dipped your soul in the holy water of the river Shipra.

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Durga Puja-The Real Sole Of Hindus

This is the time when hot summer completely says goodbye and a pleasant wheather arise in India. End of the September brings delight, hopes, joy and happiness in Indian. It is the time when festival knocks the door of Indians. Magical colors of festivals are the breath of India. Festival time is starting for the divine nine days that are known as Navratra or Durga Puja. Durga Puja is celebrated by the all parts of the society of India whether it is slum area or a royal street.

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Durga Puja is celebrated in all over the India with different custom and style. Durga Puja is the nine days festival during these nine day people offering worships and fast of nine days.These nine days people enjoy very much with the divine feeling of trust and faith on spiritual power.



It is believe of Hindus that goddess Durga emerged from energies of the  most powerful Hindu gods and the supreme trinity of Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma to vanquish the evil demon Mahishasura who never be defeated by any powerful man or god.In the ancient and divine language of India ,Sanskrit the meaning of Durga is “the inaccessible” or “the impenetrable”. Goddess Durga regarded as the Parvati.wife of Lord shiva. People worships of the goddess Durga idols .The goddess Durga idols is the idol of very beautiful and powerful woman with a third eye on her forehead, carrying weapons in her ten hands and riding on the lion.


“Sindur Khela” at Durga Puja in West Bengal

Durga Puja is widely celebrated in the various Indian states of  Bihar ,Assam, Jharkhand, Odisha, Tripura Manipur, and West Bengal, where it is a five-day annual holiday. In Tripura and West Bengal,which has a majority of Bengali Hindus, it is the  festival of the year. Not only is it the Hindu festival celebrated throughout the nation, it is also the most valuable socio-cultural event in Bengali society. Apart from eastern India, Durga Puja is also celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kashmir, Kerala and Karnataka.



Devotees immerse the idols of Goddess Durga in the Hooghly river in Kolkata

Kolkata is widely renowned for its fish market and Durga Puja. The traditional city Kolkata enjoys most during the Durga puja. The whole Kolkata city will be decked out like a beautiful new bride. Lights, colors, songs and dance spread fragrance of joy in this city. Durga Puja is the most divine and precious festival of the Bengalis.


Durga Puja celebration in Gujarat

In Gujarat, Durga Puja is celebrated in spectacular color of joy. Dandiya Dance or Garba dance makes this festival awesome. Gujarati People enjoyed a lot this time of a festival with the charm of Dandiya dance. Devotion, colorful Pandals (temporary place of worships during festival), traditional dresses, devotional songs and delicious dishes are the attraction of this festival.

It has been listed as the biggest festival in Asia, in terms of devotion,  money as well as the number of people involved in putting together the spectacular show. The real charm of Hindu religions, culture, beliefs, colors of Indians only can see during the Durga Puja.

Now it’s the time when Hindu people waiting and starts the frenzy preparation of this delightful festival.The festival time of Durga Puja starts from the last week of  September to till 4 first week of the October onwards.


Kanwar Yatra-An Incredible Journey Devoted To The Lord Shiva

Kanwarias On The Way

Kanwarias -On The Way

Kanwar or KanvarYatra is an annual pilgrimage or a festival of Lord Shiva devotees. Devotees from different parts of country visit to Gangotri , Gaumukh and Haridwar. They cover a large distance by walking barefoot and bring the holy water Ganga from these sacred places. The devotees who are a part of this divine Yatra (journey) are called as Kanwarias. This name is derived from word ‘Kanvar’. Kanwar or Kanvar means a single dedicated pole with two ends and each end hanging two pots to carry water. It is generally carried on the shoulder.

The Yatra takes place throughout the sacred month of Shravan (Saavan) (July -August), in keeping with the Hindu calendar.



The purpose of this Yatra is to bring the holy water of Ganga from pilgrimage places like Haridwar,Gangotri and Gaumukh. This sacred water of Ganga is brought back to their native villages or city and offered to the Lord Shiva’s linga in the local temples. Pouring of water on the divine linga of Lord Shiva is known as Abhishekam. Saffron clad Kanwarias dedicate whole monsoon season to the worships of Lord Shiva. There is a rule for Kanwar Yatra , Kanwariyan can not put their Kanwars on the earth.

Kanwarias with Ganga Water Pots

Kanwarias with Ganga Water Pots

Kanwarias With Decorated Kanwars

Kanwarias With Decorated Kanwars

A Lady Carrying Kanwar

A Lady Carrying Kanwar

Kanwarias  At Bank Of  The Holy River Ganga

Kanwarias At Bank Of The Holy River Ganga

Now a days devotees are traveling to a nearest place by vehicle, and then starting the rest Yatra on foot from there. Those who are terribly far away from Haridwar ,Gangotri ,Gaumukh or other big pilgrimage take up the Yatra to a local river or pond and fetch the water in their Kanwar and then offer to the Ling of the Lord Shiva.

There are many mythologies which are related to the Kanwar Yatra.Some mythologies are here:

  • Kanwar Yatra started by the Lord Rama in Treta Yuga.when Lord Rama had brought the holy water of river Ganga in the Kanwar from Sultanganj and poured that on the Ling of Lord Shiva at Babadham.
  • When the Samundra Manthan (churning of the oceans) took place in the month of  Sawan and fourteen amazing things came out then thirteen of them were divided among the demons, deities and demigod except the dangerous poison i.e. known as Halahal.For the saving of all Lord Shiva drank the poison and stored that in his throat thereafter all gods offered the holy and cold water of river Ganga to Lord Shiva to reduce the bad effect of poison. This Manthan was happened in the month of Sawan, since then the devotees started Kanwar Yatra to offer the holy water of Ganga to the Lord Shiva.
  • It is also a believe that demon king Ravana also brought the holy water of river Ganga from Haridwar and furnished to Lord Shiva at the local Shiva temples.
A Kanwaria Touching the Wall Of Temple

A Kanwaria Touching the Wall Of Temple

Linga Of Lord Shiva

Linga Of Lord Shiva(Shivlinga)

This year,the Kanwar Yatra 2014 has started from 13 July. It is the sanctified and blessed month to worshiping Lord Shiva. Furnishing Ganga Jal Abhishekam and taking fast during this month showers miraculous benefits of the devotees. It is one of the beliefs of Hindu religion that the worship of Lord Shiva during Shravan month is pondered 108 times more effective than worshipping during another day. Worshiping Lord Shiva with Ganga water is a way to seek Moksha(freedom from the cycle of death and rebirth).

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Rath Yatra 2014 In Puri-A zealous and Religious Journey with Lord Jagannath

The Three Sacred Chariots

The Three Sacred Chariots

The most awaited car festival or Rath Yatra 2014 will held on the 29th June 2014 in Puri.It is also known as the Chariot festival .It is the most important yearly festival of Hindus. It is a colorful festival of Puri in which millions of devotees from the various region of India and also from aboard take place. It is the beliefs of Hindus the participation of this festival brings them to heaven.

Painted Elephants Ready To Welcome Of Chariots

Painted Elephants Ready To Welcome Of Chariots

Three Lords In Chariot

Three Lords In Chariot

A Devotee On Chariot

A Devotee On Chariot

The three Rath or chariots are the main highlights of the Rath Yatra.These three chariot pulled by the strings. One of the chariot dedicated to Lord Jagannath, another one devoted to Balabhadra’s and the third one dedicated to Subhadra.Lord Jagannath ‘s chariot is 45.6 feet high and moved on the 18 wheels,this chariot called Nandighosa. The chariot of Balbhadra’s is made 45 feet high and it has 16 wheels.Balabhadra’s chariot referred as Taladhvaja. Devadalana is the name of the Subhadra’s chariot. The height of the chariot is 44.6 feet and it has 14 wheels. All chariots made of wood and decorated with various colors and designs.

Decoration of Deities

Decoration of Deities

‘Snana Pumima’marks the starting of this festival.On this auspicious day the three deities-Lord Jagannath(Lord Krishna),Lord Balabhadra(Elder Brother of Lord Krishna) and Devi Subhadra(Sister of Lord Krishna) take a divine prolonged bath on a sacred platform known as ‘Snana Bedi”.After this holy bath of all three deities ,they put in an isolation place for 15 days. This 15 days time period is know as ‘Anabasara’.During this 15 days period no public worship is performed and after this isolation period .the three deities come out of the temple and board with colorful chariots.

Rangoli On The Path of Sacred Chariot

Rangoli On The Path of Sacred Chariot

Devotees Pulling The Rope Of Chariot

Devotees Pulling The Rope Of Chariot

Devotees Performing Songs In Jagannath Rath Yatra Ceremony

Devotees Performing Songs In Jagannath Rath Yatra Ceremony

Chhera pahara is the most famous ritual associated with the Jagannath Puri Rath Yatra 2014. During the festival, the King sweeps all around the chariots and deities. He then cleanses the road with a broom (gold-handled) and sprinkles sandalwood powder and water. This ritual is held for two days, very firstly on the Rath Yatra Puri when the three deities go to their aunt’s house, where the deities enjoy nine day stay and enjoyed the sweets of rice.

A single glance of Lord Jagannatha on the chariot is pondered to be very auspicious and poets, saints, and scriptures have repeatedly dignified the purity of this special festival. The significance of the sacred festival is such that even a single touch of the chariots of deities or even the ropes of chariot with which these are pulled is considered enough to endow the results of several holy deeds or austerity for ages. The Car Festival is one of the world’s most incredible spectacles.





Religious Boon to India- Varanasi

India is a country of different religion and culture. It can be clearly seen in the number of pilgrimage sites by which India is truly blessed. A lot of tourists plan their holidays just to experience the cultural diversity of the country. Various sacred pilgrimage destinations having utmost importance of culture, tradition and religion is the main centre of attraction in Indian tourism. The tradition and culture of the medieval age are still being practiced in the country with same value and respect. The spiritual power and religious harmony make the tourists realize that there is nothing, which can be compared to it. Every corner of the country has something to offer to its travelers in the terms of religion, culture and tradition and what is best about these holy shrines is that these are not limited to a particular religion or community. It shows that there is unity in diversity.


A Panoramic Night View Of Bank Of Holy River Ganga

One of the oldest sanctified religious places in India is Varanasi. It is believed that once Varanasi was the home of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. It is the vital pilgrimage destination of Hindus. Famous worldwide for its culture and heritage, Varanasi is situated on the bank of holy river Ganges, in Uttar Pradesh. It is also known as Banaras, Kashi, Ramya, Avimuktaka, Surandhana, etc. It is believed that who takes a dip in the holy river is free from all of his sins. Visiting this place can distil your mind and soul. This pious land attracts pilgrimages from all over the world. Varanasi, known as The City of Temples, Holy City of India, Religious Capital of India, City of Lights, Oldest City on Earth and City of Learning, is also known for its educational aspect as there are four universities here.


Ganga  Pooja Offering By Priests


Ganga Aarti At Varanasi


Diyas In Ganga

There is a number of Hindu temples, Jain temples, ashrams, etc. to visit. A visit to this saintly land will give you peace and some beautiful memories to cherish for life. The city is full of about 100 ghats, which are used basically for bathing and cremation. The most pleasant scene of the place is its evening Aarti, where people leave lots of diyas in water of river Ganges. It is a very lovely and enjoyable sight as the light of these diyas in the dark nights forms a beautiful view.

Vishwanath Temple

Kashi  Vishwanath Temple


Durga Temple In Evening

The temples of Varanasi are a prominent feature of the city. Tourists are always lured by the architectural beauty of these temples. Devotees offer their prayers and chant the mantras here. As mentioned earlier, the evening aarti make the whole ambience to remember all your life. The sound of bells and the hymns of priests are not to be missed. Some of the famous temples are Sankat MochanTemple, Vishwanath Temple, Tulsi Manas Temple and DurgaTemple, etc. Not to forget the ghats of the city are the stairs along with the river where different rituals are performed. Famous ghats in Varanasi are Dasaswamedha Ghat, Assi Ghat, Manikarnika Ghat, Hanuman Ghat, Dandi Ghat and Bachraj Ghat.

Sanctifying Ourselves

Diwali Festival at Ganga

In addition, due to the celebration of different vibrant festivals and colourful fairs, Varanasi is the centre of attraction in Indian Tourism. The various festivals celebrated here is Ganga Festival, Kartik Purnima, Buddha Purnima, Mahashivratri, Hanuman Jayanti, Dhrupad Mela, Panch Koshi Parikarma, etc. If you are planning a religious tour to India, Varanasi is a must visit, which will take you to the spiritual side of the country.

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