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2021 : JAN 7, 21, 28. FEB 3, 10, 24. MAR 11, 18, 25.APR 8, 22. MAY 6, 13. JUN 3, 17. JUL 8, 22. AUG 5, 19. SEP 2, 16. OCT 14, 28. NOV 4, 11, 25. DEC 2, 9, 16.
2022 ; JAN 7, 21, 28. FEB 3, 10, 24. MAR 11, 18, 25.
NOTE: This above tentative itinerary is for your reference only. Final itinerary will be issued only after the confirmation of Air tickets/ Hotel Bookings.
Departure from Bengaluru airport to Varanasi , Reach Varanasi airport, Transfer to Hotel. Afternoon Varanasi Mandir darshan – Durga mandir, Kavadebai, Birla mandir(B.H.U), Kala Bhairava, visit Saranath, where Gautama Bhuddha first time preached, Night halt at Varanasi.
Morning departure to Prayagaraj. Holy bath in Triveni Sangama, Ganga – Yamuna – Saraswati. Veni Dana, Ganga pooja, Pitrukarya etc. Afternoon visit Shankara mandapam, Hanuman mandir, Nehru Anand Bhavan etc. Night halt at Prayagraj.
Morning departure to Ayodhya. Holy bath in Sarayu river, Visit Ramajanma bhoomi, Rama pattabhi shekham, Kanaka bhavan, Hanuman Gaddi. Night halt at Ayodhya.
Morningafter break fast proceed to Bodh Gaya In the evening Bodhgaya visit Mahabodhi temple – Buddha enlightened place, If time permit some Bhuddhist temples. Night halt at Bodhgaya.
Morning proceed to Vishnupada mandir darshan, Pitrukarya (opt.). Dep to Varanasi later in the Evening reach Varanasi . Night halt at Varanasi
Morning holy bath in Ganga, Pithrukarya , Vishwanath, Vishalakshi, Annapoorna darshan, Shopping & Gangarathi. Night halt at Varanasi.
Morning after Breakfast at Hotel, Transfer to Varanasi airport for return journey to Bangalore .
|Prayaga ( Allahabad) :|
|It is said and believed that it is one of the four sacred spots where a few drops of the nectar ‘Amritha” spilled while it was carried by Lord Maha Vishnu during the episode of Ksheera Sagara Madhanam. The other three are Haridwar, Nasik, and Ujjain. These four places are called theerthas and considered holy by the Hindus. Prayaga is also know as Prayagraj is a holy pilgrim place for Hindus. The sacred union (confluence) of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati make is more special. It becomes a center of attraction for hundreds and thousands of religious travelers after every twelve years when it hosts the famous Kumbh Mela. It stands as one of the greatest tourist attractions . People perform Venidana and Pitrukarya on the banks of the sacred river here.|
|Bodh Gaya :|
|Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple Complex in Gaya district in the Indian state of Bihar. It is famous for being the place where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained Enlightenment (Bodhimandala). For Buddhists, Bodh Gaya is the most important of the main four pilgrimage sites related to the life of Gautama Buddha, the other three being Kushinagar, Lumbini, and Sarnath.|
|It’s second largest city of Bihar ,situated on the banks of Phalguni river, famous for Buddhist and Hindu piligrims. Gaya derives its name from the mythological demon Gayasur Lord Vishnu killed Gayasur, the demon by using the pressure of his foot on him. This incident transformed Gayasur into the series of rocky hills that make up the landscape of the Gaya city. Gaya was so holy that he had the power to absolve the sins of those who touched him or looked at him; after his death many people have flocked to Gaya to perform Shraddha sacrifices on his body to absolve the sins of their ancestors.
Gaya is significant to Hindus from the point of view of salvation to the souls of ancestors (a ritual called pinda daan). According to Ramayana, Lord Rama came to Gaya along with Sita for pitripaksha (or to perform pindadanam). While Lord Rama had gone to have his bath before offering this pindadanam, his father King Dasharath’s hands appeared and a voice spoke to Sita asking her to offer the pindam herself, as the King was very hungry. Moved by this, Sita prepared pindams out of sand, and offered them herself to the hands that appeared to receive them. After some time, Lord Rama came back and started performing the rites. When it was time to give the pindadanam, he was surprised and pained to see his father’s not receiving it. Sita then explained what had occurred. She called for the river Falgu, a Brahman standing nearby, cow, and a banyan tree nearby as a witness to this miraculous occurrence.
Except for the banyan tree that supported her, rest of them denied her story – Brahman had a greed for more money as offerings, river Falgu in a wish to receive more offerings from Lord Ram, and the cow in awe of the Lord. So, Sita cursed the three liars. Ramayana states that on account of this curse, Falgu River lost its water, and the river is simply a vast stretch of sand dunes. At the same time Sita blessed a banyan tree to be immortal. This tree is known as Akshyavat. Akshyavat is combination of two words Akshya (which never decay) and Vat (Banyan tree). Once a year banyan trees shed leaves, but this particular tree never sheds its leaves which keeps it green even in times of drought.
|Varanasi (Kashi) :|
|Varanasi derives its name from Varuna & Asi rivers. Varanasi also known as Kashi, Banaras is the holy city and pilgrim place for Hindus. Hindus believe that death at Varanasi brings salvation. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and the oldest in India. Varanasi is the cultural, spiritual and commercial centre since ages of Indian history. Banaras Hindu University is the one of the largest residential University of Asia.|
|Holy bath in Ganga ( Ganga Ghats):|
|Varanasi has nearly 100 ghats. Among the famous and the oldest of these are the Dashashwamegha Ghat, the Manikarnika Ghat and the Harishchandra Ghat. Dashashwamedh Ghat is located close to Vishwanath Temple, and is probably the most spectacular ghat. Two Hindu mythologies are associated with it: According to one, Lord Brahma created it to welcome Lord Shiva. According to another, Lord Brahma sacrificed ten horses in a yajna here. A group of priests daily perform in the evening at this ghat “Agni Pooja” (Worship to Fire) wherein a dedication is made to Lord Shiva, River Ganges, Surya (Sun), Agni (Fire), and the whole universe.
Story behind the Ghats:
|Vishwanatha, Vishalakshi & Annapurna Temples:|
|It is the ambition of each Hindu to have darshan of Kashi vishwanath/ Vishweshwara in his life time. Being one of the 12 jyoghirlingas Vishwanath Temple has the highest number of devotees than other jyothirlingas. After having the darshan of Vishwanath, have darshan of Goddess Vishalakshi & Annapurna in the same complex.|
|Kalabhairava Mandira :|
|It is the ancient temple of Varanasi near the Head Post Office, VishesharGanj. God KalBhairav is believed as “Kotwal Of Varanasi” , without his permission no one can stay in Kashi.|
|BANARAS HINDU UNIVERSITY|
|One can have darshan and puja of Lord Vishwanatha in the premises of Banaras Hindu University, a modern place of worship planned by Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya and built by the Birlas. Open to all, irrespective of caste or creed.|
|Tulsi Manas Mandir|
|Constructed by family of Varanasi, this modern temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. It is situated at the place Where Tulisdas, the great medieval seer, lived and wrote the epic “Shri Ramcharitmanas”, which narrates the life of Lord Rama, the hero of the Ramayana. Verses from Tulidas’s epic are inscribed on the walls. It is just nearby to Durga Temple.|
|Besides the Assi river stream, on the way of Durga Temple to Banaras Hindu Temple this well known temple of Lord Hanuman is situated. Lord Hanuman is also known as “Sankatmochan” the god who protects from the troubles. This temple is founded by Goswami Tulsidas. This temple is also known as “Monkey” temple, as lot of monkeys are there inside the premises.|
|DURGA TEMPLE :|
|Commonly called the ‘Monkey temple’, it was built in the 18th century. Although it is one of the best-known temple. There is nice stonework done of the temple , it is the nice example of NAGRA Shilp. Godess DURGA is believed as the symbol of Strength and Power which govern the entire world. There is a pond adjacent to the temple called “Durgakund”.|
|Saranath is the deer park where Gautama Buddha first taught the Dharma, and where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment ofKondanna. Sarnath is located 13 kilometres north-east of Varanasi, in Uttar Pradesh, India.
Ayodhya also known as Saket,is an ancient city of India, believed to be the birthplace of Rama and setting of the epic Ramayana. It is adjacent to Faizabad city at the south end in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Ayodhya used to be the capital of the ancient Kosala Kingdom. It has an average elevation of 93 meters (305 feet). Owing to the belief as the birthplace of Rama, Ayodhya has been regarded as one of the seven most important pilgrimage sites (Saptapuri) for Hindus. It is believed that the birth spot of Rama was marked by a temple, which was demolished by the orders of the Mughal emperor Babur and a mosque erected in its place. The Ayodhya dispute concerns the activism by the Hindu groups to rebuild a Rama’s temple at the site. Ayodhya is on the right bank of the river Sarayu, 8;km from Faizabad. This town is closely associated with Rama, seventh incarnation of Vishnu. According to the Ramayana, the city is 9,000 years old and was founded by Manu, the first man (first woman was Shatarupa) in the universe according to the Vedas.Other sources hold that it was founded by its namesake, King Ayudh. It was said to be the capital of the Solar dynasty, of which Rama was the most celebrated king. At the time it was known as Kaushaldesa. Skanda Purana and other puranas list Ayodhya as one of the seven most sacred cities of India, as it has been the backdrop for much of Hindu scripture. Today it is predominantly a religious destination with its historical significance and sacred temples. The Atharvaveda described Ayodhya as “a city built by God and being prosperous as paradise itself.