The Night of Shiva –
South India Tour to the Festival of Shivaratri
Date: 26/02 -09/03/2019
Location: Tiruvannamalai & South India
Price per person: €1,790
Magical India: Experience Enlightenment and Healing
Spiritual tours to India are a very unique and wonderful opportunity to discover an entirely new world. The many different aspects offered by the subcontinent makes India both fascinating, and yet also polarising for travelers. While most touristic travels touch only the ‘outer’ India, a truly spiritual tour opens up completely new perspectives and a different world view. Not only does this create the settings for transformation of the soul, it also grants the traveler extraordinarily positive vibrations, known as Shakti. It really is both an inner and outer journey of discovery!
Power places full of vigorous energy, extraordinary encounters with the wisest sages, and receiving highest spiritual wisdom await you during this unique and magical 12 day tour with Bharati and Balakrishna. We offer you some very special experiences, including encounters with Siddhas and yogis focused traditionally and entirely on the divine energy, as well as exploring the cosmic powers of humanity.
During this tour, I (Bharati) will share my many years of transformational spiritual knowledge with you all. If you decide to join us, then you opt for a time of magnificent spiritual power (Shakti), thus opening your soul to an outstanding and very special spiritual experience.
The Night of Shiva – The Festival of Shivaratri
The highlight of this tour will be the feast of Shivaratri. Shivaratri, or Mahashivaratri, is one of the most important holidays in the Hindu calendar, and it is a powerful day energetically, being the highest festival, the Holiest Night. As the holy mountain of Arunachala in Tiruvannamalai holds the energies of Shiva, this place is one of the most powerful in all of India to celebrate Shivaratri. We will celebrate this holy night in a very special way, with fire rituals, many temple visits and especially a visit to the great temple of Shiva.
This video gives a wonderful impression of what you might expect to experience:
Itinerary for the South of India Tour at Shivaratri
We’ll start out in Tiruvannamalai. The little town lies at the foot of the holy mountain Arunachala, which is considered to be a manifestation of Shiva. Until 1950 Sri Ramana Maharshi lived here, who was considered to be one of the most famous sages and representatives of the Advaita-Vedanta during the 20th century.
Our Ashram, named Divine Light Temple, is located in Tiruvannamalai near the Arunachala. Many people come here every day (and especially at the time of a full moon), on a pilgrimage to circumnavigate the Arunachala (Pradakshina) – wow, what an energy! Surprisingly, we are very fortunate to have found a quiet Ashram in this location, with a wonderful yoga hall next door. The perfect venue for our group travel. More on that below.
From Tiruvannamalai, we will travel to powerful places where special encounters with extraordinary Yogis are possible. We will take you to incredible places that are not usually seen by tourists, or even many locals. Ayya, who spent eleven years living in a cave, neither eating nor speaking, will lead us to secret places full of spiritual vibrations. Many more highlights await you on this journey, as well as Satsangs with Bharati, Bhajan singing, and fire pujas – all are a most enjoyable part of our programme. However, the absolute highlight is Shivaratri, the night of Shiva…
Once upon a time the wedding ceremony of Lord Shiva and the goddess Parvati took place, and so this became known as the Night of Shiva, or Shivaratri. Most Hindu festivals are celebrated during the day, but Shivaratri is different, because it is celebrated at night, and on this holisest of nights millions of Indians dedicate themselves completely to the deity Shiva; the mind is stilled, and many rituals are held. Part of this is involves staying awake throughout the entire night, while fasting and singing mantras. Then after a night spent in pure thoughts of Shiva, one is considered to be purified and set free the next morning.
This is the absolute highlight of our trip and we will celebrate it in a very special way, including with fire rituals (pujas) and visits to many temples, especially the great Temple of Shiva.
On the 9th of March 2019 our journey ends.
Be open to extraordinary experiences!
During our travels it is important to follow the energy, and therefore changes of plans are possible at any time. I am connected to very special people and places in India. When we are traveling in a group it may be that the vibrations become so strong that the group spontaneously changes their plans, occasionally even leaving out a lunch.
If we accept it, we often experience very surprising divine dispensations. So please be open and flexible if you want to be part of this journey. The Divine always acts beyond the mind – on the level of the soul and the heart.
For the duration of the trip, you will stay at the wonderful and most beautiful hotel in Tiruvannamalai, the Sparsa Resort Hotel. The hotel was awarded as one of the most environmentally friendly hotels in the world and is located at the foot of Arunachala. The holy mountain Arunachala is deemed a manifestation of Shiva and attracts many pilgrims.
In addition to an intensive energy process, we can enjoy the spectacular swimming pool, the wellness center and many other amenities. The hotel restaurant is purely vegetarian and you’ll have the chance to sample an exquisite menu of Ayurvedic cuisine.
As an extra bonus, the hotel is including breakfast in our package! All other meals each day will be paid for yourselves. Incidentally, a raw food diet or fasting with juices are possible if desired.
Dates and pricing for this unique tour to South India
Travel dates: 26th February – 9th March 2019
Price per person is €1,790 including accommodation in a double room, breakfast in the hotel and transport during the tour. Travel to/from the destination in India, meals after breakfast and entrance fees are NOT included and are to be paid by the participants themselves. (We recommend having a credit card with you.) The single room supplement is €55.
Further costs, e.g. for Puja material, flowers and donations to the shrines, may be incurred by the individual.
Here you will find information about the hotel and the other very special accommodation in a temple (german, please translate with google translator) The hotel is very clean and well kept, there is a nice outdoor pool.
- Reduction for couples: €250 per couple
- Early bird discount: €90 for registration until 31.08.2018
- Children up to 5 years are free
- Children from 6 up to 12 years pay 50%