Thursdays are considered Guru day. This is a time for deep reflection. Students are encouraged to work on self-study in order to gain a better understanding of the lessons and apply them to their personal experiences. Classes conclude at lunch and students have the remaining day to practice meditation and study while also attending the nightly Ganga Aarti, scheduling their complimentary Ayurvedic massage, and go white water rafting.
Every evening, as dusk descends, it's time for the Ganga Aarti to be performed at the three holy cities of Haridwar, Rishikesh and Varanasi. It's a very powerful and uplifting spiritual ritual which includes a fire ceremony, a kirtan celebration and the offerings to the river Ganga.
Ayurvedic massage therapy for healing and detoxifying Body, Mind and Spirit helps stress reduction and is implemented therapy with herbal oils. It incorporates an aromatic combination of oils prepared with herbs warmed and blended to your Dosha type. It is a very dynamic and unique experience.
Bharat Mandir Temple is the temple of lord Vishnu and is many of thousands of years old. Some parts were destroyed by the Muslim invaders but the traditional sanskrit school still operates there today. There is a Banyon tree that is approximately three thousands years old and is a very sacred place for Hindus to pray and meditate in. Our students will be able to enjoy a meditation experience there and also get to learn about its history in the museum.
The Ganga with its many ghats, spiritual stupas, and riverside ashrams is one of the most unique places to experience white water rafting. Flowing through our ancient city, the holy waters of the Ganga allows participants a unique way to enjoy a bit of adrenalin fuelled adventure with the serenity of the sacred river.
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