Over the weekend, we received an email with information we’d been awaiting anxiously: Word of the next Namarupa Yatra.
Robert Moses, co-founder of the magazine with Eddie Stern, had dropped a few hints our way about when and where the trip might be: Summer of 2014, the Himalayas. That was about all we needed to know to be on board.
The details about the trip, the Yatra Divine that “will honor the three main strains of devotion in India,” turned out to be even better.
I asked Robert if we could share the broad outlines, and he said yes. So here they are:
Saivites, Vaishnavites and Shaktas.Bathe in Ganga at Ganga Sagar, Varanasi, Haridwar and DevaprayagYatris can venture on the whole Yatra or choose section One or Two.Brief itinerary preview.First Section: 24 June 2014We will start in Kolkotta, spend a few days in the Kolkotta area having darshan of Kali and sacred places connected to the great saint Ramakrishna.We will then head down to Puri to witness the very largest most awesome Chariot Festival of all – Lord Jaganath, Lord Balaram and Devi Subhadra summer vacation procession! We will also visit Konark and other temples in Puri area.Then it is on to Varanasi by air to worship Lord Viswanath, Devi Annapurna, boat along the Ganga and just be in this most ancient of all cities.And on to Delhi.Second Section: July 4, 2014Delhi to Haridwar and darshan of Ganga at Hari-Ki-Puri, great bazaar and visit surrounding area temples.Then we will head on up into the Himalayas – Bathe at the confluence of the Bhagirathi and Alaknanda rivers at Devaprayag, visit Gaurikund, darshan of Lord Siva at Kedarnath, Rudraprayag, darshan of Lord Vishnu at Badrinath and back down to Rishikesh.We will return to Delhi on July 16 for flights home.
- Our trip was remarkably smooth and worry-free (given it is India!), thanks in no small part to Robert and the inimitable Radhakunda Das. I won’t lie. Probably 18% of the pull to return is the opportunity to be with Radhakun again. He’s one of those people you just have to meet in this life. (Robert happens to be another.)
- You’re an Ashtangi? Worried about your practice suffering? No worries! You likely can count on having two authorized teachers along: Kate O’Donnell and Barry Silver.
- We’re bringing it to your attention now so you can begin planning and saving, just as we are.
If you are interested, I am sure you can get more information from Robert at the Namarupa contact page. You also can read up there about other, past Yatras.
Our trip truly was life-altering. We cannot urge you to go strongly enough. If you are feeling a pull to Mother India, this is a great way to answer the call.