Andra Pradesh and Telangana pilgrimage, India

Thursday, Jan 31, 2019 11:00 h
to Saturday, Feb 9, 2019 21:00 h
Andra Pradesh, Telangana
India
Paramahamsa Vishwananda
€ 3000
Event fully booked.

Description

Devotion to the Guru is the most sacred abode. All other holy places are of no consequence. O, Goddess, all centres of pilgrimage, in fact, lie in the Guru's Feet, nay, just in one of His toes.

Sri Guru Gita, verse 174

So imagine when you go on pilgrimage with the Master! How much punya is that?

Paramahamsa Vishwananda

Join us on a very exciting and new sacred Pilgrimage with Paramahamsa Vishwananda as we explore East India, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana! 

Bhadrachalam

This pilgrimage is meant for all who love and feel a special connection to the Lord Shri Narasimha Dev and Lord Rama. We will be visiting numerous sacred places where the Lord manifested Himself to receive His blessings and protection. These holy shrines are famous and most loved and revered by all Vaishnavites. 

Guruji particularly wanted to visit the Hindhu temples situated in Simhachalam as well as Bhadrachalam, dedicated to Narasimha Dev and Lord Rama. Simhachalam is one of the 18 Narasimha Dev kshetras, which is an important site to visit for all His devotees. 

The Sthala Purana of Simhachalam recounts the history of the great devotee Prahlada Maharaja and his demonic father, Hiranyakashipu. After many unsuccessful attempts to kill Sri Prahlada, Hiranyakashipu orders, as a last resort, to hurl Sri Prahlada into the sea and place a huge mountain over him. The servants chose to do this at Simhachalam. But before they could finish, Narayana rescued Prahlada by jumping over the hill and lifting him from the sea. Simhachalam, therefore, is the place where the Lord rescued Prahlada. It is also said that since the Lord jumped at once to rescue Prahlada, the Lord’s lotus feet went into Patala. The local Sthala Purana says that the Darshana of Lord’s lotus feet is available only to inhabitants of Patala Loka.

At Prahlada’s request, the Lord then assumed the form of the Varaha Narasimha Deity, so that Prahlada could see both aspects of the Lord - the one by which He had already killed Hiranyaksha and the one by which He would soon kill Hiranyakashipu.

After the death of Hiranyakashipu, Prahlada built a temple around the Deity. It is said that after Prahlada handed over the kingdom to his son, he worshipped the deity personally. However at the end of Satya Yuga, owing to neglect perhaps, a huge anthill gathered around the Deity. But at the beginning of another yuga the Deity was rediscovered by Pururava, the king of the lunar dynasty, who is mentioned in the Ninth Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam.

Varaha Narasimha Swamy

Riding with his wife, Urvashi, in an aerial chariot over the hills of the South, Pururava was drawn by a mysterious power to Simhachalam. Some say that Narasimhadeva had appeared in Pururava’s dream and then he went to Simhachalam and he discovered the deity in a Garden of Malati trees. Nonetheless, he discovered the Deity and cleared the earth around Him. Pururava then heard a voice from the sky which told him to cover the Deity with sandal paste, worship the Lord in this form, and expose Him only once a year, on the day of Chandana yatra. Following this instruction, Pururava covered the Deity with sandal pulp equal to the earth he had removed, worshiped the Deity, and rebuilt the temple, which has flourished ever since.

SImhachalam therefore is considered to be as important to visit for all the Shri Narasimha Dev devotees, as Ahobilam is.

We will also have the opportunity with Guruji’s Grace to meet and receive blessing of some of the Saints in the area.

But most importantly, we will be entering these sacred places along with our beloved Satguru Paramahamsa Vishwananda, whose Grace alone opens our awareness to the Divine, making this pilgrimage a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where we experience an inward pilgrimage into our hearts. So come, enjoy and bathe yourself in the presence and Grace of the Master as we explore ancient India and, of course, ourselves! 

Paramahamsa Vishwananda during safari

The travel includes:

  • Group transportations during the pilgrimage in India, including local train and local flight (any individual transportations are not included)
  • Overnight stays in hotel with attached bathroom
  • 3 meals a day
  • 2 water bottles a day
  • Visit to sacred sites and temples with Paramahamsa Vishwananda
  • Tour guidance

Not included in travel price:

  • International flights
  • Beverages
  • Tips
  • Health care insurance for travel

The pilgrimage will start in Chennai on the 31 January in the morning in the Chennai airport, and will end on the 9th February evening n Chennai. If desired participants can stay one more day for shopping in Chennai.

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Registration details

Guruji allowed registration to be open till 30th of November 2018. But the quicker you register, the more chance to get in the pilgrimage. We will let you know about your participation latest by 10th of December.

After Swami decides that you can join this Pilgrimage, you will have to make a prepayment of 1500 euro. In case you can't come the first payment is not refundable.

Second payment will be upon arrival in India.

Please register only, if you are able to pay the full amount upon the start of the pilgrimage.

Contact

If you have any questions about the event or registration, please, contact us: india-pilgrimages [at] bhaktimarga.org