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Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Shaktypat Retreat and Yatra to the holy cities of Haridwar and Varanasi


A yatra/pilgrimage to the holiest city of the Kumbh Mela in India, Haridwar and Benares (Varanasi) City of Lights.  I have travelled to India many times since 2009, with groups, on my own and also leading workshops and retreats.  Accommodation has been booked in my favourite holy house (haveli) in Haridwar. 

We are a small group of pilgrims travelling from 15 September to 26 September 2023 and I had one cancellation which means that I have spot available on this retreat/yatra.

If you are interested please send an email to me at hgsacredart@gmail.com and I will send all the details.

Aarthi and darshan at Hari ka Paur ghat in Haridwar

15 to 26 September 2023

Haridwar, holiest city in India, Kumb Mehla site

Five nights in the hundred year old pilgrim house, Haveli Hari Hotel, on the Ganges.  I have stayed at the Haveli during each of my visits and am always yearning to return.

We will be staying in the beautiful Heritage Rooms.  The hotel is right in the religious district of Haridwar and we will walk down to aarthi at the ghat and meander through the market stalls selling religious items.  We are within walking distance of the promenade where sadhus sit and 'teach'.

The Hari Haveli has a private indoor temple, a private bathing ghat and an in-house priest for special ceremonies or ritual.

This part of the pilgrimage will include initiations, kundalini mantra, shaktypat, diksha as well as puja by myself. Also the very powerful interaction at the Hari Ka Paur Aarthi with personal participation.


Group meditations, initiations and shaktypat will be held in a private meditation/yoga room in the hotel to coincide with temple and ashram visits and Aarthi.  There will be a few hours each day for rest or exploring the markets and walking along the Ganga. Both Haridwar and Varanasi are yatra destinations and the markets supply pilgrims with malas, khumkhum, sandalwood, shawls, statues, silks and much more.


We will attend aarthi at Har Ki Pauri ghat; you will be able to float prayer flowers down the river and buy garlands as offerings to Ganga Ma.  The Haveli offers an inhouse temple and priest, a private ghat for ceremony and ritual as well as a private bathing ghat.

Excursions are booked to the ashram of Anandamayi Ma

- a full day visit to Rishikesh and its ashrams as well as attending aarthi at the Parmath Niketan ghat

- a visit to the Chandi Devi temple

- a tour of the many temples of Haridwar

and special restaurants.

Transport has been booked between cities; a combination of rail travel with first class seats and flights.

Aarthi on the main ghat of Varanasi (Benares)

Varanasi (Benares)

We will be staying in the pilgrim house Amritara Suryauday Haveli, situated on the main ghat of Varanasi.

Our time here will be spent  :

- an the evening boat ride on a private boat on the Ganges. You will have the opportunity to place flowers on the river with your prayers. We will witness the incredible Aarthi to Ma Ganga from the boat and see the spectacle in all its magnitude.

- dawn boat ride on the Ganga. We will travel down to the burning and bathing ghats and witness the city of Varanasi engaged in its ancient sacred rituals. We will explore temples along the ghat

- a visit to the Durga temple

- a visit to the Kashi Vishwanath temple, known as the Golden Temple, one of seven all across India

Varanasi ghat


Hettienne BhaktymayiMa

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