Navaratri - The Nine Nights of Goddesss Temples Trip 2020

This India Trip, due to Covid-19, for both safety and logistical reasons is postponed until the time is right.

Navaratri | The Nine Nights of Goddess Temples India Trip 2020

Chandigarh, Palampur & Dharamshala

Komilla Sutton

16 to 26 October 2020

This trip is dedicated to Navaratri, the nine nights of the goddess. We will celebrate this by visiting many temples dedicated to the goddess in the lower Himalayas and spend this sacred time with their blessings. We will also visit the Dalai Lama temple in Mcleod Ganj and Dharamsala, Palampur, Jwalamukhi, Chintpurni, Naina Devi, Kangra Devi. Chandi Mata, Mansa Devi, Chandigarh. We will visit the prominent Shakti temples of North India known as the seven sister goddesses, namely Mata Mansa Devi, Naina Devi, Jawalamukhi, Chintpurni Devi, Brajeshwari Devi, Chamunda Devi and Jayanti Devi.

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This is a fantastic opportunity to visit some of the most sacred goddess temples and shakti peetha. According to the puranic Katha, the body parts of Devi Sati fell at different places which are considered as Shakti Peethas. Shakti Peethas are holy shrines of Shakti. There are 51 Shakti Peetha associated with the 51 alphabets in Sanskrit.

Komilla has a connection to many of these temples so we will meet the priests and experience this unique energy in a close and personal way. We will do rituals, pujas, and prayer ceremonies during this pilgrimage – these costs will be shared where we do a group program. You also need to give Dakshina to the priests who perform the rituals.

The trip begins and ends in New Delhi - Flights from many international destinations land in New Delhi.


ITINERARY

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Day 1: Friday, October 16

Travel to Chandigarh

10:00 AM - Free transfer from Delhi. Pick up at Delhi at a hotel in Aero city, near the airport – to be given later and drive to Chandigarh (6 hours drive).

Lunch on the way. Cost to be shared.

You will need to be at the pickup location before 10 am.

Check in to the Taj Chandigarh Hotel.

Evening Optional – local shopping and dinner at one of Chandigarh’s many restaurants – costs to be shared.

Overnight stay at Hotel Taj.


Day 2: Saturday, October 17

Start of Navaratri, Sri Mansa Devi & Jayanti Devi Temples

9:00 AM – Visit local Ancient Shiva Shani temple. We will do special puja and Sankalpa for Navaratri trip.

11:00 AM – Mata Mansa Devi and Jayanti Devi Mandirs. Mansa Devi is the goddess who gives us peace of mind – it is a beautiful temple with many astrological paintings of the rashis and the nakshatras.

2:00 PM – Mata Jayanti Devi Temple – this is located in the lush and fertile fields of Punjab yet close to Chandigarh. One hundred steps to the goddess temple. The goddess brings transformation in a gentle form. Especially for married women, it helps them merge the two diverse families of the couple and brings cultural and spiritual richness to her new family.

Dinner Welcome Dinner.

Overnight stay at Hotel Taj.


Day 3: Sunday, October 18 Drive to Chintpurni (4 hours)

Chintpurni Mata Temple for Chinnamasta

7:30 AM – The Chintpurni Mata temple is a shakti peetha dedicated to goddess Chhinnamasta, one of the Dasa Maha vidya, ten wisdom goddesses. It is also a Shakti Peeth. It is believed that Sati Devi's feet fell here in Chintpurni temple. Chhinnamasta is interpreted as the severed-headed one as well as the foreheaded-one. The Chinnamasta Devi is a divine embodiment of self-sacrifice.

Lunch Drive to Palampur (3 hours).

Dinner included.

Overnight stay at RS Sarovar Portico Hotel, Palampur.


Day 4: Monday, October 19 2 Hour Drive to Location

Kangra Devi & Brajeshwari Devi Temples

The Shree Vajreshwari Mata Mandir, also known as Kangra Devi Mandir is a dedicated to the goddess Vajreshvari, a form of Durga, it is a shakti peetha and the left breast of Sati fell here.

Maa Baglamukhi Baglamukhi" or "Bagala" is one of the Dasa Maha Vidya, the ten wisdom goddesses of the shakti tradition. Devi Bagalamukhi smashes the devotee's misconceptions and delusions (or the devotee's enemies) with her cudgel. Bagalamukhi is commonly known as Pitambari Maa, the goddess associated with yellow colour or golden colour. She rides on Bagula (crane), which is associated with Concentration. Bagalamukhi Mata is one of the ten forms of the wisdom goddesses, symbolising potent female primeval force.

Overnight stay at RS Sarovar Portico Hotel, Palampur.


Day 5: Tuesday, October 20

Baijnath Temple, Chamunda Devi & Dharmsala (McLeod Ganj)

8:00 AM - Drive to Baijnath Temple.

A short drive from the hotel to Baijnath temple, one of the oldest temples of Lord Shiva in the north. It is a 12th-century temple – exquisite carvings and details. Here Lord Shiva is Vaidyanath, the god of the physicians.

Further 1 hour Drive to Chamunda Devi temple. She is a fierce form of goddess Parvati. She helped Lord Shiva kill the demon Andhakasura. Within us, she helps deal with intense negativity and helps overcome it. This is a beautiful temple set near the river Benal and surrounded by the Himalayan mountains.

Another 1-hour drive to McLeod Ganj.

Dinner included.

Overnight stay Fortune Park Moksha, McLeod Ganj.


Day 6: Wednesday, October 21 1-Hour Drive

Dalai Lama Temple, Kaal Chakra Temple

9:00 AM – Visit Thekchen Choling temple of Dalai Lama, Kaal Chakra temple, Bhagsu Nath Temple, Dal lake, Nechung Monastery – packed day – we will try to visit all of them. Life in Mcleod Ganj revolves around Thekchen Choling temple complex.

Overnight stay at Fortune Park Moksha, McLeod Ganj.


Day 7: Thursday, October 22

Kunal Pathri Mata & Kaleshwara Mahadeva Temples

8:00 AM – Kunal Pathri is a temple dedicated to goddess Durga and a shakti peetha. It is believed that the skull of Devi Sati, wife to Lord Shiva, had fallen here and Kunal Pathri temple venerates it.

Two-hour Drive to Pragpur.

Lunch on the way.

Afternoon - Visit Kaleshwara Mahadev Temple is an ancient Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is on river Beas and has an unusual lingam. Lingam is inverted into the ground and the abhishekham is poured into the lingam instead of over it. There is an eleven Rudra Temple. Also known as Maha Rudra of Mata Chintapurni, the walls of the Temple are adorned with beautiful sculptures.

Evening Free. Walk around the village of Pragpur - Pragpur is a Heritage Village, preserved beautifully.

Dinner included.

Overnight stay at Judge’s Court Hotel, Pragpur.


Day 8: Friday, October 23

Sri Jwalamukhi Temple

8:00 AM Sri Venugopalaswami Temple for Sri Krishna who is the Vishnu avatara for the Moon. This is the only Sri Krishna temple in the vicinity of Tirupati. Sri Krishna transcends the limitations of time and blesses his devotees with peaceful mind and freedom from worries. The drive to the temple is beautiful through the fields of coconuts and mango groves.

(1 hour Drive to Sri Jwalamukhi temple.) Jwala ji Temple is an ancient Shakti peetha. When Goddess Sati's body was divided into 51 parts, Sati Mata's tongue fell here. The flames or Jyotis are the representation of the tongue. A live flame is constant at this temple and the source is not known. It is a powerful temple for the goddess. Today is Friday – Devi’s day so very special.

Afternoon free.

Dinner included.

Overnight stay at Judge’s Court Hotel, Pragpur.


Day 9: Saturday, October 24

Sri Naina Devi Temple on the Way Back to Chandigarh

7:30 AM - (3 hour Drive to Naina Devi temple.) Shri Naina Devi Temple is a Shakti peetha and this is where the eyes of the Goddess fell. This is the temple where Guru Gobind Singh worshipped Goddess Durga. Komilla has a personal Priest there and he will be doing a prayer ceremony for us.

Lunch at Naina Devi arranged by the priest.

6:30 PM - Ancient Siva, Kali Ma and Saturn temple for evening arati. Chandigarh.

Overnight stay at Hotel Taj, Chandigarh.


Day 10: Sunday, October 25

Navaratri Celebrations Chandigarh

10:00 AM - Navaratri Celebrations in Chandigarh. Today is the final day of Navaratri and 9th, and 10th tithis merge so it is both the ninth night and the victory of goddess Durga celebrations. Our temple in Chandigarh will be creating Nav Kund sampan Yagya which celebrates the nine nights and victory of the goddess over the great demon. Nine holy yagyas will happen together. This is a rare ceremony and we will participate in it.

Bhandara – feeding the poor and devotees.

Lunch at the temple.

8:00 PM - Farewell Dinner

Overnight stay at Hotel Taj, Chandigarh.


Day 11: Monday, October 26 – End of Program

9:00 AM - Transfer to Delhi – the drive is 6 hours. Book flights out of Delhi after 9pm on the night only.

End of program.


HOTEL INFORMATION

City Hotel Website
Chandigarh The Taj https://www.tajhotels.com/en-in/taj/chandigarh-punjab/
Palampur Sarovar Portico https://www.sarovarhotels.com/rs-sarovar-portico-palampur/
McLeod Ganj
Dharmasala
Fortune Moksha https://www.fortunehotels.in/mcleod-ganj-fortune-park-moksha.dh.27?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_term=Fortune-Park-Moksha&utm_content=Mcleod-Ganj&utm_campaign=Listings
Pragpur Judges Court http://judgescourt.com/

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Accommodations

Check-in October 16 - Check-out October 25

Costs Per Person - $2,900
Two Person Shared Room

Early Bird $2,900 through July 24, 2020
After July 24, 2020 $3,100

Depends on when you purchase the trip, see cut-off dates. Because this price is based on two people sharing a room, please check if room share is available.

Single Room Supplement: Add $750

Per Person Cost DOES NOT Include:
  • Flight to India, New Delhi
  • Insurance
  • Medical Expenses
  • Lunch & Dinner (other than the above specified);
  • Dakshina for the Temple Priests, Archana, Flowers/ Garlands for the deities, Abhishekas
  • Entrance fee, Camera fee,
  • Personal expenses like phone, laundry, porterage, Wi-Fi,....
  • Tips to staff at hotels, and to the drivers and accompanying guide.
  • Hotel on 15 October & 25 October; early check in and late checkout at the hotels
  • Transfer from and to Airport

CANCELLATION POLICY

$350.00 service charge on all refunds through April 25, 2020. NO refunds after July 24, 2020.


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Costs Per Person - $2,900
Two Person Shared Room

Early Bird $2,900 through July 24, 2020
After July 24, 2020 $3,100


Single Room Supplement (optional)

$750 - single room for India Trip


CANCELLATION POLICY

$350.00 service charge on all refunds through April 25, 2020. NO refunds after July 24, 2020.

About India Temple Trips

Komilla has been doing courses and trips to India since 1999.

You will be introduced to the land of the Jyotish on each different India Trip. Your India adventure will take you to historic landmarks with great meaning within the Vedic Astrology world.

You will visit unique temples and pilgrimages, broadening your knowledge and exploring their deep connection to Vedic Astrology.

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