For a considerable length of time, Varanasi has been home to Indian reasoning, magic and mysticism, Varanasi, subsequently, has various Muths and Ashrams. At Varanasi distinctive religious outfits have their own particular Muths and Ashrams. A large number of these Muths and Ashrams have made due for quite a long time and focuses in mysticism and religious exercises. Sadhus and Aghori are the main residents of these Ashrams and Muths in Varanasi. There has been a long association of these Sadhus and Aghori with these Ashrams.
To understand it more about it we first to understand what are the differences between Aghori & Sadhus and between Ashrams & Muths.
Ashram: This is a word derived from a Sankrit word ‘Srama’ which means physical exercise. In ancient Hindu world people used to go into these Ashrams for meditation and learning different kind of Yogas. These Ashrams used to be located far from human habitation such as in forests or in mountains. The basic reason for this far location was for maintain peace and calmness. The persons used to live in these Ashrams used to perform daily physical and spiritual exercises.
The main purpose for the visitors of these Ashrams where to know the reason for living beings, knowing about life purpose, discover the truth of being on earth and many philosophical facts relating to all human beings.
In recent days the purpose of the stayers in these Ashrams has changed and so it has made its many versions. For example, there is a widow Ashram in Varanasi where all of its residents are widows. In rigid world of Hindu world specially in far located rural areas still there are group of peoples who thinks and believe that after a woman husband dies that woman becomes widow and cant remarriage and therefore these ladies loose their main support for survival in this modern world.
Another is Yoga and Meditation Ashrams. These are the places where Yoga and mediation are practiced. This has become the profession in Varanasi and a lot of people are involved in this profession directly and indirectly in Varanasi.
There are more forms of Ashrams and same can be found in different part of the world.
Muths : These are also a form of Ashrams. A little difference between these is that these are used to stay and are very similar to inns. These are very cheap and used by monks for stay purpose mainly.
These muths are now used also to preserve a particular religion alive. Like in Varanasi, Kabir Muth is the main center of the followers of Kabir. Some people has termed Kabir as Lord.
There are Muths in Varanasi which has been named after a particular state or city and gives its services on priority to the residents of that particular state and city.
Sadhus : In Hindu World, Sadhus are those persons who has sacrificed this physical world, his family, relatives, his worldly desires and are on way to liberation also called Moksha in Hindi. In other words these are also called Sanyasi.
The history of Sadhus and Sanyasis dates back to the beginning of Hinduism religion. When after completion of three stages (Brahmacharya, Grihastha and Vanapratha) of life they used to sacrifise their home, family and all world desires became Sanyasi or Sadhus. Thier single aim of life was to be free from this cycle of birth and rebirth.
Aghori : These are also a type of Sadhus. The main difference is that these are Shaiva Sadhus and ascetic. They mainly perform post-modern rituals. They are mainly found near cremation grounds and smear cremation ashes on their bodies. They collect bones of dead humans and wear it as jewelry. They use human skulls to drink water etc and smoke ganjas. Since their practices are very contradictory to orthodox Hindu rituals, they are eventually opposed my other Hindu followers. What is unusual to see here is seeing Aghori meditation.
The main pilgrimage of Aghories is in Varanasi’s Baba Kinaram’s hermitage in Ravindrapuri.
Make sure you don’t go alone to meet or photograph Aghories. They could be offensive.
At Varanasi you may see a numbers of Muths and Ashrams attributable to non-secular individuals, variety of individuals of various faith came to Varanasi and settle here in Muths and Ashrams. Several of those Muths and Ashrams have survived for hundreds of years and are centers of spiritualism and non-secular activities. Muths provide a window to explore this Varanasi holy city of moksha through many spiritual and intellectual personalities.
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This Garden is the very new attraction for the tourists coming to Sarnath. The garden uses a mix of some stone made statues and sculptures to showcase the Buddhism religion insight-fully. The pictures and statues indicates the Indian spirituality in an easy to understand language with illustrate graphics. The garden is beautifully made and the tourists love the heavenly experience of this sacred site.
With increasing complexity of modern life, knowledge for the purpose of earning a living alone is considered insufficient. The garden seeks to ignite an interest in the visitor to further explore the subject of spirituality.
The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom is a section for herbal plants that constitute the basis of Ayurveda. Ayurveda teaches harmony with nature, simplicity and contentment as keys to well-being.
It is the five thousand year old Indian traditional natural healing system and is a part of its yogic system.
Today, Ayurveda is at the forefront of mind-body medicine. It has spread far beyond its traditional base and is gaining attention throughout the world.
The display of ayurvedic plants in the garden, collected from different parts of the country offers a glimpse of Ayurveda.
A man with a photo camera will return with no space left in his camera to capture these amazing sights. The Garden of Spiritual Wisdom is a place which relaxes mind amazingly.
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Derived from the Sanskrit word yuj, Yoga means union of the individual consciousness or soul with the Universal Consciousness or Spirit. Yoga is a 5000 year old Indian body of knowledge. Though many think of yoga only as a physical exercise where people twist, turn, stretch, and breathe in the most complex ways, these are actually only the most superficial aspect of this profound science of unfolding the infinite potentials of the human mind and soul.
The Art of Living Yoga is a holistic way of life that integrates all elements of ancient knowledge of Yoga, to make a prayerful discipline uniting the body, mind and soul. Along with the series of simple, yet effective yoga postures and breathing techniques, a greater emphasis is placed on the inner experience of meditation, for the well-being of mind and other hidden elements of human existence. We believe when one is in harmony within, the journey through life becomes calmer, happier and more fulfilled.
One of the beauties of the physical practice of yoga is that the poses support and sustain you no matter how old or young, or fit or frail, you come to your mat. As you age, your understanding of asana becomes more sophisticated. You move from working on the external alignment and mechanics of the pose to refining the inner actions to finally just being in the asana.
Yoga has never been alien to us. We have been doing it since we were a baby! Whether it is the Cat Stretch that strengthens the spine or the Wind-Relieving pose that boosts digestion, you will always find infants doing some form of yoga throughout the day. Yoga can be many things to many people. We are determined to help you discover your “Yoga a Way to Live Life!”
Regular practice of The Art of Living Yoga has brought remarkable lifestyle changes in the practitioners. They have experienced relief from chronic illnesses and have observed behavioral changes. Participants have reported a healthy, happier living with reduced anxiety, increased tolerance and mindfulness.
We take you to the most beautiful place for Yoga session in Varanasi. Ghats (River bank of Ganges). Most of Yoga session starts at the time of dawn. This is even considered best time for practicing it. Below are the some unique ways/place to perform/learn Yoga in Varanasi.
1. Yoga on boat: This is a very fascinating experience being explored and provided by us only in Varanasi. A rowing boat takes you to the calmest place in the River where you will be in the middle of it. A Yoga tutor will be there at the boat to teach the basics.
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2. Yoga in a Ashram or Muth: Muths & Ashrams at Varanasi symbolize different religious sects and outfits. Some of these Muths and Ashrams have survived for centuries. You will be taken to one such Ashram for Yoga. A tutor will be there to teach basics.
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3. Yoga in a Center: There are some certain Yoga centers in the city having very fine infrastructures and atmosphere for Yoga and meditation doings. In this you will be taken to one such center. A very knowledgeable tutor will be there to teach the basics of Yoga and meditation.
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Which place can be better than Varanasi, which can take your inner sight to a different height, to a place where life and death can be seen together, to place considered most holy in Hindu World, to place where God descends every evening to bless their followers. Believe me none such place exist ever except Varanasi.
Varanasi, often described as India’s ‘most spiritual’ city, ooze enough magic and fascinate to delight even the regular traveller. It is frenetic, intense, colourful, chaotic, exhilarating and captivating. It is famous for its ‘Ghats’, steps leading down to the river, where Hindu pilgrims come to clean their souls of sin in the waters of the River Ganges.
Peoples residing near to river bank has a very typical day start. They wake up early in the morning before sunrise, bathe in river Ganges, worship rising sun in a style called ‘’Surya Pranam’’. Then after they worship in nearby temple and this is how their day starts. Their day ends with participating in evening aarti ceremony held every evening in order to give thanks for river mother Ganges. This custom used to practised 3000 years ago which can be seen even today.
Hindu believe that Varanasi is auspicious place to die. Dying and being cremated here helps one to get Moksha, liberation from the endless cycle of rebirth. These all experiences can be seen in full view on the river bank of Ganga.
Are your budget low and still you wish to experience most of Varanasi privately ? You have landed to a right place. We have many things to offer to such seekers. Each of it can be arranged in 15 Dollars.Below are some tours which can be arranged exclusively for you under our offer Varanasi Tours in 15 Dollars –
A) Varanasi Ganga Evening Aarti with a private boat
B) Varanasi City Tour with all monument entrance charges
C) Sarnath Tour with all monument entrance charges
D) Varanasi morning boat ride with a private boat
E) Ramnagar Fort tour
F) Varanasi Walking Tour
G) Varanasi Cultural Tour
* An Air Conditioned private Medium Car
* All entrances monument entrances
* Sealed mineral water bottles
* Varanasi Local Guide
* Anything which is not in inclusions
Prices : 15 Dollars per person and there should be minimum 02 Persons. For single person traveller cost would be 20 Dollars. If more then 02 Persons travelling together, 10 Dollars per extra person will be charges.