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Special Navratri Spiritual Retreat

October 14 - October 19

Awaken the Divine Energy Within Yourself!  Come celebrate Navratri (sacred nine nights of the Goddess) and Dusshera, the holiday dedicated to the vanquishing of darkness by light; of vanquishing ignorance with wisdom, on the holy banks of Mother Ganga in the lap of the majestic and sacred Himalayas. 

Navratri is the sacred time in which the power of the Divine Mother Goddess — as Durga, Lakshmi, and Saraswati — is celebrated.  Come, receive the blessings of the Mother Goddess, rejuvenate and re-energize yourself, and let your own inner Light emerge as you discover your inner wisdom! 

This 5-day Special  Navratri Spiritual Retreat includes pranayama, basic yoga asanas including surya namaskar, eternal sound healing with gongs, spiritual question & answer sessions, meditation, observing of silence, self-reflection, mantra chanting, sacred fire ceremonies, special ceremonies dedicated to the Mother Goddess, karma yoga, Himalayan walks and much more. Each day concludes with Ganga havan and aarti at sunset followed by satsang {spiritual question & answer session]. Experience a transformative retreat, concluding on Dusshera with a special yagna/havan ceremony to transform and / or release all that is false and no longer serves you. 

Come, be in the presence of the living spiritual master and continue your spiritual journey with full awareness of your divine energy within!

Instructions in English.

Guidelines

This Special Navratri Retreat is for those who are drawn to rejuvenating and re-energizing their path of Self-discovery, to awaken the divine energy within yourself and let your own inner Light emerge as you discover your inner wisdom! Each participant is required to adhere to the following guidelines which are in place to facilitate your transformation. Therefore, by attending this event you agree to:

  • While at the retreat, take the divine opportunity to go as deeply as possible. In this way, you make the most of your opportunity and also honour the retreat of other participants.
  • All pilgrims are expected to join in the Ganga Aarti (the light ceremony with devotional songs at sunset).
  • The pilgrims staying in this ashram are required to observe and adhere to truth, non-violence, self-discipline, and polite etiquette.
  • Respect and abide by the code of the ashram for the full duration of the retreat.  To learn about all of the ashram’s guidelines, please click here.
    • All pilgrims (both men and women) are required to dress modestly and soberly, in a way that shows respect for the tradition of ashram life. We request that no shorts, sleeveless shirts, or other revealing clothing are worn.
    • The following are strictly prohibited: smoking, drinking intoxicants, using drugs, eating egg or other non-vegetarian foods, playing cards, watching television, playing radios/cassette players loudly. We also recommend that you refrain from eating onions and garlic.
    • It is prohibited to use playing cards, radios, or TVs.
    • Please refrain from picking flowers and littering.
    • No pets are allowed.
    • No strangers or persons who are not mentioned on the admission form are allowed to be invited or entertained in the rooms.
    • It is the pilgrim’s responsibility to keep his/her room clean and tidy. Rooms should always remain in the same condition as when they were assigned.
  • Take the opportunity to ask questions to Pujya Swamiji and/or Sadhvi Bhagawatiji that will be helpful to you on your spiritual path.  There is no such thing as a “wrong” question!  If you would like to submit a question but don’t want to do it in front of others, you can write them down and give them to the sevaks at the ashram.
  • In the event that the administration asks the pilgrim to leave, the pilgrim must vacate the premises immediately.
  • Please do not oblige anyone by directly providing money, clothes or tips of any kind. This affects the discipline and management of the ashram as well as negatively influences the divine, devoted feeling amongst the individuals here. Whatever help you want to give, please donate it to the office, and it will be distributed where it is most needed.
  • Please note that spiritual retreats are not replacements for medical treatment and/or therapy.  If you have or are currently dealing with a medical problem, whether it be physical or mental, please ensure that this retreat will be a safe place for you, as well as the other participants.
  • By attending this event, you agree to have your image and possibly voice recorded, which could be shared in our publications, videos, websites, and social media.  Images of all individuals are treated with respect, and your image and/or voice will never be sold.  If you do not want to be photographed/filmed, please write to us or let us know in advance.

Location — Parmarth Niketan

Parmarth Niketan literally means “An Abode Dedicated to the Welfare of All.”

Parmarth Niketan is a true spiritual haven, lying on the holy banks of Mother Ganga in the lap of the lush Himalayas. It is the largest ashram in Rishikesh, providing its thousands of pilgrims who come from all corners of the Earth with a clean, pure and sacred atmosphere as well as abundant, beautiful gardens. With over 1,000 rooms, the facilities are a perfect blend of modern amenities and traditional, spiritual simplicity.Parmarth Niketan is located in Swargashram, on the main road, just on the banks of the sacred Ganges River. 

Rishikesh – known as the “City of the Divine”- is a spiritual center to which sages, rishis, saints and pilgrims have flocked for millennia. The roads of the city are lined with bustling market places of ethnic arts and handicrafts, fresh produce markets, holy shrines and orange-robed sadhus. Then, the road narrows, the markets become more sparse and you come upon a foot bridge, suspended high over the sacred Ganga river. As you cross this bridge, the sun streaming through the sacred Himalayas to warm your being, you will feel as if you have truly come home.

It is no surprise that pilgrims are drawn here from all over the world. The awe-inspiring beauty of the ashram, the clear flowing Ganga, the majestic mountains, and the lush green forests will embrace and rejuvenate your entire being. Parmarth Niketan offers comfort, inspiration and upliftment for your body, mind and spirit as well as a deeper connection with the Divine. As you stay in the ashram, you will feel your soul bathing in the peace of sacred energies, including those that emanate from nature and those that linger from the timeless healing powers of saints, sages and holy ones. Parmarth Niketan contains within it the voice and the spirit of divine communion.

Parmarth Niketan is open to all, with no discrimination on the basis of race, gender, nationality, religion, caste or creed.

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