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ARRIVE DELHI (BY: INTERNATIONAL FLIGHT)
Arrive Delhi International airport, meet and greet by the team member at airport, board the waiting vehicle at the parking area and drive to hotel for check-in and overnight stay.
Meals: Nil. Overnight stay in Hotel at Delhi
DELHI (BY: SURFACE)
Morning after breakfast drive to Delhi University and visit Department of Buddhist Studies for interaction with highly qualified professor of the Department
Note: We would require profile of the guests to choose the topic of discussion and arrange the talk with the professor. If there are more than 10 to 12 guests then we will need to organise a conference hall for the interaction.
After the interaction proceed for lunch at a restaurant.
Post lunch visit National Museum and Lodhi Garden – One of the most beautiful garden of India.
The National Museum in New Delhi, also known as the National Museum of India, is one of the largest museums in India. Established in 1949, it holds variety of articles ranging from pre-historic era to modern works of art. One of the original relics of Lord Buddha is stored here and is available on display.
Lodi Gardens is a city park situated in New Delhi, India. Spread over 90 acres (360,000 m2) it is one of the largest and most beautiful parks of India, it contains, Mohammed Shah's Tomb, Tomb of Sikandar Lodi, Shisha Gumbad and Bara Gumbad, architectural works of the 15th century by Lodis- who ruled parts of northern India and Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of modern-day Pakistan, from 1451 to 1526. The site is now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
Continue further for sightseeing of Lutyens Delhi, an area in New Delhi, India, named after the British architect Edwin Lutyens, who was responsible for much of the architectural design and building including President Estate (from within the coach, no get down) and Parliament of India (from within the coach, no get down) when India was part of the British Empire in the 1920s and 1930s.
India Gate: The India Gate, (originally called the All India War Memorial), is a war memorial located astride the Rajpath, on the eastern edge of the ‘ceremonial axis’ of New Delhi, India, formerly called Kingsway. India Gate is a memorial to 82,000 soldiers of the Indian Army who died in the period 1914–21 in the First World War, in France, Flanders, Mesopotamia, Persia, East Africa, Gallipoli and elsewhere in the Near and the Far East, and the Third Anglo-Afghan War. 13,300 servicemen's names, including some soldiers and officers from the United Kingdom, are inscribed on the gate.
After sightseeing drive to restaurant for dinner and transfer to the hotel for overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch and dinner at restaurant in Delhi. Overnight stay in Hotel at Delhi
DELHI– BHUBANESHWAR (By Ref Flight: Dep 1110/Arr 1310Hrs), BHUBANESHWAR – DEHNKANAL (BY ROAD: 80Kms/3Hrs)
Morning after relaxed breakfast in the hotel, drive to Delhi airport and board the flight to Bhubaneshwar.
Arrive and transfer to the restaurant for lunch. Post lunch, drive to Dhenkanal and check-in at the Dhenkanal Palace.
Later, proceed to Joranda to meet with monks of Mahima cult and see their rituals.
And interact with the Head of Mahima Cult - Shri (Mr.) Viswanath Baba : Present Head of Mahima cult
The Mahima Dharma principle is derived from thousands year old Veda and Upanishads. It is believed by scholars that this might be a neo-Vedanta movement. In short, Mahima cult is a revivalism of the Vedantic thrust and a reformist movement of Odisha within the Sanatan Hindu fold. It teaches belief in a single God (parambrahma or the supreme-soul who is formless and omnipresent) named Alekha.
The distinct and original teachings of Mahima Dharma are often conveyed using terms that may have an unrelated meaning in other Indian religious traditions. This has led scholars to see similarities between Mahima Dharma and, variously, the traditions of "crypto-Buddhism", Panchashakas, Jainism and Tantra.
Adherents reject idol worship as well as the Advaita tradition of Vaishnavism. Charity through the provision of food for those in need is an essential part of Mahima Dharma.
The religion is essentially monotheistic in nature. Mahima religion strictly opposes the caste system and idol worship. The religion strictly forbids adultery, the consumption of any intoxicants, violence, and the consumption of any flesh. Food and water has to be taken before sunset. The Mahima devotee should leave his/her bed around 4am early morning and perform Saran/Darsan before sunrise. Saran/Darsan is the act of complete surrender of self to Mahima Prabhu. The same is repeated three times a day including noon and evening before sunset. They are sometimes misinterpreted as followers of Surya, the Sun god, which is not true.
The religion has a monastic order. Members of the monastic order, like Buddhist monks, do not constitute a priestly class and have no control over the lay practitioners. They have to lead a life of poverty, celibacy, piety and constant movement, as the monks are not allowed to sleep in the same place on two consecutive nights nor take meal twice from same house in any day. There is strict order of the Mahima Swami to avoid any kind of idol worship. The Supreme Lord of the indescribable grace (Alekha) is worshiped.
Later drive back to the Palace for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast in Hotel at Dlehi, Lunch at restaurant in Bhubaneshwar, Dinner in Palace at Dhenkanal. Overnight stay in Palace at Dhenkanal.
DHENKANAL (BY SURFACE)
Morning after breakfast interact with the King of the Palace.
Dhenkanal Palace, the only fort cum Palace of Odisha, the present residence of the erstwhile royal family of Dhenkanal, with its spacious rooms and other attached facilities.
About King K P Singh Deo: Dhenkanal Palace
Kamakhya Prasad Singh Deo (K.P.Singh Deo - born 6 August 1941) was a member of the 4th, 7th, 8th, 10th, 11th and 13th Lok Sabha (House of the People) of India. He was first elected to Lok Sabha in 1967 representing Swatantra Party (Political Party Name). He represented the Dhenkanal constituency of Orissa and is a member of the Indian National Congress (Congress) political party. He was the President of the Orissa State Congress Committee.
He was commissioned into Territorial Army in 1971 and was awarded Ati Vishisht Seva Medal (AVSM) in 1994 He was Aide-de-Camp (ADC) to the President of India. ADC means personal assistant or secretary to a person of high rank, usually a senior military, police or government officer, a member of a royal family, or a head of state.
After the interaction drive to Sadeibaruni village to witness Dhokra metal Casting ( Lost wax process ) works.
Return to the palace for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Palace at Dhenkanal. Overnight stay in Hotel at Dhenkanal.
DHENKANAL – KAKAT PUR (BY ROAD: 118Kms/ 4Hrs), KAKAT PUR – KONARK (BY ROAD: 20Kms/1Hr)
Morning after breakfast at the Palace drive to Kakat Pur for an interaction with Mr. Amarendra Mishra – Copper Manuskript Reader
Tâmra means Copper and Pothi means an oracle. From a simple external and physical point of view, the tâmrapothi is a small book-like object consisting of fifty-four copper plates (3" x 8"). When one goes there, and thinks about any question or puts the question written on a paper on the tâmrapothi, the answers to the questions are temporarily indicted on its pages. The thinking process or putting the paper-containing-questions is started after a short ritual (by the Brahmin who operates the pothi) which takes about half-a-minute. The answers are incited instantaneously and after the book is closed, they all disappear.
The answers are read by the Brahmin who operates the pothi; but on a formal request one can see the letters by himself or herself. The answers come in the form of ancient old-styled prose, and the Brahmin interprets them and explains after reading the prose aloud. As the letters/scripts are very small and the indications are not too strong, it is usually read using a magnifying glass (lens).
It is normal that one has questions and at times seeks some timely solution. The tâmrapothi at Kakatpur is a rare phenomenon, to the astonishment of many strictly scientific-minds, which serves the people having some needs. For this divine-device, the language is no limitation. One can think the questions or write it in any language. However, the answers on this particular tâmrapothi comes only in Oriya language.
NB – Please go through the above, if not suitable, group can do the sightseeing of Konark temple
Later drive to Konark and check-in at the hotel for dinner and overnight stay.
Meals: Breakfast at Palace, lunch and dinner at Hotel in Konark. Overnight stay in Hotel at Konark.
KONARK – PURI (BY ROAD: 80Kms/2Hr)
After breakfast visit the Navagraha (i.e. Ancient Nine Planets Temple near Konark and perform the sacred Yangya and rituals at the UNESCO World Heritage Spiritual Site.
Konark Sun Temple is a 13th-century CE Sun Temple at Konark in Odisha, India. It is believed that the temple was built by king Narasimhadeva I of Eastern Ganga Dynasty in 1255 CE. The temple complex is in the shape of a gigantic chariot, having elaborately carved stone wheels, pillars and walls. A major part of the structure is now in ruins. The temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and has also featured on various list of Seven Wonders of India.
Yagna is the other name of yagya. Some people use it as yajna. It is a consciousness based vedic performance. Yagnas are performed by vedic pandits with the aim to bring prosperity, health, contentment, wealth, happiness to people or to nations. Contentment is the base of a full life. A person who lives the fullness of life can only be the base of an enlightened nation.
During yagnas specially trained people chant vedic mantras and pour obligations to fire. The overall name of these specially trained people is pandit (or pundit). Vedic pandits live a pure life according to the rules of vedic literature.
As per hindu Vedic ritual which is considered as old as some 5000 BCE there are some protocols for performing and participating in a Yagya (fire sacrifice) or Navgraha Puja (9 Planets Cosmic prayer) as below:-
1. Take shower to cleanse yourself. As a clean or fresh body tends to absorbs more positive energy from the environment than a dusty or unclean body apart for many other reasons.
2. Dress in lightly coloured comfortable cotton clothing as it soothes the mind more than any other material or bright and vibrant colour.
3. Walking barefoot to the prayer place as this indicates the readiness of devotion and sacrifice to achieve peace and enjoy bliss.
Yagya Kriya Yoga Deity
Later after performing the Yagya (Fire Sacrifice) return back to the hotel for lunch. Post lunch drive to Puri en-route visiting Kriya Yoga Asram of Hariharananda Gurukul.
Puri – The most holy city of Eastern India.
At Puri you can see almost every living being on the road. People from different parts of the western world can be seen walking bare foot with shaved head wrapping saffron or white cloth on their body near the streets of world famous Jagannath (Krishna) Temple & Sun Temple. The stone paved on the way to the main temple generally remains dusty as thousands of devotees come there every day carrying so may offering for the prayer.
Meals: Breakfast & lunch in Konark Hotel, dinner in Hotel at Puri. Overnight stay in Hotel at Puri.
PURI (BY SURFACE)
Morning after breakfast proceed to visit Shankaracharya who is the Head of Govardhana Math (Ashram) for his blessing and highly regarded teachings and interaction.
The Govardhana matha is a monastery located in the city of Puri in Odisha state (India). It is associated with the Jagannath temple and is one of the four cardinal mathas founded by Adi Shankara in the 8th century CE.
The deities here are Jagannath (Bhairava) and the devi is Vimala (Bhairavi). The mahavakya is Prajnana Brahma. There are Shri Vigraha of Goverdhananatha Krishna and Ardhanareshwara Shiva installed by Adi Shankara.
The whole of the Eastern part of the Indian subcontinent is considered as the territory of Sri Govardhan Peeth. This includes the Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh till Rajamundry, Orissa, West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mizoram, and Uttar Pradesh till Prayag. The countries Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan are also considered spiritual territory of the math . Puri, Allahabad, Gaya and Varanasi are some of the holy places under this Math.
After the interaction proceed for a meeting with the world famous SAND SCULPTURE ARTIST: Mr. Sudarsan Pattnaik. He has won many national and international awards for his creative designs and has recorded his name in the World records. He was Awarded Padma Shri in 2014.
He started sculpting images on sand since the age of seven and has designed hundreds of sand art. He was the brand ambassador of NALCO, India.
He established "The Golden Sand Art Institute" which is first of its nature in India. His sculptures include environmental crisis, famous festivals, national integrity and religious tolerance.
Sudarsan has represented India in 50 international Sand Sculpture championship and festivals all around the world and Won 27 (Twenty seven) championship prizes for the country. During the year 2013, he won 1st prize (gold medal) at Saint Peters Burg in 12th International sand sculpture competition at Russia,
Danish grand prizes at International Sand competition Championship, Denmark and won Moscow museum prize at Russia. In 2011 he won 1st prize and public prize at Denmark and also won double medal at Solo International sand art contest in Mervala 2012.
In 2010, he won the gold medal for people choice award at 3rd Moscow World sand sculpture championship. He also won three medal in North American solo sand sculpture championship, People choice prize in Canada and Moscow.
In 2009 Won the Korea sand sculpture award. In 2008 he won the World champion title at USF World sand sculpture championship, Berlin. Apart from this he is the 5 times winner of people choice award at Berlin, which is a record.
His sand sculpture on Black Taj Mahal earned him accolades all over the world.
Later drive to the hotel for lunch and proceed for visit to the Puri Jagannath Temple (Entry is subject to Permission & Non Hindus not allowed inside the temple) Temple security is selective regarding who is allowed entry. Practicing Hindus of non-Indian descent are excluded from premises, as are Hindus of non-Indian origin. Visitors not allowed entry may view the precincts from the roof of the nearby Raghunandan Library and pay their respects to the image of God Jagannath known as Patitapavana at the main entrance to the temple
In the evening if time permits visit Karar Ashram for Yoga & Meditation and take a walk on the Puri Beach also known as Golden Beach of India.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner in Hotel at Puri. Overnight stay in Hotel at Puri.
PURI – BHUBANESHWAR (BY ROAD: 70Kms/2Hrs)
Morning after breakfast in hotel drive to Naik Patana to meet the Teacher on Palm leaf engraving Mr. Maga Naik and his Gurukul.
At the village meet the Palm leaf Engraver & Teacher Mr. Maga Naik who keeps up the tradition alive and teaching it not only to students from locality but also students from different part of the country. He is also winner of various awards & recognition.
Over 2000 years ago, Lipikaars, or scribes made hand written copies of sacred verses and ancient literature, under the patronage of kings and temple authorities. These precious palm leaf manuscripts would last a few centuries before new copies had to be made. Palm leaf painting may have begun with decoration of manuscripts with illustrative depictions of the stories or events, and took over to become an art form of its own. With engraving and use of colour, this art form evolved to bring a multitude of ideas, fables and tales to life.
Later after lunch meet the teacher of Gotipua dance and also enjoy the dance in the village followed by drive to Bhubansehwar.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch in Puri Hotel, and dinner in Bhubaneshwar Hotel. Overnight stay in Hotel at Bhubansehwar.
BHUBANESHWAR – DELHI (REFERENCE FLIGHT: Dep 16:20/19:00Hrs)
Morning after breakfast visit the Jain caves in Khandagiri & Udaygiri of 2nd century BC.
Drive back to the hotel for lunch and check-out. IN time transfer to Delhi airport and bard the flight back to Delhi.
Arrive Delhi and proceed for shopping followed by dinner and departure from Delhi International Airport.