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11 Jyotirling Yatra with Shirdi, Shanidev & Tirupati - 28 DAYS

 

Yatra Highlights
  • Domestic Flights
  • Visit Tirupati Temple
  • Visit Shirdi Temple
  • Visit Shanidev Temple
  • Visit to Ganga Sagar in Kolkata
  • Early departure & stopover in india available
Yatra at Glance

Mumbai - Bhimashankar - Nasik - Tryambakeshwar - Shirdi - Grishneshwar - Omkareshwar - Ujjain - Somnath - Dwarka - Ahmedabad - Chennai - Rameshwaram - Tirupati - Srisailam - Varanasi - Deoghar - Kolkata

Yatra Dates

Depart: 09/02/2014, 18/05/2014, 27/07/2014, 18/11/2014
Return: 08/03/2014, 14/06/2014, 23/08/2014, 15/12/2014

Yatra Price

£2150 per person

JULY: £2250 per person


USA / CANADA PAX: $3440 per person (joining from U.K.)

USA / CANADA PAX: JULY: $3600 per person (joining from U.K.)


Itinerary

 

Day 1 : UK - Mumbai:

Depart from U.K. Airport to Mumbai.

 

Day 2 : Mumbai Arrival :

Mumbai arrival, Day At Leisure. Afternoon Visit Siddhivinayak Temple to take the blessings of Lord Ganesha to start the pilgrimage. Overnight in Mumbai

 

Day 3 : Mumbai - Bhimashankar – Pune [Bhimashankar First Jyotirling]

After breakfast, Drive to Bhimashankar, an ancient shrine, Bhimashankara (Our First Jyothirlinga) is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. It is in the Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills. Bhimashankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows south east and merges with the Krishna river near Raichur. Arrive Pune in the Evening. Overnight in Pune.

 

Day 4 : Pune – Grishneshwar - Aurangabad : [Grishneshwar, Our Second Jyothirling]

After breakfast Grishneshwar is an ancient pilgrimage site revered as the abode of one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. It is located at a distance of 11 km from Daulatabad near Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Daulatabad was once known as Devagiri. Overnight in Aurangabad.

 

Day 5 : Aurangabad-Shani Mandir- Shirdi: (128 Kms / 4hrs) :

After breakfast, We visit Shanimandir on the way to Shirdi. In Shirdi, visit the Khandoba Mandir, Samadhi Mandir Dwarakamai Mandir. Shirdi the divine land where Shirdi Sai Baba spend most of his lie. Overnight in Shirdi.

 

Day 6 : Shirdi- – Tryambakeshwar- Nasik : [Tryambakeshwar, Our Third Jyothirlinga]

Today we drive from Shirdi to Tryambakeshwar (Our Third Jyothirlinga) Tryambakeshwar located in Maharashtra is revered as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. Tryambakeshwar is the source of the river Godavari. Overnight in Nasik.

 

Day 7 : Nasik - Indore :

Drive to Indore, Indore arrival by evening. Overnight in Indore.

 

Day 8 : Indore – Ujjain - Indore : [Mahakaleshwara our Fourth Jyothirlinga] :

Ujjain, a historic capital of Central India in Madhya Pradesh is a venerated pilgrimage center enshrining Mahakaleshwara (Jyortirlinga), one of the Jyotirlinga manifestations of Shiva. Return back to Indore. Overnight In Indore.

 

Day 9 : Indore – Omkareshwar- Indore - Ahmedabad : [Omkareshwar Our Fifth Jyothirlinga)

After Breakfast drive to Omkareshwar (Jyothirlinga) located in Madhya Pradesh, on the Mandhata hill on the banks of the Narmada is one of the 12 revered Jyotirlinga shrines of Shiva. It is located at a distance of about 12 miles from Mortakka in Madhya Pradesh. After darshan, depart to Indore. Dinner, We drive to the Railway station to board our Train to Ahmedabad or if not travelling by train then overnight in Indore.

 

Day 10 : Ahmedabad Arrival :

Meet and arrival assistance at Railway station and transfer to Hotel, Rest of the day free at leisure. Or if travelling by road from Indore to Ahmedabad then after leaving Indore in the morning and arrive in the evening to Ahmedabad.O/N at Ahmedabad

 

Day 11: Ahmedabad – Rajkot- Jalaram Mandir- Somnath :

Departing from Ahmedabad to Somnath by road. On the Way Visit JALARAM MADIR in Virpur ( if temple is open). Arrival at Somnath in the evening. Check-in at hotel. Overnight stay in Somnath.

 

Day 12: Somnath [Somnath, Our Sixth Jyothirlinga] – Dwarka [Nageshwar, Our Seventh Jyotirlinga] :

Today we visit the Somnath (Jyothirlinga), at Somnath Patan, near Veraval in Gujarat is a pilgrimage center held in great reverence throughout India. Somnath is situated on the south coast of Saurashtra. After darshan, depart to Dwarka, Arrival, Check-in at hotel. Visit Dwarka Temple in The Evening. Nageshwar (Jyotirlinga) is regarded as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shrines of Shiva Overnight in Dwarka.

 

Day 13: Dwarka – Bet Dwarka - Dwarka:

After breakfast, morning depart to visit Rookmany Temple, Afternoon visit Bet Dwarka, Overnight in Dwarka

 

Day 14 : Dwarka – Ahmedabad :

Drive to Ahmedabad, Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Ahmedabad.

 

Day 15 : Ahmedabad - Chennai [By Flight]:

Depart to Ahmedabad airport for flight to Chennai. Meet and Arrival assistance at the Airport, check in and relax at the hotel. Overnight in Chennai.

 

Day 16 : Chennai – Madurai:

Meet and arrival assistance at the Railway Station and drive to Hotel, The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's locks when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him, City tour begins with a visit to the Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwara temple with its towering gopurams and rare sculptures. Admire The highest point of the temple the hall of 1000 pillars built around 1560 BC, touch the sculpted pillars depicting the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. Evening, watch the pooja ceremony in Meenakshi Temple, Overnight in Madurai.

 

Day 17 : Madurai - Rameshwaram - Madurai (Rameshwaram, Our Eighth Jyotirlinga) :

Wake up to the chant of hymns is proud of the magnificent Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple, Move from Madurai to Rameshwaram. Rameshwaram is one of the most significant pilgrimage centers in South India for both Shaivites (Shiv followers) and Vaishnavaites (Vishnu Followers). It was here that Rama offered thanks to Shiva. Overnight in Madurai.

 

Day 18 : Madurai - Chennai – Tirupati [By Flight] :

Today morning board the flight to Chennai for and from Chennai drive to Tirupati, evening free to Relax at the relegious center of India. O/N at Tirupati

 

Day 19 : Tirupati :

Visit the temple of Tirupati and the adjoining temples. Overnight in Tirupati.

 

Day 20 : Tirupati – Srisailam: [Srisailam, our Ninth Jyothirlinga]:

This is one of the greatest Salivate shrines in India and it constitutes one of the 12 Jyotirlingam shrines of Shiva. The presiding deities here are Mallikarjuna (Shiva) and Bhramaramba (Devi). Overnight in Srisailam.

 

Day 21 : Srisalem – Hyderabad:

Drive to Hyderabad. Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel. Overnight in Hyderabad.

 

Day 22 : Hyderabad - Kolkata [By Flight] :

After breakfast, transfer to airport, meet and arrival assistance at Kolkata Airport and transfer to hotel, Later visit Kali Mata Mandir and relax, Overnight in Kolkata.

 

Day 23 : Kolkata excursion to Ganga Sagar :

Full day excursion to Ganga Sagar by road and then by ferry. Evening return to Hotel. Overnight in Kolkata.

 

Day 24 : Kolkata – Baidhyanath (Our Tenth Jyothirlinga) (Drive or Train) :

After breakfast drive or by train towards Baidyanath. Overnight in Baidyanath.

 

Day 25 : Baidhyanath – Varanasi (Drive or Train) :

After breakfast drive or by train towards Varanasi. Overnight in Varanasi.

 

Day 26 : Varanasi: (Vishwanath ,Our eleventh Jyotirlinga) :

Boat ride at the Ganges this morning and return back to the hotel for Breakfast Today visit some of the holy temples of the city which encapsulates the ambiance and the spirit of the city. The Durga Temple, better known as the 'monkey temple' on account of the large number of monkeys residing there (only Hindus can enter the inner sanctum.) and the Temple of Vishwanath (or Visheshwar, Lord of the Universe, popularly known as the Golden Temple), This Jyotirlingam is one of the twelve jyotirlingams of India. If time permits before returning to the hotel visit some of the silk brocade and weaving centers - a specialty of Varanasi. Overnight in Varanasi.

 

Day 27 : Varanasi – Delhi [By Flight] :

Today Flight from Varanasi to Delhi, Meet and arrival assistance at Airport and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Delhi.

 

Day 28 : Delhi - UK:

Transfer to Delhi airport for flight back to U.K.

 

 

Price Include:

International economy class return air ticket

Economy Domestic flights (Ahmedabad to Chennai, Madurai to Chennai, Hyderabad to Kolkata, Varanasi to Delhi)

Accommodation in 3 Star hotels including breakfast and Dinner (Where applicable)

All transfers and transportation by Deluxe A/c vehicle as per the itinerary

1 bottle of mineral water

All Taxes included

 

Price does not include:

Any Monument entry fee & camera fee (wherever Applicable)

Any expense of personal nature such as hard/soft drinks, laundry, phone/fax calls, tips etc.

Any other expense not mentioned in the "Package includes".

Lunches

Any porterage at the stations

Single Supplement £550

Tips: £30 per person

 

 

Please note:

Flight and train timings may change. This is a religious package, so our main focus is to show you religious places as mentioned in the itinerary. Local sightseeing depends upon the timing and is secondary matter. After finishing the trip, Domestic flight can be arranged to any where in India on extra cost. Flights from Birmingham and Manchester are available upon request and subject to extra charge. Driving times are approximate and can be different as per local circumstances.

 

 

Useful Information

Location Overview

 

Somnath: Somnath is located at Prabhas Patan in Saurashtra in Gujarat.

 

Rameshwaram: This vast temple in the island of Rameswaram, in South of Indai enshrining Ramalingeswarar.

 

Srisailam: Lacated in Kurnool in the state of Andhra Pradesh, the temple enshrines Mallikarjuna in an ancient temple rich in architectural and sculptural wealth.

 

Ghrishneshwar: The origin of the river Godavari is intimately linked with this Jyotirlinga shrine near Nasik in Maharashtra.

 

Ujjain: The ancient and historic city of Ujjain or Avanti in Madhya Pradesh is home to the Jyotirlinga shrine of Mahakaleshwar

 

Varanasi: The most celebrated pilgrimage city, the cultural capital of India. The Vishwanath temple in Banaras in Uttar Pradesh is the goal of the thousands of pilgrims for the ultimate salvation

 

Nageshwar / Dwarka : Nageshwar just 16 km from Dwarka in Gujarat is considered tenth Jyotirlinga in the Dwadash Jyotirlinga circuit

 

Bhimsankar: Bhimsankar is located in the Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra, accessed from Pune.

 

Trimbakeshwar: The origin of the river Godavari is intimately linked with this Jyotirlinga shrine near Nasik in Maharashtra.

 

Omkareshwar: Omkareshwar, an island in the course of the river Narmada in Madhya Pradesh, is home to the Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga shrine and the Amareshwar temple.

 

Vaidyanath: Vaidyanath is located in the Santal Parganas area of Bihar.

 

Bhimashankar: Bhimashankar Shrine, is located on a high peak, at the origin of river Bhima. The temple houses the main 'Shani temple'. Dating back to mid 18th century, the shikhara was built by Nana Phadnavis. The impact of Nagara style of architecture can be well seen in its construction.

 

 

Legend Behind The Temple :

 

Bhimashankar: Bhima was an asura, son of Kumbakarnan & Karkadi. On hearing that his grandfather, uncles & father had been killed by a Brahmin & kings, he set out to destroy them. He undertook severe penance & got immense might and power from Lord Brahma. Due to Immense power he impriosned King Priyadarman of Kamarupa. Priyadarman & his wife Dakshinadevi prayed sincerely to Lord Siva everyday. Fearing that they would overcome him, Bhima asked them to stop their prayers. When they refused, he set out to kill them. Lord Siva rose out of the Lingam that they had been worshipping & slayed Bhima. On the request of the Devas, Lord Siva resides here under the name Bhimashankarar

 

Tryambakeshwar : Tryambakeshwar temple is built of black stone in the Nagara style of architecture and is enclosed in a spacious courtyard. On the entrance a small temple of Nandi comes first. The sanctum internally a square and externally a stellar structure houses a small Shivalingam – Tryambaka Legend has it that Gowtama muni resided on the Bhramagiri hill here with his wife Ahalya, and by virtue of his devotion, he received a bottomless pit from Varuna from which he received an inexhaustible supply of grains and food. The other rishis, jealous of his fortune, arranged for a cow to enter his granary, and caused it to die, then Gowtama attempted to ward it off with a bunch of Darbha grass Gowtama now worshipped Shiva, to bring the Ganga down to his hermitage to purify the premises. The Ganga came down as Godavari, and Shiva took up an abode here in the form of Tryambaka. All the heavenly Gods promised to come down to Nasik, once in twelve years, when Jupiter resides in the zodiac sign of Leo.

 

Nageshwar / Dwarka: Nageshvara Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. Nageshvara is believed as the first Jyotirlinga on the earth. There are three major shrines in India which are believed as identical to this Jyotirlinga. Those are the Jageshwar temple near Almora in Uttarakhand state, the Nageshwara temple near Dwaraka in Gujarat state and the Nagnath temple in Aundha in Maharashtra state.

 

 

The Shiva Purana says Nageshvara is in the Darukavana, which is an ancient epic name of a forest in India. Darukavana finds mention in Indian epics like Kamyakavana, Dvaitavana, Dandakavana,etc.

 

According to a narrative, the Balakhilyas, a group of dwarf sages worshipped Shiva in darukavana for long time. To test their devotion and patience, Shiva came to the Darukavana as an digambara (nude) ascetic, wearing only Nagas[serpants] in his body. Wives of sages were attracted and ran after the ascetic, leaving back their husbands. Sages got very disturbed and frustruated with this. They lost their patience and cursed ascetic to loose his linga. Shivalinga fell on the earth and whole world trembled. Brahma and Vishnu came to Shiva, requested him to save earth from destruction and take back his linga. Shiva consoled them and took back his linga. Shiva promised his divine presence in Darukavana as Jyotirlinga for ever. Later Darukavana became favourate place of Nagas and Vasuki worshipped Shiva here for long and there after the Jyotirlinga came to be known as Nagnath or Nageshvara.

 

Also, there is a narrative in the Shiva Purana on the jageshvara Jyotirlinga. It says, a demon named Daaruka attacked a Shiva devotee by name Supriya and imprisoned her along with several others in his city of Darukavana. This place was a city of snakes and Daruka was the king of the snakes. On the insistence of Supriya, all the prisoners started to chant the holy mantra of Shiva and instantly Lord Shiva appeared and vanquished the demon and later started to reside here in the form of a Jyotirlinga.

 

Grishneshwar /Ghushmeshwar: There once lived a pious brahmin & his wife. He was a great devotee of Siva. He was not blessed with a son. At the persuasion of his family, he got married to Kusuma, in order to give him a son. Kusuma was an even greater devotee of Lord Siva. Everyday she would make one Siva Linga, worship it and then immerse it in the temple tank. Soon she was blessed with boy baby. The first wife was seeting with jealousy & ill treated Kusuma. Putting all her faith in the Lord, Kusuma bore all the sufferings humbly. When the boy grew older, they planned his wedding. The jealous first wife, killed the boy with an axe. Kusuma was deeply grieved, yet did not stop her daily worship of Lord Siva. She continued to make the Lingam, worshipped & immersed it in the tank. To the surprise of one and all, her son rose out of the water one day, coming back to life. Lord Siva apperaed before them & blessed them. He declared that he would give darshan to devotees in his Jyotir Linga swarupam at the same spot where Kusuma immersed the Lingams.

 

Omkareshwar / Mamleshwar: The Omkareshawar temple is built in the North Indian style of architecture, with high spires, on the mountain Mandhata by the banks of Narmada River (in the Malva area in Madhya Pradesh) Devotees consider worship to Panchamuga Ganesha, to be very auspicious. The significance of this linga is that the linga is not situated below the cupola. The idol of Lord Shiva is situated on the top of the temple. It is said that once, sage Naradar during his visit to the Vindyas, sang the praise of mount Meru to Mount Vindhya. On hearing this, Mount Vindhya practiced severe penances and worshipped to Lord Siva to gain in importance. Lord Siva blessed him & appeared here as Omkareshwarar & Amaleshwarar and gave the boon of grwoing, but without hindering Siva devotees. But the Vindhyas did not stop growing, and even obstructed the sun and the moon. Sage Agasthyar subdued its growth by saying it should not grow till he gets back there. He never went back & hence the growth was arrested

 

Mahakaleshwar: The temple of Lord Mahakaleshwar is very big, beautiful and grand. The Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is situated below the ground in a Garbha Griha. This Jyotirlinga is big in size and is encircled by a silver snake. On one side of the Shiv Linga there's the idol of Lord Ganesha and on the other side the idol of Parvati and Kartikeya There once lived a brahmin in Avanti, who had four sons, who were great devotees of Lord Siva. Dushanan, a demon was giving trouble, disturbing all good & religious activities. The brahmins from all over the land gathered with the four sons & performed pooja to Lord Siva. The spot where they had taken mud to make the Lingam, had become a huge pond. When Dushanan came to disturb their pooja, Lord Siva rose from this pond as Mahakaleshwarar & destoryed Dushanan. On the request of the brahmins, Lord Siva gave darshan to devotees at this sthalam, one of the Jyotir Linga sthalams

 

Somnath: The Somnath temple is dedicated to Someshwara, another name of Lord Shiva with moon on his head. The temple is situated in Saurashtra. It is believed that Somraj, the Moon God himself had originally built the temple out of gold Chandran (moon God) fell in love with Rohini, one of the daughters of Daksha. Daksha Prajapati had 27 daughters (Ashwini, Bharani, Kritika, Rohini …) But Dakshan wanted to give all his daughters in marraige to one able & loving person, who would treat all his daughters equally. Chandran got married to all, but his love for Rohini was too great & the other daughters complained to their father. Dakshan cursed Chandran to dwindle in power & beauty. When Chandran begged forgiveness, Dakshan said that only prayers to Lord Siva could free him of the curse. Chandran came to Somanath & prayed to Lord Siva, doing penance for about 4,000 years. Lord Siva appeared & said that he could not fully absolve him of the curse. Instead, he would wane in 15 days, but would grow again. This is the story said for the waxing & waning of the moon, producing new moon & full moon

 

Rameshwaram: The temple at Rameshvaram, besides being considered a Dhama, is also one of the twelve sacred Jyotir Linga sites. Rameshvaram Jyotirlinga is situated on the peninsular tip of Rameshvaram, The temple of Rameshwar is very big and grand. There are many other idols of Shiva and other gods other than the main lingam. There is a big idol of Nandi, the vehicle of Shiva Those who go to Rameshwar Jyotirlinga and seek Lord Shiva's blessings always live in Shivloka. After Killing Ravana, Lord Rama worshipped the jyotirlingam to atone the sin of killing Ravana, a Get Pandit of all times, Rama therefore was seeking a jyotirlinga for the worship. Hanuman flew to bring the Linga from Kailasa, for Lord Rama to wroship. As it was getting late, Rama worshipped the Lingam that was made of sand by Sita Devi. This Lingam worshipped by Lord Rama is known as Ramanathar. When Hanuman returned he was disappointed that his Lord had not used the Lingam that he had brought. Lord Rama pacified Hanuman & named this Lingam Kasi Viswanathar. Also known as (Kasilingam and Hanumalingam). Devotees have to worship Kasi Viswanathar before worshipping Ramanathar.

 

Srisailam: The temple of Lord Mallikarjuna is situated in the town of Srisailam on the banks of River Patalganga Krishna, in the state of Andhra Pradesh The temple sculptures narrate in stone, epics from the great Hindu epics-Ramayana and Mahabharata.This temple is considered very holy and is dedicated to Mallikarjuna Swamy and Bhramaramba. One unique feature of the temple is that all the devotees who visit the temple are allowed to touch the idol which is not prevalent in any other temple. The temple is built in Dravidian style When Siva and Parvathi decided to find suitable brides for their sons, Ganesha and Muruga argued as to who is to get wedded first. Lord Siva bade that the one who goes round the world in Pradakshinam (take circle of the world) could get married first. By the time Lord Muruga could go round the world on his vahana, Lord Ganesha went round his parents 7 times (for according to Sastras, going in pradakshinam round one's parents is equivalent to going once round the world (Boopradakshinam). Lord Siva got Siddhi & Buddhi, the daughtersof Viswaroopan married to Lord Ganesha. Muruga on his return was enraged and went away to stay alone on Mount Kravunja in the name of Kumarabrahmachari. On seeing his father coming over to pacfy him, he tried to move to another place, but on the request of the Devas, stayed closeby. The place where Lord Siva and Parvathi stayed came to be known as Sri Sailam. Lord Siva visits Lord Muruga on Amavasai day & Parvathi Devi on Pournami.

 

Baidyanath Dham / Vaidyanatham: The legend of Vaidyanathan goes something like this. The demon lord from the Ramayan, the devout Ravana meditated hard in order to invoke Lord Shiva, and requested him to come over to Sri Lanka, in order that his capital may become invincible. It is said that he attempted to lift the holy mountain, Lord Shiva's abode, Mount Kailash and take it with him to his capital; however Shiva crushed him with his finger, and Ravana prayed to him and sought his mercy, after which Shiva gave him one of the twelve Jyotirlingams with the condition that if it was placed on the ground it would take root immediately and hence Ravana had to carry it back on his trek to his capital. Varuna the God of water, entered Ravana's belly, and caused him to feel the need to relieve himself. Vishnu then came down in the form of a lad and volunteered to hold the Jyotirlingam as he relieved himself. But before Ravana could return, the young lad placed the jyotirlingam on the ground to which it became rooted. A disappointed Ravana offered severe penances to Shiva here, and cut off nine of his heads as a part of his repentance. Shiva revived him and joined the heads to the body, like a Vaidya or a physician, hence this Jyotirlingam goes by the name Vaidyanath. The same legend holds at Gokarnam in Karnataka.

 

Kashi VishwaNath: Kasi is amongst the holy spots for visit by the Hindus. It is believed that a visit to Kasi ensures liberation & hence pious Hindus seek a visit during their lifetime. The Lord himself has declared this spot as his Royal residence. Goddess Parvathi's mother felt ashamed that her son-in-law had no decent dwelling. To please Parvathi Devi, Siva asked Nikumbha to provide him with a dwelling place at Kasi. On the request of Nikumbha, Aunikumbha a brahmin made Divodas construct a temple for the Lord here. The pleased Lord granted boons to all his devotees. But Divodas was not blessed with a son. The angered Divodas demolished the structure. Nikubha cursed that the area would be devoid of people. When the place was emptied Lord Siva once again took residence here permanently. The Lord along with Parvathi Devi once again started blessing his devotees with wonderful boons. Parvathi Devi was so pleased that she offered food (annam) to one and all and hence is worshipped as Annapoorani. The Lord himself is seen with a bowl in his hands asking for annam from the seated Devi at the Devi's shrine adajacent to Viswanathar's shrine.

 

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