A family‘s offering to #Ganga during the famous #Aarti ceremony in #Rishikesh: a diya (light), fresh flowers and incense afloat on a leaf. The photo was taken during Ganga Aarti which is performed every day in the three holy cities of India: Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Varanasi. Aarti is a powerful and uplifting spiritual ritual. In Rishikesh, the ceremony includes singing of #bhajans (devotional songs), prayers, #hawan (sacred purifying fire ritual) and the actual aarti (oil la
As the main tourist and rafting season in Rishikesh is over, you can now experience the most natural, original side of Ganga. The current atmosphere brings back a sense of ancient times when the great saints of India started their journey into the mighty Himalayas from the banks of Ganga Ma. Enjoy the views and the purifying atmosphere during these monsoon months. #ganga #rishikesh #india #himalayas #meditation #yoga #monsoonindia #monsoonrishikesh #monsoonmagic
An intermediate level arm balance to strengthen your entire body. Toning especially arms and abs. Not to be confused with the Crow Pose (Kakasana)! When you think about the qualities of a crane, you might think of a graceful and majestic bird. The crane is patient and doesn’t move much. It stands and waits for his prey to come to him. His head is down as he waits. In Bakasana, when our knees are placed high up against the armpits, we stimulate the lymphatic system, which help
Gayatri Mantra ॐ भूर्भुवः स्वः ।
भर्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑धीमहि ।
धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥ oṃ bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥ
dhiyo yo naḥ pracodayāt
– Rigveda 3.62.10 The Gayatri mantra has been translated in many ways.
It is dedicated to Savitr, the sun deity or the one supreme creator light (not the physical sun in our solar system, but the sun of truth in the spiritual heavens). "We meditate on the glory of that Being who has produc
Rishikesh or Hṛṣīkeśa (Sanskrit for god / conqueror of the senses; with hṛṣīka: senses / sentiment and īśa: god) is one of India‘s most ancient, sacred, significant and iconic cities. It is here where since time immemorial yogis and rishis have been doing their tapasya (ascetic spiritual practice for purification and elevation). Tradition asserts that yoga practice as well as a bath in the holy Ganges here, leads closer to salvation (moksha). Hence Rishikesh attracts many pil
The public wall plaque you see here can be found between Laxman Jhula and Ram Jhula in Rishikesh. It quotes yoga master Swami Sivananda (1887 – 1963). He respected all religions, saints and sages. Every person - irrespective of their religion or country - was received by Swamiji with the same warmth and love. He advocated: "Mankind is one family. All beings are children of the one Divine. He believed that the fundamental principles of all religions are the same, and all saint
Homa, also known as havan or yagna, is a Sanskrit term which refers to traditional ceremonies that involve offerings into a consecrated fire. These fire rituals have proven to purify atmosphere and ground, and to have a healing effect on the mind and the body. Ancient Rishis conducted homas to also make land and plants more fertile and foster abundant growth.
Although a consecrated fire is the central element of every homa, the procedure and items offered to the fire vary ac
A suitable place for meditation is a must. Especially when you are a beginner, a conducive environment is a great source of encouragement. When we begin our practice, everything around us should encourage us and shift our attention towards the goal. It takes time to cultivate a new habit. When we are living in an environment conducive to meditation and everyone around us is seeking the same, it becomes easier to immerse ourselves. At Lily Yoga, we have created an environment,
“Tat tvam asi” which in English loosely translates as You are that. Tat tvam asi is a statement which occurs in Chhandogya Upanishad. What does it mean? If not experienced, it is very complex, and once one have experienced it, it is the most simplest of all. Tat Tvam Asi: You are that. That which was there even before creation. That which is beyond name, form, space, time and one that has no precondition. You are that. You are the essence of everything. The universal principl
Some of you have visited Rishikesh and some are planning to visit for the first time in your life. Let us share our experience and understanding of the place in brief. Rishikesh is not an ordinary tourist place where one comes, stays for few days, takes photos, eats good food, and does some social media cool stuff. You are visiting a holy place. Millions of people are eager to come here. Something attracts them and a percentage of them make it here. It is isolated from distur