A Hindu Temple runs deeper than its brick and stone exterior, existing on various planes of meanings and significance. On one hand, it is the nucleus of knowledge and learning, a preserve of Indic Knowledge Traditions, on the other, a socio-economic entity and a welfare institution. In the Hindu social system, temples have served as centres of art, culture, and economics where music, dance, painting, sculpture, architecture, and other forms of craftsmanship have flourished; as treasury offices that distributed resources, and as legal courts that dispensed justice.
This year, Pathik – Temple Trails & Stories is unfolding along the azure sea in Goa, taking you on a pilgrimage across some of the most exquisite, yet lesser-known Devasthanams of the world. Uncovering Goa beyond clichés, we will immerse deep and long in her vibrant community life, experiencing first-hand the uniqueness of this Indian state where traditionalism blends seamlessly with modernity. Tracing our steps back into the annals of history, we will discover the civilisational wonder that was Bharatvarsha.
Dr. Pankaj Saxena, our guide and convenor of Pathik, will help develop a lens for ethnic tourism that is both thoroughly discerning and culture-positive!
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Goa is alive and versatile beyond the beaches, beer, and casinos that she is usually associated with. She will take you by surprise where a road turns, leaving behind the glimmering sea and stretches towards the cliffs, where the neon haze of the casino district fade in the distance and the narrow lanes of an old temple town come to light. Inciting great curiosity, the journey of Pathik will beg a myriad of questions – What’s the story behind the strange church-like architecture of the Goan temples? Why are they built away from the beautiful coastline?
We’ll look for answers, and in the quest, dive beyond the glory of the Portuguese colonial heritage projected in Goa. On this pilgrimage, we shall discover the unconquerable soul of Bharatvarsha still residing in Goa – the seat of regeneration and civilisational survival.
Mahadeva Temple, Tambdi Surla is a 12th-century Shaivite temple in the ‘Kadamba style’ dedicated to Lord Shiva and an active place of Hindu worship. It is considered to be the only specimen of Kadamba architecture in basalt stone preserved and available in Goa. The temple remained untouched due to its remote location in a clearing deep inside the forest, at the foot of the Western Ghats mountains that surround the site.
Shri Shantadurga Saunsthan is a temple dedicated to ‘Shantadurga’, the goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. It is taken care of by Goud Saraswat Brahman Samaj and is located 30 km away from Panaji at the foothill of Kavalem village. Unlike many Hindu deities in Goa, this one found a safe abode right from the start and need not be moved from one worship house to another. The temple remained unaffected from religious persecution by Portuguese rulers during the 16th Century.
Shree Saunsthan Nagesh Maharudra Temple is a famous Shiva Temple in Goa. The Saraswats established Shree Nagesh Maharudra deity at Bhandiwade. Unlike the other deities, this one found a safe abode right from the start and did not need to be shifted from place to place. This temple was unaffected from the religious persecution of the Portuguese rulers during the 16th Century.
Note: This itinerary is subject to changes. A final, more detailed version will be shared with you closer to the programme dates.
Accommodation will be provided at the hotels on a twin-sharing basis. During the journey, a mix of Indian, Continental, and Konkani vegetarian meals will be served. Comfortable travel to-and-from airport, entrance fee at all places, and mineral water are also part of the services offered.
Note: Personal expenses and other expenditures not mentioned here to be borne by participants.
Fee for Indian Citizens: ₹29,999 (incl. of all taxes)
Fee for International Candidates: $499 (incl. of all taxes)
This amount is inclusive of travel for the entire duration of yatra, food and accommodation, workshops and activities during the programme, Rashtram alumni status after the programme, 25% discount in all the future programmes of Rashtram. Break up of the fees is as follows:
Rashtram is committed to the safety and wellbeing of its learners, faculty and staff. Rashtram will provide support to ensure the yatra has all covid safety protocols. Additionally, all learners will sign a declaration upon admission into the program, confirming their status of health and willingness to follow COVID protocols as per relevant government regulations issued at the time. We would have to follow standard disciplinary actions (including debarment from the programme) against anyone who is non-cooperative about the established safety protocols.
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