Goa

Location

10 Nov - 15 Nov

Dates

25

Delegates

Rs 29,999/-

Prog. fees (incl. of taxes)

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.

Dr Pankaj Saxena

Director of INDICA-Rashtram Centre for Cultural Leadership

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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Why Goa?

The Long Standing Temple Tradition

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.

Temples In Focus

From famous tourist spots to hidden gems

Mahadev Temple, Tambdi Surla

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 Temple

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 Nagesh Maharudra Temple

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.

Itinerary

5 days across Goa
10 November
Day 1
  • Introduction & Welcome
  • Orientation
11 November
Day 2
  • Visit the oldest surviving Goan Temple: Mahadev Temple, Tambdi Surla
  • Shantadurga Temple, Kavale 
  • Serene experience of Pushakarini at Shree Sannsthan Nagesh Maharudra Temple
12 November
Day 3
  • Devaki Krishna Temple, Mashel
  • Arvalem Shaiva Caves and Waterfall
13 November
Day 4
  • Discussions with noted researchers and question-answer sessions & Aarti ceremony
14 November
Day 5
  • Leisure and exploration of Panaji

Note: This itinerary is subject to changes. A final, more detailed version will be shared with you closer to the programme dates.

Experience

An unconventional Goa

Discover the unknown dimensions of temples with Dr. Pankaj Saxena

Get an opportunity to interact with noted researchers

Experience a stay in mud cottages at Tambdi Surla

Relish the world famous local Konkani Cuisine at a farm

Am I the Right Fit?

Join us if you relate to any of the following
  • You are enthusiastic about, and have a penchant for temple history, culture, dharma & civilisation.
  • You are passionate about traveling and exploring hidden gems.
  • You have a work or educational background of architecture, archeology, history, travel, or tourism.
  • You are an academic interested in Indic Knowledge Systems.

What Rashtram Provides

Facilities provided during Pathik

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.

Admission Process

Steps to apply
1

Expression of Interest

Interested candidates should fill the expression of interest form above. An email containing a link to application form will be sent to you.

2

Submit Your Application

Using the link received by email, candidates are required to submit an online application form to help us understand them better.

3

Application Review

Application shall be reviewed and necessary communication concluded within 3 working days from the date of submission.

4

Payment of Fees

Selected candidates should pay the programme fee within 5 working days of receiving the confirmation email.

5

Payment Confirmation

Admissions will be based on a first-come-first-serve basis until the maximum intake. Once payment is confirmed, ID proof and declarations are required.

6

Travel Preparation

Selected Yatris can book tickets and prepare for travel to join the yatra starting on 10 November.

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Programme Fees

What you are paying for

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:

Food6%
Travel28%
Stay & Accommodation 48%
Merchandise4%
Miscellaneous14%

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the documents required for the programme?

  • Any two id proofs are required among (Passport, Driving License, Voter Id card & Pan card).
  • Letter of indemnity/ Declaration form

Please check the common mistakes made during the registration process?

  • Incomplete and incorrect information
  • Uploading unclear photo / id proof
  • Uploading black and white photo/id proof
  • Missing signatures where require

Do I need to carry the medicines which I have been taking and prescribed by my doctor?

Yes, you are advised to take sufficient stock of medicines to last the entire duration of the trip.

 Approximately how many hours of travel is scheduled per day?

Daily travel can span between 6-8 hours. This includes brief recesses.

What is the motivation behind Pathik?

  • Goa is usually known for its Trance Parties, Beach Shacks, and cheap alcohol but there is an immensely richer history and tradition to be explored.

  • Goan temples were re-established outside of Portuguese-controlled areas during the early days of Portuguese invasion and the dreaded Inquisition.

  • The tales behind the Goan temples are filled with mysteries and adventures which are yet to be revealed.

What kind of clothing should I prefer?

We intend to visit religious institutions and local communities. Prepare to dress modestly, keeping the religious sentiments and local culture in mind.

Is there an age limit?

  • Participants must be between 18 and 60 years of age.

  • Participants below the age of 18 must either be accompanied by a parent/guardian or submit a letter of parental consent.

What is the eligibility criteria/pre-requisite to be a part of Pathik?

  • You must be medically fit.
  • You must qualify for the interview round.

Will, there be any expense that I’m likely to incur?

  • Personal expenses during the travel such as local snacks, souvenirs, etc.
  • Expenses in case of evacuation due to medical emergencies, natural calamities such as earthquakes, landslides, floods, etc. towards travel, boarding, lodging, and medical costs.

What kind of weather and temperature can be expected?

Mostly dry, with a few spells of rain. The average temperature is ~33°C.

Could you give me details on the accommodation conveniences provided?

The rooms will be basic, clean & tidy on a twin sharing basis with attached washrooms.

 What are the documents that I need to have for the Yatra?

  • Aadhar Card
  • Driving Licence/Pancard/Passport

What is the cancellation and refund policy for Pathik?

In case you are unable to join the Pathik, we must be notified of the same in writing. The organisation shall refund all costs except the utility charges as per the following guidelines:

  • 75% Refund –  If cancelled before 30 days from the commencement of the programme.
  • 50% Refund –  If cancelled before 20 days from the commencement of the programme.
  • 25% Refund – If cancelled before 10 days from the commencement of the programme.
  • No refund – If cancelled after 10 days from the commencement of the programme.

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

Precautions to ensure all Yatris' safety

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.

Compulsory Wearing Masks

Regular Temperature Check

Ensuring Good Ventilation

Periodic Hand Sanitisation

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