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Goa

Location

10 Nov - 14 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.

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. 

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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

Shree Nagesh Maharudra Temple

Shri Shantadurga Saunsthan Temple

Brahma Temple, Carambolim

Arvalem Shaiva Waterfall

Itinerary

4 nights 5 days across Goa

10 November - Day 1: Orientation to ‘Pathik’ - the Goa Chapter

Participate in a freewheeling conversation with Dr. Pankaj Saxena, Director of the Indica-Rashtram Centre for Cultural Leadership, where he explains the socio-cultural upheavals that Goa through centuries of Islamic and European colonisation has witnessed, developing her unique and vibrant eclecticism. Exchange notes and ideas on the civilisational significances of Hindu temple and temple-going, with central focus on Goa’s temples with their unique characteristics. This intellectual groundwork will help you appreciate the pilgrim trail ahead with all its nuances.

11 November - Day 2: Ponda - the Epicentre of Goa’s Hindu Soul

Explore Ponda, in central Goa – a place where the spiritual vibes are most palpable, with a number of magnificent devasthana located here. We shall visit:

  • Mangueshi Samsthana Temple – A temple dedicated to Shiva in Mangeshi Village.
  • Nagesh Maharudra Temple – A temple of the swayambhu linga in the Donshiwado region of Ponda.
  • Lakshmi Narasimha Temple – Dedicated to Laxmi and Narayana located in Veling, Mardol.
  • Mahalasa Narayani Temple – Located in Veling, this temple is dedicated to the Mohini avatara of Vishnu.
  • Ananta Shayanam Temple – This temple in Savoi Verem is dedicated to Vishnu in his reclining posture.

12 November - Day 3: A Tale of Destruction, Revival, and Restoration

Dive deeper into the checkered history of Goa’s Hindu past with visits to multitudes of ancient ruins of temples, under the guidance of eminent historians. Discover the unsung tales of civilisational struggle from the days of Portuguese occupation of Goa and how the temples became major sites of violation. Next, we will go on to tour – 

  • Devaki Krishna temple of Mashel – Discover Krishna being worshipped not with his consorts but his mother – a most unusual assemblage of presiding deities for a temple of India. 
  • Shaiva Caves, Haravelam – Witness the excellent specimen of rock-cut architecture in a natural surrounding, exemplifying the harmony of nature and divinity. 
  • Brahma Temple, Karmali – Attain the darshana of Lord Brahma in one of the only two temples found in India dedicated to this deity.  

 

13 November - Day 4: Mahadev Temple In Tambdi Surla & Shantadurga In Kavale

Discover more of Goa’s renowned temples today and interact with the acharakas and other communities integral to the temple ecosystem to study the present circumstances. Visit –

Mahadev Temple in Tambdi Surla – the only hindu worship house that remains standing in Goa today from antiquity. Learn how the temple survived Portuguese onslaughts owing to its remote location inside the forest.

Shantadurga Temple in Kavale – a Shakti temple which regained its stature by going through a complete restoration after the destruction of the original structure by the Portuguese. 

Get a glimpse of the traditional Goan architecture with a visit to an old Goan house more than 250 years old. We will see how architectural continuities make for cultural continuity and how culture is passed through abstract as well as concrete mediums.

14 November - Day 5: Revisit Your Learnings with a Visit to Old Goa Museum

Sum up your observations and learnings on the temple trail with a visit to the local museum where the checkered past of Goa is preserved. We shall recount the many assaults that the temples here have suffered at the hands of colonisers, the culture of abrahamic iconoclasm leading to the systematic destruction of temples, and the great cultural survival of Goa’s Hindu heritage against all odds. 

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 near Tambdi Surla

Relish the world famous local Konkani Cuisine

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.

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 and entrance fee at all places 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

Payment of Fees

Interested candidates can pay the programme fee after clicking on “Book You Seat Now” button.

2

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.

3

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
  • Missing signatures where required

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 4-5 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. However, Goan temples, re-established outside of Portuguese-controlled areas during the early days of Portuguese invasion and the dreaded Inquisition is lesser-known or considered as a travel attraction, despite the interesting tale of their survival. We must travel in Goa to unravel these hidden treasures.

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.

When can I make my flight booking?

Arrival – You can book your flight tickets in such a way that you can reach the hotel around 4 pm on 10th Nov 2021. It is recommended to book refundable tickets considering the covid situation.

Can I have food as per my choice?

It is not possible to provide special dietary/stay requirements. The candidate/delegate has to pay for something which has been individually ordered.

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/prerequisites to be a part of Pathik?

  • You must be medically fit.

Will, there be any additional expenses 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 Pathik,  notify us 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.

Can I know the venue where we are going to stay?

The programme manager will share the venue and other important details and instructions with you once you have enrolled on the course.

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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