One of the joys of traveling is getting to know the locals, their way of life and the things that are important to them. On Vedic Odyssey’s spiritual adventures we take great pride in ensuring our spiritual adventurers get to experience this.
During our visit to Chidambaram last year we spent time with my dear friend Sri Kailasa Shankara Deekshitar, one of the priests at Chidambaram’s Nataraja temple, and his lovely family.Deekshitar shared with us the history and the sacredness of the temple, and was extremely kind to invite us to enjoy a delicious meal in his home lovingly prepared by his wife. His family have for countless generations been a part of this temple, caring for it and performing the timeless sacred rituals that keep vibrant the sanctity of this amazing sanctuary.
The video below shows us enjoying a delicious meal prepared by his wife, meeting their vegetarian dog and Deekshithar teaching Mike (one of the participants on the trip) how to tie a veshti (a traditional men’s garment).
Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu Festival of Lights and it celebrates the victory of light over darkness. It is a day of Hindu solidarity. Hindus all over the world celebrate this festival and it is a joyous time for families. Families and friends get together, gifts are exchanged, new clothes ar...Read More
Tamil Nadu, the land of the Tamils, was dominated by the Dravidian culture for 2500 years. The cuisine is distinctly different from that of the north, and is based primarily on rice rather than wheat and an abundant use of coconut. With a largely vegetarian population like much of India, Tamil Na...Read More
Madurai’s Meenakshi Temple in South India, Hinduism’s grandest citadel to the goddess, is a sacred place of pilgrimage for Hindus the world over and one of the most famous temples in India. This temple, centuries old and hand carved out of granite, covers an area of 16.5 acres. In Mad...Read More
An invitation to join Jasmine Grace on a Vedic Adventure in South India from Nov 29 to Dec 10, 2017. “On my upcoming fifth trip to India, I feel it is a deep honor to guide beautiful beings through the soul-stirring and beautiful land of India. In true Dandapani style, this is no ordinary yoga&he...Read More