What is a Sadhana Immersion?
A: A Sadhana Immersion is a program focused on spiritual practice and includes the opportunity for continued spiritual practice at Himalayan Institute India at Khajuraho and the Sri Vidya Shrine on campus. The Sri Vidya Shrine and the HII Khajuraho campus offer all that drew yogis and aspirants to the Himalayas in ancient times—extraordinary beauty, serenity, and spiritual energy that spontaneously transports us to our pure and pristine inner core. A Sadhana Immersion in this spiritually uplifting oasis is designed to help you accelerate your practice and become more firmly established in your experiential wisdom. The structured practice of hatha, pranayama, meditation, prayer, purashcharana, and personal guidance from Pandit Rajmani Tigunait (“Panditji”) are the central elements of this experience. But the most important element is the environment, which cannot be replicated.
Q: How can I prepare in advance for this Sadhana Immersion?
A: You may want to start, refine, and/or complete your practice in India or begin your practice now in preparation for your Immersion. The Sri Vidya Shrine in Khajuraho awaits you, with the prayer and trust that while you are there, you experience the love and compassion of the Sages, rekindle your own inner wisdom, and share the same with all following your return home. If you have not yet started a spiritual practice and wish to have a practice, please contact Pandit Rajmani Tigunait (“Panditji”) by emailing or calling Shelly Craigo: firstname.lastname@example.org, (570) 647-1509 (office), or (570) 290-1778 (mobile).
Q: Where will I meditate?
A: The Sadhana Chamber and Maha Mandapa of the Sri Vidya Shrine are available for seated meditation. The shrine is open daily from 5:30 to 10:00 a.m. and from 3:00 to 9:30 p.m. The shrine is closed between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Q: Can I meditate in the Garbha Griha?
A: The Garbha Griha is the innermost chamber of the shrine. The Garbha Griha is open during specific hours for paying your respects and having darshan of the sacred energy residing in that space. Sitting in the Garbha Griha is not permitted. The Sadhana Chamber and Maha Mandapa are available for seated meditation.
Q: Where can I do yoga?
A: Our large, covered outdoor pavilion is the primary location for practicing yoga. Covered verandas on the first floor of the main building and guesthouse are also available for hatha yoga practice. A large area on the upper level of the shrine, adjacent to the havan kund, is also available for hatha yoga if havan (fire offering) is not scheduled.
Q: What is there to do when practice is finished for the day?
A: After practice, there will be time for study, reading, journaling, walks in nature, contemplation, scheduled appointments for initiation into the Himalayan Tradition and spiritual guidance, and scheduled group activities. There are several interesting walking routes in the area and on campus which you may take advantage of, including the Siddha Baba hike, the palace walk, and a nature loop through the surrounding forest preserve. Our campus is also the perfect place for walking, bird watching (more than 46 species of birds, including some endangered species, have been identified on our campus), drawing, photography, and watching for monkeys and nilgai in the nearby hills.
Q: How many people will be there when I am on my immersion?
A: In order to enhance your immersion experience, each group will be limited to 45. All participants will be housed indoors.
Q: What’s the weather like in Khajuraho?
A: By the end of September, monsoon is generally over and the winter season gradually begins. Winter: October through February/mid-late March are the winter months in Khajuraho. Winters are cold with temperatures dropping to 40° F (4° C), or colder at times, and daytime highs ranging from 75° F (24° C) to 82° F (28° C). Highs in October and March may reach 90° F (32° C) or more.