Known- Lesser Known Varanasi Academic Tour – 22nd-23rd September 2018

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Canting the Ganga Hymn - Varanasi

Navina Jafa Heritage – Walk, Tours, and Experiences presents – 

Known- Lesser Known Varanasi 

 

HIGHLIGHTS

Theatrical Presentations with Real-Time Deeply Researched Experiences with Dr. Navina Jafa: follow @navinajafaheri1

  • Special Viewing & Explanation Of Original Buddhist Manuscripts
  • Women Empowerment through Vedic Chants
  • Recalling Beatles from a room where they practiced with Ravi Shanker
  • Experiencing UNESCO Masterpiece of Living Heritage
  • India as a Sacred Cartographic representation

The land between river Varuna and river Assi came to be called in the Religious Mapping as the sacred land of Varanasi. In other texts, it became Anadvana: The land of ultimate Bliss and Nirvana and still in others Kashi, the city of light.

Ghat bathing

The river Ganga, which flows in this age-old city has never changed its course. For certain miles, it runs backward north towards its mouth Uttarvahini. The area has come to be called the Moksha-Sthan or the land of Nirvana.

The idea of Nirvana or escape from the cycle of death and life acquires several paths encased in the idea of the city. It could be through the path of knowledge and hence the City has evolved with the passage of time one that is associated with the heritage of Knowledge. The path could be that of performing arts, leisure, and cuisine – hence the ancient urban town has nurtured one of the best traditions of Intangible heritage which includes mythological plays, crafts, and untold masters of music, dance, literature, and poetry.

When Gods come down
The tour will take you to witness an example of the UNESCO Living Masterpiece 

The road to Nirvana could be in the idea of accumulating arth  or monetary gains, the city of Varanasi situated along the grand Ganges acquired its seminal identity as a city of economic power, its rich alluvial plain ensured thriving agricultural produce and trade all through ancient times, such that the space of Varanasi also emerged as a space where rulers vied for power and merchants from various parts of the Subcontinent made their way here living their imprints in the cultural heritage of the city.

room with a view
The room in a special house where the Beatles  practiced overlooking the Ganges

The ultimate path to Nirvana and the legitimacy of all human actions define the religious and ritualistic fervor that draws all people of various classes and regions such that it is here that one comprehends that religion is the largest self-organized business of India.

Vedic Chants
Women Empowerment through Vedic Studies and Chants

Varanasi became not only home to a variety sect linked with Hinduism, but also with Jainism, Buddhism, and Islam. One of the holiest city of the Hindus it gained symbolic importance through lifetime events for Jains since the 23rd Tirthankara or Spiritual leaders Parashvnath was born here, as much as Buddha walked in silence after he gained enlightenment in Bodh Gaya and reached Varanasi ensuring economic backing for his mission to provide an alternate philosophy of life. The Buddha then gave his first sermon in the deer park in the outskirts of Varanasi.

Sarnath Library
Special Viewing of Original Buddhist Manuscripts along with choicest Buddhist Sculptures

The symbolism of Varanasi thus became Kashi, the city of lights, the path to seek subjective illumination, directions.Morning puja at Assi

Varanasi is the microcosm of everything that is India, it evidently showcases the generative idea of contradiction as much as it is naked in the way humans justify their karma their happiness and sorrow. The heritage interpretation of this lived, dynamic world dictates whether you love or hate an experience called India.

Join an amazing interpretative, experiential journey to Varanasi with Dr. Navina Jafa. It offers the travelers a unique window to witness, live that path of light many aspects which remain hidden. Do not miss this spectacular tour:

To register for the tour write to navinajafaheritagetours@gmail.com 

About Navina Jafa:

Called ‘Gatekeeper of the Spectacular’  by Financial Times, and ‘Experience Architect’  by the Times of India –  Dr. Navina Jafa, Director of the consultancy group is a well-known academic, curator, writer, interpreter, and presenter of and on Indian Heritage. Dr. Navina Jafa is a well-known academic, curator, writer, interpreter, and presenter of and on Indian Heritage. A Fulbright Scholar at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington DC she has taught in some leading universities and has presented and performed India for leading World Leaders, Nobel Laureates, Corporate among others universities and has presented and performed India for leading World Leaders, Nobel Laureates, Corporate among others. Dr. Jafa is a trained and practicing Indian Classical Dancer, as well and presently she leads heritage experiences. Dr. Jafa is a trained and practicing Indian Classical Dancer as well and presently she leads a nonprofit think tank Centre for New Perspectives which is working to create sustainable livelihoods for marginalized street-folk performers, and on ways to create awareness on Climate change and Plastic reduction by using performing arts. Presently, she leads a nonprofit think tank Centre for New Perspectives which is working to create sustainable livelihoods for marginalized street-folk performers, and on ways to create awareness on Climate change and on ways to use these arts for assisting mindsets. Presently she leads a nonprofit think tank Centre for New Perspectives which is working to create sustainable livelihoods for marginalized street-folk performers, and on ways to create awareness of Climate change and Plastic reduction by using performing arts.

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