Celebrations +++: Oktoberfest: Aachman of Celestial Ganges

“In us too the intuitive Fire can burn;
An agent Light, it is coiled in our folded hearts,
On the celestial levels is its home:
Descending, it can bring those heavens here.”

The United Nations has the most number of observations in the 2nd half of its calendar in the month of October.

The Hindi / Sanskrit term for the Milky Way galaxy (pictured above) is Akash Ganga or the Celestial Ganges alluding to the story of the heavenly Ganges landing on Earth near Haridwar.

The prefix Mahatma or Great Soul got added to Gandhi ji’s name when he was staying at the Gurukul Kangri, the first of the part of the cluster of Arya Samaj institutions, of which Arya Nagar is also a part where AZIMVTH Ashram is situated.

Deepavali (English: Rows of Lights) is the major festival of India. It signifies the spirit Asto Ma Sad Gamaya, Tamso Ma Jyotirgamaya, Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya – ‘Take me from falsehoods to the truth, darkness to light, death to salvation.’ This was part of the closing score of movie Matrix and is taken from Brihat Aranyaka Upanishad (300 BC).


  • Sanskrit / Hindi
  • Calligraphy
  • Photography
  • Visual art
  • Documentary
  • Spirituality
  • Performance art
  • New media
  • Linguistics
  • Painting
  • Music
  • Writing
  • Education
  • Yoga
  • Everybody
  • Art of Life


  • Visiting Ganges ghats,temples, ashrams
  • Pilgrim interactions
  • Local collaborations
  • Exhibit
  • Print media coverage
  • Local music instruments
  • Conditional access to a Braille printing press
  • Arts mentoring
  • Life coaching
  • Drawing / writing / performing projects


  • En-suite room
  • Shared studio
  • Twice daily Yoga teaching
  • Om & mantra chanting initiation
  • Daily lecture & discussion
  • Options at other cluster-locations
  • 3 meals, 2 herbal tea + snacks
  • Sachet tea/ 24hrs
  • Daily small basket of fresh flowers
  • Towels, bedding
  • Laundry
  • Ayurveda doctor visit every 3rd day


Grant of USD 500 liberally available.
28 days USD 1450
07 days USD 500
01 day USD 80

365 Arya Nagar Jwalapur
Haridwar 249407
Uttarakhand India

01 – 28 October 2018 (28 days)
Haridwar, Banks of Ganges, Foothills of Himalayas
One can apply to join for any 28 continuous days, either the dates mentioned above or earlier / later.

Top Image: The Milky Way Galaxy. Courtesy – ESO/S. Brunier / NASA

obama_1413977875_1413977905Image: Deepavali Celebrations at the White House, USA. Courtesy – America.gov

India_israel_deepavaliImage: Celebrating Festival of Lights. Courtesy – India Posts.

gandhi_bardoli_CharkhaImage: Gandhi Charkha. Courtesy – India Posts