Ice Buckets & Plunges

Ringing in the Tamil Bell.

01 – 28 January 2018 (28 days)
Haridwar, Banks of Ganges, Foothills of Himalayas

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge becomes more demanding when the bucket is the mighty Ganges. A dynamic rapid caravan of snow-melts and smoothies! Plunge your head and dip your paint-brushes; open up the organic water-colours and make divine performance art.

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Sip at the original allegorical Yoga fountain at the unofficial Yoga capital of the world.
Officially, in December 2017 the United Nations (UNESCO) inscribed the Kumbha Festival as an intangible cultural heritage of the entire humanity. The once-in-12-years ancient festival will begin in 2021, 3 years from Makar Sankranti of 2018.


Pen your thoughts and plans of converting the ‘need’ to the ‘demand’ and hence the ‘search’ to the ‘seek’.

Chant Aum and sing the God-Song of Bhagvat Gita. In the hours of gods, the twilight zones, twice daily. At 365 Haridwar / AZIMVTH Ashram.

January presents many interesting cultural contexts in Haridwar.
Swami_Vivekananda_at_Parliament_of_ReligionsYoga. 130 years ago, in the year 1888, Swami Vivekananda visited Haridwar. He was on a pilgrimage tracking the path of Ganges upstream from Kolkata in West Bengal where it meets the sea. Over twenty thousand water-falls in the Himalayas, above Haridwar, in the Himalayas come together to become Ganges and enters plains at Haridwar, the first holy place on the river. Vivekananda brought Yoga to the West, during the time he addressed the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago, US,
5 years after the Haridwar pilgrimage. Vivekananda wrote, “…Its (Hatha Yoga) practices are very difficult and cannot be learnt in a day…” In 1896, he wrote a book “Raja Yoga”.Krishnamacharya had a job as a lecturer at Vivekananda College in Chennai.B.K.S. Iyengar was a pupil of Krishnamacharya. In 1966, Iyengar wrote the book “Light on Yoga”.

Indians abroad. Various communities from South Asia have been visiting Haridwar for many millenia, and established their respective inns. Yet, crossing the seas was largely considered a taboo.Thus, Haridwar presents a kaleidoscope of India.

India has the largest diaspora population in the world with over 15 million according to United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. As per official Indian report the actual figure is double of this. About 1% of the US population is of Indian Diaspora. Almost 80% of these live in 20%. First recorded migrations to the US happen soon after Vivekananda’s US visit. The median household income for Indian immigrants is much higher (roughly double) than that of the overall foreign- and native-born populations. Countries having more than 1% of population of Indian descent are – US, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa.

• Visiting Ganges ghats,
Temples, ashrams
• Pilgrim interactions
• Local collaborations
• Exhibit
• Print media coverage
• Local music instruments
• Conditional access to a Braille printing press
• Conditional access to telescope / space orientation

• Personal room
• Shared studio
• Options to work at other cluster-locations
• 3 meals, 2 herbal tea + snacks
• Sachet tea/ 24hrs
• Daily small basket of fresh flowers
• Towels, bedding
• Laundry
• Travel within city
• Music guidance
• Ayurveda doctor visit every 3rd day

• Sanskrit / Hindi
• Calligraphy
• Photography
• Visual art
• Documentary
• Spirituality
• Performance art
• New media

• Linguistics
• Painting
• Music
• Writing
• Education
• Yoga
• Everybody
• The Art of Life

Grant of USD 500 liberally available.
28 days USD 1450
14 days USD 900
07 days USD 500

01  Polar Bear Swim Day / Ganges Dip / Ice Bucket Challenge ALS
02  Full Moon / National Science Fiction Day
08  Vivek Ananda Birth Anniversary
09  World Laughter Day
13  Spring Festival (Makar Sankranti)
21  Vasant Panchmi / National Hugging Day
26  Republic Day / Australia Day

“And Winter and Dew-time laid their calm cool hands
On Nature’s bosom still in a half sleep.
Its powers have come from the eternal heights
And plunged into the inconscient dim Abyss
And risen from it to do their marvellous work..”

365 Arya Nagar Jwalapur
Haridwar 249407
Uttarakhand India