Glimpses from the recent tour 🙂 The Nirvana Trail – ‘Vihara’ (‘experiential’ walking) across a lesser known ancient chapter in the story of Delhi!
A premier Buddhist institution of Delhi, Asoka Mission was founded by the eminent Cambodian monk Ven. Dharmavara Mahathera in 1948 with invaluable support from Prime Minister Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and other public men and scholars.
Asoka Mission is a registered society. Its objective is “to promote friendly relations, understanding and peace amongst men through education, health care, social and religious services and economic upliftment”. It endeavours to promote friendly relations between nations and communities.
Asoka Mission has the privilege of receiving high ranking dignitaries like HH the Dalai Lama, HH the Panchhen Lama, Prince Norodom Sinhanouk of Cambodia, HH Sangharaja of Laos, Fuji Guruji of Japan, HH Gamboja Hambo Lama of Mongolia, former President KR Narayanan of India and many others. Former Prime Minister of Myanmar, U Nu had planted the bodhi tree on the mission premises in 1953.
Ven. Dharmavara Mahathera left for USA in 1975. Asoka Mission was formally reorganized with Ven. Lama Lobzang as President. New Activities were started to revitalize it.
Asoka Mission campus is spread over 12.5 acres in the heart of capital city of India. One of the old structures is used as the shrine. It has been regularly celebrating the bUddha Purnima and other functions and religious rituals. It has been organizing meditation camps and retreats, (including those by foreign monks) from time to time.
Asoka Mission apart from running a meditation center and its other activities is presently concentrating on providing a firm foundation to its research wing, Centre for Studies in Transnational Buddhism & Civilizations. It is engaged in research on Education in Ancient Asia of which the Global Buddhist Congregation, the current conference is an offshoot. Before this conference, The Meaning of SriNalanda, held in April 28th to 30th, 2003 was the first international conference the Mission conducted. The Mission is also engaged in two other projects, viz., the Himalayan Research Centre for High Altitude Diseases, and the Asoka Mission Health Care Centre, New Delhi- A lifeline for Ladakh.
Note: Text sourced from: https://www.indiamart.com/asoka-mission-delhi/aboutus.html
Latest webisode in the #TranquilDelhi #JourneysWithin vlog series – Jain Temple Dadabari of Mehrauli, Delhi, India!
A quick trip to this Greenzone in South Delhi – the Hauz Rani City Forest! This City Forest is located near the Saket Metro Station along the Mehrauli-Badarpur Road new Sainik Farms. The Map location is given here: https://goo.gl/maps/SKAdnEs7FMn
Saket, which is now synonymous with glitzy malls, global brands, and a swankier lifestyle, was once dotted by beautiful medieval structures stretching from the Qutub to Chirag Delhi, comprising of the fourth city of Delhi – “Jahanpanah”.
Delhi Karavan will take you to the unknown alleys of the Khirki Village, where the Khirki Masjid, ‘The Window Mosque’ still stands tall amidst a crowd of urbanity, like a breath of fresh air! The next stop would be Sheikh Yusuf Katal Tomb. Still off the usual heritage circuit, this 16th century Lodhi era tomb is hidden away and even difficult to locate on Google. We shall further move to the Satpula Dam, the seven arched waterways of the medieval period, showing the excellent canal system that existed during the Tughlaq’s Sultanate. Experience with us the aesthetic beauty of symmetry of these structures, the multitude of domes and the peace which surrounds the otherwise busy streets and traffic of the posh locales of South Delhi.
If time and logistics permit, we shall also attempt to visit the nearby Dargah of Chiragh e Dehlvi.
Places to be covered:
*Shaykh Usman Saiyah Tomb
* Khirki Masjid
* Sheikh Yusuf Katal Tomb
* Dargah of Roshan E Chirag Dehlvi (if time permits)
Total walking 3.5km
DAY, DATE & TIME: Sunday, 16th Dec, 2018, 9am to 12 noon
MEETING POINT: Main entrance of Select City Walk Mall
Language: Hindustani (Hindi)Urdu)
CHARGES: Rs. 300 per person
In case of any dikkat, please call us at 9818278665.
ESSENTIALS TO CARRY/WEAR:
1) Dress comfortably but conservatively keeping in mind the local religious sentiments because, if time permits, we may visit Chiragh Dilli Dargah . No shorts and skirts allowed. Also, please carry something to cover your head if you wish to go to the dargah
2) A bottle of water.
HOW TO REACH:
Nearest metro station is Malviya Nagar. A quick auto rickshaw ride from there will get you to the meeting point.
Please note that parking of vehicles might pose an issue as there’s no public parking space available (except for that of the malls), please consider the same in case you’re driving down.
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From the greens of Bagh-e-Jud, though a medieval Necropolis, and today a marvelous landscape in Delhi – the Lodhi Gardens area seems to have always been a center for art, architecture, creativity and beauty! Spread over 90 acres this landscaped park is a product of the vision of the medieval Sultans of Delhi and also of the art and skill of British and American architects – truly an incubator for fusion of various art forms!
Amidst it’s beautiful landscape, the park today houses the following:
- royal tombs of medieval Sultans from the Sayyid and Lodhi eras: perfect examples of grandeur and fusion of architecture styles
- an exquisitely decorated mosque and Bara Gumbad, a huge gateway to the same
- Shish Gumbad: a big domed structure that was once decorated with Persian reflective tiles
- ruins of two medieval villages
- a 16th century bridge
- and several other Mughal era monuments.
The park also houses a herbal garden, a bonsai nursery, a butterfly conservatory, many many trees, a big lake and, hence, is also home to several varieties of birds as well! The place is frequented by several fitness and meditation enthusiasts, explorers, artists, nature and heritage lovers and is a favorite spot for photography, picnics and good times 😊
In this walk we will enjoy a Sunday morning, walking with fellow musafirs, across the various experiences that this park offers – primarily discussing the heritage and architectural aspects of the place.
WALK LEADER: Aditya Pathak
Catch him in action on his YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/user/adityapathakutube
MEETING POINT : Gate no. 1, Lodhi Garden (also known as “Ashoka Gate”)
MAP LINK: https://goo.gl/maps/9EHgbPTyVh12
Walking Distance : approx. 1.5 kms
Charges: 300INR per head
DATE : 18 Nov 2018; Sunday
TIMINGS : 9:00a.m.-11:30a.m.
LANGUAGE: English/ Hindi
TERRAIN : Easy terrain to walk
NEAREST METRO STATION – Jor Bagh (approx 1.5 km from meeting point)
CONTACT DETAILS: 9818278665; firstname.lastname@example.org
Awesome pure vegetarian food and great ambiance at Govinda’s at ISKCON Temple, Sant Nagar, Delhi 🙂