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अन्वेषः षणम् णा
traveller, discoverer, seeker
A travel program with guided tours to some of the most important cultural assemblages in India including its temples, civilizational centers and living systems.
Travel Diary: Karnataka
Image galleries, program information, and inspiring submissions from travelling Anveṣīs.
Artwork inspired by the Hoysala temples, by Ashish Kundalia
The Bṛhat Anveṣī trip for me started at the airport itself. Instead of going to Hassan by myself, I chose to wait for the Bṛhat team to arrive, so that I could tag along. Interestingly, no one else in the group did this. Whether I am lazy and irresponsible, or extremely aware and smart!
About Bṛhat Anveṣī
If you are interested in the cultural, architectural and historical heritage of India, and you want to explore the same by throwing yourself in the field yet want some guidance, then you must apply for Bṛhat Anveṣī. In this travel program offered by Bṛhat, you will not just get to go to all these temples and places but will also get the expert knowledge and guidance of Pankaj Saxena, a scholar of Hindu temple architecture. Via live demonstrations you will learn more about the architecture and sculptures of these temples and also have glimpses of temple rituals as they happen in these ancient abodes. By applying for this program, you will get both the thrill and adventure on one hand and cultural guidance on the other of exploring great temples in fun-filled days.
The rooms will be basic, clean & tidy on a twin-sharing basis with attached washrooms.
We intend to visit religious institutions and local communities. Prepare to dress modestly, keeping the religious sentiments and local culture in mind.
Male – Please carry a pair of dhotis along with you as some temples only allow men in dhotis.
Female – Some temples allow females in traditional Bhāratīya attire like a saree or a long kurti with dupatta/chunni to cover. Avoid Sleeveless and short clothes for temple visits.
Your health is of utmost importance to us and we will ensure that you have the required assistance when needed. We recommend that you take sufficient stock of medicines you are accustomed to for headaches, digestion issues, nausea, vomiting etc.
Keeping in mind the planned itinerary and the time taken to fully appreciate the living traditions, daily travel can span between 6-8 hours. This includes brief recesses.
Please drop us an email at email@example.com or contact us at +91 70088 73551 for further assistance.
If you are vaccinated, we suggest you please carry a copy of the certificate along with you.
In our culture, there is no age limit when one can embark on a tīrtha yātrā. However, from our experience of such yātrās, we have learnt that the below guidelines have been helpful:
Participants must be between 18 and 60 years of age.
Participants below the age of 18 must either be accompanied by a parent/guardian or submit a letter of parental consent.
We will be there to assist you at each stage of the process and you can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any query. In the meanwhile, you can try to avoid the following mistakes to make the registration process easier.
Incomplete and incorrect information: Name, Email id, Phone Number etc.
Uploading unclear photo or ID proof or B&W photo.
Do remember that filling your name, email address and phone number is just the first step showing your interest in the programme.
Check your email for confirmation of enrollment after 4 working days.
Make sure to make the payment and complete the enrollment process.
Click on the ‘Register Now’ button on the webpage
Fill in your name, email id, and phone number and submit
Proceed to the enrollment form page and fill in the enrollment form for the program; upload the documents and submit.
We will process your enrollment form and verify documentation within 4 working days of your submission. You can check your email for a confirmation of your enrollment and a payment link.
Make payment using the payment link and secure your admission into the program.
We will send you an acknowledgement of your payment. Post this step, you can proceed to book tickets and plan your travel.
In any of the above steps, if you have questions, please do contact us over email or phone.
You should have innate śraddhā in our tradition and be willing to experience it. You must be medically fit to endure physical exertion.