A little bit of luck in your life. Everyday for 365 days A sojourn to a holy sanctuary (tirtha-yatra) is part of an ancient tradition and continuing culture in India. Almost everybody knows of somebody who, at some point in his or her lives embarks on a pilgrimage to a sacred place. These holy sites offer the same gifts to all - purification of the soul, good fortune, fulfillment of wishes, redemption from sin and, above all else, spiritual realisation. When it comes to luck, there's one thing everyone can agree upon: you can never have too much of it. So we bring to you our very own harbinger of good fortune – The Lucky Diary 2014 (tirtha-yatra edition). A lucky charm packed with the power of these divine destinations. A talisman you can write in and keep with you at all times.
This year’s edition is a spiritual journey through Sacred India. Blessings for each day and every task—brought to you from the holiest forests, rivers, deserts and hilltop shrines. This delightfully uplifting diary will entice Lady Luck to come your way all year round.
Let the tirtha-yatra edition of The Lucky Diary touch the pilgrim within you.Introduction to the 2014 Tirtha Yatra Edition
A sojourn to a holy sanctuary (tirtha-yatra) is part of an ancient tradition and continuing culture in India. Almost everybody knows of somebody who, at some point in their lives embarks on a pilgrimage. The world’s largest religious gathering, the Kumbh Mela takes place at Allahbad, Haridwar, Ujjain and Nasik. Numerous such sacred places scattered across the country bring millions of pilgrims together each year. These sanctified sites offer the same gifts to all - purification of the soul, fulfilment of wishes, redemption from sin and, above all else, spiritual realisation (moksha).
The earliest allusion to the practice of pilgrimage in Indian literature is found in the Rig Veda:
Flower-like the heels of the wanderer,
His body groweth and is fruitful;
All his sins disappear,
Slain by the toil of his journeying.
(Aitareya Brahmana, VII-15, as translated by A.B. Keith, Rigveda Brahmanas )
In the 3rd and 4th century, amidst an age of social insularity and political degeneration in India, religious congregations served as the nucleus of cultural bonding. Towns decayed, but cult-sites sprang up within forests, upon hillocks, amidst deserts, along riverbanks, beside seacoasts and at crossroads. Shrouded in a mist of myth and legend, pilgrimage centres were born and bred to bring faith back into the heart of man.
Even today, in the midst of urban chaos, you will stumble upon a religious rite, a call to prayer. Sometimes faraway in the wilderness, you will still hear a floating liquid hymn. Everywhere is worship – the reverence to a force stronger and stranger than the power of man, to the beauty and the wonder that can never be measured or fathomed.
The images in this diary take you to the weathered cross overlooking a windswept beach, to the hundred capped heads bowed down in prayer, to the frayed flags whipped in the Himalayan wind.
Let the tirtha-yatra edition of The Lucky Diary touch the pilgrim within you.
Travel the wondrous world without and touch the grace within.
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