I am not able to contain my tremendous excitement that for the first time, I shall be going on a 7-day Yathra to Varanasi with my 70 y.o. mother! To understand my excitement, you have to know the origin of Varanasi and its spiritual significance for seekers.
So what is a Yathra?
“Yathra” means travelling to a place which puts one in a highest state, in another words, it is about going to a place which gets you back to your own space called Kshetra. Kshetra is a place which stands for certain spiritual energy, certain ideology. The concept of Yathra is unique to Hinduism because way before any religion had invented any pilgrimage, Hindus were doing pilgrimage more than 10,000 years ago. Hindus go to the energy fields to experience and strengthen their seeking. Yathra is the fabric of India which is enlightenment.