Youth Shivirs

Pujya Bhaishri has always been very fond of teaching young people. It is his belief that they are the future torchbearers of our culture and values.

Pujya Bhaishri takes every opportunity to interact with youth in various ways, such as question and answer sessions, visiting them in schools and colleges or through two to three-day shivirs/ camps organised as a residential retreat, to guide them through modern-day challenges.

Watch this video on Pujya Bhaishri’s thoughts shared about the youth in Badrinath Katha 2016.

The Shivir is intended to allow our children to spend time in the company of Pujya Bhaishri and their peers to discuss everyday issues and how Sanatan Dharma and our scriptures can guide them in their daily lives.

During the Shivirs, several topics are discussed including positive thinking, diversity and integrating spirituality into their everyday lives. Various activities also take place such as Yoga, games, dramas, garbas, and singing.

Youth Shivir, North Yorkshire, UK, 2008

In the 2008 UK Youth Shivir, Pujya Bhaishri said, “When we are children, we are in harmony because we behave according to our emotions.  As we grow up, we cease to listen and act according to our emotions and lose that peace.  There was a time we knew only laughter and love all around.  As we grow up and experience more of the material life, we discover hate and bitterness.  As a result, we lose harmony.”

“Dharma (Religion) shows us how to live life with melody and harmony.  We can learn to enjoy life while maintaining our Dharma, traditions, principles and values – our true identity.  If we lose these, then we cannot find true happiness, true peace.”

Comments from attendees of the Shivir include:

“It’s difficult to describe in a few words what I have gained from the Shivir. Pujya Bhaishri’s open mind and loving culture guided us through some of life’s difficult questions in a simple and straightforward way.”

“This experience was even more fulfilling as I shared it with an inspiring group of people of different ages and backgrounds that encouraged me to think with a wider perspective.”

Watch Question and Answer Session with Pujya Bhaishri in Bangkok Shivir 2016.

Dharma Yatras

Pujya Bhaishri spreads the eternal messages of Sanatan Dharma through short discourses, going from one town to another, taking his messages of love and wisdom to people everywhere.

Dharma Yatras in the past include:

  • Vyara District, Maharashtra, India
  • Vishva Hindu Parishad, USA in 2000
  • UK in 2005

Dharma Yatra, Luton, UK, 2005

Tirtha Yatras

Visiting places of pilgrimage in India and paying obeisances to the Gods and Godesses has always been very significant.

Pujya Bhaishri has undertaken many such yatras to tirthas (holy places which include holy rivers) and dhāmas (pilgrims of devotion) often combining them with Kathas. Hundreds of devotees have joined him to pay respects at these pilgrimages, participate in the Kathas and therefore had the most memorable as well as divine times. The first Yatra Pujya Bhaishri undertook was to Gangortri in 1990.

The list of Yatras in date order, beginning with the most recent include:

  • Gangotri Katha and Yatra in 2018;
  • Badrinath Katha and Yatra in 2016;
  • Amarnath Yatra in 2012;
  • Kailash Mansarovar Katha and Yatra in 2012;
  • Chitrakoot Katha and Yatra in 2003;
  • Naimisharanya Katha and Yatra in 2002;
  • Badrinath Katha and Yatra in 2002;
  • Kedarnath Katha and Yatra in 1999;
  • Kailash Mansarovar Yatra in 1998;
  • Panch Jyotirlinga Yatra and Vaishnodevi in 1997;
  • Vraj Parikramma in 1996.

Visit our news section on Yatras and Shivirs to read about the various Yatras by Pujya Bhaishri.

Gangotri Katha and Yatra, 2018

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, 1998

Amarnath Yatra, 2012

Panch Jyotirling Yatra, 1997

Badrinath Katha and Yatra, 2002

Vaishnodevi, 1997