Pilgrimage to the Northeast

Land of Shakti Sadhana

with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

February 28—March 13, 2024

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While seeing through the eyes of the Sages, The Northeast is the land of shakti and the perfect place for shakti sadhana. The fully awakened shrines of this land serve as a doorway to finding our own Divinity within. It is a land of the wish-granting goddess, Kamakhya, in Assam, and the embodiment of beauty and bliss, Tripurasundari, in the state of Tripura. It is the land of Sri Lakshmi, as sacred water bodies of Manipur, and it is the land of peace and serenity which we can breathe while walking through the forests, streams, and hills of Meghalaya.

Key Highlights

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Tripurasundari Temple in Udaipur, Tripura

Our pilgrimage in Tripura centers around the Tripurasundari temple, one of the most sublime aspects of the Divine Mother, and a sister-shrine to Kamakhya. Additionally, we’ll connect with the historic Manikya Dynasty, which governed and enriched this part of the world with enlightened leadership. A boat ride on Rudra Sagar (sacred lake) to the island where the dynasty’s summer palace, Neermahal, still stands, will take us back in time in ways that inform this and the remainder of our pilgrimage. In Agartala, we’ll explore Ujjayanta Palace, now Tripura State Museum, which was the Manikya Dynasty’s mainstay and houses, in addition to the region’s fascinating regal and tribal history, the royal portraits of Manikya kings and queens.

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In this ancient “city of gems”, we’ll engage with local tribal communities and explore their customs, traditions, and arts; shop at the world-renowned Ima Market (Nujpi Keithel, or, Women’s Market), established in the 16th century and operated solely by women to this day; boat on Loktak Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia, a major biodiverse and economic mainstay for the region, and sacred glory from the ancient past. And a visit to the Sri Govindajee temple in Imphal will offer a unique and delightful experience unlike any other…

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East Khasi Hills of Meghalaya

Traverse through the historic hill station, Shillong, en route to the southernmost Meghalaya, recognized for its cleanliness, eco-awareness, and record rainfall creating one of the most biodiverse places in the world. This beautiful region is home to the Khasi community, known for their living root bridges and lifestyle where nature takes the fore. In these striking green hills, we’ll hike into the gorge of Cherrapunji, explore the region’s glorious waterfalls and cliffside limestone cave systems, and relax and unwind at a one-with-nature, farm-to-table resort —built, styled, and run in Khasi Tribe tradition. Nearby is the enchanting village of Mawlynnong—a surprise that awaits you!

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Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati, Assam

Kamakhya temple, a Sri Vidya temple in the tantric tradition, is home to the ten Maha Vidyas — aspects of the Divine Mother through which we come to know ourselves and the divinity within. Known as the Wish-fulfilling Goddess, Kamakhya has been a stronghold of tantra sadhana in The Northeast for ages, and is central to the Tradition and its teachings still today. Read more about Kamakhya and living experiences of Pandit Tigunait and Swami Rama in Touched by Fire and Living with the Himalayan Masters.


Arrive to Agartala, Tripura
Tripura Sundari Shrine
Rudra Sagar, Neermahal, Ujjantya Palace
Flight to Imphal, Manipur; Govinda temple
Andro Village, Ima Market
Loktak Lake, Satsang
Flight to Guwahati, Drive to Shillong
Sacred Grove picnic lunch; drive to Saimika
Drive to Cheerupanji; immersion in local natural beauty
Drive to Mawlynong, tour of village, homestay overnight
Visit living root bridges; satsang
Drive to Guwahati; satsang
Visit Kamakhya shrines
Visit Kamakhya shrines and Umananda Natha island shrine
Departure day, flight back to Delhi

What to Expect

Enter the world characterized by its pristine hills, valleys, rivers, lakes, forests, and living root bridges — all exuding the intrinsic beauty of their creator. To this day, the forces unique to this part of the world have protected the people of the Northeast from succumbing to consumerism and exploitation of natural resources, and helped their people to retain their purity, simplicity, and love and veneration for nature. As a result, The Northeast remained a custodian of culture and spirituality which supersedes all man-made “isms” — a culture and spirituality which mirrors and supports the temples and shrines that we are.

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“This pilgrimage is a step toward finding our own essence; the essence of our Creator and Her creation. The goal of this pilgrimage is to fill the vessel of our own body and mind with elixir so that we can walk on our inner path untiringly and share the fruits of our inner quest with our fellow beings and the natural world. It is a pilgrimage filled with thrill, spiritual illumination, and insightful reflection regarding where humanity is headed — and should be headed. Said succinctly, it is the flagship excursion to The Northeast offered by the Himalayan Institute and guided by the Masters who watch over this land.”

—Pandit Rajmani Tigunait

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Excursion Leader

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Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD

Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, PhD, is a modern-day master and living link in the unbroken Himalayan Tradition. He is the successor to Sri Swami Rama of the Himalayas, and the spiritual head of the Himalayan Institute. As the author of numerous books, including his autobiography Touched by Fire: The Ongoing Journey of a Spiritual Seeker, Pandit Tigunait offers practical guidance on applying yogic and tantric wisdom to modern life. For over 40 years he has touched innumerable lives around the world as a teacher, humanitarian, and visionary spiritual leader. You can view more of his teachings online in the library of Himalayan Institute Online.

Pandit Tigunait holds two doctorates: one in Sanskrit from the University of Allahabad in India, and another in Oriental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Family tradition gave Pandit Tigunait access to a vast range of spiritual wisdom preserved in both the written and oral traditions. Before meeting his master, Pandit Tigunait studied Sanskrit, the language of the ancient scriptures of India, as well as the languages of the Buddhist, Jaina, and Zorastrian traditions. In 1976, Swami Rama ordained Pandit Tigunait into the 5,000-year-old lineage of the Himalayan Masters.

Dates & Prices

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February 28–March 13, 2024

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Optional Add-on: Kaziranga National Park Safari | March 13—16, 2024

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