Journey to the Bhaja Caves

Although the viewing of the Bhaja Caves was the main activity, what really intrigued me was the journey to the caves rather than the caves themselves. On the bus ride to the site the group was finally able to get a glimpse of the real India! Able to see housing, local stores and markets, and […]

Indian & Nepali Student Orientation

The Indian and Nepali students and alumni left their hostel in Mumbai to make the journey to the Kautilya Leadership Center at Kharghar, Maharashtra. On the way they did a pit stop at Panwel to taste a local delicacy – Vada Pav – a spicy potato pattie served between a soft bread roll. After a […]

Day 3: Akshardham

Day 3 takes us to Akshardham, a Swaminarayan temple in Delhi, India. Swaminarayan’s follow a sect of Swaminarayan Hinduism, a form of Vaishnavism (or Vishnu worship). Akshardham is set on a 100 acre campus and serves as an education center and temple for India’s Vishnu worshippers and other guests. Our visit took place on a […]

Day 2: Gurdwara/Service

Monday, our second full day in Delhi, was a day for visiting sacred spaces. We spent some time in the morning preparing for our visits by talking about our own sacred spaces, and then we went to two of the great places of worship in Delhi–the Gurudwara, a Sikh Temple, and the Jama Masjid, the […]