Shiva Yatra

The Shiva Yatra is a pilgrim walk (pada yatra), cycle or bullock-cart journey to the foothills of the sacred Velliangiri Mountains to attend Mahashivratri at the Isha Yoga Center.

The opportunity will also be open to gents to make the pilgrimage to the Velliangiri’s sacred Seventh Hill.

Sadhana Dates:

Leading up to Mahashivratri, March 11, 2021.

  • 40 days: Jan 31 – Mar 11
  • 21 days: Feb 19 – Mar 11
  • 14 days: Feb 26 – Mar 11
  • 7 days: Mar 5 – Mar 11
  • 3 days: Mar 9 – Mar 11

Daily Sadhana Process:

The daily process for the sadhana is as follows:

  • Do minimum of 5 cycles of Shiva Namaskar on empty stomach. Then chant the Sarvebhyo Chant thrice. This should be done once a day, before sunrise or after sunset.

Sarvebhyo Chant:

Aum Sarvebhyo Devebhyo Namaha
(We bow down to all the celestial and divine beings)
Aum Pancha Bhutaya Namaha
(We bow down to the five elements)
Aum Shri Sathguruve Namaha
(We bow down to the Eternal Guru)
Aum Shri Pritviyai Namaha
(We bow down to Mother Earth)
Aum Adi Yogishwaraya Namaha
(We bow down to the One who is the Origin of Yoga)
Aum, Aum, Aum

  • Soak 8-10 peppercorns together with 2-3 vilva or neem leaves in honey, and a handful of groundnuts in water, overnight. After the Shiva Namaskar and chanting, chew the leaves, consume the peppercorns after mixing them with lemon juice, and eat the groundnuts as well. If the neem leaves are not available, the neem powder is available at Please ensure to finish your regular sadhana such as Shambhavi Mahamudra before consuming these.
  • A few points regarding the Shiva Namaskar practice:
    • Pregnant ladies are advised not to do Shiva Namaskar.
    • Ladies can do Shiva Namaskar during their menstrual periods.
    • People with hernia are advised to do the variations of Shiva Namaskar by using a cushion or a chair
  • Light an oil lamp once in the morning and once in the evening. If a lamp is not available, you can use a candle.
  • Chant the Yoga Yoga Yogeshwaraya chant twelve times in the morning and twelve times in the evening after lighting the lamp. It is best to do this sadhana during the 40-minute sandhya kalas. Two significant sandhya kalas begin 20 minutes before and end 20 minutes after sunrise and sunset.

Yoga Yoga Yogeshwaraya chant:

Yoga Yoga Yogeshwaraya
Bhuta Bhuta Bhuteshwaraya
Kala Kala Kaleshwaraya
Shiva Shiva Sarveshwaraya
Shambho Shambho Mahadevaya

Sadhana Guidelines:

There are a few guidelines to follow during the sadhana period.

  • Have only 2 meals a day. The first meal should be after 12:00 noon.
  • If you feel hungry, you can drink the peppercorn-honey-lemon juice and water mixture again.
  • Avoid smoking, consuming alcohol and eating non-vegetarian food.
  • A black cloth should be worn, tied on the upper right arm for men and the upper left arm for women. Any black cloth can be used, but the cloth should be 12 inches in length and 1 inch wide. Those participating in the sadhana can procure the black cloth by themselves.
  • Wear only white or light-colored clothing.
  • Please have a bath or shower twice a day using herbal bathing powder. Herbal bathing powder is available at Shoppe Stores.
  • Apply Vibhuti on the following points: Agna – between the eyebrows, Vishuddhi – pit of the throat, Anahata – just beneath where the rib cage meets, and Manipuraka – just below the navel.

Culmination of Sadhana:

The sadhana will culminate on Mahashivratri, Mar 11, at the Isha Yoga Center.

The process at the Isha Yoga Center is as follows:

  • It is essential to remain in Jagarana, which means to stay awake the whole night.
  • Chant the Yoga Yoga Yogeshwaraya chant 112 times.
  • Offer something to 3 people in need of food or money.
  • Offer a vilva leaf / neem leaf / leaf with 3 or 5 petals to Dhyanalinga.
  • Untie the black cloth from your arm and tie it near Nandi in front of Dhyanalinga.

If culmination on the day Mahashivratri is not possible, then the process can be completed before the succeeding Purnima (full moon).

Contact Details:

Phone: +91-83000 83111