Helping Hands -Food for All

Helping Hands -Food for All

 A FitFortunes Initiative
Helping Hands ‘Food for All’

 

Together FitFortunes and Smilence run a food distribution campaign for disadvantaged families in Rishikesh. Team comprises Devesh Narwal, Manish Chopra, Naman Singhal and foreign nationals who are all taking careful actions and positive steps towards preventative measures, to ensure the access to food for all, striving for zero hunger in Rishikesh and nearby areas. 

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The Helping Hands 

 FitFortunes invites like-minded individuals and organizations to donate and help us ensure momentum and success of the feeding campaign and ‘Food for all’ during this time of crisis, possible with the help of locals, our dear friends, foreign volunteers and permission from the local authorities. Helping Hands ‘Food for All’ prepares and distributes food hampers containing basic grocery essentials which will feed a family of 4 for one week.

The hampers include but are not limited to:-
  • 3½ kg of wheat flour
  • 1½ kg of rice
  • 1¼ kg of pulses/lentils
  • Cooking Oil
  • Salt, tumeric & red chilli Powder

Food packs

The ‘Helping Hands’ initiative extends their kind efforts to the poor and homeless as well as low-income households which survive on daily cash earnings to feed their families. Rishikesh is well-known as a spiritual sanctuary for many and therefore it is also home to a large number of daily wages workers, labourers and homeless people who cannot feed themselves during this lockdown period. The government is helping but we want to give our efforts too to help the needy.

In the Yoga capital of the World, brothers & sisters want to inspire the gift of giving by sharing their example of Karma yoga, Selfless service with everyone. They are appealing to those more abundant during this unfortunate phase which is affecting many in a very critical way, to dig deep into their pockets, to pledge and share.

With support from local authorities the team manages regular distribution of food in an organized way and ensures that those most in need will receive your gifts.

 

helping hands

 

Team purchases local produce, prepares them into smaller parcels (ensuring everyone follows good food hygiene practices) and distributes with the help and organization of local authorities.

Abundance is a shared blessing. Please extend your kindness to others.

Namaste – Thank you

Pravesh Narwal

fitfortunes@gmail.com

Total Meals Served (11170)

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Ujjain A City of Hundred Great Temples

Ujjain A City of Hundred Great Temples

UJJAIN

The Place of Worship, Have You Explored Yet!

UJJAIN considered as one of the seven sacred cities for Hindus. An ancient city situated on the banks of Shipra River in Madhya Pradesh.
The city is one of the venues for Kumbh Mela. The temple town also called Ujjayini or Avanti and discovers say in the Hindu epic
Mahabharata. As the capital city of Avanti Kingdom. Moreover, it is trusted
that two sections of the Skanda Purana were made in the city.

The origin of Ujjain is associated with “Sagar Manthan” scene in
Hindu mythology episode. Divine beings and the devils stirred the
sea to gather Amrit which would grant immortality.
When the divine beings endeavoured to escape with it, four drops
of it fell at four better places; Ujjain, Allahabad, Haridwar and
Nashik.

So, here we will discuss the whole description of
Ujjain, let’s find out now:-

Where to stay in Ujjain

The budget hotels are grouped close Nanakheda transport stand
which is near the railroad station too.

Mid-range hotels can be discovered everywhere throughout the
city. Free Ganj zone has a decent number of mid-range hotels.

Where to eat in Ujjain

Ujjain is a treat for veggie lovers. Eateries serving Kashmiri,
Punjabi and North Indian nourishment can be discovered in
abundance. A couple of eateries along the University Road serve
staple non-vegan charge.

The religious place to visit in Ujjain

Mahakaleshwar Temple

Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple

Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple

The Mahakaleshwar Temple, one of the 12 jyotirlingas of Lord
Shiva is in Ujjain. Ruler Krishna got instruction alongside
Balarama and Sudama from Maharishi Sandipani here. The town
is a blend of the old and the new. The city’s legacy coincides with
the cutting edge structures.

Maha Kumbh Mela

Kumbh Mela is exceptionally mainstream, blessed assembly of
Hindus. The devotees from everywhere throughout the area
accumulate in substantial numbers to accomplish salvation and
bathe in the holy water river. Furthermore, This is the biggest social affair of its kind and is held at regular
intervals for PurnaKumbha and at regular intervals for
Ardha Kumbha. This devout celebration is held in 4 places in
India:-Nashik, Ujjain, Haridwar and Allahabad.

Ram Mandir Ghat

Ram ghat is on the bank of Shipra river and a particularly divine
and quiet place to visit. The night is the best time to visit the place
and one must go to night aarti here.

Chintaman Ganesh Temple

The temple is exceptionally old and goes back to the eleventh
century. It is renowned since the symbol is accepted to
be swayambhu (self-showed) and offering prayers in the temple is
believed to assuage one’s stresses.

Chintaman Ganesh Temple

Bhartrihari Caves

These caves as assessed to be 2500 years of age and is devoted to
Raja Bhartrihari who was the elder brother of King Vikramaditya.
He was profoundly propelled and deserted the kingdom for his
brother Vikramaditya and joined the Nath Sect. He did his
Tapasya in this very buckle and it is trusted that it comprises a
mystery way that opens to burn Dham.

Ram Mandir

Symbols of Lord Rama, Sita and Laksmana are there in this little
temple. Need to climb lots of the stairs to reach to the top. One of
the numerous great spots to visit in Ujjain

Kal Bhairav Temple

KalBhairav Temple Ujjain is a must visit temple acclaimed for its
one of a kind convention of offering alcohol to god.

The temple is devoted to KalBhairav. Situated on the banks of the
Shipra River, it is a standout amongst the most dynamic temples
in the city, visited by several devotees daily. Alcohol is one of the
contributions made to the temple god

ChaubisKhamba Temple

This is one of the most established Temple in Ujjain with 24 pillar
or Khambhat devoted to Choti Mata and Badimata, Near the
The northern side of the entrance are two little temples dedicated to
Mahalaya and Mahamaya goddess.

Harsiddhi Temple

One of Maa Sati’s Shakti Peethas. An absolute must visit the hole
or complete darshan of Mahakal, because of worship of Shiva and
Sati, should always be together and give blessings to all. Shiva and
Shakti is not separated from each other, they are Aadi-shakti

Pir Matsyendranath

This is the Samadhi place of Guru Matsyendranth,
Guru Matsyendranth masters 84 Maha siddhis and he was the master of Guru Goraksnath. Hindu Mythology Believed that Matsyendranth Gave Knowledge of Yoga to Guru Gorakshnath.  Who later on Implemented and organized his ideas and wrote a book on yoga called “Goraksh Samhita”. Guru Gorakshnath also discovered Shaivism tradition “Natha”.

So, what you waiting for, just grab the opportunity and
must visit this religious place once in your life.

Bhartrihari Caves Chintaman Ganesh Temple Shree Mahakaleshwar Temple mahadev-3880558_960_720

Indian Religious Tourism &  Their Perspective!

Indian Religious Tourism & Their Perspective!

Indian Religious Tourism & Their Perspective!

Well, What Comes Into Your Mind When I Say The Word Travel,
Tourism? Europe? New York? Australia? Well then let’s Limit
Your Imagination Up to India I e Indian Tourism.
So What Nudges You When I Say The Word Tourism Or More
Precisely “Religious Tourism” Banaras, Haridwar, Kedarnath,
Hrishikesh Are Some Of The Great And Most Holy Places Of
India.

badrinath

Badrinath Temple

The Four Most Important Pilgrimages

According To Indian Hindu Mythology All Together Called  ” Chaar Dhaam” Are
Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri And Yamunotri.
Apart From These The 12 Sacred Temples Of Lord Shiva Situated
In the Various States Of The Country Called The Jyortilingas Have
They’re Own Important.

When Once One Decide To Travel And Feel The Pleasure And
Blessings Of India’s Religious Tourism He/She Should Be Ready
For The Mesmerising Experiences And Extensive Surprises. The
Holy Cities Of Banaras, Hrishikesh, Delhi, Haridwar, Mathura,
Vrindavan, Gokul, Omkareshwar, Ujjain, Vaishno Devi,
Maheshwar, Hyderabad And Mumbai Are Must Visit In.
Now, Here I will discuss religious tourism in detail manner, So
let’s have look beneath.

Akshardham Temple

Akshardham Temple

Religious tourism is one of the most ancient forms of tourism.

The religious pilgrimage has been into existence since the dawn of
humanity. The modern era has found evidence of worships and
gods old enough to the era of human existence and since then to
the modern era, we have been visiting the holy places.

As the cultural landscape has been made by some of the important
religious centres in the biblical period. The cities hosting the
religious centres have not only become as of the iconic players in
the market in terms of marketing and economic growth but also
as in terms of spiritual growth as well.
Unlike as in the past when the religious tourism was just a holy
grail for the visitor it has now become a more diverse and
segmented market. In the travel business, it has the pilgrimage or
religion-oriented travel has proved to be a success.

Culture, Religion and People Bonding

It can be deemed either in a scientific or a religious way where the
people visit the places their interest, deemed as holy in their
religion, where we could say as going close to one’s god whom
they worship.

Golden temple

Golden temple

However, it’s not all about faith as it’s not one aspect of the
market. For example, If a SIKH person is visiting the golden
temple on an EVE then there would be tourists around with
diverse interests and beliefs who are there just for the beauty or
the architecture.
However, one thing remains common for all the travellers that
visiting a spiritual or a holy place creates a sense of good vibes
and positive emotions and almost everyone onset to their journey
further, leaving that place goes filled with a sense of satisfaction.

Religious Tourism and Faith

Religious tourism is just not all about faith but also as for the sake
of exploring the beauty of what faith and religion have made us
turn our beliefs into mind-blowing pieces of beauty and
architecture with some mind churning stories and tales. Also, who
knows that this might be a life-transforming experience.

It’s true that religious travel appeal to people of all age groups all
around the globe. This leads to people travelling in groups. These
groups can be multi-religious or even as multi-nationalities, but
even leaving everything apart there’s always one aspect which
isn’t there in any form of travel i.e. the belief.

In Addition, It helps in making stronger bonds, understanding the cultures
under the same belief and also develops the understating of the
diversity of a single belief. Moreover, It does create a sense of understanding
and credibility.
AS we may suggest either a believer or not, one should go for
religious travel. For believer’s this may be a godly moment but
even for the non-believers, it will be a chance to experience and
discover the astounding beauty of the various believed and even
the most iconic masterpieces of beauty that have been
constructed/made as in the belief of praising their lord or just as a
depiction of the enchanting tales.

Golden temple badrinath

PanchaKarma The Ayurvedic Detoxification Treatments

PanchaKarma The Ayurvedic Detoxification Treatments

PanchaKarma

PanchaKarma

Not to mention Ayurveda has given the world innumerable things. These things have helped to transform a world full of ailments to one which is fit and healthy. The endless significance of Ayurveda providing you with an alternative way of medication. Being the most prestigious branches of Ayurveda. Also, acts as a pillar for most of the healing technique of Ayurveda.
 
  Panchakarma is much needed for everyone after a certain time. Not just, it eliminates toxins from the system. As well as, Rebalances the Doshas and heals countless ailments. At the same time, renews a sense of clarity and inner peace.

Oleation –  Ayurveda includes the usage of various oils. Which are homegrown with various mineral ingredients. In addition to, These oils differ from the oils or ghee that used for internal applications. These mineral richen oils find profound tissues to carry the medicinal ingredients. And, suck out the toxin from other cells.
 
Fomentation – The process of sweat production called fomentation. The targeted tissues of oleation made more flexible and delicate by fomentation treatments. So, The toxin released gets melted and flushed out of the body.

Herb

Herb

Its a five-step, total mind-body rejuvenation experience. That comprises of herbal oil massages, steam baths, cleansing enemas. And, other purifying practices. Following are the 5 therapies of “Panchakarma”:
 

Vaman

 
In these treatments, the patients provided with oleation and fomentation treatments. In fact, for A couple of days which includes various sessions of therapies and medicines. Once the targeted cells release their toxins. They get accumulated on the upper cavities. And, then the patients treated with decoction and emetic medicines. These medicines aids in disposing of the poisons out from the body through vomiting. This treatment suggested for those who have kapha-dominated conditions. As well as undergo weight gain, hyperacidity, and asthma.

Virechan

In this, the patients provided with outside and inside oleation and fomentation treatments. But, the disposal of toxins is not through vomiting but through the clearing of bowels. The patients treated with natural purgative. Which aids in the clearing of bowels purifying the body toxins. The targeted patients are those who are suffering under Pitta- dominated diseases. Including jaundice, celiac infections etc.

Basti

Basti treatment said to have incredible many positive effects. This process includes the regulation of medicated substances through an enema. Therefore, considered as an exceptional contribution to the therapeutic world. After understanding your nature of disease homegrown decoction, ghee and oils managed into the rectum. This treatment is useful for patients suffering against vata dominated conditions. And also against chronic diseases.

Nasya

This therapy has an effective cleaning effect in the head area. This treatment starts with a head and shoulder massage followed by fomentation. After that, they apply nasal drops administered in both the nostrils. This follows the complete cleaning of the area giving you freedom. From any sort of cerebral pain, hair issues, sleep disorders, sinusitis. And also, respiratory ailments.

Raktamokshan

This treatment used to fight against various skin ailments. And also, help in cleansing the impure blood. You can target a particular body part or cover up the whole body. Also, practices fighting against skin infections, eczema and in local lesions.

Precautions of Panchakarma.

However, panchakarma dont have any side effect. Still, These treatments should be avoided during pregnancy and disease. Before taking up such treatment do get a consultation from a trained and qualified physician. Who will help you to plan for therapy according to your state of health.

Herb PanchaKarma

Top 7 Places for Yoga Retreat in India

Top 7 Places for Yoga Retreat in India

Top 7 Places for Yoga Retreat in India

Yoga retreats, Spreading in India like never before. Before getting into discussion let me ask you a simple thing – Do you feel stressed out? In this modern era, our mind and soul scream out for peace. A regular stay at home in weekends can never provide you with such. So, all you need is to get yourself disconnected from the outside world. Yoga proves to be the best way to rejuvenate yourself mentally as well as physically.
But before you get to know about the yoga retreat places, let us know about some advantages we can get from this.

Yoga retreat – a place located far away from the muddled crowd.

These yoga retreats provide you with courses of detoxifying yourself. Also, Scheduled events, classes, specified meal plans under professional guides. At the end of the entire process, you will find yourself reconnected and energetic.
Hence, providing you with the 7 best yoga therapies. Which will help you to run away from your daily schedule. And, spend some stress-free life.

Bhakti Kutir in Palolem, Goa


Goa, Filled with medication centre and yoga retreats. Hence we find Bhakti Kutir at Palolem be the one to mention. This yoga retreat stands among the coconut grove dotted with straw huts and bamboo. Their small restaurant providing you with organic food and fresh fish. Apart from yoga practice, there are workshops organized by the outsiders. As well as, Ayurveda centre offering treatments under expert guidance. The sound of the beach waves with chirping birds added to the ambiance leaves you with an elevated experience.


Bhakti Kutir in Palolem

Rishikul Yogshala, Rishikesh


Rishikesh Yogshala, Considered to be one of the most promising yoga schools in our country. In addition they offering you with the most affordable wellness retreat packages in India. It’s has a perfect location, providing traditional yoga practices in an authentic style, customized and healthy meal plans along with free ayurvedic messages. What else you can ask for? The school is also said to have 300 – 400 trained yoga training programs in Nepal and Vietnam too. So don’t miss to train urself with some revered yoga gurus excelling in the field of Hatha and Ashtanga yoga


Rishikul Yogshala

Santhi Yoga, Kerela.


Kerela, Considered as, The motherland of spies and Ayurveda. The Santhi Yoga retreat many focuses on Ayurvedic treatment. Within a short week’s program, one can learn a lot about Ayurveda and how indulging them in your life can help us to lead a happy and healthy life. The attendees also get to know the effect of various spices and food, that has an effective significance in terms of Ayurveda.

Isha Yoga Centre, Tamil Nadu


Isha Yoga centre, Located at the foothills of the Velliangiri Hills, Tamil Nadu. This retreat centre offers you with various packages depending on your inner transformations. Moreover, they allow Guest to book and try off-seasons too. The accommodations include cottages and guestrooms with vegan meals. There are gender specific ghats and pillarless dome called the Dhyanalinga. Various annual musical and cultural programmes, conducted mainly during the Mahashivratri.

MahaShivRatri Isha Yoga

Dharmalay Institute, Himachal Pradesh


This campus- style ashram, Located in the deep forest of Bir. Their accommodation focuses on the environment. Here, the trainees have to abstain themselves from smoking and drinking. As well as, restricting the consumption of fish and meat. Moreover, They encourage you to take part in local community activities. Their courses include yoga and meditation classes during November end. Workshops are also conducted allowing you to follow a sustainable lifestyle.


Dharmalay Institute

Kaivalyam Retreat, Munnar.


Kerela, Also Called God’s country for a various reason and Kaivalyam is the one. Located amid the tea estates of Munnar at a beautiful hill station. This place experiences cool weather all year round. All the vegetables required at the retreat are grown there itself. Apart from having a daily yoga practice, practitioners can have hands-on farming experience with a plantation walk. Also, bird watching and campfire nights.


Kaivalyam Retreat

Anahata Yoga Retreat, Mysore.


This yoga retreat is a bit offbeat that the rest of the yoga and meditation schools in the country. It maintains a genuine ashram life, with a scheduled yoga practice. The complete 7-day course included 5-days ayurvedic massages. Organic meals, medication sessions followed by a 2-day cleansing programme. This school has an unique location between the forest and the lake.

Thus, You have many varied options for yoga retreats in India. Honestly, we not hooking you up with any specific ones. Just giving you ideas. So, you could start your retreat journey. Pick the most suitable one wisely and undergo a change. You need it!

Gokarna – The little Paradise of Nature

Gokarna – The little Paradise of Nature

Gokarna – The Little Paradise of Nature


Get ready for a perfect getaway. Gokarna is known as the land of temples and beaches. It attracts thousands of tourists every year. People come here in search of relaxation and peace. Some of the tourist spots to mention are the Gokarna Beach, Om beach, Mahabaleshwar temple etc. These beaches are still unexplored by many and people mainly come here to escape the busy city life. There tourists spots are fully packed with surprises and make a pleasant weekend getaway. So whether you are planning to seek a retreat with your family or a bachelor’s trip with your friend, Gokarna proves to be a perfect place to plan your holiday.

The very first thing that strikes to my mind on hearing “Gokarna” is “Om beach”. Om beach is the most popular beach among. It’s also a bit overcrowded and not well kept.
In your trip to Gokarna, plan to stay at least one night at any of the beaches, preferring the Kudle beach and least being the Om beach. As accommodations are overpriced and not worth it. The very first thing to do after reaching Kudle beach is to take a deep dive into the clear waters, though I tried it alone, my friend following afterward.

Kudle Beach

Once you are done enjoying the waters, go to one of the restaurants out there. There is no music, no dance all you can hear are the waves splashing against the sandy shores. The food is surprisingly good though a bit tough for your pocket. Once you are done head over to the beach, you will find thousands of people playing volleyball and other water games. Join them if you want or make a team of yours.

“Om” Beach

After spending a chilling night drinking and chatting its time to mode for the “Om” beach the next day. Om beach is a bit walk from Kudle across the hills, but the breathtaking views are totally worth the huffing and puffing.
One of the splendid feature to mention that the brach is shaped like “Om” and attracts tons of crowds who wish to relax and rejuvenate. And if you are fond of photography this very beach takes you through the lanes of memories.

Mirjan Fort


The next day plan your trip to Mirjan Fort. This masterpiece of architecture stands gloriously on the banks of the river Aghanashini River. This fort is believed to build under the patronage of Queen Chennabharadevi, popular as the pepper queen. This fort was a spice hub which was later captured by the British. Try to plan your visit in monsoons to have an experience of the natural greenery.
If you are left with energy and time, make your visit to Yana and Vibhooti falls.

Best time to plan your Trip


Gokarna experiences monsoon from June to August, then following that the weather becomes dry and sunny. So the best time being October to march to plan your visit at Gokarna when the weather is not hot but warm and pleasant with an average temperature of 30-32 degree Celsius. But try avoiding the months of April and May, the way hotter months with additional humidity.