Registration: This is the first step to enter the marvelous divine world of the 5th International
festival on Yog, Culture and Spirituality (IYCS). Kindly register in advance online or on-spot at
the registration desk on campus for your attractive kit-bags with goodies and dining coupons.
Inauguration: We will embark on another transcendental journey to explore the different
dimensions of Yog, Culture and Spirituality this year with an inaugural ceremony presided over
by our Chief Guest Shri Sripad Naik, Honorable minister of AYUSH, Govt. of India and H.H. Dr.
Pranav Pandya, Head AWGP and Chancellor of DSVV. This IYCS festival will commence
henceforth with a new zeal, enthusiasm and hope that it’ll be a transformative journey for all its
attendees under the teachings and discussions by renowned spiritual gurus and speakers from
across the globe.
Exhibition: Come witness some artistic masterpieces by our students and staff members on our
theme of the festival: “Yog, Culture and Spirituality”, depicting some striking features of our
culture, some celebratory figures of the Indian culture and history and with a collection of other
engaging, colourful, contemporary art works. Hope you’ll enjoy and appreciate them.
Cultural evenings: The cultural evenings will showcase some popular folk music and dance
forms of India with an attempt to exhibit the great diversity and essence of our culture. This
event is an effort towards our initiative of “Lok Ranjan se Lok Mangal aur Lok Shikshan” i.e.,
Spreading happiness and learning through entertainment. These performances will leave
anyone awestruck and enamored by the rich diversity, elegance and beauty of Indian culture
and are sure to be one of the biggest attractions of the festival. So, don’t forget to drop in on
time to experience their magic.
Naad Yog: It was believed by our sages that the entire cosmos is in fact a manifestation of some
mystical sound and is vibrating to this celestial sound. “Naad” is the essence of this sound and
“Naad Yog” is a way to approach with reverence and respond to the sound. Here on campus,
we do “Naad yog” every evening for 15 minutes from 6 pm to 6:15 pm by meditating on the
divine sound of musical instruments and absorbing them to vibrate within us. Join us silently to
experience the divine power of music and be left surprised by its rejuvenating energy.
Yagya: All activities in the limitless expansion of the universe are said to have generated from a
grand eternal Yagya. Literally speaking, Yagya means - selfless sacrifice for noble purposes. In
physical terms, Yagya is a process of herbal sacrifices in holy fire aimed at the finest utilization
of the subtle properties of the sacrificed matter. Modern scientific research has shown
significant therapeutic applications of Yagya and also affirmed its potential in purification of the
environment. We at DSVV and Shantikunj are trying to revive this vedic culture of Yagya and
perform it on our premises every morning. Come be a part of it and absorb its several benefits
for everyone’s betterment.
Deep Yagya: Keeping in view the need of the hour, a step has been taken to simplify the
ritualistic procedures of Yagya with a view of making it universally appealing and acceptable.
This has been achieved through adoption of Deep Yagya. Its popularity has spread due to the
use of lamps and fragrant sticks making it more viable for followers of all faiths to participate in
Deep Yagya without any hesitation. Also, it comparatively completes within a much shorter
time period than a Dravya Yagya in vogue and all participants get to collectively enjoy the
delightful and enchanting view of the twinkling lamps. Savor this bliss within our perfect
ambience at the Mahakal temple.
Peace March: We will be hosting this peace march to spread the message of peace and
harmony and to mark the birthday of our two special advocators of peace i.e., Mahatma Gandhi
and Lal Bahadur Shastri. This event will involve participants from all over the world coming
together to march with a candle and take an oath for world peace. Come and represent your
nation and be a part of this grand noble initiative.
Haat or the market: We would like to showcase and offer a vast variety of handmade products
produced under the "Self-reliance" (Swavalamban) scheme of the university. These indigenous
products reflect our culture (eg. Khadi) and our values of judicious use of available resources
and waste materials to create something useful. The “haat” will add more flavour to our “mela”
like festive atmosphere. Look out for some refreshing, attractive, handy products on sale at
very reasonable prices.
Special Movie Screening: We will be showcasing some spiritual award-winning documentaries
with a chance to meet and interact with some of the filmmakers on the spot as well! So be
ready to be enlightened by some real life experiences and real-time discussions.
Pragya Yog: Our revered Gurudev, Pt. Shri Ram Sharma Acharya, has pioneered a novel
approach to yoga for a healthy and happy life which is simple and suitable for the masses. He
has named it “Pragya Yoga" – under the noble “Pragya Abhiyan” mission. This yoga involves all
the three bodies (physical, subtle and causal) of a person. The Aasans (yogic postures)
rejuvenates the body, Pranayam (breath control) strengthens the mind and chanting of
Mantras augments the will power. One complete cycle of Pragya Yog comprises of 16 basic
positions. If practiced sincerely, it may provide us the physical, mental and spiritual benefits of
Ashtang Yoga. So come and participate in our Pragya Yog sessions to know more about this
secret nectar of life.
Aatmabodh Sadhana- thinking about new birth soon after waking up. This Sadhana begins right
at the moment when one gets up in the morning. Devote about 10-15 minutes, while still lying
in bed, thinking 'Today I have got a new birth. I have only one day, i.e. today, to live. How best
can I utilize this day?' Then make a plan for the whole day and try to be as honest as possible in
Tatvabodh Sadhana- thinking about death at the time of going to sleep. In the evening just
before going to sleep, again devote 10-15 minutes thanking God for providing you this
opportunity to live another day and thank yourself for performing your duties well. Introspect
the day and if there was some laziness that crept in your routine, try to remove it the next day.
Then consider that today's life is over and embrace death (in the form of sleep) peacefully.
Yog Nidra: While most people treat yoga as a body workout, the truth is a yoga routine
provides deep restoration to your body and mind. And to make your practice more effective,
it’s ideal to end your yoga sequence with yog nidra. After doing yog postures, we need to cool
our body with yog nidra. It helps conserve and consolidate the energy from the yog poses
(active) practices. Yog nidra relaxes the entire system, preparing it for pranayama and
meditation. In yoga nidra, we consciously take our attention to different parts of the body,
which activates the nerves in those areas and helps to integrate the impact of the asanas into
our system. Yog nidra is thus a joyous, effortless way to end your yoga practice. Come relax
yourself with Yog Nidra with our experts guiding you through it.
Dhyan Yog: Come join us for the Dhyan Yog session which will involve collective prayers and
meditation by all the attendees for awakening the collective consciousness in our divine
Yoga sessions: Over the course of these six days attendees will get a golden chance to adorn
themselves with a bouquet of asanas, mantras, mudras, meditation and various other new
forms and styles of yoga practices under the guidance of yoga experts from various nations who
would be pleased to share their knowledge and pleasure with all the participants. These
energizing exercises and practices are sure to be a great way to kick off your day, so join us
every morning to be left mesmerized by the mystical world of yoga.
Scientific and Spiritual sessions: Dive into your soul’s journey with our Scientific and Spiritual
Sessions which will provide an exclusive opportunity to all attendees to learn and quench their
doubts through participation in these stimulating and engaging exchanges of knowledge by
leading experts and gurus from different corners of the world. By attending these sessions you
can become aware of significant practices in the field of yoga and spirituality along their
scientific and spiritual aspects as well. Join us to listen to and ask questions from experienced
teachers and gurus. And also take this opportunity to expand your spiritual networks,
knowledge circles, and so much more.
Experiential Sessions: These experiential sessions are the complimenting practical aspects of
the Scientific and Spiritual sessions wherein the attendees will be given an opportunity to
enhance their understanding of the therapies being discussed by experiencing some of those
therapies, like Pranic healing, Panchkarma therapy, Acupressure, Marma therapy, etc
themselves. So, this would be your chance to loosen up yourself and plunged into the relaxing-
rejuvenating world of our ancient alternative medicinal systems and enjoy its impressive
Mahakal temple: Essentially a temple of Lord Shiva prayed here in his ‘Shivling’ form. This
temple is unique in its own ways. The Shivling situated here has over the years naturally
developed impressions that appear like faces of our Patron-founders, Pt. Sriram Sharma
Acharya and Mata Bhagwati Devi Sharma, on each side. It is considered as the powerhouse of
the university giving the students and staff members spiritual energy to perform their duties. It
also serves as a large amphitheater to perform large-scale prayer services, as an open-air
meditation hall and an ideal spot for ‘Naad Yog’.
Mrityunjay auditorium: It is the largest auditorium of the university with a capacity to hold
1300 persons at a time. It has an innovative designer look and feel to it with comfortable
seating. Entry into the auditorium is from a picturesque lobby depicting special moments from
our Guru Pt. Sriram Sharma’s life. It is a perfect venue for large lectures, conferences, film
screenings, and dance and musical performances. This would be the main venue for most
events/ sessions of the festival.
Annapurna Mess: It is the main dining cafeteria named after the Goddess of food and
nourishment, which serves delicious, healthy ‘satvik’ food to the students and staff members
through the year. It can host a total capacity of around 1000 people in its mess halls. Situated
behind the Guest House building, it is at a walkable distance from the auditorium/ guest house.
All festival attendees will be served food on the 2nd floor of this complex during the festival.
DSVV: The vision of the Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya (DSVV) is to unite contemporary
education with spiritual training to cultivate well-rounded, competent and personally uplifted
graduates, who possess a scientifically grounded understanding and experience of spiritual
transformation and a powerful drive to use their gifts to promote the greater good of society. It
is a fully residential University situated under the shadow of the mighty Himalayas and in the
lap of river Ganga which makes it an ideal location and adds to its spiritually charged
environment. Additionally, with its well cultivated and maintained horticulture and schedule
with yagya, yoga and meditation provide a perfect ambience for students to feel the divine
energy and get transformed into good human beings and responsible citizens as envisioned by
our founder-patron. Another remarkable aspect of this university is how a ‘gaushala’ or the cow
shed with more than 200 cows, and a modern computer science and other labs with modern
technology coexist amicably on the same campus. This university truly stands for
interdisciplinary research with a unique combination of different fields coming together.
Shantikunj: Shantikunj is an institute for social and spiritual awakening. It is a spiritually
charged pilgrimage center that has given righteous direction and long lasting peace-happiness
to the lives of millions of people. People belonging to all religions and sections of society come
here to participate in various training programs and practice spiritual penance. Here one can
find an extremely favorable environment, proper guidance and intense spiritual energy for the
upliftment and sound health of one’s entire personality including body, mind and
consciousness. The Supreme Consciousness of Mother Gayatri is being propagated all over the
world from this pious center. There are more than 6000 Shaktipeeths (branches) established by
All World Gayatri Pariwar (AWGP) across the world that gain continuous inspiration and
guidance from Shantikunj (headquarter) for conducting mass awareness campaigns and strive
for the revival of spirituality. There is a perfect confluence of Spirituality and Science in all the
teachings that are imparted here. People are made aware of the scientific basis of all the
spiritual activities that are performed here. Hence, making it a unique center of ‘Scientific
Spirituality’ nowhere else to be found in the world.