“I love visiting temples, know their past, capture their immersive architecture and showcase them to the world. Veiled in their marvel I found their untold story of extinction. Many of these temples struggle to even arrange the funds for the nitya sevas like naivedya and other kaikaryam for the Deities. Sometimes no money to offer even a new cotton dhoti. Festival celebrations is almost an impossible desire for them. But just imagine yourself traveling to their glorious time. These temples were the throbbing heart of Vedic culture. With the progress of modernization they will extinct away into the books of history slowly. To preserve their culture and carry out nitya kainkaryam they need sufficient flow of funds. I sincerely wanted to bridge this gap but it had to be a collective effort. Hence Sri Dham Seva Trust was formed with the objective of preserving the Indian temple heritage. This trust needed a self-sufficient financial model, thus giving birth to Tirtha Yatra on Ramanavami 2015. Billions of pilgrims travel to the holy places in India. Let them travel for a cause. A cause they shall be proud to support. Any pilgrim who travels with Tirtha Yatra supports Sri Dham Seva Trust, thereby helping preserve our glorious temple heritage.” – Agrani Krishna Dasa, Founder of Tirtha Yatra
Kadamba Kanana Dasa is a brahmachari Vaishnava who loves directing Vrindavana Yatras. In past he has served as a dedicated full time volunteer in ISKCON for more than fifteen years. Presently he lives in Vrindavana practicing Krishna consciousness. With his honest and truthful nature he wins the heart of anyone. His service attitude is exemplary. He is well versed in English, Hindi, Odiya, Bengali, Kannada and Telugu.
Venkatesh Dasa alias Venkatram V is always ready when it comes to directing a yatra. Although a project manager in IT industry, nothing stops him from traveling to his heart’s desired places. With his pleasant personality he makes your yatra pleasurable. His traveling diary speaks of his wonderful explorations of the holy places in India. He is well versed in Telugu, English and Hindi.
Agrani Krishna Dasa alias Aishwarya Kumar S K has guided pilgrimage tours throughout the country. He enjoys travelling to the spiritual destinations, exploring them and author blogs about these temples. He is known for his immersive narrations about the holy places and admired for his management skills for directing a yatra. In addition to his native language Hindi, he is conversant in English, Kannada and Telugu. He is a proud father of a son.
Tirtha Yatra means sadhu-sanga, hari-katha, vigraha-aradhana, dhama-seva, prasada-sevana, dana-kriya and bhajana. One has to take association of devotees, hear the lilas of Hari, worship the Deity, serve the Lord in the holy place, partake prasadam, give in charity and perform bhajans. The purpose of Tirtha Yatra is to reconnect ourselves with God.