is the night of Shiva, the Adiyogi. A gift from nature, the unique planetary positions on this night initiate an upsurge of energy in the human system. By staying awake and keeping the spine erect one can reap immense benefits. The exuberant nightlong festival at the Isha Yoga Center sets the ideal ambience for this, with explosive meditations and spectacular musical performances by renowned artists, drawing over a million people. In the presence of Sadhguru, this unrivaled celestial extravaganza opens up the tremendous spiritual possibilities of the night.

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February 11-16 • 7pm IST

Yaksha, named after celestial beings in Indian mythology, is a spectacular and colorful 7-day feast of music and dance hosted annually by Isha Foundation, amidst the sacred space of the Dhyanalinga located at the foothills of the verdant Velliangiri Mountains. Celebrated in the month of February, and attracting thousands of ardent spectators, Yaksha features 7 consecutive nights of musical concerts and dance by some of the greatest artistes in India.

Hands of Grace is a craft exposition happening during Yaksha.

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Malavika Sarukkai

Malavika Sarukkai is globally acclaimed for her artistic mastery, technique and creative dance choreographies, transporting the viewer to the heart beat of dance. Her deep conviction and faith in the power of dance, as well as her ability to engage her audiences, has enabled her to successfully take Bharatanatyam to worldwide audiences.

VV Subramaniam & VV Ravi

VV Subramanyam - is a much sought after musician by the Carnatic music fraternity, and hails from a family of musicians. VV Ravi is an Indian classical music violinist. As an enterprising instrumentalist and violinist he has conducted concerts along with his brother V.V. Subrahmaniam and toured several nations including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, U.S.A., Canada and England.

Venkatesh Kumar

Pandit Venkatesh Kumar - is renowned for his husk, vibrant classical singing style, He is also well known in singing Dasara Padas & Devotional songs.

N Vijay Shiva

N. Vijay Siva is an eminent Carnatic music singer who exhibited rare intuitive capacity to identify ragas at the age of four. He first learnt Carnatic music from his mother, Akhila Siva, who was a vocal musician from Carnatic Music College, Chennai.

Kushal Das

Kushal Das, a solo sitarist, comes from a highly enriched musical family of Calcutta. His grandfather Late Bimal Ch. Das was a renowned Esraj player while his father Shri Sailen Das and uncle Sri Santanu Das are sitarists of high repute.

Rakesh Chaurasia & Shashank Subramanyam

Rakesh Chaurasia, the nephew and child prodigy of flute maestro Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, has a famous name to live up to. Amongst the promising musicians of the second generation, Rakesh has carved a niche for himself as an accomplished flautist. Shashank Subramanyam is a Grammy nominated renowned exponent of the Bamboo Flute from India and specializes in Indian Classical Music.

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande

Ashwini Bhide Deshpande, an outstanding vocalist of the famed “Jaipur-Atrauli” Khayal Gayaki tradition, represents the new generation of veterans worthy of wearing the mantle of the old masters.

Rajasthan Roots

Rajasthan Roots Founded in 2005 by Producer Aditya a.k.a Adi Das, Rajasthan Roots provides folk musicians a platform for creativity and expression.

Ashit Desai

Ashit Desai - Well-known for his light and soulful classical renderings, he is equally sought after for his creative faculty which covers an astoundingly wide range; from composing scores for dramas, dance ballets, TV serials & films to innovate effervescent jingles. “Versatile” is the word to sum up Ashit’s creative endeavor & genius...

Pandit Jasraj

World-renowned Pandit Jasraj has touched the hearts of thousands of music lovers around the world with his rich, soulful voice which effortlessly glides over three and a half octaves. Panditji’s deep dedication and devotion to the Mewati Gharana of Hindustani vocal music make him the foremost exponent of this powerful form of music.
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During the night long celebration of Mahashivarathri, Annadhanam is offered to the hundreds of thousands of devotees who attend the event at the Isha Yoga Center. Isha Foundation offers one the opportunity to contribute towards the Annadhanam.



How to Prepare

Those who cannot be at the Isha Yoga Center during Mahashivarathri can make use of the night by following some simple guidelines.



Power of Mantra

Today modern science is proving that everything you know as life, everything that you know as existence, as cosmos, as galaxies, it is all just one energy manifesting itself in millions and millions of ways. This is an experiential reality in every yogi.



Pancha Bhuta Aradhana

There is a whole system of yoga called bhuta shuddhi, meaning purification of the elements. With the Pancha Bhuta Aradhana, Sadhguru opens up a unique opportunity for devotees to benefit from this deep yogic science which would otherwise require intense sadhana.



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