Deadline: 06/10/2019

Shiva’s Tesseract: Writing De-myth.

Travel in time, mind, and space. Create here.

Description of residency program
“A huge inertness is the world’s defence,
Even in change is treasured changelessness;
Into inertia revolution sinks,
In a new dress the old resumes its role;
The Energy acts, the stable is its seal:
On Shiva’s breast is stayed the enormous dance.”

Cooper and Murph’s dialogues, and indeed several other conceptual underpinnings of features Matrix, Terminator, Star Wars etc. resonate several millennia old Vedas and Puranas wherein Lord Shiva says that he is his own grandfather. Of all the deities / prophets of any faith, it is only Lord Shiva whose birthday is not known and celebrated.

Shiva-ratri, the no-moon night this month is observed as the biggest festival. It is also the Saint Valentine Day. Humanity’s first wedding is said to have happened at the place now known as Daksh Temple.

Vedas, dating back to 1700 BC, are the oldest scriptures of Hindu and dharmic faiths. Like other Indian scriptures, the language of Vedas is Sanskrit. Translations in Latin, German, French and, English appeared after three-and-half-thousand years after they were composed. Swami Dayanand Saraswati, 50 years after these Western ones, first translated into Hindi making it the first in any Indian language. A follower of his established the cluster a century ago of which AZIMVTH Ashram is a part.


  • Sanskrit / Hindi
  • Calligraphy
  • Photography
  • Visual art
  • Documentary
  • Performance art
  • New media
  • Linguistics
  • Painting
  • Music
  • Writing
  • Education
  • Everybody
  • Art of Life


  • Visiting Ganges ghats, temples, ashrams
  • Pilgrim interactions
  • Local collaborations
  • Exhibit
  • Print media coverage
  • Local music instruments
  • Conditional access to a Braille printing press
  • Arts mentoring
  • Life coaching
  • Drawing /writing /performing projects
Accommodation and Studio/ workspace
  • En-suite room
  • Shared studio
  • Options at other cluster-locations
  • 3 meals, 2 herbal tea + snacks
  • Sachet tea/ 24hrs
  • Daily small basket of fresh flowers
  • Towels, bedding
  • Laundry
  • Ayurveda doctor visit after every 4th day


Twice daily

  • Yoga
  • Breathing exercises
  • Mantra chanting

Once a day

  • Spiritual discourse
  • Spiritual discussion
  • Mentoring and supporting progress of each artist´s project (s)

Once in 4 days

  • Visit by senior Ayurveda doctor

Once a week

  • One day long artist specific guided field excursion
  • Half day long artist specific guided field excursion

Need specific

  • Life coaching


  • 01 World Interfaith Harmony Week
  • 06 New Zealand Waitangi Day
  • 11 Japan National Foundation Day
  • 13 World Radio Day
  • 14 Saint Valentine Day
  • 21 International Mother Language
  • 22 Thinking Day

Largely, all opportunities, irrespective of themes, exist across the 12 months. One can join for any 28 continuous days, cutting across months. Stays for a duration longer or shorter than 28 days are possible.

Hindu almanac is a luni-solar calendar. Almost all observances are based on the various waxing and waning phases of Moon. However, some are based on Sun as well, for example, Makar Sankranti. The festivals listed below are edited and regrouped for the sake of convenience of presentations. In some cases, actual dates may vary by a day or so, or even more.

For exact dates and time of observances and eclipses, one may consult his own astrologer or write to AZIMVTH Ashram via ‘Contact’ page.


  • 1 Thursday – Month named Phalguna Begins
  • 6 Tuesday – Anniversary Ma Yashoda
  • 7 Wednesday – Anniversary Shabari
  • 8 Thursday – Anniversar Ma Janaki
  • 10 Saturday – Anniversary Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati
  • 13 Tuesday – No Moon Night Fasting, Transit of Sun – Capricorn (Makara) to Aquarius (Kumbha)
  • 17 Saturday – Phulera Dooj, Anniversary Swami Ramakrishna


  • 2 Saturday – No Moon Night Fasting
  • 9 Saturday – Vasant Panchami
  • 12 Tuesday – Anniversary Narmada
  • 13 Wednesday – Transit of Sun – Capricorn (Makara) to Aquarius (Kumbha)
  • 19 Tuesday – Full Moon Night Fasting, Anniversary Guru Ravidas Jayanti
  • 20 Wednesday – Month named Phalguna Begins
  • 24 Sunday – Anniversary Yashoda
  • 25 Monday – Anniversary Shabari
  • 26 Tuesday – Anniversary Janaki


  • 1 Saturday – Anniversary Narmada
  • 9 Sunday – Anniversary Guru Ravidas
  • 10 Monday – Month named Phalguna Begins
  • 13 Thursday – Transit of Sun – Capricorn (Makara) to Aquarius (Kumbha)
  • 14 Friday – Anniversary Yashoda
  • 15 Saturday – Anniversary Shabari
  • 16 Sunday – Anniversary Janaki
  • 18 Tuesday – Anniversary Maharishi Dayanand
  • 21 Friday – The Great Night of Shiva (Maha Shivaratri)
  • 25 Tuesday – Anniversary Ramakrishna
Duration of residencyFees and support

28 days

  • Standard Fee USD 1450
  • Merit Grant USD 165, Need Grant USD 335, Total Grant USD 500
  • Net Payable Fee USD 950

21 days

  • Standard Fee USD 1250
  • Merit Grant USD 135, Need Grant USD 270, Total Grant USD 405
  • Net Payable Fee USD 845

14 days

  • Standard Fee USD 900
  • Merit Grant USD 85, Need Grant USD 170, Total Grant USD 255
  • Net Payable Fee USD 645

07 days

  • Standard Fee USD 500
  • Merit Grant USD 60, Need Grant USD 125, Total Grant USD 185
  • Net Payable Fee USD 315

Expectations towards the artist
Artists are pro-actively encouraged and supported to conduct an exhibition / workshop towards the end of the residency? However, it is not obligatory.

Application information
Interested artists may first establish a contact to find out availability of a place during their desired dates of residency. This can be done via the online Contact Form available here.

Subsequently, if a place is available, then an interested artist is sent an offline Application Form as a word file. An example of the form is available here.

Usually, the outcome of an application is communicated to an applicant in a week's time.

Shiva’s Tesseract: Writing De-myth.

Shiva’s Tesseract: Writing De-myth.


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