The 2008 Asian Odyssey was a grand success with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami leading 97 Innersearchers from 15-countries on a 3-week travel-study program through Cambodia, Malaysia and South India. Our journey took us from exploring ancient Hindu temples in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to quiet inner times on the tropical island of Langkawi in classes with Bodhinatha followed by immersing ourselves in the grand Thaipusam festival at Batu Caves in Malaysia.

From here it was off to sacred India. Where our pilgrimage to holy towns broughts us to the very sanctums on some of India's most precious and sacred temples, attending grand homas and pujas conducted for our group. The Odyssey ended with 4 relaxing days in our seaside sanctuary in Kovalam where we delved into the very depths of Gurudeva's mystical Shum language of meditation under the guidance of Bodhinatha.

Relive the journey with us by going through the slideshow below with photos from each of our days on the Odyssey, our humble attempt at trying to capture this amazing journey.

Photo Gallery

Click any of the thumbnails below to view slideshows of photos taken during the 2008 Asian Odyssey. Some a low resolution galleries that were assembled and sent home during the trip. Others are made of large images that were assembled after we came home. All photos copyright (c) 2008 Himalayan Academy. All rights are reserved.

We are grateful to the following Innersearchers for their photographic submissions to this 2008 Asian Odyssey slideshow: Thomas Kelly, Carole Kahn, Ganga Sivanathan, Jeffrey Thomas, Kailash Dhaksinamurthi, Lucy Soutter, Mark Boyer, Aran Veylan, Hiranya Gowda, Shailesh Trivedi and Raman Pumanian. Thank you to Balamurugan Nallappa and Saravana Kuppusamy for their photographs taken during Thaipusam. Additional photographs by Himalayan Academy.

Special thanks to Thomas L. Kelly, Hinduism Today's 2008 Photographer of the Year, for his photographic contribution towards this souvenir. His tireless efforts in capturing all those special Innersearch moments in South India, night and day, made this slideshow truly a rich one. It is a treasure trove of our days together on the 2008 Asian Odyssey. Thank you, Thomas, for the amazing photographs.

12 Jan, Kl Arrival 13 Jan, Cambodia Arial 13 Jan, Thousand Lingams
14 Jan, Bantay Shrey 14 Jan, Siem Reap 1 15 Jan, Angkor Thom
15 Jan, Cambodia 1 15 Jan, Siem Reap 2 16 Jan, Siem Reap 3
17 Jan, Siem Reap 4 18 Jan, Picnic In Kl 18 Jan, Siemreap Kl Langkawi
18 Jan, Langkawi 19 Jan, Langkawi 20 Jan, Bodhinatha Class
20 Jan, Langkawi 20 Jan, Langkawi Island 21 Jan, Langkawi
23 Jan, Kl 23 Jan, Lotus In Kl 23 Jan, Thai Pusam Batu Caves
23 Jan, Thai Pusam Batu Caves 2 24 Jan, 1 Arriving In India 24 Jan, Kl Tiruvannamalai
25 Jan, Tiruvannamalai 25 Jan, Tiruvannamali Homa 1 25 Jan, Tiruvannamali Homa 2
25 Jan, Tiruvannamali Homa 3 25 Jan, Tiruvannamali Homa 4 25 Jan, Tiruvannamali Homa 5
25 Jan, Tiruvannamali Ramana Manivelu 26 Jan, Tiruvannamalai Train 26 Jan, Tiruvannamali Girivalam
26 Jan, Train To Rameshwaram 27 Jan, Rameshwaram 1 27 Jan, Train Rameswaram
28 Jan, Rameshwaram 2 28 Jan, Rameshwaram 3 Bathing Wells 28 Jan, Rameswaram
29 Jan, Karti Katir Photos 29 Jan, Rameswaram Tiruchendur 29 Jan, Transit South Uttarakosamangai
30 Jan, Tiruchendur Homa 1 30 Jan, Tiruchendur Homa 2 30 Jan, Tiruchendur Kanyakumari
30 Jan, Valluvar Statue 31 Jan, Kanya Kumari 2 31 Jan, Kanyakumari Kovalam
01 Feb, Class And Mural 01 Feb, Hatha Yoga 01 Feb, Kovalam
02 Feb, At Taj Kovalam 02 Feb, Beach Cultural Show 02 Feb, Kerala Classes
02 Feb, Kovalam 03 Feb, Kovalam 04 Feb, Farewell Breakfast
04 Feb, Kovalam 06 Feb, Post Events Rajapalayam 07 Feb, Post Events Pillaiyarpatti
14 Feb, Post Events Bangalore 16 Feb, Post Events Bellur Mutt