In an effort to preserve and disseminate the authentic arts and sciences of India, since the past several years, Bharati Yoga Dhama has been working arduously at capturing the sixteen samskaras on film. The sixteen samskaras are the rites of passage, which mark the important stages of one’s life enabling one to live an ideal life leading to contentment and happiness.
Since ancient times, various types of rituals and practices have existed around these sixteen samskaras and are found in all castes and creeds regardless of socio-economic background. For example, the birthing ritual is celebrated within all sectors of Indian society but the actual practice and ritual vary depending on caste, creed and region of India.
These sixteen samskaras were originally based on yogic science but this ancient practice is rapidly deteriorating as people have become unknowledgeable about why these rituals and practices were such an integral part of the cultural of India. To save and preserve these precious practices, Bharati Yoga Dhama has been attempting to capture them on film. Its goal is to try to document on film as many variations as possible of the rituals and practices around the sixteen samskaras from the different regions and all states of India.
To fulfill its aim at preserving and disseminating authentic arts and sciences of India, this project is just one of many that Bharati Yoga Dhama would like document on video or film.