6 Spiritual Destinations That Will
Help You Find Your True Self
By Nina Simons
The world is full of religious places but sometimes they not only offer to reconnect you with your faith but also provide spiritual support. If you are looking for spiritual destinations in order to find your true self, check out these 6 amazing locations that will allow you to recharge your soul.
India is the home of yoga and perceived by many as a country to reach spiritual awakening. Lotus Temple in New Delhi is dedicated to Baha'i faith and is the epitome of tranquility. Those who want to find more enlightenment should visit Varanasi a sacred city where faithful take ritual baths on ghats terraces on the river.
Although this is not so much tourist-oriented place, Thiksey Monastery in the Indus River Valley is for many inspirational spot for prayer. Kashi Vishwanath Temple on the holy river Ganges is the most famous Hindu temple here. This is the shrine dedicated to God Shiva and it is actually believed that he appeared here as a bright light so this is a number one pilgrimage destination for Hindu people.
When it comes to Mahabodhi Temple, it was built in the 7th century as a symbol of supreme enlightenment when Prince Siddhartha Gautama became Buddha. This is the most sacred place where Buddhists all around the world travel for pilgrimage.
France is a country full of churches and cathedrals with many having spiritual values and not only to religious people. Saint-Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel is located in Southern France and it takes 200 steps made of volcanic rocks to reach it.
Midi-Pyrenees region of France is where you will find the town of Lourdes where it is said the Virgin Mary appeared 18 times before a 14-year-old girl in the mid-19th century. Ever since this is the place of pilgrimage for Catholics who believe that the spring water there has healing properties.
Japan is for many the country of finding your Zen, but what makes it one of the magnificent spiritual destinations is a philosophy that is present in the religion. In Tokyo, Meiji Shrine is situated on the 150 acres of evergreen land and is dedicated to the Shinto religion where visitors can meditate and find peace in the fresh air.
Kyoto on the island of Honshu is home to many unique temples of the Shinto religion which seeks to connect a person with nature. Surrounded by mountainous regions of Tamba highlands this is a perfect spot to find your true self in nature and practice meditation.
Although famous for architectural wonders, Egypt's temples and structures once serve to create a bond between humans and gods. Abu Simbel Temples built by Ramses II is the most famous of all temples and visitors stay in awe of the craftsmanship.
However, this is also the place of great significance for Christian, Islamic and Jewish faiths. Namely, Mount Sinai is a place where according to sacred books Moses was addressed by God and received Ten Commandments. Mount Sinai has been the place of pilgrimage for prophets, saints, and tourists for thousands of years and it is still equally popular.
Bali is all about tranquility, peace and spiritual fulfillment with amazing nature and temples all around the island. You can find accommodation in BVE Bali villas surrounded by nature and enjoy under the stars. This is the place full of Buddhist and Hindu influence that is all about serenity and finding the light within yourself.
Chanting and fire dancers are main warship activities at Pura Luhur Uluwatu, but the view from this on-top-of-the-cliff temple is a place where many decide to meditate. One of the most visited temples is 15th-century Pura Tanah Lot set on the rocks by the sea. Those who want to cleanse themselves of troubles should take a bath in the natural spring of Pura Tirta Empul.
Borobudur is located on Java and is a temple complex which is dedicated to Buddhist religion with thousands of visitors each year. It is decorated with over 500 statues of Buddha and is considered one of the biggest Buddhist temples in the world.
Jerusalem in Israel is one of the oldest cities in the world and one that has enormous spiritual significance for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This place has such a strong religious significance that Israel and Palestine believe it to be their capital which causes constant fights between the two countries. Based on the Bible, this is the place of Jesus' crucifixion, whole Qur'an cites it as place where Muhammad ascended to heaven.
Western Wall known as Wailing Wall or Buraq Wall is the place of pilgrimage in the Old City of Jerusalem. This is the holiest place where Jews pray since it is an extension of the Second Jewish Temple whose building was started by Herod the Great. For Muslims, this is where Muhammad tied his horse before ascending.
All in all
There are many more spiritual destinations in the world that will help you find your true self and reach inner peace. In the end, it’s not about religion as much it is about the philosophy that follows each of these locations and the significance they carry.