5 of the World’s Most Spiritual Holiday Destinations
Every year, millions of people travel to places with unique spiritual significance in the hope that they’ll experience transformation, elevation, or attain new degrees of wisdom. There are spiritual destinations all over the world. They could be a place where a religious teacher was born, a miracle or mystery occurred or places of natural significance. Are you considering making a pilgrimage this year? Maybe you’d just like to travel to an amazing location to relax and rest. Whatever your reasons, here are five of the world’s most spiritual locations.
Lumbini is a Buddhist pilgrimage site in the Rupandehi District of Province No5 in Nepal. According to Buddhist tradition, it’s the place where Queen Mahamayadevi gave birth to Siddhartha Gautama in 563 BCE. Gautama achieved Enlightenment around 528 BCE, became Buddha, and founded Buddhism. There are more than 30 Buddhist monasteries in this area, built by countries as diverse as France and Vietnam. Study Buddhism, mediate, and visit the birthplace within the sacred Mayadevi Gardens.
Vatican City became an independent state in 1929. It has been home to the leader of the Catholic Church, the Pope, for much longer. The tomb of the first Pope is housed in St Peter’s Basilica. The Apostle St Peter was crucified and buried there. Other popular attractions include the Vatican Gardens, the Vatican Museums, and the Sistine Chapel.
Mecca is the holiest place in Islam. Unfortunately, however, non-Muslims are not allowed to enter so an excursion here would have to be for believers. Every year millions of Muslims go on a journey to Mecca as it’s meant to promote unity among followers of Islam. Mecca is where Muhammad, the prophet who founded Islam, was born. It was also where he received his first revelation of the Qur’an.
The Wailing Wall Jerusalem is one location you need to include in your tour of the Holy Land. Located in the Old City of Jerusalem, it’s a place of prayer and pilgrimage, sacred to the Jewish people. The Western Wall, Ha-Kotel Ha-Ma’aravi in Hebrew, or the Wailing Wall is the western support wall of the Temple Mount. The wall was built in 20 BCE when King Herod expanded the Second Temple. The temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 CE, but the support wall survived. A small area of the wall was all that could be seen for hundreds of years, but in 1967, Israelis dug below the ground of the wall and exposed two more levels.
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The Golden Temple is in Amritsar, India, and historically, it’s a central religious site for the Sikh faith. On average, 50,000 people visit the temple daily. It’s possible for anyone, irrespective of caste, creed, or race to seek spiritual solace and religious fulfilment without any hindrance. The temple is a fine example of unique Sikh architecture. It’s built at a level lower than the surrounding land, and it’s four entrances can be accessed on different sides signify that people belonging to every walk of life are equally welcome.
If you’re planning a spiritual journey this year, make sure one of these locations is included in your list.