Whether you’re a complete newbie to spirituality or a veteran, you will appreciate the spiritual sites scattered around the world. From historic religious sites to energy cleansing sites, there is one thing all of them have in common and it is the reason why millions of New Agers visit them each year – a sense of purification, calm, peace, and soul nourishment.
Why is it important to achieve peace in our mind, body, and spirit? The simple answer is – so we can function the way we were meant to function – with high consciousness, compassion, and kindness. When our minds, bodies, and spirits are in sync there is no limit to what we can achieve.
The following list of sites is far from exclusive but it offers a great starting point on your spiritual journey. Perhaps you will add one or two to your bucket list. Perhaps you will be lucky enough to visit all of them. My top 3 places to visit from this list are Bodhgaya, Sedona, and Lago Atitlan, however, each is special in its own way and everybody will have a pull to different places.
So let’s get acquainted with 10 sites that would elevate your spirits!
1. Bodh Gaya, India
Bodh Gaya is considered the birthplace of Buddhism, where Prince Siddhartha (later named Gautama Buddha) attained enlightenment beneath a bodhi tree. It is also the most holy place for all Buddhists. Beside the sacred fig tree, Bodh Gaya is also famous for Mahabodhi Temple, the Great Buddha Statue, and the Dungeshwari Cave.
2. Glastonbury Tor, England
Glastonbury Tor is a hill Glastonbury, England, rich in legend and mythological associations. Excavations near the Tor revealed Neolithic flint tools and Roman artifacts. The first Church of St. Michael was built on the Tor in the 13th century. What remains today is just the tower of the 14th century rebuild of the Church of St. Michael.
3. Cenote Sagrado, Mexico
Cenote Sagrado or the Sacred Well is located close to the world-wonder Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. The well has been used by the ancient Mayans for sacrifice offerings to god Chaca and thousands of gold objects, artifacts, and even human remains were found at the bottom.
4. Sedona, Arizona
5. Grotto of Masabielle, France
The most sacred site at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes is the Grotto of Massabielle. The Grotto is the site of St. Bernadette’s visions of Virgin Mary who instructed her to drink water from a previously undiscovered spring. Today, people in need of healing can immerse themselves in 17 pools of water.
6. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Known as the largest religious structure in the world dedicated to Hindu god Vishnu, Angkor Wat is truly a masterpiece. With 900-year old temples with beautifully preserved details, massive stone faces, and the many young monks walking about, there is plenty to see at this complex.
7. Borobudur, Indonesia
Built in the 8th century the Borobudur temple is the largest Buddhist temple in the world. Nobody knows for certain by whom it was built and why it was abandoned. What is surprising is that it was lost in the jungle for centuries until its discovery in 1814. And it took additional 70 years to completely unearth the temple.
8. Amritapuri, India
9. The Bosnian Pyramids, Bosnia
10. Lago Atitlan, Guatemala
Lago Atitlan is another place known for the pyramid, but also the volcanoes, the wild orchids, the beautiful lake, and the ancient Mayan communities. 6 ceremonial monuments and 4 altars were found inside the lake among other ancient artifacts which is why this is an extremely important place from a spiritual point of view. Many archaeologists believe that an ancient city is yet to be discovered underneath, which was once flooded by the volcanic eruption and the rising water level.
Each of the places on this list deserves a post on its own and I will try to bring to life their significance in the future Spirit posts.
Have you visited any of these spiritual sites and how was your experience? Would you add any others to the list?