Some places of worship are immensely powerful. The prevailing impact that is cast, each time one visits, makes the knots of beliefs even tauter. An extraordinary connect is established in no time, that surrounds one with positive aura and liberates of all worries, leaving one feeling immensely tranquil. The actual experience is completely beyond what words can describe; truly and completely divine.
I am sure, each person must have visited at least one such place. The special one – the one someone would really like to keep returning to. May it be a temple or a church or any other place of worship or may be a silent beach or any place one feels deeply connected to.
For me, more typically it is a temple. Sai baba temple, Shirdi has always topped my list. Always end up in tears as I enter the sanctum sanctorum and fold my hands in front of huge idol of Sai Baba. The feeling of devotion is completely soulful. I find my eyes actually welled up even while penning this piece down. When the imagination is so influencing, the actual experience is undoubtedly so much the better.
Siddhivinayak temple and Mount Mary church in Mumbai were the ones I used to solicit the blessings of, each time before engineering exams. Positivity to study harder and strength to make progress were the answers to my prayers.
Every time I sit in the hall way in front of Ganpati bappa at Ganesh mandir, Dombivli and recite ‘Atharvashirsha’, I am left feeling extremely lighter.
At Ambejogai temple, it was as if goddess herself had called close to her, happily accepted all the offerings and in turn gave us sweets like a dearly grandparent.
Sometimes it is simple recitation of some powerful ‘stotra’, sitting at home which fills you up with feel good effect. Recite ‘Ramraksha stotra’ and boom goes the anxiety away and I end up feeling good. Recite ‘Shiva Mahimna stotra’, and gust of positive energy and assertion fills me up.
Most recent experience was at Golden temple, Amritsar. We had our trip planned to north India with flights to and fro Amritsar. Day was reserved for Golden temple on our onward journey.
We went to Golden temple as planned. Long queue to enter the temple, made us resist joining it.
There is a large pond surrounding the golden temple, adding to its golden hues and beautifying it even more. We took a round around it and sat by its sides which felt absolutely soothing. After having spent the evening in the temple premises, we returned to the hotel room.
Later, in the trip, got to hear miraculous tales of golden temple from the cab driver of the virtues of golden temple, how the water of the pond is powerful and of its healing powers which cured many people with disabilities.
We regretted skipping the entry into the temple, in spite of being in its premises for so long.
Later, things shaped up in such a way that we could return to Amritsar one night before our flight. We visited golden temple again, this time joining even longer queue to seek the blessings of “Harmandir Sahib”. Our desire to visit the temple was fulfilled in the same trip.
And do I need to mention how the experience was? It was surely “Spiritually Golden” 🙂