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photograph of Bhagavan
Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi
December 1879 - April 1950

photograph of the Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple in Tiruvannamalai
Sri Arunachaleswarar Temple

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Sacred India

India is known as the land of saints and sages. Though, the west has also known a number of saints such as St. Francis of Assisi, nowadays we are not much accustomed to having saints in our society. In India, even today there are still a number of living saints, sometimes living isolated in a secluded place, sometimes in an ashram (a type of monastery), sometimes in or on a holy place. Nowhere in the world are there as many holy places as in India. The power of these places attracts countless people and for many of them, to make a pilgrimage to one or several holy places is a true blessing.

In India many people go on a pilgrimage to accumulate merit as it will give them good karma. Some people undertaking pilgrimages as a part of their sadhana (spiritual practices). Ultimately, in the deeper sense the purpose of a pilgrimage is to discover the true nature of the Self. The power of certain sacred places is such that people may experience an instant uplifment. The mind becomes calm, quiet and one- pointed. On the way, satsanga with holy people increases the devotion and adds to the elevating experience. The journey to a pilgrimage place is in fact as important as the destination. On the way we may sometimes face difficulties and obstacles, but this is part of the purifying process and will build up our determination to reach our goal.

The outer pilgrimage goes hand in hand with the inner pilgrimage. The outer pilgrimage brings us to places where we will experience the depth and energy of these 'powerspots'. The inner pilgrimage takes place in the heart and is dealing with our inner processes as we are connecting more and more to our inner Self.