Devbhoomi Uttarakhand or also lovingly named as the ‘land of gods’ has always been synonymous to spirituality and enlightenment ever since the age of gods. People from all over the globe flock together to this state in search of inner peace, solitude, and awakening.
What makes it even more significant is the ever-looming god-like presence of the great Himalayas. It has found its mention in several Hindu holy books like Puranas, Upanishads and even Vedas and another plethora of books.
Every district from Kumaon to Garhwal has its important temples which make spirituality inescapable. Even the Pandava brothers made their way through Devbhoomi in search of their stairway to heaven which only adds on to its spiritual aura.
Devotees make their way to this pious land on their search of Moksha or salvation through pilgrimages. Apart from the temples and significant shrines the gracefully gushing river through the state which forms the holiest river in India – Ganga.
The air here on the lap of the Himalayas is laced in an incredible amount of unmatched divinity and tranquillity which remains unmatched to anywhere else. The god’s own land where the lord is said to have spent a lot of their time as their abode is also the place where sages, gurus, philosophers, and even the Saptarishi are said to have performed meditation, yoga and penance there.
No matter what the reason for your visit to Uttarakhand is, from adventure activities to eco-tourism Spirituality is the backbone here which is eminent.
Elements Of Uttarakhand
Here are some elements which make this state the spiritual capital of the world:
Ancient Temples – Uttarakhand
The entire terrain and landscape here are adorned with temples and places of worship dating back to the ancient ages. The archaeologists have researched and confirmed that some of the temples in Devbhoomi date back to as far as the 8th century and beyond.
Some of the examples include Kedarnath Dham – whose original date of construction is still a mystery; Jageshwar group of temples – 11th-century temples dedicated to various gods including Shiva; Tungnath – the highest Shiva temple in the world;
Vishwanath temple – with the south tilting Shivlinga and baijnath Dham among a range of others. These temples showcase the architectural style of the bygone area but the spiritual vibe here is the same as ever mostly because these places are located by the holy rivers and encapsulated in lush greenery.
People from all over the world travel here to offer their prayer, perform meditation or even pind daan rituals for their deceased ancestor’s peace of soul.
All these frequencies combine together to cover the entire atmosphere in a deep sense of devotion.
Enlightening Pilgrimages – Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand is a place which is home to some of the enlightening and awakening pilgrimages in the world. People go on these journeys to attain salvation or moksha which is the freedom from the Karmic cycle of birth and rebirth.
From the most important pilgrimage of Char Dham of Uttarakhand Yatra which includes a visit to the temples of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Gangotri and Yamunotri during the summer season to the winter char dham Yatra circuit of Ukhimath, Joshimath, Mukhba and Kharsali.
Apart from these other significant yatras which people go on are Panch Kedar yatra covering Rudranath, Kalpeshwar Mahadev, Kedarnath, Tungnath and Maheshwar, panch Badri yatra including Badrinath, bhavishya Badri, Yog Dhyan badri, Vriddh badri and Adi badri and panch Prayag yatra which covers all the confluences or Prayag of Dev Prayag, Rudra Prayag, Nand Prayag, Vishnu Prayag and Karna Prayag.
These pilgrimages are not a recent development and people have been taking these journeys since a very long time back. Going up to the source of rivers Ganga and Yamuna are no doubt one of the most spiritually awakening journeys one can make.
Peaceful Meditation – Uttarakhand
Ashrams dot the entire region of this hill state which attracts a number of domestic as well as international tourists from across the globe. This is evident because you will be able to spot a lot of foreigners flocking in places especially like Haridwar, Rishikesh, Almora, Nainital, bageshwar, etc.
Not just travelers you will find that a lot of saints and sages during the ancient ages used to visit the hills here to meditate in places that are now named as tapovan or the forest of meditation.
There are several ashrams offering meditation services which are located right next to the holy Ganga making your spiritual experience in Uttarakhand extremely soul purifying. Gods and people are known to have given up all the worldly pleasures and material possessions in life to perform lifelong meditation here.
All these vibes together knit a beautiful blanket of intense positivity and spirituality. Sitting in front of the majestic Himalayas and focussing on nothing else but your deep breaths will help you in eliminating stress and frustration from your life.
Rejuvenating Yoga – Uttarakhand
The holy twin sacred towns which are seated by the banks of the holy river of Ganga and marks the descent of the river Ganga to the northern plains – Haridwar and Rishikesh is known for being the birthplace of yoga.
Some of the most well-respected yogis have their yoga ashrams established here which focuses on the all-round well-being of an individual through yoga activities which helps in having a deep connection with yourself and spirit.
From Dehradun and Barkot to Pithoragarh, Uttarkashi and Tehri are a few of the most incredible places to perform yoga. The saptarishis is said to have developed yoga by the saptarishi lake located at a distance of few km from Yamunotri dham.
Recently there has been a huge development and a boost in the sector of yoga tourism for people from India and across. You have to be there to indulge in yoga activity for a deep spiritual rejuvenation which will refresh your mind, body, and soul.
This peaceful oasis allows you to leave all your tension and stress behind and explore a newer and better side of yourself.
All these factors and more is what makes Uttarakhand the spiritual pandora box that we know as today. from spending your days in deep meditation to exploring the pilgrimage routes carved out by the lord himself everything about this state is mystical and fascinating.