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Spiritual Tourism, Alternative Spiritual Themed Tour



Traveling to an area can be combined with certain themes that suit your itinerary. There are those whose intention is just for family tourism or honeymoon tourism, but it can also be themed with other concepts. If we know that traveling can have a good effect on the body so that it doesn't get stressed easily, then the concept of good tourism can be even better. Namely as a type of spiritual tourism by visiting places that contain certain religious elements.

 

You can also go on a Pilgrimage tour where we will visit the graves of good people or family graves. So, from the many tourism alternatives, we can maximize the positive aura of tourism benefits with the concept of spiritual tourism and pilgrimage. Spiritual tourism allows us to activate our spiritual zone so that our level of faith increases for the better. Likewise, making a pilgrimage to the graves of good people, saints and ancestors will give you a different spiritual aura. Not only pleasure is obtained, but also meaning of life and self-evaluation.

 

  • Relaxation

Travel activities of any type will definitely have a relaxing effect on your body and soul. So that the body becomes fresher and fitter with this fun activity.

 

  • Minimizes stress

A stressed soul is tired and busy and has no time to pause in activities. With tourism, you can get a break and minimize potential stress.

 

  • Fulfilling the Calling of the Soul

There are times when, at a certain age, the soul is called to fulfill several spiritual activities and spiritual themes. So visiting a spiritual tour package could be the answer to the soul's calling.

 

  • Remembering Death and Life After

Traveling to spiritual zones and also pilgrimage tours will certainly have a big impact on awareness. In this case, awareness of life after death and preparation for the best death for a religious people.

 

  • Add insight

New knowledge is the results and other effects of tourism activities. Interacting with a new world and new people often adds a lot of knowledge and input to hold onto.

 

  • Increase Confidence

Self-confidence arises from souls who believe in faith and the Owner of the Universe. This can be found from the spiritual tourism agenda.

 

  • Maintain sleep quality

A body that is balanced between body and soul and then physically and mentally will experience perfect quality sleep.

 

  • Appreciate Spiritual Values

There are many things we can learn from the spiritual values of previous people that we can learn and put into practice.

 

Indonesia has many spiritual tourist destinations that invite visitors to experience the peace and majesty of holy places. The following are seven spiritual tourism destinations in Indonesia that are worth visiting.

 

1. Goa Maria Sendangsono, Yogyakarta


Sendangsono Maria Cave is one of the most visited spiritual tourist attractions for Catholics. Located in the Kalibawang area, Kulon Progo, this pilgrimage place is cool and shady with lots of trees. 


To reach Sendangsono, you can take the winding road at the foot of Menoreh which has two route options. The first is from Yogyakarta City by following Jalan Godean-Sentolo and the second route is via Jalan Magelang via the Muntilan Market T-junction, Central Java. From the city center, you need to cover a distance of approximately 29 kilometers. If using a motorized vehicle, it takes between 50 to 60 minutes.

 

2. Pura Luhur Poten, Mount Bromo (East Java)


This is what is unique about Bromo, apart from presenting the beautiful natural panorama of mountains, hills, sea of sand, savanna, sunrise, it also presents the beauty and nobility of the culture of the people who live around it, namely the Tengger Tribe people. As we know, the Tengger community cannot be separated from Mount Bromo and Yadnya Kasada.

 

For the people of the Tengger Tribe, Mount Bromo and Pura Luhur Poten are sacred and important places both in daily life and in religious celebrations. Pura Luhur Poten is a plot of land and a temple-like building located in the middle of a sea of sand (precisely between Mount Bromo and Mount Batok) where the Kasada ceremony takes place.

 

The building consists of 3 zones or mandalas, namely: Main Mandala (place of worship), Madya Mandala (place to prepare for the prayer ceremony), Mandala Nista (transition from the entrance to the inside).

 

3. Kim Tek Ie Temple, Jakarta


Moving on to the Jakarta area, there is an old temple which is always busy during Chinese New Year. Kim Tek Ie Temple or what is also called Vihara Dharma Bhakti has existed since 1650 and is the oldest temple in Jakarta. Historically, this temple was built by a Chinese Lieutenant named Kwee Hoen and was later named Kwan Im Teng. However, Kwan Im Teng was later absorbed into Indonesian to become a temple.

 

The name Kim Tek le itself means the Golden Temple of Virtue. This name was given to remind people not to think only about materialism in life, but to prioritize virtue among fellow humans. Kim Tek Ie Temple is also one of the proud temples of Chinese people. Therefore, this temple is always busy with Chinese people who want to worship, especially during Chinese New Year.

 

The temple is located on Jl. Victory III No. 13 (Plot 9) Glodok, West Jakarta, also has very valuable historical relics, namely ancient artifacts that are almost the same age as the temple itself. There are various kinds of Buddha statues in large and small sizes.

 

4. Taman Beji Griya Waterfall, Bali


A mystical atmosphere surrounds the place of Penglukatan (self-cleansing) at Taman Beji Griya Gede Manuaba Punggul Temple, Abiansemal, Badung, Bali.  The place is famous for being haunted because it is said to be inhabited by various types of spirits.  However, this actually becomes a special attraction for visitors who want to try a new atmosphere to carry out noetic (magical) self-cleaning.

 

And sure enough, according to the manager and developer of the Taman Beji Griya Gede Manuaba Punggul Temple, Ida Bagus Eka Giri Artha, the pamedek (devotees who come to clean the water) can express their emotions or complaints by screaming as loud as they can at the bottom of the waterfall.

 

5. Masjid Agung, Cirebon (West Java)


The Great Sang Cipta Rasa Mosque is one of the heritage buildings of the Cirebon Kingdom. This building is also known as the Great Mosque of Cirebon or the Sunan Gunung Jati Mosque. The reason is, the Great Sang Cipta Rasa Mosque was built during the reign of Sunan Gunung Jati, to be precise in 1498 AD. Located in the Kasepuhan Palace complex in Cirebon, this mosque is said to be the oldest mosque in Cirebon.

 

Sang Cipta Rasa Great Mosque only lasted one night, namely in the early morning and the next day it was used for morning prayers. Cirebon residents named it the Pakungwati Mosque, because it is located in the Pakungwati Palace complex. Now this mosque is located in front of the Kesepuhan Palace.

 

This mosque looks almost the same as the remains of other Islamic kingdoms. Meanwhile, on several other parts of the wall, you can find Chinese-style architecture, more precisely decorated with Chinese-made porcelain in the form of red and blue plates made during the Ming Dynasty.

 

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