4 Religious Sites to visit before the Summer Vacation ends
Gone are the days when summer holidays were all about playing in your granny's courtyard and having fun all day. With the fast-growing Life, playing and chilling is replaced by spending hours on PlayStation and watching Television. In this tech-friendly world, our next generation future has never faced more perilous times. It's the right time to introduce our children to the spiritual world so that they can imbibe good morals and get to know our culture better. Summer vacations are going to end soon; before it ends there is not a better time to enlighten your child to spirituality by taking them on a quick religious historical trip.
India commonly called "the land of faith" is filled with numerous religious sites, worth going to attain spiritual enlightenment. We have brought you a selective bucket list of religious sites where you can take your children in this summer.
Ajanta Caves are 29 rock-cut sculptures; it is a fine masterpiece depicting Buddhist religious art situated in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India. Built around 2nd century BCE the caves represent the teachings of Gautam Buddha. Ajanta caves a UNESCO World Heritage Site would prove to be a perfect destination to introduce your children to Buddhism. It is a great learning site to visit for experiencing Buddhist culture in real.
Timings – Ajanta caves stay open till 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
How to reach – It is easily approachable by air, train or by road since Aurangabad is well connected to the city like Mumbai and Pune.
Only at the distance of hundred kilometers from Ajanta, Ellora Caves are famous for Hindu and Jain Monuments. The major attraction of this place is the Cave 16, The Kailash temple which particularly features the largest single monolithic rock excavation in the world. It is a chariot shaped Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Kailash Temple stores the depiction of hindu mythology that are found in Vaishnavism. It also gives you the visual detailed account of two Hindu Major Epics.
Timings – Perfect time to visit is June to september as the weather remain pleasant. It stays open till 9: AM to 5:30PM.
How to reach – Since it is near to Ajanta caves it is easily accessible by any transport means. Aurangabad is well connected to the major cities like Mumbai and Pune.
Humpi is worth visiting site, it is a group of Monuments situated at the bank of Tungabhadra River. The Virupaksha temple located in Hampi dedicated to Lord Shiva is the beautiful historical site. The intriguing architecture would be the best learnings experience for children.
Timings – 9 to 5 PM
How to reach - The domestic airport is located at the distance of 60 KM and the nearest railhead is at the distance of 13 km.
Dedicated to Hindu God Lord Shiva Elephanta Caves are unique in its own way. Situated on Elephanta Island, Maharashtra Elephanta Caves depicts a detailed account of Hindu mythology. This fabulous site gives a detailed insight about Lord Shiva and their teachings.
Timing – All world heritage sites stays open till 9am to 5:30pm
How to reach - Since Mumbai is the Major City you can easily reach Mumbai by taking any means of Transport. After reaching Mumbai get a taxi or local bus to reach Gateway of India and from there get a ferry to reach Elephanta Caves.
There is nothing better than peeking into the history for learning about our culture and religious roots. Make this summer vacation a spiritual learning experience for your kids. The above religious historical sites not only educate them but also give them a glimpse of our age old spiritual world.