Discovering the beauty of Dhyanalinga
The power of meditation and prayer can be unprecedented, and it holds even greater significance in places where peace and sanctity can be found in abundance. All over India, there are many such spots where both tourists and locals go to find sanctuary, away from the hustle of life, and to regain peace of mind.
One such iconic sanctuary in Tamil Nadu is the Dhyanalinga Temple in Coimbatore. Coimbatore is a city known for housing many such beautiful places of peace and worship, and the Dhyanalinga happens to be a world-famous spot. A place where yoga and meditation meet nature and tranquillity, Dhyanalinga is located about 30 km from the city of Coimbatore.
The Dhyanalinga Temple
The inner walls of the temple are absolutely quiet, encased in a breath-taking dome that is so simple and yet marvelous. The beauty of this temple lies in its inclusiveness – anyone from any faith can come here and absorb the positive energy and blessings. There are no restrictions here, and meditation is the language that is universally spoken.
The dome itself is 33 feet high and 76 feet wide, making it a massive construction. Dhyanalinga is located within the Isha Yoga Center campus, which is founded by the renowned Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev. He has given talks and conferences to yoga and meditation enthusiasts all over the world, and build a number of campuses where he passes on his beliefs through nature and teachings.
One can find many people meditating both inside the temple and outside, in the pristine open spaces. The entrance of the Dhyanalinga temple features a ‘Sarva Dharma Sthamba’ which has symbols from multiple Indian faiths carved on it. This warmth and inclusion of all religions make Dhyanalinga a very welcoming community.
Within the temple is the Lingam made from solid black granite, standing 4 meters in height. At different times, one can find Nadha Aradhana being performed – an offering of sounds towards the Lingam, which echoes through the walls of the temple and is truly magical to experience.
There are a number of iconic spots within the Isha Yoga Center:
- The Naga Shrine
- Linga Bhairavi
The Adiyogi Statue
Lord Shiva has many forms according to Hindu mythology, and Adiyogi is supposed to be First Yogi, as believed in the yogic culture, and also the “first teacher” who spreads strength and positive energy through complete control of the body and mind. Being a firm believer in Adiyogi, Isha Sadhguru designed the 112.5 feet high statue of him near Dhyanalinga. This massive structure is also mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The surrounding area is covered by thick forests and a beautiful view of the mountains in the backdrop. Tourists from all over the world who come to visit Dhyanalinga also make it a point to visit this magnificent statue and take blessings.
How to Reach Dhyanalinga
Locally, Dhyanalinga can be reached by road, either taking a cab or private car or by taking a bus. It takes not more than an hour by road to reach the Isha Yoga Center, where the Adiyogi statue will be encountered first. From here, one can reach the Dhyanalinga Temple by a traditional bullock cart.
One can also travel here by air, by first taking a flight to Coimbatore International Airport, and then by road to Dhyanalinga which is 40 km from the airport.
Facilities and Things To Do at Dhyanalinga
Within the Isha Yoga Center, basic facilities are catered to. There are canteens where simple but sumptuous food is served, and there are also changing and bathing rooms available. For those who want to stay overnight or for a few days, and take part in any of the meditation and yoga camps that happen throughout the year, some cottages can be booked in advance. Vehicles aren’t allowed within the campus, and patrons are encouraged to walk around to promote better health.
A trip to Dhyanalinga can be just what one might need to rejuvenate and relax. The temple is welcoming to people of all ages, genders, and castes, and is very much suitable for singles and families alike. The greatest appeal of the Dhyanalinga temple is the serendipity that can be found both inside and outside the temple. For believers or enthusiasts of the yogic culture who want the perfect place to meditate, Dhyanalinga is the right place to be!