Meditation; because some questions cannot be answered by Google.True that. Meditation is cool. It is trendy. It is what many of us, the scarred and desolated souls (societally, what we are regarded as) are adopting to seek calmness, serenity and inner peace. It is no longer seen as an activity only for the yogis or gurus but a not so ‘elevated’ human also has the opportunity to acquire some piece of tranquillity and probably we need it even more.
This shift in the mindset – a healthy mind leads to a healthy body – has pushed people around the globe to use techniques such as meditation, yoga, breathing exercises et al to find inner peace. Of course, there are meditation apps (Clam, Insight Timer etc.) that allows one to meditate at home, in the comfort of their space. However, how can we compare that to being in a place that offers us the ‘old-age’ way to get into a meditative state, retrospect and look into our inner selves.
There are many such places in Bengaluru but one such very ‘reachable’ destination is Pyramid Valley or Maitreya Buddha Pyramid. A marvellously wondrous structure that has been regarded as one of the seven wonders of Bangalore. According to online articles, a pyramid is said to be quite a powerful structure and people believe that if a razor blade is kept inside a pyramid, the qualities of a blade gets more magnified – i.e. it gets sharper and longer lasting. Imagine the impact on minds and bodies when in the presence of this massive and mystical structure.
Pyramid Valley is far away from the chaos and excitement that a city life offers. Every corner of this place is ideal to completely relax your mind and body – the ‘yogi’ way. Imagine a yogi with headphones – meditating. Hilarious. I know. Hence, Pyramid Valley, a place amidst the rocky hills and surrounded by lush green gardens!
This Pyramid was created by Pyramid Spiritual Trust (India) and it took nearly four years to build this alluringly delightful structure. This pyramid is 102-ft tall and envelopes a base area of 160×160-ft. It was built utilizing the architectural principles of the Giza Pyramid in Egypt and oriented in the North – South direction. The online resources confirm that around 5,000 people can meditate in this pyramid.
P S R K Prasad, trustee and director, programmes of Pyramid Valley International spoke of this Pyramid with great enthusiasm. “The intense energy and the stillness of the place is penetrating. “Pyramids are storehouses of energy. Their geometric design collects, radiates and stores cosmic energy,” explains Prasad. Meditation done inside a pyramid or underneath it is called Pyramid Meditation. “And it is thrice more powerful than normal meditation,” says Prasad. “Pyramids help reduce the level of stress and tension in the physical body, a must in today’s world.” Currently, the Maitreya Pyramid is open 18 hours a day. “It is closed for six hours in the night, but soon it will be open 24/7,” says Prasad” (Bangalore Best)
It is considered to be the world’s largest pyramid. It is of slate grey colour. The outer layer of the pyramids, on the forty thousand tiles, you will find exclusively beautiful murals that showcase various elements of nature – north depicts air, south the fire, east depicts water while west represents earth. In the interiors, you will be welcomed by a grand collection of paintings and art work of Buddha. The King’s Chamber has been constructed at the core of the pyramid at one-third of the height.
“The spiral and vibrant King’s Chamber is the most energetic spot of the Pyramid and it stands 34ft tall and can accommodate 40 people at a time for meditation. Over 640 natural Himalayan crystals are fitted inside the pyramid meditation hall to amplify the Pyramid’s energy and help achieve a more profound spiritual experience.”
Getting to Pyramid Valley isn’t tough at all! You will come across enough signboards displaying the distance to the valley. Once inside the pyramid, they expect ‘complete’ silence, hence children below 6 years aren’t allowed. If you are new to meditation, they provide a short introduction on the subject. If you wish to learn more about spirituality or meditation, you can browse through books in a bookshop located in the premises.
This miraculous creation is located around Kanakapura road in South Bangalore. It is around 35 kilometres from the city Railway Station or Majestic Bus stand. It is around 26 KM far from Banashankari Bus stand and about 17 kilometres from BMIC/NICE Road.
According to online resources, pyramids are said to have special healing and conservation powers. They say, it has the ability to preserve foods and improve health. Obviously, they haven’t been verified so we still don’t know how true they are! Nevertheless, visiting a place that radiates peace and calmness (qualities very hard to find in a chock-a-block city like Bengaluru) and is not a very tough distance to cover, is a must for the ‘tranquil’ seekers. So, if life and the load of baloney it offers has got you down, ride away to a place that can hypnotize you with its serenity and placidness.