Most temples have God or Spirit represented in deity located in the temple or mandir situated in an area at the outskirts of the city. The temple spiritual atmosphere is devoid of pollution and anything, which promotes Rajsic or Tamsic behavior.
The silence of the spiritual atmosphere reduces the internal noise and helps one go towards an inner journey. The inner journey of being in touch with one’s consciousness requires detachment from the worldly pleasures and withdrawal of all the five senses of the body.
To be in touch with the consciousness one need to bypass the disturbed state of consciousness, controlled by the emotion, memories and desires and made up of mind, intellect and ego.This bypass usually requires a prolonged period of persistence and inward journey devoid of external stimuli. Long parikrama incorporating many hours of walking helps in detoxifying the mind and shifting the consciousness from disturbed state to an undisturbed state. The long walk not only gives physical benefits but one also gets the benefits of the nature as during this period one’s inner stimuli is exposed to the outer stimuli.
The person is often required to walk bare foot on a natural ground and inhale the natural air and concentrate and listen to the sounds of the nature, birds and trees. The nearness to the nature helps in the inward spiritual journey and shifts one from sympathetic to parasympathetic mode characterized by lowering of blood pressure and pulse and rise in the skin resistance.
The final happiness invariably comes from within as at the time of final darshan a person invariably closes the yes and experiences God within the heart. The experience of glimpses of GOD also signifies that in meditation one is in touch with the consciousness only as glimpses.
Most people today are constructing temples in the residential colonies and providing temple atmosphere to people at their door step but it will not have the same spiritual significance and benefits of a temple at the outskirts of a city. There is no way a person can go to a temple in the nearby vicinity of his house and detoxify his mind as the same cannot be done in minutes unless you are a siddha yogi and if you are, you need not go to a temple as the temple is within you.
In Vedic text it has been clearly mentioned that to acquire powers and inner happiness even rishi, munis need to do tapasya from days to years together. This only indicated that spiritual well being is acquired over a period of time as the process of detoxification is a long drawn process. Car and automobiles are not allowed in spiritual atmosphere for the basic reason to provide a pollution free atmosphere and to give time for the mind to detoxify.
Today most people are going to Bhadrinath, Vaishno Devi, and Tirupati by passing the Parikrama on foot. The result is a formality.Each one of us are living in an atmosphere and lifestyle instant access whether it is mobile phones, remote control TVs, car, or plain we want everything at our doorsteps. We have no time for physical and mental relaxation and no time for physical exertion making us ending up with lifestyle disorders.
Apart most temples have small entry gates which serves as a reminder that we must leave our ego out. Bending to enter in means humility and letting go once ego.In most temples we see Nandi the bull outside the temple, which again signifies that we cannot enter the temple with desires. Again both letting go the desires and ego requires some effort and time.
Most worship places are designed like a pyramid which helps concentrate the energy in the centre and helps one get inner peace.