Pilgrimage – What to do?

Activities That Help a Pilgrim Stay in Spiritual Consciousness

A pilgrim cannot afford to waste his time just wandering about and seeing through material eyes. No, he wishes to approach the Lord and become sensitive to the many signs Kṛṣṇa places before him. Therefore, he sharpens his perception by:

  • singing spiritual songs,
  • reading holy scriptures,
  • contacting the saintly people who live in a holy place and ask them to talk about Kṛṣṇa or the place,
  • bathing in the holy water,
  • celebrating small ceremonies, like offering flowers and incense to the Deities he visits,
  • meditating,
  • writing journals or letters,
  • praying at the holy shrines, and
  • bowing down.


Visiting a spiritual place does not just mean to place one’s feet there. No, it implies making a connection in one’s consciousness. A pilgrim, therefore, asks a few questions and patiently waits for answers:

  • What is the true meaning and purpose of my life at this stage?
  • What is it that I need to change?
  • Please, show me my next steps.


To derive the full benefit of pilgrimage, it is good to learn the art of pilgrimage from those who have perfected it.