itself has a diverse culture you will find many spiritual tourist spots in and around Dhanbad. These include temples, mosques, churches, Gurudwaras, Jain temples and Budh Viharas. All the spiritual places are consecrated spaces where prayers are performed every day. The atmosphere around these religious places is peaceful and one can sit and pray in silence to reach out to the Almighty.
''Prayers go up and blessings come down.'' Let us know some more about various religious places in and around Dhanbad.
in the city include Shakti mandir, Shyam mandir, Lillori Sthan mandir, Jagannath temple (Dhansar), The Shiva Temple of Jhinjhipahari, Bhuphor Mandir etc.
Buddh Vihar (Buddhist Monastery) is a Buddhist place of worship.''Vihara'', which is a Sanskrit or Pali term, which literally means a shrine hall. They are also important centers for learning. During a normal prayer course the Buddhists sit on the floor, facing towards the image of Buddha and chant hymns. They pray in a congregation only during festivals and celebrations. They generally meditate or chant alone. Buddhism is based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who attained salvation as Lord Buddha.
St. Anthony Church, is an important church in Dhanbad. Other churches near Dhanbad are St. Thomas Orthodox Church (Dhanbad), St. Gregorious Orthodox Church (Dhanbad), Union Church (Sindri), Dhanbad Church (Dhanbad), G.E.L. Church (Purulia) and G.E.L Church, Railway colony, Bokaro.
Central Gurudwara and yet another famous Gurudwara in Sector 2-C in Dhanbad are places of worship for Sikhs. 'Langars' are held from time to time and everyone is fed with love and honor, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. The magnificent white structure of the Gurudwara attracts devotees and ''guru bani'' renders a serene atmosphere all around the place. Guru Granth Sahib is decked up beautifully with floral decorations which adds to the spiritual ambiance.
Jain temples in Dhanbad include Shri Digambar Jain mandir in Dhanbad, Jain mandir (Dhaunsar) and Jain temple in Sector 2D, Bokaro Steel city. Jains worship the tirthankaras for their virtues and the ideal of perfection they have achieved. Jainism teaches that we can attain happiness and peace only by right conduct.
Other religious places in Dhanbad are Omkar Baba Ashram, Sant Nirankari Bhawan and Shankar Matha (Govindpur).
Mother Teresa has rightly said,''Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition and listening to his voice in the depth of our hearts.''
True to this saying, anyone visiting Dhanbad must go to these places of worship. Here, one can discover the spiritual aspect of the trip and show gratitude to the Almighty after a hectic but enjoyable schedule in hotels, malls, parks and museums of the city.