Not only is Karnak the biggest city of temples in Egypt, it is the largest religious complex ever constructed covering nearly 200 acres. In fact, the Great Temple of Karnak is so huge that Notre Dame, Milan and St. Peter’s Cathedrals could all fit within its walls. Constructed over the course of 2000 years from around 2055 BC to100 AD, Karnak is dedicated to the Theban triad of Mut, Amun and Khonsu. An estimated 30 pharaohs made contributions to the site, making it still one of the most awe-inspiring structures in the world today.
Those seeking a pilgrimage for spiritual evolution and transformation come to this sacred Egyptian site to not only experience the mystical power of Karnak and view the massive reliefs, statues and pylons but also to:
- Explore the impressive technological wonders of Hypostyle Hall.
- Seek healing in Sekhmet’s Temple and discover their primal nature.
- Purify themselves amid the Sacred Lake of Karnak.
- Enjoy the remarkable healing power of the summer sunset and winter solstice sunrises that strike key parts of the structure with precise cosmic alignment.
Hypostyle Hall in the Precinct of Amun-Ra’a
One of the most visually stunning areas amid Karnak Temple is the enormous 54,000 square feet Hypostyle Hall in the Precinct of Amun-Re. Inside the hall are 134 massive ornate columns aligned in 16 rows. The decorative architraves atop the columns weigh an estimated 70 tons. This phenomenal feat has made this a site of exploration for those searching for answers concerning megalith construction techniques of the ancients. Beyond the main sanctuary lies the lovely and healing Sacred Lake of Karnak for purification and reflection along with several smaller temples.
Soak in Solstice Synergy at Karnak Temple
The cosmos as well as the summer and winter solstice harbored sacred powers for the ancient Egyptians. This is evident because they historically aligned the majority of their structures to coordinate and coincide with such anomalies—another testament to their incredible progressive knowledge. During the winter solstice sunrise and the summer solstice sunsets, the light precisely falls perpendicular on AmunRa’a’s sanctuary and then slowly glides towards the gates of Hatsheput’s Temple.
Within this space sits a striking black granite statue of Sekhmet featuring her lioness head crowned with the solar disc laden with a cobra of protection upon it. She has a female body and is carrying the staff of the lotus…her eyes seem ready to activate the healing power of destruction as needed—after all, she is often known for being the Goddess of War who slaughtered humans in times of chaos.
As the lioness goddess of courage and compassion, she represents the fact that the fiercest motherly protection may occasionally be required to ultimately preserve the wellbeing of the greater good. After purifying the mind, body and spirit at Lake Karnak, a visit to Sekhmet’s Temple can help one discover imbalances that need healing and find the inner courage to surge forward on their true spiritual path.
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