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Niepolomice Castle, and the stolen Wawel Chakra.

Krakow Tours to Niepolomice and the castle.

KRAKOW TOURS – Commonly known throughout history as the ‘Second Wawel,’ it shouldn’t come as surprise that the Royal Castle in Niepołomice shares (steals?) a bit of lore from the more famous royal residence in Kraków.

No there’s no tale of a dragon (though you’d think with all the dark, spooky woods surrounding it they could at least cook up some kind of Grendel story), but Niepołomice does try to get some of the good vibes from one of Wawel’s more famous legends – that of the fabled chakra stone.

According to many eastern religious, spiritual and yogic traditions, a chakra (if you don’t know) is a specific point where the powerful network of energy connecting all living things can be felt the strongest. Apparently when the Hindu goddess Shiva sent seven sacred stones – corresponding with the seven natural chakra points on the body – hurtling across the earth, one just happened to end up on Wawel Hill in Kraków and has since become a hit with travellers seeking to channel its powers.

According to local legend, King Kazimierz the Great liked his Niepołomice retreat so much he brought a piece of the Wawel chakra stone here and buried it beneath the castle in one of its gothic cellars. Since all this Hindu mumbo-jumbo doesn’t jive with Wawel’s status as a Catholic spiritual centre, Wawel authorities have done everything possible to downplay the legend; however keen observors will notice a plaque in the courtyard of Niepołomice Castle vaguely identifying the place where Kazimierz His Greatness deposited the chakra chunk in 1340.

Tours to Niepolomice and the castle are available from Krakow Tours, why not combine it with your Wieliczka Salt Mine trip?

Extracted from Krakow In Your Pocket Guide Book, available here.

August 5, 2010 Posted by | Recommendations, Tour Information | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Polish Legends # 4 – The Krakow Chakra in Wawel

KRAKOW TOURS – One of Wawel’s most well known, but officially unendorsed legends is that of the fabled Chakra Stone.

A Chakra is a natural energy point or centre of the consciousness found in every living being, as believed in th religious, spiritual and yogic traditions of India, China and independent groups in th West.

According to Chakra doctrine, there a re only 7  Chakra points on the body corresponding with the seven sacred stones the Hindu Goddess Shiva flung across the earth as a gift to mankind. Those seven stones just so happened to land in some of the most important spiritual centres on earth, namely Rome, Mecca, Delhi, Delphi, Jerusalem, Velehrad (CZ) and – what do you know? – the northwestern corner of Wawel’s immaculate courtyard. At least that’s where believers claim to have felt its cosmic energy the strongest.

Most believers simply place their hands against the supposed energy source, though some have gone so far as to stand on their heads with back, palms and heels pressed against it leaving oily smudges on the wall that reveal its location to the uninitiated (when you enter the courtyard, turn left and make for the corner). Doing such today won’t earn you much sympathy from the Castle staff who consider the legend a nuisance and have done everything they can to deflect attention away from Wawel’s famous corner, including putting up a sign asking people to refrain from touching it (that obviously didn’t work), roping it off, putting museum exhibits over top of it and having a guard stand nearby as was the case during my last visit. Wawel tour guides are stricken from speaking about the Chakra stone, as you’ll quickly learn if you broach the topic with one. Still don’t let that stop you from getting your Chakra on.

June 8, 2010 Posted by | Krakow Travel Advice, Tour Information | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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