Monday, August 10, 2015
Today I visited Varanasi, India, which is considered the "Heart of Hinduism". The people of Varanasi, which is on the banks of the Ganges river, believe that the Ganges has the power to wash all your sins away. Also, I visited the Jyotirlinga Visvanatha Temple, or Golden Temple, which was destroyed along with many other Varanasi temples in the Medieval Times. However, it was rebuilt in 1776 and renamed the Jyotirlinga Visvanatha Temple.
This is the Golden Temple in Varanasi, it was built to worship Lord Shiva
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Today I visited Sarnath, which is one of the four major Buddhist sites around the world, the name Sarnath means "Lord of the Deer". The major temple of Sarnath is the Dhamekha Stupa. This is supposedly the site where the Buddha gave his first sermon. There are a lot of sacred building in Sarnath, like the Dhamekha Stupa, Choukhandi Stupa, and the Bodhi tree. There are lots of interesting things to do in each of the sacred sites here.
One of the Many statues of the Buddha in Saranath
Wednesday, August 19, 2015,
Today, I went sight-seeing on the religion of Judaism. The first thing I went and saw was the Western Wall. The Western Wall is part of a retaining wall of the Temple Mount, which is where temples stood for over nearly a thousand years. I also went to the Hurva Synagogue, which served as the main Ashkenazi synagogue for a century. I will be back to Jerusalem, after a quick stop at Mecca, for a report on the Christianity sites in Jerusalem.
This is the Western Wall in Jerusalem, which attracts many tourists every year.
Friday, August 21, 2015,
Today I was able to study the religion of Islam, without having to travel anywhere far because of the proximity of the cities. Today, since I was in Mecca, I obviously went to go see the Great Mosque. Man is it big! In fact, it is the largest mosque in the world, and Muslim texts say that every believer should visit Mecca at least once in their lifetime. A lot of people were making that visit today when I went to see the Mosque. This was a great opportunity for me to be able to go and see such an amazingly important place.
The Great Mosque in Mecca, as you can see there were a lot of people there!
Sunday, August 23, 2015,
I ventured back to Jerusalem to explore the religion of Christianity today, and what better day to do that than a Sunday. First, I went to see the Garden tomb, the "final" resting place for Jesus Christ. It was discovered in 1880 by Major General Charles George Gordon, of the British army who was sent there to colonize the area.
The Garden Tomb, believed to be the final resting place of Jesus Christ.
Monday, August 24, 2015,
Today will be the final stop in my journey, as I go to see the Church of the Annunciation. Where it is to be believed that this is where the Angel Gabriel told the Virgin Mary that she was going to give birth to God's only son, Jesus. It is a very amazing place and fun to look at all the architecture that is there. It has been a great journey and I know I had tons of fun, as I wish you did as you read this.
The Church of Annunciation, where it is to be believed that the Angel Gabriel told Mary she was going to have a son.