My expedition to learn about the five main religions of the world starts in India. I flew into Uttarakhand, a state in the Republic of India, today on November 27, 2016 to learn more about the Hindu religion. When I arrived, I noticed the great beauty the state has. Being a mountainous region, the area has valleys, rivers, and luscious greenery with a bit of snow. I first went to the Badrinath Temple, one of the holiest places in all of India. This temple was made to dedicate Lord Vishnu, the second god in the Hindu Triumvirate, and was made on aesthetically pleasing land to perceive it has holy. This site forms one of the four Char Dham and Chota Char Dham pilgrimage sites.
The second destination I have traveled to is Nepal. I arrived today on November 29, 2016, to study the arts of Buddhism. When I entered central Nepal, I went to Lumbini, one of the holiest structures in the Buddhist religion. The architecture was as if it were a castle in an ancient land which gives a sense of sacredness. This building was said to be the birthplace of the Lord Buddha, one of the most common gods in the religion. The birth took place in 623 B.C., and turned the area into a future pilgrimage for Buddhism
I flew into Mecca, Saudi Arabia this morning on December 1st, 2016. This city is known to be the holiest places in Islam because this was the birthplace of Muhammad, the islamic prophet of Allah. I came here to visit Kaaba, also referred to as Al-Masjid al-Haram. This a structure used to pray and meet in very large quantities of people, having the capacity of 2.5 million people! This is possible because of its coleuseum- like architecture but with a more modern look. The size of this building alone makes it special, but the amount of people that come and worship Allah is what makes this sacred for muslims.
I've been in Israel for the past two days after I arrived the afternoon of December 3rd, studying Judaism. I have seen all many domes along with the many tall buildings in the city, but I saw a structure like no other... The Western Wall located in Jerusalem. I noticed that there were many people praying by the wall. This building was known to be the holiest prayer site that is allowed to visit because of the wall's connection to the Temple Mount., a hill also known as one of the most sacred sites of the world.
The final destination I'm visiting is West Bank, located north of Israel. Today, on December 6, 2016, I visited the city of Bethlehem, seeking information on Christianity. I specifically visited this city because It was the birthplace of Jesus Christ, making anything consisting importance holy. I traveled to the Church of Nativity because it's the main church of this holy city. The architecture was amazing with an ancient structure. Since 333 A.D, people have been worshiping and praying, and in current days, attending service. This church has served as holy place for many for a very long time, giving it a sense of sacredness.