Hope Fellowship - Frisco East Campus
Just wanted to visit my church before I left on my trip! I can't wait to travel the world and see tons of important and sacred sites for a variety of religions. I plan on only visiting religious sites from the main religions like Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam. I seriously can't wait to see these awesome sites and make many great memories! I'll be sure to update you guys whenever I take a great photo!
I just visited the tomb that Jesus was buried in! It's so crazy to be somewhere where you only read about in a book that's around 2,000 years old! Personally, I though that it would be bigger and more extravagant, but it's still cool to stand where Jesus was, and to just actually be able to tie something from the bible to a real-life landmark.
Since I'm still in Israel, I decided to visit the Temple Mount, which is important to Judaism and Islam, but I'm just going to focus on the Jewish part, because I'm planning on visiting some other Islamic sites. According to Jewish belief, Temple Mount is where God made Adam, the first human, out of dust. I love the architecture of the temple, and I like how it's not just made out of stone and that it is actually more colorful!
Western/Wailing Wall - Israel
My last stop in Israel is the Wailing Wall, which is also important to Judaism. Like Temple Mount, the Wailing Wall is also important to Islam. Jews come to the Wailing Wall to pray by simply praying, and/or writing their prayer on a piece of paper and sticking it into one of the cracks. Also, the Wailing Wall is actually called the Western Wall because it used to be a wall in the old city of Jerusalem.
Now I'm off to India to see the Taj Mahal! This is a temple/tomb built in memory of Mumtaz Mahal, who was the princess of Persia that died in 1631. The actual construction of the Taj Mahal started a year later in 1632. The Taj Mahal is an Islamic temple, and it is one of the most famous Islamic buildings. I can't believe that it was actually possible to build something this extravagant in the 1600's!
I'm so glad that I brought my drone! This is Kaaba in Mecca, where every Muslim in supposed to come to at least once in their lifetime. Look at how many people are there! Without my drone I wouldn't have been able to get a good picture of anything because I couldn't close to the building. That giant cube in the middle is the Kaaba, and one of the five pillars in Islam, called Hajj, is to circle the Kaaba seven times in a counter-clockwise direction.
Here I am at the Badrinath Temple in northern India! Man, it's pretty cold up here, but it's worth it, because this temple looks amazing! The Badrinath Temple was built as a temple to worship the god of Protection and Preservation, Vishnu. I especially love how colorful it looks, and it just gives me a feeling of happiness and satisfaction whenever I look at it.
Right now I'm in Banaras on the Ganges river, which is the holiest river in Hinduism. Banaras is one of the seven holy cities, and it is the most favored place by Hindus to die and become cremated. Also, they believe that anything that is sacrificed or given in Banaras creates endless fruit. But wow, just look at how colorful and beautiful it is! I love the architecture of the buildings and how they have many different colors on every building.
Great Buddha Statue - India
Moving on to Buddhism, I'm still in India, but i'm in front of the Great Buddha Statue! The statue stands at 25 meters, or 82 feet tall. The foundation was placed in 1982, and it's construction was completed in 1989 by the 14th Dalai Lama. Looking at this statue, I can't help but feel like I'm staring at someone who is very important, and it just looks very intimidating!
For my last stop, I'm going up North to Nepal to see the Lumbini! According to Buddhist history, Siddhartha Gautama was born here. Siddhartha achieved enlightenment later in his life, and then went on to found Buddhism! It's pretty crazy to think that I have been to the birthplace of Buddha! Also, I love how pure and holy the temple actually looks with all the white and gold!
On my way home! I'm going to miss this trip, but I made so many good memories! I'm going to tell a lot of people about my trip and how much I learned about different religions. I'm not going to be posting anymore pictures on this blog, but thank you to everyone that read all my posts and kept up with me on my trip!