Today, I got to visit the Meenakshi Amman Temple! This ancient temple is covered with thousands of colorful statues and has a long history. It was originally built in the 1300s, by Tamil Hindus from to southeastern India. The sacred site was then destroyed by a Muslim general. It was rebuilt 250 years later in 1559 by the Nayak king of Madurai.
I visited the Lord Shiva statue today. Lord Shiva is apart of the holy trinity of Hinduism along with Brahma and Vishnu. He represents goodness as the Protecter. But has a darker side as the leader of evil spirits, ghosts and vampires and as the master of thieves, villains and beggars. He is also associated with Time, and mostly the destroyer of all things. But he is also associated with creation.
Today I visited Boudhanath a buddhist stupa in Nepal. This ancient stupa is one go the largest in the world. It was most likely built around the 14th century. The stupa was built by a mother, Jadzima, who looked after chickens. They were an extremely poor family. For some reason she wanted to build a stupa so she asked the king for land to build it. Normally he would say no but "ok, it can be done" slipped out of his mouth. This is why the Tibetans call it “Jarung Kashor Chörten.” Jarung is “it can be done,” and kashor is “slipped out of the mouth.”
Lumbini, birthplace of Buddha
I visited the city of Lumbini where Lord Buddha was born in 623 BC. Shown by the inscription on the pillar written by the Mauryan Emperor Asoka in 249 BC. Lumbini is one of the holiest places in the world.
I saw the Temple of the Mount today in Israel. It is the holiest sight in Judaism. To the Jews it is known as Har HaMoriyah. Today, the Temple Mount is managed by the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, a trust that was established in 1187 to manage the Islamic structures in Jerusalem.
I visited the Solomon's Temple also known as the First Temple. The greatest achievement of King Solomon’s reign was the making of a beautiful temple in Jerusalem. He began building the temple in 966 BC, the inside ceiling was 180 feet long, 90 feet wide, and 50 feet high. The highest point on the temple was actually 120 cubits tall (about 207 feet). The first temple was destroyed by the Babylonians around four hundred years later, in 586 BC.
I visited the river Jordan, where Jesus was baptized. Once Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan, the water became holy and all the waters that flow along the baptism site were purified, reviving the souls of people at every place and time.
I visited the Basilica Ulpia in Rome, Italy. This old Roman civic building is regarded as one of the most important ancient basilicas in Rome. However, unlike most Christian basilicas, it served no religious function but, it was dedicated to the administration of commerce and justice during ancient times.
I got to visit the Al-Masjid an-Nabawi. It is also known as the Prophet's Mosque. It was originally established and built by the Islamic prophet Muhammad. The Al-Masjid an-Nabawi was the third mosque built in the history of Islam and is one of the largest mosques in the world!
The Western (Wailing) Wall
I visited the western (wailing) wall today. The plaza was created as an area for prayer when Israel captured the Old City in 1967. Sometimes tens of thousands of people gather here for prayer. The wall was built by Herod the Great