January 20, 2020
That was the day that my journey to the most sacred religious places started. In January 20 it was when I flew from Dallas, TX to Nepal to learn more about the first religion which was Hinduism. To fly to Nepal I had to make 2 stops which was in Paris and in Abu Dhabi and the overall flight time was 38 hours and 55 minutes.
January 22, 2020
I finally arrive in my first stop in Kathmandu, Nepal to see Hindus most sacred temple called Pashupatinath Temple. That temple is located by the Bagmati river and is enourmous with many people worshiping their polytheism gods there. I could not enter the temple as only believers are allowed and they don't want people to view the temple just as a form of statue/art. But from the outside there is two floors made of pure cooper and at the top there is a bunk roof with golden spire. You can enter that temple through 4 different silver doors. The temple is a little bit damaged and dirty as there was an earthquake in April of 2015 but my experience there was great. This temple is very significant for the people because it is very big for worshiping the Hindu god shiva.
A picture of the Pashupatinath Temple.
I finally go to visit my next sacred temple but this time is for the religion of Buddhism. I found one temple called Mahabodhi that was very close to me which was in Bodh Gaya, India. The flight time to there is around 1 hour and 30 minutes so I was able to arrive in the next day and whenever I arrived I just took the time to rest as I was really tired from the last trip. But in the morning of January 24 I woke up and went straight to the Mahabodhi Temple. From the outside the temple it looks very big with a height of 180 ft. The temple is not very colorful just grey. That temple is very significant for the people in India because there is where they believe that Buddha stayed for enlightment.
A picture of the Mahabodhi Temple
January 26, 2016
In the early morning of January 25 when I woke up I had my flight to Israel to learn about the religion of Judaism. In Israel I was going to see the Western Wall at The Temple Mount (wailing wall). And my flight to there it took me 5 hours but then I had to take a ride from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem which it took me another 1 hour. I got to my hotel in Jerusalem in the afternoon and I went straight to the Har HaMoriyah which that is the Jewish name for the Temple Mount. I was more interested in the The Western Wall than the temple, but to me its pretty cool how the wall connects to the Temple Mount which was build by King Solomon. When I got to the wall there were many people in there praying and somebody told me that that wall is significant because they go to the wall to pray as it is the most holy place where the Jews are permitted to pray. The wall is very simple and there is not much design to it and the color is kind of like the color of desert sand. What I did not like as much in the place were the Islamic people as the Temple Mount is shared by Jewish and Muslims and I was only trying to focus in the Jewish aspect of it.
A picture of the Western Wall
A map of how Temple Mount is shared between religions.
The following day I was going to explore the religion of Christianity. And the sacred site is called Ecclesia Sancti Sepulchri which in English it translates into Church of the Holy Sepulchre. That church is also located in Jerusalem so I did not have to make a big ride. The distance between the Temple Mount and the Church of Holy Sepulchre is only 10 minutes walking or 8 minutes with the car but since I had to leave from my hotel it took me about 15 minutes to get there. So when I got to the church in the outside the color is sand grey and it seemed a little bit old. In that sacred site I could actually enter it and the first thing that I saw was the stone of anointing, then the chapel of three Mary's, then where the tomb of Jesus was located, then the 4 chapels, and at last the rock of Golgotha where Jesus was crucified. This place is very significant for Christians because that is the place in which Jesus was crucified, buried and rosen from the dead.
This is an outside look of The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
This is the map of The Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Next stop I am going to check out the religion of Islam. And the most sacred site is located in Mecca, Saudi Arabia where muslims consider it to be the most holy city for that religion. In Mecca I visited the Masjid al-Haram which it translates to the sacred mosque. When I got there the mosque was really big and I was pretty impressed. I also learned many things about it like that Caliph Omar build it and that there is a 900,000 capacity to it but now they are trying to expand it to 2,000,000 by the end of 2020. That mosque is really significant to the muslim religion as they need to visit it at least one time in their life and that also is significant as every muslim needs to face the Quibla when praying and that mosque surrounds the Kaaba. The mosque is circular shaped and with a color of desert sand and in the middle of the circle there is the Kaaba which is the direction that the Muslims need to face when praying.
Muslims are gathered in Masjid al-Haram.