Our Holy World A look at the biggest religions from around the world

My name is Cooper Merrill and I have decided to travel the world to explore the biggest religions of this world. I will experience and see the world through the eyes of a believer of a different religion. It will be interesting to see how people interact within their culture.

Day 1

In the exploration in the religions of the world I decided that it was fitting to start at the beginning and by the beginning I mean the beginning of religion, Hinduism. Hinduism goes as far back than any religion in human existence and is the biggest ethnic religion in the world. Our travels took us to India where we visited the great Hindu Architecture Badrinath Temple.

Badrinath Temple is a site dedicated to Vishnu the god of preservation and protection. The temple is also one of the 108 Divya Desams dedicated to Vishnu, who is worshipped as Badrinath, holy shrines for Vaishnavites. It is open for six months every year (between the end of April and the beginning of November), because of extreme weather conditions in the Himalayan region. The Badrinath Temple is one of the most sacred places in India and was built by Adi Sankaracharya in the 9th century. The Badrinath Temple is a pilgrimage site where they say people can meet the gods and is an obvious marvel of a temple.

Day 4

Our next stop was at the Ganges Rv. which is a highly revered body of water by the Hindus. The Hindus personify the river as the goddess known as Ganga. It is worshipped by Hindus who believe that bathing in the river causes the remission of sins and facilitates Moksha (liberation from the cycle of life and death) the water of Ganga is considered very pure. This Sacred site is extremely beautiful and astonishing religious river.

Day 7

Next up in the plan we travel to Iran where we came to a place known as the Qum. The second most sacred city in Iran after Mashhad, Qum is known for its sanctuary of Fatima al-Masumeh ('the Infallible One'). Great Religious pilgrimages took place here and it is greatly revered for the great sanctuary of Fatima al-Masumeh. The sacred architecture is still being built to this day. Incredible Islamic architecture!

Day 10

Then to Mecca Saudi Arabia to see the Kaaba, the holiest site to all Islams and it lyes in the most sacred mosque, Al-Masjid. It is considered the "House of Allah" and has a similar role to the Tabernacle and Holy of Holies in Judaism. One of the Five Pillars of Islam requires every Muslim who is able to do so to perform the hajj pilgrimage at least once in their lifetime. Multiple parts of the hajj require pilgrims to make tawaf, the circumambulation seven times around the Kaaba in a counter-clockwise direction. An amazing site and place to be.

Day 13

We stop in Hebron, 23 miles north of Jerusalem, is one of the four holiest places in Judaism. The city was one of the first places Abraham lived after he arrived in Canaan; King David was anointed and reigned for seven years there and Jews lived continuously for one thousand years. Hebron also contains the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the world's most ancient Jewish site. This common and large Jewish architecture.

Day 16

We travel to Jerusalem's temple mount known as the Mount of the House of God. The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism, which regards it as the place where God's divine presence is manifested more than in any other place. According to the rabbinic sages whose debates produced the Talmud, it was from here the world expanded into its present form and where God gathered the dust used to create the first human, Adam. An important and Amazing sacred site.

Day 19

We then start to explore the world's largest spreading religion, Christianity. We stay in Jerusalem where we travel to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. By tradition this, the holiest place for Catholic and Orthodox Christians, marks the site of Jesus’ crucifixion, burial, and Resurrection. It was completed in 335AD, its basilica having been constructed on the foundations of an ancient Roman temple to Venus (Aphrodite). The actual sepulcher is inside the Edicule, a two-room chapel underneath the church’s rotunda..

Day 22

Our last stop we travel to Israel to see the Jordan Rv. And like the Jordan's importance as the country's primary water source, so is its religious importance to the tree monotheistic faiths. Best known as the place where Jesus was baptized (Gospel of Matthew), as well as the place where John the Baptist is believed to have baptized those who came to repent their sins, the Jordan River is perhaps Israel's most sacred body of water.

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