Day 1: This is the Buddhist sacred site of Lumbini; the birth place of the Hindu prince Siddharta Guatama, also known as The Enlightened One and The Buddha. Many Buddhists take a pilgrimage to this sacred site every year to gather and meditate at the site of the birth of The Buddha.
Day 1: I also went to Bodh Gaya! Bodh Gaya is the place where The Buddha reached his enlightenment, and made peace with himself and the world. Once The Buddha reached a full vision of the world, he went on to spread his teachings about the world's suffering and how to go down the middle path.
Day 2: I also went to a few Hindu sacred sites on my travel! This Hindu sacred site called Kedarnath is a town can be found in the Indian state of Uttarakhand. This site is important to the Hindu faith as it is named after King Kedar, who ruled in Satya Yuga. King Kedar had a daughter named Vrinda who was a partial reincarnation of the Goddess Lakshmi.
Day 2: On my travels, I also went to the Hindu sacred site of Gangotri, a town, and can be found in Uttarkashi district in the state of Uttarakhand, India. Many Hindus come here to pray and worship to the Goddess Ganga. According to Hindu legend, it was here that Goddess Ganga descended when Lord Shiva released the mighty river from the locks of his hair.
Day 3: This Islamic temple is a shrine found on the Temple Mount in the city of Jerusalem. This sacred Islamic mosque is called the Dome of the Rock, and many Muslims come here to worship and pray. This site is said to be the location of the Muslim faith's prophet, Muhammad's ascension. This also is a sacred site to the Jewish faith as it is where Abraham attempted the sacrifice of his son to God by his command.
Day 3: On my religious journey, I went to another Muslim Mosque! This Islamic temple of worship is called the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, located in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, and considered to be the key site for worship in the country. As the country's grand mosque, it is the key place of worship, especially for a Friday gathering and Eid prayers. During Eid it may be visited by 40 thousand people or even more!
Day 4: I have gone to the Jewish sacred site of the Western Wall! Many of the Jewish faith take a pilgrimage to the biblical city of Jerusalem. The Western Wall is holy because it is connected to the Temple Mount. Because of the status quo policy, the Wall is the holiest place where Jews are permitted to pray, though it is not the holiest site in the Jewish faith, The Dome of the Rock, which is behind it.
Day 4: On my religious journey, I went to see the Jewish sacred site of Mount Sinai! This sacred site is where Moses of the Jewish faith made his way up to the mountain and stayed there for 40 days and nights to receive the Ten Commandments. Jewish faith followers come to see this sacred site and to see where the Ten Commandments were received.
Day 5: I have reached my final religion's sacred sites! This Christian sacred site is The River Jordan. This River Jordan is where Jesus Christ, the Messiah to the Christian faith, was baptized. This sacred site attracts many Christian faith followers to come and get baptized at the site of their Lord's baptism.
Day 5: The final destination of my religious sacred site trip is the Cave Dwelling of John the Baptist! John the Baptist is the one who baptized Jesus Christ at The River Jordan. Situated within the orchards of Kibbutz Tzuba, this cave dwelling is where John the Baptist was born, took refuge in, and lived in. Some people of the Christian Faith come to this sacred site to pray and worship Jesus Christ.