A Journey Through Beliefs look through my journey of learning new religions and understanding their sacred landmarks -yurica takeda

Day 1:

I just arrived in the beautiful place of Varanasi India, the heart of the Hindu World. And on my first day on being here, I've decided to visit and experience the Vishwanath Temple, luckily I had a guide of my own to help me get in, but if you are a traveler or a non- Hindu person it is unlikely for you to enter the temple. Around the temple, you can tell that the temple itself has a wide variety of textures and colors such as gold, red, amber, and brown. It's very beautiful on the outside and it is on the inside. The temple was very crowded and seems to be very busy everyday. The temple is very tall and wide and had a very large bottom floor and decreased in size as it went higher and higher. The temple is very holy in the Hindu religion because it is one of the most important places to worship their religion.

Day 2:

On my second day in Varanasi, I've chosen to explore the Manikarnika Ghat, the most popular location for cremation within Varanasi. It is one of the oldest ghats in Varanasi, a ghat means a flight of steps leading down to a river, which is coincidentally where the Manikarnika Ghat is. When I visited the Ghat, there was so much fire and a strong burning smell within 10 feet of the view. The sighting was not the prettiest but it was very interesting to know that they cremate bodies locally and dump them within the river they live right next to. Families pay specific wood to have their deceased members burn in, and Sandalwood is the most expensive to be burned in. It is very holy in the Hindi world because it is considered the holy water to Hindus, and some people like to bathe in the water, to wash away their sins.

Day 3:

My third day in Varanasi and I was interested in the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take photographs within the Museum but they're many painting from famous locals and sculptures and local history showcases which residents and foreigners can examine and enjoy. It also featured many archaeological studies and findings from many other ancient landmarks. The outside of the museum has grand white pillars and there was many red and white borders around the beautifully designed windows. The Museum is located within the Banaras Hindu University Campus.

Day 4:

The 4th day of staying in Varanasi, I found the Ramnagar Fort and Museum and decided to take a tour. This museum offers vintage American Cars, Jeweled Chairs,and a Grand weaponry section. The museum looks like a GIANT castle that is open to the public. It has an amazing view of the river and when the sunsets and rises the colors are unbelievable. It has a significance when the city throws a month-long festival called the Ram Lila. The Ram Lila is a dramatic folk re-enactment of a ten-day battle which is a huge affect on the Hindu religion.

Day 5:

For my last day here, I've decided to visit the Gyan Kupor Well, a sacred site in Varanasi. It is a sacred and holy site because the belief is that drinking the water from the well leads to a higher spiritual place and secures your holiness and your beliefs. The well is inside of a ancient building and the building structure is very viking like, bulky and also the tops are curved and very delicate.

Top Left: This is the Gyan Kupor Well with the holy water. Top Right: This is the Vishwanath Temple, the holy temple to worship the Hindu religion. Middle: Both these photos are apart of the Manikarnika Ghat with the burning fire of wood and deceased family members. Bottom Left: This is the image of the Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum in the Hindi University. Bottom Right: This painting is from the Ramnagar Fort and Museum open to the public near their holy river.

Day 1:

I had officially arrived in the city of Lumbini, Nepal, the birthplace of the Lord Buddha. So, on my first day here, I've decided to visit the Maya Devi Temple, located on the edge of Nepal. This temple is considered the birthplace of the Gautama Buddha. Also, the temple is across the Puskarni, the sacred pool where the Buddha's mother took a holy dip before the Buddha's birth. The temple is very large and wide and it is also completely red all around. The roof is structured like a fence, with some arms up and some down like a pattern.

Day 2:

On my second day, I've used my time to visit the Lumbini International Research Institute. The Institute offers archaeological materials and original manuscripts relating to Buddhism. This was built to help scholars study philosophy, religion and culture with research facilities. The LIRI is a cultural zone and it help scholars study more about their culture and its history. The building has a very interesting architectural design, the bottom floor is shaped like a half circle and the second floor is a full circle and they're multiple like that built next to each other.

Day 3:

I've decided to visit the city of Sarnath, India for a more closer look into the religion of Buddhism. The significance of the city of Sarnath is that the famous Buddha came to visit Sarnath to spread his message. And on my third day on my journey of better understandings of every religion, I've decided to explore the Dhamekh Stupa & Monastery Ruins. These ruins are very important to the Buddhists because it is where the Buddha preaches his first sermon. The ruins were very exciting to walk through, it was very spaced out and very beautiful and the scenery was capturing. The architecture is very wide spread and very open, not many buildings were around but many nature-made sculptures.

Day 4:

Chaukhandi Stupa is a well-known spot for Buddhists, and the reason is because this marks where the Buddha met his first disciples. Stupa means a dome-shaped structure erected as a Buddhist shrine. This beautiful Stupa was very different to the Dhamekh Stupa the other day. The Chaukhandi Stupa is placed on a mini hill like shape, and the tower itself is very detailed. The place where the stupa is is also wide and spread open and looked to be in the middle of nowhere with many grasslands and trees.

Day 5:

On my fifth and last day of understanding Buddhism, I visited Mulgandha Kuti Vihar, the famous Buddha's daily sermon spot. The building is similar to a castle-like figure and the road leading to the Mulgandha Kuti Vihar has small bushes and mini trees. The colors of the building is a light tan and golden brown, it's a very balanced out color and it's neutral.

Top Left: This is the Maya Devi Temple behind the Puskarini as known as the Holy Pond. Top Right: The Dhamekh Stupa where the Buddha preaches his first sermon. Bottom Left: The Chaukhandi Stupa the place where the Buddha meets his first disciples. Bottom Right: The Mulgandha Kuti Vihar getting ready for a festival.

Day 1:

I had just arrived in the amazing city of Jerusalem, the city holy to Jews. And the first destination I was pulled to was the Western Wall, the top choice for Jewish seeings. The Wall is sacred because it is the last reminder of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. The wall you can tell is very worn down and very dusty, there are many holes in the wall from many bombs and gunshots when the Jordanians were taking down the Temple. Many plants have filled the large holes within the Wall, and lots of Jewish people come to the Wall and pray and express how appreciative they are for having the Wall save their religion.

Day 2:

I have chosen to take a look and visit the Mount of Olives, it is holy to the Jews because tradition explains that the Jews who are buried on the Mount of Olives will be the first to resurrected when the messianic age ushered in. The Mount of Olives is very plain and dull, it is various coffins lined up and have the deceased members names engraved in the stone of the coffin. The architecture is very different because they're are many coffins that are differently designed, but the levels on where the coffins are laid are very spaced out and the heights are different also. Many coffins have engraved dates that go back to 1636.

Day 3:

On my third day I've decided to take a visit to the Ramban Synagogue, it is significant to the Jews because it was founded by the Namanides and it was built to serve the local Jewish community. The architecture is very plain, it's a dome and looks like a planetarium. And people are allowed to enter the Ramban Synagogue and the inside looks like a church, with lined up chairs and a center stage at the back of it. The Ramban Synagogue is nearby the Western Wall and so typically many people are around and inside the Ramban Synagogue.

Day 4:

Aish Hatorah is a holy site for the Jewish because, it is an international organization dedicated to Jewish education and outreach. Aish Hatorah's goal is to help discover their heritage and have pride in what they follow. The building is across the Western Wall, and the building itself looks like it's made out of sand bricks. The terrace overlooks the Western Wall and the beautiful trees and the Mount of Olives in the background. Many Jewish born families come and visit to deepen their understanding of their family history. Also, Aish Hatorah is apart of the top 20 beautiful sites within Israel.

Day 5:

On my final day on understand the Judaism , I've decided to explore the City of David. It is significant to the Jewish community because it is the birthplace of Jerusalem. The City of David is also where King David established his kingdom. The City Of David is a bordered city, with large stone and sand towers bordering the populated city. Also, many children in the city enjoy playing in the water tunnels near the city towers. It is also very secure and surveillance 24/7.

Top Row: These two photos are the Western Wall, and you can see the plants growing from the wall. Top Middle Row: This is the Mount of Olives, and you see clearly see the Coffins of the deceased family members. Bottom Middle Left: This is the Ranbam Synagogue and you can see the dome shape building. Bottom Middle Right and Bottom Left: This is the Aish Hatorah, and as you can tell you can view the entire Western Wall and the Mount of Olives from the balcony. Bottom Right: The City of David's border with many damages to it.

Day 1: On my new journey to understanding Christianity, I've decided to stay in Jerusalem and visit sacred sites that are connected to Christianity. I've decided to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, it is holy because the Church is recognized to be the place where Jesus of Nazareth and also where Jesus's empty tomb is, and where Jesus was buried and resurrected. The building is built on a corner and it is very wide and has many structural features to it. It is similar to a large museum and it has to dome roofs like the capitol building in America, and on top of the domes, there is a cross symbol in the middle. Many tourists and residents come to the Church and kiss the Tomb Stone of Jesus.

Day 2: I have visited the The Temple Mount and it is important to Christians because it is where Mohammed ascended to heaven. Everyday seems very populated around the The Temple Mount, many people are coming in and out of the building. The Temple Mount is also another dome shaped building, the dome itself is in the color gold, and around the dome is a wide octagon shaped building that is under the dome. And around the The Temple Mount itself, it has a small wall border and so there is nothing around or surrounding The Temple Mount.

Day 3:

Since it was hot out, I decided to take a dip into the The Pools of Bethesda. (it was a joke don't worry) The Pools of Bethesda is significant to Christianity because it is where Jesus Christ healed the paralytic. The story goes that the first person to enter the stirred pool would have their illness cured from them. The pool is a very large structure, and they're are many angel statues and towers around the pool. They're are also steps that lead to the pool, it is also squared and bordered. They are many painting of Jesus Christ healing ill people by the pool.

Day 4:

Since there was another pool dedicated to healing an Jesus Christ, I had dedicated to take a longer swim in the pool. (it was another joke guys) The Pool of Siloam is another pool that Jesus used to heal ill people. The story goes that The Pool of Siloam healed a blind man and he was able to see in an instant. The Pool of Siloam was finally discovered in 2005, it is a pretty recent pool discovered since The Pools Of Bethesda. The Pool of Siloam compared The Pools Of Bethesda is quite small and narrow. The Siloam pool is along a border or wall, and it is also shallow. The pool is also under a tunnel, that is probably a reason why it wasn't found before until 2005.

Day 5:

For my last day of understanding Christianity, I've decided to take a 5 hour ride north to Tzippori. It is significant because it was said that the Virgin Mary spent her childhood. There wasn't that many things to see, but I did get a photo of the Tzippori Crusader Tower. It was broken down and it seemed to be made out of stone and sand, it had many holes and openings from every side you could imagine.

Top Left and Middle: These are images of the Church of the Holy Sepulchure, and you can see the wideness and the largeness. Top Right and Middle Left: This is The Temple Mount and you can see the amazing golden dome on the roof. Middle Right: This is an image of the Pool of Siloam with many people dipping their feet in. Bottom Left: This is a picture of the Pools of Bethesda and you can tell how large they are compared to the Pool of Siloam. Bottom Right: This is the Tzippori Crusader Tower that is apart of the town where supposedly the Virgin Mary spent her childhood life.

Day 1: I've decided to once again visit The Temple Mount because it is historically important to Muslims. It is important because it is where they pray daily. Again, the building is a dome shape, and the dome roof is golden.

Day 2:

Al-Aqsa Mosque is significant because it is to believe that Muhammad was transport to Al-Aqsa Mosque. This building surrounds the Temple Mount, so it is considered very long and narrow like a long hallway around a school building. The roof is very thin and doesn't really have a house like roof, it is flat unlike the dome. The entire site described as a silver-domed building, and many people enter Al-Aqsa Mosque to get to the Temple Mount.

Day 3:

Mosque of Omar is a church dedicated fro Muslims. The builder who built it has the reason to build it because although he was offered to pray at the Church of Holy Sepulchre he decided to build his own church to avoid religion confrontation. Mosque of Omar is directly in front of the Church of Holy Sepulchre and it is slightly taller than it. The Mosque of Omar is very tall and narrow from its building, and the building it's connected to is very wide behind it.

Day 4:

The Dome of the Ascension is dedicated to Muslims and Christians because it represents the place where Muhammad ascends to Heaven on his "Night Journey". The architecture is a dome once again, similar to many building within Jerusalem, but this building has the dome roof the same width and height has the body as well. The Dome of the Ascension is coincidentally right next to the Dome of Rock, which is a very famous dome in Jerusalem.

Day 5:

On my final day, I decided to go back to the Western Wall and take a closer look on why the 3 religions consider the wall so important. For the Muslims, the Western Wall is known as the Buraq Wall and it's where the Prophet Mohammad tied the Buraq. Again, the wall is made out of stone and sand, and there are many holes from the Six-Day War.

Top Row: This is the Al-Aqsa Mosque where Muhammad was transported Bottom Left: This is the Mosque of Omar the church that is directly in front of the Church of Holy Sepulchre Bottom Right: This is the Dome of Ascension which is next to the Dome of Rock
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