Vacation Blog By: Andy Martinez

August 19, 2016

Today, I visited the Badrinath Char Dham, this is one of the four shrines that have a great significance and place in Hindu mythology. A man at the temple told me that the mythology says that Shri Adi Shankaracharya acquired freedom from reincarnation in the Shri Badrinath Dham. People come here to pray and to come together in this sacred place. It was very colorful and there were a lot of people there I also visited the Ganges river, a sacred site to the Hindu religion. From what I heard from the natives here, it is important because when it is bathed in, it is believed to wash off sins and the water is very pure. It was very crowded, as many people go there.

August 20, 2016

Today I traveled to Jerusalem to visit the church of the Holy Sepulchre. According to the plaque outside of the church, it was built by the mother in 330 A.D., the Church of the Holy Sepulcher is in remembrance of the hill of crucifixion and the tomb of Jesus' burial. This place is important because it is in commemoration of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is also a major place for pilgrimage because people view it as a place of major significance.

August 21, 2016

Today I visited the Grand Mosque of Mecca, sacred to the Islamic religion. This is considered the most holy place in the religion, as it surrounds the most holy place. It is the biggest mosque in the world and people from all over the world travel to see it. When I was there, I saw thousands of people there. People often go there because it surrounds the most holy place in the Islamic religion. The trip was good and the people there were very hospital and kind.

August 22, 2016

Today, I visited Kushinagar, a town in India. I went there because it is significant to the Buddhist religion. It was where Buddha died, and is important to the religion. It is not visited that much, as I didn't see that many people there. The one thing that was populated was the temple, which is gold and easy to see. There were a decent amount of people there, but not as much as there were at the other places I've visited this week. People come here because it was the final resting place of Buddha, and he is the most important person in the Buddhist religion.

The final resting place of Buddha, and the Temple of Kushingar

August 23, 2016

Today, my final destination was the old city of Jerusalem, and I visited the Hurva synagogue. It is considered the most beautiful and impressive synagogue in Israel, and people flock to it because of its beauty. There is daily prayer there, and when I went, I was surprised that it was so crowded. I could see the reason people come here, as it was quite nice, and breathtaking. It is significant because of its location, and its beauty.

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Created with images by Free Grunge Textures - www.freestock.ca - "World Map - Abstract Acrylic" • Travelbusy.com - "Ganges River India" • Jorge Lascar - "The Dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulche" • Jorge Lascar - "The Stone of Anointing - Church of the Holy Sepulchre" • aditya_wicak - "buildings mosque sunset" • GLady - "mecca mina buildings" • rictulio - "P1120386" • RonAlmog - "Jerusalem"

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