The spirituality of travel is acknowledged by almost every religion on the planet. Distinct locations are assigned tremendous prominence in scripture because of their roles in various belief systems. Some are the birthplaces of gods, while others are regarded to be divine gifts, religious leadership centres, or simply lovely sites to worship.
Each year, pilgrims from all over the world flock to these sites, which are awe-inspiring even to those of their religion.
The Golden Temple.
The Golden Temple, also known as the Harmandir Sahib, is Sikhism’s most sacred gurdwara. It was made of marble and then covered with gold leaf in the early 1600s. Visitors can find the Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism’s holy text, inside the temple. The Amrit Sarovar, or Pool of Nectar, is a reservoir of water that surrounds the temple. One impressive sight within the temple is a dining hall where volunteers serve food to 3,500 people in need.
Badrinath, located in the Himalayas, is a sacred site dedicated to the Hindu god Vishnu. Some say the Sanskrit epic Mahabharata was composed at the Vyas Caves, which are located just outside of this sacred town. The biggest attraction in the area is Badrinath Temple, which was built by Garhwal kings in the 9th century. Although other gods are also portrayed, it is predominantly a centre of adoration for Vishnu.
Non-Muslims are not permitted to enter Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, hence this trip is limited to Muslims. Every year, millions of Muslims embark on the Hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca. The trip is intended to build solidarity among Muslims. Five Pillars for every able-bodied adult to perform the Hajj at least once in their lives if they can afford it.
Mecca is the birthplace of Muhammad, the founder of Islam, as well as the location of the Quran’s first revelation
Though it has been the home of the Pope, the Catholic Church’s leader, since 1378, Vatican City, or the Holy See, became an autonomous state in 1929. The tomb of the first Pope, the apostle St Peter, who was crucified and buried there, may be found in St Peter’s Basilica. The Sistine Chapel, the Vatican Gardens, and the Vatican Museums are among the other attractions.
Siddhartha Gautama, later known as Lord Buddha, is believed to have been born in Lumbini, Nepal, in 623 BC. Siddhartha was a prince who, at the age of 29, left his palace to seek enlightenment. Lumbini first attracted pilgrims in 249 BC, when the Indian emperor King Ashoka visited it.
The Ashokan Pillar in Lumbini Garden commemorates the king’s pilgrimage and is dedicated to the Buddha.
The Shrine of Báb
The Shrine of Báb, located on Mount Carmel, combines stunning architecture with lush greenery. It is the final resting place of Báb, the founder of a new religion in the 1800s that broke away from Islam and was thus suppressed by the Persian government. Bábism gave birth to the Bahá’ Faith.
Shatrunjaya Hill in Palitana is an important place of worship for Jainism, a belief system centred on nonviolence toward all living things – people, animals, and even insects. Shatrunjaya is a 591-meter-high stairwell. Along the way, 863 marble Jain temples make up the holiest place on Earth for Jains.
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