The human civilization dates back to thousands of years. Man slowly evolved and learnt many new things. Just as man was evolving, new beliefs and faith were also evolving alongside. Slowly and gradually, religion became an integral part of the human life. Today there are numerous religious beliefs being practiced in the world. some of these religions are thousands of years old. Each religion has its own magnificent history. In order to practice the religion, the disciples have created grand structures which over the time have become symbolic. Many of these sacred monuments are world renowned and attract disciples and followers from all over the globe. Some of these structures are hundreds of years old and a mere look at them is a life turning experience. The following are the top 10 most scared religious places in the world.
10. Temple Mount, Jerusalem
This has to be the most diversified religious monument. The historical records have stated that this temple mount has been used by believers of at least 4 religions namely Judaism, Islam, Roman religion and Christianity. It is in the Old City of Jerusalem and has been used for devotion since thousands of years. It is known as the Har haBayit in Hebrew and as Haram al-Sharif in Arabic. The place attracts thousands of believers from all over the world.
9. Swayambhunath Stupa, Nepal
This is an ancient religious monument located in Kathmandu Valley in Nepal. It also goes by the name of “Monkey Temple”. The north western part of the temple is used by holy monkeys. It is oneof the most scared Buddhist religious sites. Buddha’s eyes and eyebrows are painted on each side of the stupa. This stupa stands on a dome which symbolises the world. Hundreds of devotes reach the temple, every morning before dawn to attain enlightenment.
8. Sultan Ahmed Mosque, Istanbul
It is called as the Sultan Ahemt Camii in Turkish. The mosque is very popularly referred as the Blue Mosque because of the extensive use of blue tile in walls of the interior.IT was constructed in the year 1601 and is still used as a mosque by the locals. The mosque has a tomb of the founder in its Kulliye. This mosque was visited by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. This is one of the only 2 Muslim monuments which have been visited by a pope.
7. Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris
It is called as Notre Dam de Paris which means Our Lady of Paris. It is a historic Roman Cathedral. It is among the most famous churches in the world. The church at present has 5 bells. The bourdon bell dates bake to 1681 and weighs more than 13 tons. This is one of the land of the most iconic monuments in Paris and no trip to Paris is complete without a visit to this catedral.
6. Mahabodhi temple, India
Mahabodhi means Great Awakening. This temple is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a Buddhist temple in Bodh Gaya. This place marks the location where the Buddhist god, Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment. It is in the state of Uttar Pradesh. There is a Bodhi tree on the western side of the temple.This is the location where the Buddha was awakened. It is a very important religious site for the Buddhists.
5. Mount Kailash, Tibet
Mount Kailash is one of the most iconic religious and pilgrimage site for the Hindus as well as Buddhists and Jain. It is a peak in the Kailash range located in Tibet. According to Hindus, Lord Shiva sits in a state of meditation at the summit of mount Kailash. The Koneswaram temple is one of the prominent attractions here. Thousands of devotees come here every year for pilgrimage. They complete the circumambulation of Kailash on foot which is considered as a holy ritual.
4. Masjid al-Nabawi, Medina
This is 2nd most iconic place for the muslims all over the world. The first is definitely the Masjid al Haram in Mecca. The original mosque was built by Prophet Muhammad himself along with his comrades during Hijra and hence it is also called as the Muhammad’s mosque. The mosque was expanded later on and it now is one of the biggest mosques in the world.The most important reason behind its sacredness is that this mosque incorporates the final resting place of the Prophet Muhammad and his 2 comrades Abu Bakr and Umar. Thousands of pilgrims come to this mosque every year to be close to the Prophet who is resting here. While on Hajj, the pilgrims travel from Mecca to Medina to this iconic mosque.
3. Varanasi city, India
Regarding this glorious city,Mark Twain has said that “Older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, And looks twice as old as all of them put together”. This is probably the most scared place for the Hindus in India and all over the world. This city is located on the banks of the Holy River Ganges. The entire city talks about culture and Hinduism. People come here to take a dip in Ganges which is said to free a person of his sins. It is a popular belief that people who die in Varanasi are freed from the spell of reincarnation and obtain eternal peace. It is serving as a religious center for thousands of year now but the glory of this city never diminishes. The ashes of the dead are cooled in the Ganges water which is believed to help the soul to rest in peace. Although because of the religious practices, the river has become highly polluted.
2. St Peter’s Cathedral, Italy
St. Peter’s cathedral is located in the Vatican city in Italy. It is regarded as one of the holiest catholic church in the world. It is among the biggest churches of the world as well. Thousands of pilgrims come here from all over the world. As it is in the Vatican city, the Pope himself is present from various services throughout the year.It is among the 4 Major Basicilicas of Rome.It is said that this church is burial site of the Saint Peter who was an apostle of Jesus.
1. Masjid Al-Haram, Mecca
This is the most important site for every muslim on this earth, This is the biggest mosque in the world. It surrounds a very important structure called the Kaaba. The Kaaba is a square shaped monument covered in Black. It is one of the most iconic monuments in the Islamic history. Muslims all over the world face towards the Kaaba while offering prayers. During Hajj, the pilgrims circumambulate the Kaaba. every Muslim wishes to perform Hajj at least once in his life time. It is said that after performing a righteous Hajj, a person is freed of all his sins. Thousands of pilgrims gather in this mosque every year for Hajj.